After a bouncy five hours crossing Vineyard Sound from Cuttyhunk, we were greeted by this:
Beautiful Nantucket! We haven’t been here since we honeymooned in Cape Cod in 1979, so we were excited to get back. We spent our first two nights on a mooring ball, with beautiful views of town, massive yachts, the bustle of the ferries and all kinds of boats, along with some of the beautiful homes along the water. We called for a mooring ball when we got into the harbor, and were given a friendly escort to our ball, and he waited and chatted with us until he was sure we were secure. There’s a frequently running shuttle that will pick you up at your boat and take you over to Streamboat Wharf, or you can dinghy into town. You’ll find a very crowded dinghy dock a couple of blocks out of town. Note that this was after Labor Day…can’t imagine what it’s like in the summer!
It was fun to run the dinghy around the harbor, checking out the other boats and beautiful waterfront homes.
We especially liked this boat!
Misty in Nantucket Harbor
We had amazing views of town, the waterfront homes, boats and bustle of the harbor from our mooring ball.
Thankfully the weather improved and we were able to really explore the island. The Historic Downtown District is charming, with cobbled streets and alleys, wharfs and beautiful historic buildings. We did visit the Whaling Museum. It’s very small (and expensive, $20./person), but does have a cool whale skeleton on display.
We strolled the streets, wandering in and out of shops, and had a wonderful lunch at Met on Main’s lovely back patio. Surrounded by trees and planters bursting with flowers, we were tucked into a quiet, shady corner…it was delightful! And, we enjoyed two delicious small plates: “Loaded Nachos” with pork shoulder and deviled eggs…YUM!
Met on Main restaurant
And yes, Rob found the old fashioned soda fountain for ice cream on Main Street!
Nancy has a thing about small town book stores, having patronized The Clinton Book Shop for all of the 22 years we lived in Bethlehem Township, NJ. The bookstore in Nantucket was incredibly fun and imaginative! You want to stay and explore every corner!
Nantucket book store on Main Street
There were dogs and dog bars everywhere!
And random artwork in town, gardens and on the beach.
The gardens, planters and window boxes all around the island were spectacular!
To get further afield, we spent an afternoon riding all over Nantucket on a moped, and it was a blast! First stop, beautiful Brant Point Lighthouse that stands guard at the entry to Nantucket Harbor.
We headed out to ‘Sconset, rode along the beach road out to Sankaty Head Lighthouse, overlooking Sankaty Head Golf Club. Breathtaking!
While it was closed when we got there, the First Congregational Church is said to have amazing views of the harbor from their bell tower.
After two days on a mooring ball we moved over to Nantucket Boat Basin. We purposely waited to visit Nantucket until after Labor Day, as rates at marinas lower considerably. And, they charge less when you stay on Sundays – Thursdays, so avoid weekends! It was great to be in town, close to restaurants, shopping (even a good sized grocery store a block away!) and a clean laundry room! The boat basin also has adorable hotel rooms all along the docks, hanging over the water! And there’s a delicious pizza place on the wharf: Oath Pizza!
As much as we loved our time in Nantucket, it was time to move on. Next up: Martha’s Vineyard.