There is nothing better than adding to your summer relaxation by escaping to a vacation on Nantucket. Ellen, a fellow WIMCO agent, recently enjoyed her stay in the ACK and tells us about it here.
“Our Nantucket vacation started early Saturday on a typical foggy New England coastal morning. We boarded the 7:15 ferry from Hyannis for the 2 hour trip to Nantucket. We had our puppy on board so we sat outside on the bow for the entire trip and the fog burned off and finally we saw Nantucket in the distance. There is something special about arriving by ferry – you feel like you’ve gone back in time and are a world away after just a short trip, and it’s a no-hassle way to travel so you really arrive feeling relaxed.
…I’m happy we visited Nantucket in June. It’s still pretty quiet there as far as crowds, but all the restaurants and shops are open.”
“We ventured out to our house in Surfside, NAN SS5. The house is only a few miles from town and close to a couple bike trails and the beach. Tucked down a dirt road in a quiet neighborhood, this location is very peaceful. There are lots of trees and flowers around so you feel very private in the yard. There is an outdoor patio as well as a deck at the front door, so lots of room to listen to the birds and watch the rabbits. There is a well equipped kitchen and a gas grill outside and dining tables inside, outside on the patio and on the screened porch. The first floor is all common spaces with bedrooms on a lower floor and on the second floor. I recommend the master bedroom upstairs for perfect nights sleep where you can fall asleep to the sound of the surf and wake to the chirping birds and the horses arising next door. The outdoor shower is a great treat for enjoying a morning shower in the sunshine.”
“The weather was great and we took advantage of the beautiful beaches. Closest to the house is Surfside/Miacomet. You can take a 15 minute bike ride there or drive and park or drive right onto the beach with an oversand permit that can be purchased at the police station for $100. We decided to get the permit and enjoyed the fun of driving on the beach and being able to access different areas that we might not have walked to. We enjoyed the beach at Madaket where we saw a seal lounging on the sand and where you can explore the calm harbor. At ‘Sconset beach we saw at least 4 seals who kept swimming in front of us and popping their heads up to watch us, it was an incredible treat! We also visited Dionis beach which was a calm beauty and lots of shells. Since it was early in the season, the beaches were relatively empty and we were able to bring the dog out for swimming and running.
…Nantucket is best appreciated for its natural beauty, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature here. There’s no way you’ll miss the beaches, but there is a lot to see inland as well. There are several preserves with hiking trails where you will see wildflowers and wildlife. On the way out to ‘Sconset or Wauwinet is a preserve where you can ride bikes or horseback ride the many paths and reach one of Nantucket’s highest points, Altar Rock, measuring a whopping 108 feet above sea level.”
“Since we had such a nice cooking set-up in our house, we cooked most of our meals in. We brought a lot of food from home and supplemented at the great gourmet shops, farms and seafood markets on the island.
…Nantucket has no shortage of great restaurants and we tried out 2 spots for dinner. First was American Seasons which was excellent! The menu is creative and the service perfect. We shared a scallop and crayfish appetizer and had entrees of tobacco rubbed duck and local Fluke. This and several other restaurants on island make a point of using as much produce as possible from island farms. On our last night we went to DeMarco for Italian. The restaurant is right in town and we had a nice table upstairs by the window, where we could watch the action on the street below. The pasta dishes were excellent and the tiramisu – out of this world. If you have a special occasion, there are caterers on island who will prepare a beach party for you. We saw a caterer setting up a stunning dinner for 8 on the beach right around sunset – incredible!”
Ellen admits that “a vacation in Nantucket is an opportunity to give in to total relaxation.” To read her full trip report click here