Wow what a week it has been! The subsequent week following a trip is always a challenging one and last week was no different after getting back from our New England road trip. But, now that we have a new Taylor Swift album and are finally getting through our many loads of laundry, we’re starting to relax and settle back into our normal routine.
We had such an amazing time exploring New England and I can’t wait to start sharing details from our trip! First up is our time in the beautiful Nantucket, MA.
After doing lots of research we decided to take the ferry from New Bedford, MA to Nantucket. This ride is a little bit longer clocking in at an hour and forty-five minutes but the port is small and super easy to navigate. Not only that but you get to avoid all the traffic from the Cape which can easily add hours onto your travel time. Plus, during this pandemic I liked that it was a smaller port and the boat each trip only had roughly 20 passengers! There was so much room to spread out once aboard you didn’t even come within 10 feet of other people.
Once arriving in Nantucket we quickly got settled at our Air BnB and then headed straight back downtown for some shopping and exploring. The cobbled streets and brown shingled buildings with white trim ooze beach town charm. We ended up buying crew neck sweatshirts and tee’s from Annie and the Tee’s, Three Girls and a Dog, and Breezin’ Up. After shopping and walking around downtown we grabbed dinner at Yummy cafe which was right under our Air BnB and had delicious sandwiches!
The next day we got smoothies from Yummy cafe again (which were of course delicious) and took out on our bikes that we rented from Easy Riders. One note of caution is to map out your bike paths before you head out! We decided on a beach day and were headed for Cisco Beach which we heard would be a bit quieter than popular beaches like Jetties. Our mistake though was thinking there would be bike paths along every road but we quickly learned that is not the case. So learn from our mistake and map out your routes before biking because we ended up on busy roads at a few points which we didn’t love!
Cisco beach was a beautiful stretch of beach with loud crashing waves. I loved laying in the hot sun with sand sticking to my skin while watching surfers trying to catch a wave. Fog would roll through every 30 minutes and blanket everything. It was so thick you couldn’t see more than 20 feet in front of you! We now understand why the fog has lovingly been named The Gray Lady. The beach did end up getting extremely packed in the afternoon and although we were able to maintain distance between ourselves and others, there were plenty of people that didn’t seem concerned with social distancing at all so we ended up leaving late afternoon.
After the day at the beach for dinner we sat outside on the beautiful patio at Island Kitchen. This was actually the only meal for the entire trip that we did sit-down service at a restaurant and is the first time we’ve done it since March! The service was incredible though and the food even more incredible. I got the grilled chicken paillard and Phil got the sweet and sour quinoa. I definitely recommend eating here! After our meal we popped down and got ice cream from the Island Kitchen ice cream stand. I got the salted caramel and Phil got peanut butter cookie dough which were both amazing.
The next morning it was already time to head home with our time in Nantucket going by in the blink of an eye. We grabbed bagels for breakfast and sandwiches for later from Provisions which is a must-do stop. I got a curry chicken-salad wrap and it was packed with flavor.
Other notable mentions of food/stops that we didn’t get to this time but come highly recommended:
- Juice Bar – there is always a long line and given we were only in Nantucket for the weekend I didn’t want to waste time in line but if you have the time the ice cream seems worth the wait
- Cisco Brewery
- Sconset Bluff Walk
- Brandt Point Grill
- Black Eyed Susans
- Sankaty Lighthouse
- Pi Pizzeria
Overall, we were blown away by the charm and beauty of Nantucket. It feels like you’re stepping onto a movie set with the blooming hydrangeas and quaint cobblestone streets. We knew it was going to be tight only visiting for two nights and would absolutely recommend staying longer if your budget allows. It’s certainly not an inexpensive vacation but your shoulders will drop from feeling so relaxed and you’ll instantly be in love with Nantucket.