Nantucket is a tiny, isolated island off of the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that has proven to be a popular summer destination for its un-touched natural beauty, its cedar-shingled buildings and homes, and dune-backed beaches. The cobblestone streets of Nantucket are filled with restaurants, high-end boutiques, and steepled churches. Historically, a whaling hub Nantucket is a beautiful island with a great deal of history and culture.
There are a variety of things to check out while on Nantucket Island, including visiting the island’s Great Point, visiting Madaket Beach, and taking in views from Altar Rock. Other places of interest include The Whaling Museum (learn all of the island’s history in this museum), Brant Point Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (wildlife reserve and a beach), and the Cisco Brewers/Triple Eight Distillery/ Nantucket Vineyard which is a trifecta of buildings along the way to Cisco Beach that is home to Nantucket’s local spirits producers. Some popular restaurants include 21 Federal (lobster risotto is a favorite), American Seasons (homey, welcoming restaurant), Bartlett’s Farm (family farm which is oldest and largest on the island), Black-Eyed Susan’s (intimate, unassuming restaurant), Brant Point Grill (known for their New England Little Neck Clams), and Nantucket Lobster Trap.
For those looking to leave Nantucket for a day there are ferry options that make visiting cities and islands like Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod easy. Getting to Boston via ferry is approximately four hours and via plane is a little less than one hour. Getting to Cape Cod is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes via ferry and getting to Martha’s Vineyard takes about an hour.
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From 1900 to 1918, Nantucket was one of the few places in the United States to ban automobiles. The island can be reached by cruise lines or a private boat as well as a private three-runway airport on the south side of the island. Once on Nantucket, visitors can easily get around via bike, foot, personal car or taxi. The island is flat so biking is one of the more popular options to get around.
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