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“Beautiful lighthouse, breathtaking view from Cliff Walk”

Sankaty Head Lighthouse
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Owner description: Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.
Reviewed July 9, 2016

I am writing this to review both the Sankaty Head Lighthouse itself and the Cliff Walk (or "Sconset Bluff Walk") leading to it.

First, the Cliff Walk -- apparently this is a somewhat under-publicized attraction in Nantucket, which is quite understandable -- it literally winds through the backyards of local houses. By ordinance from the town/state/whatever authority, this little trail is carved out of private properties, and it is quite understandable that the locals don't really want people to know about it. What a view! From the bluff, you have the boundless Atlantic Ocean and Siasconset Beach on one side, and the prettily decorated Cape Cod-style local houses on the other. Every turn brings you a new, more breathtaking view.

The trail ends at an eroded point on the bluff, then you can cut to Baxter Road in the neighborhood. Another short walk takes you to the lighthouse. At the time of our visit the lighthouse was not open to visitors, but we were happy to enjoy the view from the bluff where it stands and of the lighthouse itself.

So, yes, this would be on the top of my list of things to do on Nantucket.

Thank howiewu
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

The Sankaty Head Lighthouse stands the beloved beacon of the village of Siasconset. Set high on the bluff the lighthouse beacon would have warned the whaling ships of the shifting sand shoals off Siasconset. S'conset for short. The lighthouse has recently been moved near to Sankaty Golf Club because of the terrible erosions of the bluff along Baxter Rd and it was in danger of falling into the ocean. Today the lighthouse still sends out a beacon of light to guide ships through the fogs which at times,envelope Nantucket.

Thank Terry L
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Reviewed July 4, 2016

On our guided tour of the island, we stopped to take in the isolated beauty of the Sankaty lighthouse. The history of the lighthouse and the importance it has in the hearts of the local population. We weren't able to get close to the building but it stood proud and defiant doing what it was intended to do.

Thank Aegiss1
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Reviewed July 4, 2016

Whenever we visit the island we always make it a point to see the lighthouse for 2 reasons: first it's a great place for photos and second to see how the storms are erroiding sconset. If you have a chance to read the plaques positioned near the house it will provide you with the history as well as information on the relocation of the lighthouse in 2007 due to the erroiding bluff.

Thank suzette b
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Reviewed July 3, 2016

Great jaunt north of Siasconset and well worth the view of homes on the way. Easy to view lighthouse and history of it's restoration/renewal. Great nature area just north of the lighthouse and a wonderful diversion.

Thank Slainte1969
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