I am 100% in love with Cape Cod and I’ve done a fair amount of traveling and exploring throughout the 65 mile long peninsula. I’ve previously made day visits to the lovely islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard (both are beautiful) and I have enjoyed my time there…but nothing compares to getting a local perspective and suggestions! Am I right?!?!?! Earlier this year a friend I met awhile ago from my blogging adventures, who frequents my lovely city (Charleston) invited us to come to Nantucket and visit…I knew this was a must stop to include on our 2 week road trip this summer! I asked our host Jill to share with us some of her favorite spots to eat, drink and hang out while in Nantucket, she shared with me some really cool places that I’m stoked to now share with you! Every inch of the island looks like its taken from post card…LOVE IT!
Day 1 Friday:
Upon our arrival to the island we unloaded our luggage at Jills home and found a lovely spread of cheese, crackers and wine waiting! She had stopped at one her fav spots to grab goodies on the island: BRIX Wine Shop (they have amazing cheese, meat, crackers and the largest selection of rose wine that I have ever seen! Perfect way to relax and catch up while enjoying some terrific snacks!!!
DINNER: VENTUNO. We rode our bikes downtown to one of Jill’s fav spots: VENTUNO. While there we enjoyed a lovely heirloom tomato salad, Ostriche (5 chilled Nantucket oysters with campari-grapefuit italian ice and Spigola (local rod and reel striped bass, heirloom beans, local tomatoes, house smoked & meyer lemon-green olive relish). It was a fantastic dinner…this is the kind of seafood that keeps you coming back to Nantucket! It’s the stuff that a food lover’s dreams, are made of!
Day 2 Saturday:
SUSTAINABLE NANTUCKET FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET. One of the things I love checking out while visiting new areas is catching a visit to the local farmers market. It tells a story like nothing else can quite do… Looking over the regional produce, soaking in the colors of the local flowers on display, meeting the farmers & artisans… I always love it! If I’m going to buy a souvenir of some kind…I usually do it here! The Nantucket Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9am-1pm Downtown at Cambridge & North Union Streets. They have a great selection of local produce and locally made artwork/jewelry/stationary and much more!!! We enjoyed hanging out and loading up our bag full of goodies to bring home!
SWEET STOP: PETTICOAT ROW BAKERY 35 Centre St. Open: Mon-Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7-12 We loved stopping by this sweet bakery and grabbing some very yummy coffee and festive treats! It seemed fitting to pick up whale and lobster decorated sugar cookies.
LUNCH: 167 SEAFOOD & MEAT MARKET. One of our favorite places in Charleston to catch a meal is at 167 Raw. Our host Jill Sandole’s son is one of the owners of this Charleston hot spot. It is this very Charleston connection that explains how Jill began to follow my blog and Instagram account while living in Nantucket. It was an absolute must to grab lunch from their food truck located beside the fish and meat market. Serving a similar menu to their sister location in Charleston we enjoyed some fish tacos and of course that famous lobster roll that started it all for me! While there we grabbed some beautiful looking halibut from the fish counter to cook for dinner later that evening!
NANTUCKET VINEYARD, CISCO BREWERS AND TRIPLE EIGHT DISTILLERY. 5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket MA 02584 Open year round: Mon-Sat 11-7 Sun 12-5 508-325-5929 This really cool property hosts an experience unparalleled to anything else on the island. Offering live music, tours and sampling of wine/brews/spirits and various food options to enjoy! While there I saw one of my fav Charleston 167 Raw buddies: Logan who was busy shucking some of the Capes finest! Of course I had to have a few oysters while stopping by the 167 tent and catching up with him!
(I should stop and clarify at this point that we really did a lot of biking while on the island and earned the calories we ate! I’m certain at this point there may be some judgement happening right now, about the amount of food we have indulged in, up to this point). LOL!!!
Pre-Dinner Snack: QUEEQUEG’S (6 Oak Street, Nantucket MA 02554) Open for lunch/brunch and dinner. We greatly enjoyed stopping here and having the most amazing bowl of Lobster Bisque (brown butter, smoked trout roe, creme fruit, chives) soup that I have ever eaten. This local lobster dish was FANTASTIC….and I highly recommend stopping in for it! Its special!
DINNER AT HOME! That evening a cold front had moved into the area and we were freezing…I opted to pan sauté the halibut instead of grilling it and chance nearly freezing to death! Like my mother always said, all you need when cooking a good piece of quality fish is: lemon, butter, salt and pepper! Along with the fish we enjoyed some local asparagus from a neighboring farm and some wine from BRIX Wine Shop and had the loveliest fire in July. It was very unexpected, but so much fun! We enjoyed roasting some logs while sharing life stories, laughing and enjoying the ease that comes with being in Nantucket and island life!
First Congregational Church. Our friend Jill, is largely involved with various gardening and floral arrangements and projects throughout the Nantucket community. One of such events was occurring during our visit that we were lucky enough to assist with and partake in: Rose Sunday at First Congregational Church of Nantucket. Every year the church celebrates a special Sunday where the sanctuary is decorated with an abundance of pink roses donated by various community members. About a dozen members work the day before to arrange baskets to be put on display. We loved meeting some of the members of the congregation and when we finished we got to take a tour of the church steeple and tower (best view of Nantucket) for a $5 donation. Really cool, great group of folks and a beautiful church that any lover of history would enjoy taking a look around!
WHALING MUESUM 13 Broad St. This was a fun stop and way for us to check out and learn more about the local history of Nantucket. We enjoyed looking at artifacts, portraits of captains and learning about the regional lighthouses, previous whaling industry and more! Great for the whole family!
Our friend and host Jill has a sweet little Airbnb rental available on her property (great for someone traveling on their own or with a +1). It is located about 1.5 miles from the heart of downtown and about 1.5 miles from the beach. Great location for someone wanting to bike the area or take the bus (which has a drop off/pick up close by). Near by bike rental is available also! For more information email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch! Its super cute and a very reasonable rate!!!