Oh my. Imagine an estate guest cottage on five acres on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Take your coffee by the wood burning fireplace before heading off to the dunes. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, gather up the family and choose an island vacation home with a view of the harbor, plenty of space and a quick, 10-minute walk to the beach. When you return, settle on the porch swing with a cool glass of lemonade.
Nearly 200 years ago, Moby Dick’s Ishmael set sail from Nantucket because, “There was a fine, boisterous something about everything connected with that famous old island.” Designated a National Historic District, today the former whaling port is an absolutely enchanting mix of 17th-century charm and stunning natural landscapes. Soft lamplight falls over cobblestone streets, and private seaside cottages and enclaves look over the island’s 80 miles of windswept beaches. Nantucket offers a remarkable retreat for couples and families.
Nantucket teems with antique and art galleries, exquisite boutiques and enough restaurant, café and clam shack options to entertain every appetite. Great New England favorites include Nantucket Bay scallops, beach-baked clams and blueberry pie – made from island fresh produce and daily fishing boat deliveries. Absorb some of that old islander attitude over a pricey meal at The Summer House, a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean, or head to a harborside pub at sunset to watch the fishing boats arrive.
Visit the expanded Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum for a look at the island’s maritime heritage. Exhibits trace the hundreds of shipwrecks that have fallen victim to the dangerous shoals around the island. Bike rides along twisting trails by the wild moors and seaside is a favorite. Just wandering through the village, with crisp white fences and weathered shingle houses, takes on a yesteryear feeling of casual elegance Take romantic walks along winding lanes or an exciting whale-watching cruise for the entire family. You’ll love every moment by the gorgeous beaches for swimming, sailing or a deep sea fishing excursion. On Saturday mornings through mid October, the popular Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market hosts 65 local farmers and artisans with exceptional treats from farm fresh berries and baked fruit tarts to colorful handmade quilts. It’s a local tradition you won’t want to miss.
Beyond a doubt, you will relish the convenience and rate of your vacation rental. Save dining out for those special choices and relax at home with breakfast on the porch and outdoor barbeques.