Nantucket is about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, MA known for its history of whaling, scallops, lighthouses, fantastic fishing and more than 82 miles of sandy beaches, dunes and moors. Nantucket is famous for its weathered-grey shingled and white trimmed houses, New England charm and restrained beauty. You can find everything from upscale shopping along and restaurants cobblestone streets to small family-owned establishments that often reflect generations of islanders that make the Grey Lady so special. Even five days on the island is enough to leave you with lasting memories of long sunshine-filled, salty and sandy summer days.


Handlebar Café  – I discovered this amazing little café while bicycling through the town one morning in search of good coffee – and it didn’t disappoint! They also offer delicious breakfast treats, snacks and nibbles.

Wicked Island Bakery – Though all the baked goods are delicious at this infamous bakery, the Morning Bun is beyond! They also offer lunch, cakes and breads – be sure to try the Portuguese bread, it’s an island classic.

Millie’s – Located in picturesque Madaket, Millie’s offers delicious traditional coastal fare as well as Baja Californian cuisine. A great lunch spot, and Millie’s Market right next door has everything you need for the beach. 

Sandbar at Jetties Beach An open-air bar and restaurant with additional tables right on the beach, Sandbar overlooks Nantucket Sound. It’s a great spot for a sunset cocktail and of course their incredible selection of seafood, burgers, raw bar and sandwiches. Be sure to visit their beach shop where you can purchase Sandbar apparel, beach equipment, toys and sunscreen.

The Juice Bar An island favorite since the late 1970’s, all their products – ice cream, baked goods, juices and smoothies – are homemade and delicious! 

Breeze at the Nantucket Hotel and Resort – For exceptional New England coastal dining, Breeze is a great option. Their scallops are incredible, but there are many options and truly hard to choose!


Barlett’s Farm – This farm is Nantucket’s oldest and largest family run farm, spanning seven generations since the early 1800’s. Both vegetables and flowers are grown in their field and sold in the Market as well as high end pantry and baking supplies, groceries and prepared foods. It’s a perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch before heading to the beach. 

Sayle’s Seafood – There’s a wide variety of fresh seafood at Sayle’s, from local lobsters and scallops to tuna, mussels, oysters as well as chowder and prepared take-away foods. They also ship! 


Young’s Bicycle Shop – Located right in town as you exit the ferry, this bicycle shop is full service from sales to rentals. We easily rented bikes, helmets and baskets and they even offer car and jeep rentals if needed. Bikes are a very convenient way to get around, especially if you’re staying in town.

Nantucket Whaling Museum – Run by the Nantucket Historical Association, the museum gives a great history of the early years – mid 1700’s to 1830’s – when Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world. You can also visit an exhibition on oil and candle production as well as scrimshaw and basket weaving, all of which were lucrative trades on the island.

Capt. Tom’s Charters Fishing Nantucket waters since 1973, Capt. Tom and team offer different charters to suit your needs and will leave you with not only with a ‘catch’ but also wonderful memories of your own Nantucket fishing experience. Tom is a people person as are his other captains who run the other charters, which makes each adventure unforgettable.


With over 82 miles of beachfront, Nantucket offers some of the most pristine beaches with beautiful dunes and moors. The North Shore Beaches tend to be more gentle and suitable for children with the exception of Brant Point which has a strong current. Be sure to visit one of the three iconic lighthouses – Great Point, Sankaty and Brant Point. 


Murray’s Toggery Shop – If you’re in search of traditional Nantucket Reds or other coastal apparel, gifts and accessories, visit Murray’s for an old school meets contemporary island experience. 

Eric Holch Gallery – For a special Nantucket momento, visit Holch Gallery where you will find artwork from internationally recognized artist and printmaker, Eric Holch, who captures timeless images in his prints, posters and accessories. It’s worth a visit to view his beautiful, brightly colored works of art – and to meet the artist!