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Nantucket Day Trip

The Cape & Islands offer an endless variety of wedding venues, vacation options, and fun-filled daytrips

Photos Top To Bottom: Jennifer Dow, Tom Dicicco, Terry Pomett

Stepping off the ferry onto Nantucket Island, one’s day of adventure has already begun because the ship docks just minutes from Main Street and the island’s downtown. The area offers many great restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and souvenir shops—not to mention Aunt Leah’s Fudge! Reminders that this island was once the whaling capital of the world abound as visitors make their way along cobblestone streets with many historic buildings nearby, including the Nantucket Whaling Museum and the Nantucket Atheneum.

Take a short stroll to enjoy lunch at the Brant Point Grille and try the restaurant’s Nantucket Lunch Box, which features a one-half lobster roll and a cup of chowder. Yum! Later in the day, dine at nearby Galley Beach Restaurant for a sumptuous meal and a spectacular sunset.

Traveling around Nantucket is easy as a bus service conveniently visits the different villages, and taxis are available for hire. Renting a bike from Young’s Bike Shop is another fun way to get around.

Getting thirsty? Stop at Cisco Brewers (2) on Bartlett Farm Road for a one-of-a kind island experience. The company has a unique history and together with its partners, Nantucket Vineyard and Triple Eight Distillery, produces wine, spirits, and a variety of brews. A $20 tour includes an overview of the different operations and plenty of samplings. The games, the live music, and the spectacular ambiance are free.

Siasconset (4) is a must-see as well. This quaint village on the east side of the island was once famous as an actor’s colony, and the area features many examples of the Nantucket cottage ‘look.’ Purchase snacks and gifts at Sconset Market, and then head on to nearby Sankaty Lighthouse (1). Built in 1850, this historical structure was moved from an eroding cliff in 2007, and today it rests just off the fifth hole of Sankaty Head Golf Course. Tour the lighthouse on Sunday, June 21, Saturday, October 10, or by appointment.

Heading home? Island lore suggests visitors toss a penny over the ferry railing as they pass by Brant Point (3) to ensure they’ll enjoy a return visit.

Mary Stanley — Day Trips Articles


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