Wanderlusting: Nantucket

“The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.” ~ Enya

Impromptu Trip

I have teased and teased and hinted and NOW (finally!) here is my post about my Nantucket getaway. 9044AC01-DA3F-4746-B888-3A590F117A5E

Before I left for San Diego, my cousin and I had talked about a somewhat coastal trip over the Fourth. Originally we had planned on doing the Outerbanks, but due to logistics, we ended up in Nantucket and I am so happy we did!


I always joke when I go away I need a vacation from my vacation when I get back. Being type A, I am ALWAYS on the go. And while we were, we also weren’t. This was the trip that I needed and I didn’t even KNOW I needed, having just been to San Diego.


I did not expect to love it as much as I did, nor did I expect for it to be the perfect bout of therapy I needed given everything I had going on at the time. This might just be my favorite trip of the year (sorry Charleston) and is definitely in the top five places I have visited. Combined with an amazing group of people, (which really does make all the difference) we lazed around, exercised, engaged in libations, and explored. It was a contradictory in wonderfulness, that my Gemini self exulted in.



Nantucket is the quintessential New England seaside town, though in this case it is an island. It was founded in 1641, but wasn’t developed until 1659. Throughout the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, fishing, in particular the whaling industry, played a prominent role in Nantucket’s economy, helping it become a thriving seaside island.


Unfortunately, in 1846, what is called the “Great Fire” swept through the main town damaging much of the settlement. Coupled with the decline in the whaling industry, Nantucket was all but abandoned by people moving back to the mainland.


It wasn’t until the 1950’s, that developers began to buy up the island. In an unusual move, they kept many of the original structures and restoring them to create a nautical destination for wealthy travelers to vacation in.


Nantucket is like stepping into the past, mixed with a little modernism. Cobbled streets cover the downtown roads, with couture shops beckoning visitors to browse. The streets are narrow, and while you can drive on the island, many people choose to bike, making it easier to get around.



Much of the island is a time hop to days when communities weren’t so commercialized or built up. Winding bike trails and woodsy beaches combined with New England shingled houses topped with window walks, cater to the tourist who craves a break from the iPhone and internet. It was the throwback to a simpler time, that had me rejoicing, and fall in love with this stunningly quaint island.


We stayed at a newly renovated three bedroom, but still ridiculously quaint AirBnB that was about a ten minute or so bike ride from downtown Nantucket, as well as centrally located to all of the beaches. It had all of the modern amenities, including WiFi, two NEW washers and dryers, and beach chairs, while still having that seaside charm. 0B044A7F-96E4-4AE2-B1E9-AB371D024CCC

The host was incredibly attentive. She had grown up on Nantucket, and her Dad who helps her manage still lived on the island and was our go to when we needed anything. It was also extremely dog friendly, and with three dogs, (one a hundred pound love) it was a great find! I highly recommend staying here if you ever visit Nantucket.


One of my favorite parts of the house, was that it had a spacious with a  grill and large table. Every morning, I would get up and do work there, as I listened to the birds chirp and breathed in the salt air. it was the perfect way to start my mornings.



The night before our trip, I drove with my cousin to Connecticut where we stayed with my aunt and uncle before driving to Hyannis where we picked up the ferry. For being an island, Nantucket is extremely accessible, with an airport, that has flights constantly, and numerous ferries from all over, including one that leaves from New York’s lower East Side.


The weather was humid and rainy, but we didn’t let it dampen (pun intended) our mood, as we drove. Doing a much needed Starbucks (coffee!!) run, fully caffeinated we had a sing along of eighties and nineties tunes to entertain us until we got to Hyannis.


With a variety of different ferry options, we took the steamship which takes two hours. Despite the rainy weather I was absolutely giddy with anticipation. Just being on a boat makes me happy.


We even attempted a sojourn outside.


Unfortunately the wind was NOT on my side, and after a nice facial wind lift, we went back inside.


Downtown Nantucket 

The ferry terminal is right in downtown Nantucket, and we decided to Uber to the AirBnB which took about ten minutes with traffic. As we drove we got to catch a glimpse of the historic town.


Thankfully our worst weather day, was the day we arrived and the rest of our trip made for perfect beach days. What made it even more perfect, was as the East Coast was in the throes of a heat wave, the normally chillier coastal temps were a comfortable breezy seventy and eighty degrees, making for perfect beach days.


Downtown Nantucket is a happy medium of cute shops mixed with food and yes even coffee. There are also a smorgasbord of museums that teaches about Nantucket’s at times tumultuous history to what is otherwise a peaceful coastal island.


Nantucket is a place that has a little bit of everything for everyone, you just have to look. Our days were spent, not only luxuriating at the beach, but also going for runs, paddle boarding and even doing yoga. While there are no Starbucks or chain restaurants, small coffee shops offer the same caffeinated kick, with a New England style, and while we chose to make great use of the grill, the restaurants we ate at, were fit for the foodie. It really was the perfect place to vacation. The only bad part was I didn’t want to leave.


Have you been to Nantucket? 

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18 thoughts on “Wanderlusting: Nantucket

  1. I’ve never been to Nantucket but I’ve had many friends who have visited and said it’s absolutely amazing. The pictures are stunning (per usual) and their downtown area looks too cute! Also, I’m L-O-V-I-N-G the Nantucket quarter zip you’re rocking, I’m such a sucker for those! <3

    1. Girl you NEED to go! I think a girls trip is in order next year! You would love it! Awe thank you! Downtown is so quaint! Awe thank you! So am I! I collect sweatshirts and absolutely adore this one!😘😘😘

  2. Okay if I visit you in NY can you also take me Nantucket and all these cool, cute little places you go?! I actually heard of Nantucket because of whaling x

  3. I’ve never been there and have always wondered what it looked like. I must say it looks beautiful! That’s so lucky you ended up having amazing weather,that might have made the vacation more enjoyable for you. 😁 great photos by the way!! I wanna go to the beach too, it’s not far but it’s also very cold 😖

    1. I hope you get to go! It was so magical! The weather definitely did! We were so lucky! Awe thank you so much sweets! Yuck that stinks! I hope it warms up for you!💗

  4. You must have people queuing up to be your travel buddy! You visit some lovely, little places and I’m glad the weather was mostly good for you and you could enjoy the sunshine ☀❤

  5. Is that you in the second photo?!?! That is an AMAZING shot!! Well, every single other shot is beautiful, too, of course. BUT OH HEY! NOW I SEE WHERE THE PATIO IS! That AirBnB is the cutest – I love it! Nantucket seems like a story book town, so pretty! <3

  6. Wow! I would love to visit. I’m a little obsessed with history and love the idea of cobbled streets and places that haven’t been modernised. How beautiful and fascinating to see! The photos all look lovely.
    I always need a holiday after a holiday. It’s so tough sometimes in the UK, when you go from boiling hot sunshine and beaches, to rain and wind. xx

  7. Wow it sounds amazing there it’s good that it has a little bit of everything!! I love the photo of you flicking back your hair in the water it looks so cool 😊 xx

  8. It really is about who you’re with and not where you are sometimes. I’m glad you were surrounded by amazing people on this trip Kate ❤️
    Nantucket looks incredible 😍 and girl those photos of you on the boat- you look radiant! Especially the one where you are laughing! So beautiful and naturally gorgeous ❤️
    I’m the same as you, being on boats makes me so happy! That reminds me, this dating show I’m watching at the moment, one of the girls claims that ‘if he doesn’t have a boat, it’s a dealbreaker’ haha! Would you agree? 😂😂
    All these pictures are gorgeous. That coastal town photo with all the green, stunning 😍
    You’re so lucky you got to go paddle boarding! I bet that was so much fun! I’d love to try that one day and of course to visit Nantucket! So glad you had a fantastic trip hun! Thank you for sharing your stories with us ❤️

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