Nantucket Island Travel Diary

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It’s no secret that I love (and I mean LOVE) Nantucket. If you’ve been following the blog for a good amount of time (or if you’ve seen my Instagram bio), then I’m sure you’re fully aware — at any given time, I’d rather be on Nantucket.

For those who aren’t familiar, Nantucket is an island off of Cape Cod, similar to Martha’s Vineyard (but way better, in my opinion!). It is 100% the perfect New England summer getaway, and if you’ve never been there I highly recommend booking a last minute trip for within the next few weeks!

Because of how much I love the island, I tend to get quite a few questions about my recommendations on where to eat, play, shop, and stay. I’ve received a few emails throughout the summer, and whenever a friend or family member is headed there, they always ask me first. So, I decided that I would create another Travel Diary (akin to this one), so that whenever you have booked your trip, you can go ahead and see all of my recommendations in one place!

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{I recommend pinning this to your travel pinterest board for your future travels!}

Nantucket has a main part of town near where you get off the ferry, but outside of it there are the cutest remote (smaller) villages all over other parts of the island. My travel guide will give you a taste of both, as your experience on Nantucket isn’t complete without that! The center of town has high-end shops and restaurants, and most of the resorts/hotels/bed-and-breakfasts. However, the other smaller towns show how historic the island is, with weathered shingles, ever-growing hydrangea bushes, and distant sand dunes.

As expected, there are tons of beaches on the island, but they all give a different feel. On the southern end, you are on the ocean so the waves are much stronger and there is a pretty strong riptide. I wouldn’t recommend swimming at these beaches, but watching the surfers, the sunset, and having a picnic is the best over there! The beaches that are on the northern end of the island are on the Nantucket Sound — the water is much calmer but the beach is busier with a lot of families.

A few highlights that are my absolute favorites: The Juice Bar is mostly for ice cream, and their homemade waffle cones are to die for. Be sure not to go right after dinner-time, because the line goes all the way down the street at that time!

The Sconset Bluff Walk is in one of the remote towns that I mentioned: Siasconset. The entrance to the path is very discreet, but once you find it you won’t get lost! It winds along the coast and through backyards (don’t worry — it’s open to the public!). The views are stunning, and the beautiful houses aren’t so bad either. Rent some bikes or a Jeep (it’s about 9 miles, so whichever you feel up to) to take a ride over to Sconset.

Lastly, you’ve got to make a stop at The Skinny Dip. They just opened this year, and let me tell you, it is THE cutest boutique I’ve ever seen. They carry a lot of New England brands, and it’s high-end while still capturing the surf culture vibe — I love it.

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Have you ever been to Nantucket? What are your personal favorite spots on the island?

xoxo


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ONE // Newport, Rhode Island Travel Diary
TWO // Mont-Tremblant Travel Diary
THREE // Cape Cod Travel Diary

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    • emily

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      Omg — you need to book a trip ASAP! You would LOVE it. xx

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