Where to stay, what to do and where to dine
Nantucket, a picturesque island located about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, is accessible by air and ferry and is a great place for a long weekend getaway. Here, where to stay, what to do and the best culinary spots on the island.
Where to stay
Nantucket Resort Collection is a collection of luxury boutique hotels located right in the city center, within walking distance of great restaurants and shopping. It is made up of three properties: The Veranda House, which has 18 rooms; the Regatta Inn, which has nine rooms; and Chapman House, which has 15 rooms. In total, the collection has 42 rooms, which means it is ideal for friends traveling together or multigenerational families.
Although all three properties have a unique look and feel, they are all steeped in history, as the buildings date back to the 17th century. The Veranda house has a minimalist beach design and a beautiful garden with seating and a fire pit. The Regatta Inn is consistently rated as the best bed and breakfast in Nantucket, with a sophisticated atmosphere. New for this season are the six renovated rooms designed by Giovanna Lucy. While there is no on-site restaurant, they offer a continental breakfast each morning, including freshly baked pastries, fruit, and coffee.
Guests tend to interact with each other in the living rooms or in the backyard, it is a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The properties are pet-friendly and it is not uncommon for guests to bring their dogs. (Stella, the resident dog, is very popular with guests and other dogs.)
Nantucket Resort Collection offers beach chairs and backpack umbrellas for guests to use at the beautiful Nantucket beaches located just steps from the properties.
The property is ideal for couples or families looking for a very informal and relaxed stay in an elegant and upscale property. The location is also ideal, close to the ferry and the airport.
Activities on Nantucket
Cycling is a great way to explore the island. Easy Rider Bikes will drop off a bike at the Nantucket Resort Collection for guests to use during their stay. It’s ideal to reserve a bike for the duration of your stay, as you’ll be using it more than you think. Nantucket is super bike friendly with over 30 miles of biking trails. Preferred routes include Polpis, Milestone, Madaket and Cliff paths. It’s also fun to cycle through the city and its surroundings. The good thing is that the paths are separated from the road, so you can see the island without having to worry about sharing the lane with the cars.
For something truly unique, try an eFoil lesson hosted by Higher level water sports. Owners Jake Hoefler and Jon Beery created the company in 2016. They met while they were forming one of the world’s leading kitesurfing schools and decided to put their expertise to work for their own business. Jake and Jon are practical owners and they are often the eFoil lesson instructors. It’s hard to explain what exactly eFoil is without experiencing it, but it’s like surfing with a motor. Once you have mastered water surfing, the next level is to surf over water, almost like flying. You control speed with a handheld device and your body weight, and the distribution controls turns and directions. It’s a wonderful and unique way to experience water without strings or ropes. You are in complete control of how fast you travel. The lesson begins with the basics and it is not uncommon for people to stand at the board from the first lesson. In order to really experience the sensation of flying over water, it is recommended to book two lessons. Jake is an excellent practical, patient, intelligent and expert water instructor. Trying an eFoil lesson will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your vacation. The company also offers wakeboarding, tubing and kitesurfing.
Restaurants on Nantucket
American seasons, a restaurant that focuses on fish, meats and fresh local produce, regularly changes its menu to ensure they use seasonal ingredients. The special fresh fish menu is always a winner (stroke of luck is amazing) and the roast pork shoulder is a fan favorite. Make sure to start with the burrata, which is served with a roasted yellow peach for a wonderful mix of sweet and savory. Chocolate cream and lemon posset are a great way to end the meal.
Kitchen island is known for its bowls. Spicy tuna is a mixture of ahi tuna, brown rice with soy and ginger, cucumber, avocado, wasabi cream, spicy mayo, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds and Crispy garlic for a healthy, protein-rich meal. Sweet and sour quinoa, served with kale, arugula, avocado, roasted squash and zucchini, asparagus and a sesame seed dressing is a great option for vegetarians. Roasted cauliflower, served with dates, tahini vinaigrette and grilled lemon, is a great dish to share.
Black eyed susan is an intimate restaurant located in the heart of the city. There are tables inside and outside, but for a real treat eat at the counter. It is an open kitchen concept taken to a whole new level. Diners are literally a few feet away from burning pans, frying fish, sautéing vegetables. The chef is very open and social and guests are free to ask questions while he is working. We have the impression of eating at someone’s house, except that it is much better. The menu changes regularly, but if the halibut special is offered, take it. It’s fresh, light and full of flavor. The tuna tartare appetizer is also a fan favorite. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner and it gets very crowded either way so get there early.