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The Perfect Day in Nantucket

An island shrouded in romance, Nantucket is like a snapshot of America’s past. Handsome whaling captains’ homes along cobblestone streets make up much of the historic downtown, which also offers sophisticated shopping and excellent dining.



Many of Nantucket’s most sought-after sites are in the world-famous village right off the ferry. However, on the easternmost side of the island lies the quaint village of Siasconset, or ‘Sconset to some, where the Sconset Café (508-257-4008) serves up unmatched breakfast fare. As with most things on the island, the food here is unique. Before heading back to town, check out the Sconset Bluff Walk. A short path off Front Street runs between the ocean and stately grey-shingled homes. You will see some beautiful gardens, and if you’re there at the right time of year, the scent of roses spilling over doorways and rooftops is delightful.


Back in the village, the soups and sandwiches at Fog Island Café (508-228-1818) just off Main Street provide all the energy you need to explore every nook and cranny of the island. There is plenty of fine shopping here as well as superb art galleries like the Gallery at Four India (508-228-8509). A short walk out of town takes you to Jetties Beach, where beautiful specimens wash ashore.



Off the beaten path on Bartlett Farm Road, Cisco Brewers (508-325-5929) is the best place to spend an afternoon sharing a few cold drinks. As the name suggests, American Seasons (508-227-7111) offers up an ever-changing menu filled with creative meals and cool cocktails. And if you decide to stay over night, the elegant Union Street Inn (888-517-0707) is a fine choice, as is the recently redone and charming Centerboard Inn (508-228-9696).

Annual 2013 Event

Nantucket Wine Festival
May 15–19
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