I went to Nantucket for the 4th of July last week and had the best time on the island! I grew up going there and always love visiting my favorite shops, beaches, and restaurants. It’s a little slice of heaven off the coast of Massachusetts. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend taking a mini weekend or week long trip there. It’s only an hour flight (actually even shorter than that!) from NYC.
I have all of my favorite places listed on my Travel App which you can download for free here OR in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat.” I also recently added a new Travel section to my site, which is essentially the Travel App in desktop form. I got a ton of questions about which spots in particular were my favorite from my trip this time around, so I wanted to share a concise list of 10 Things To Do in Nantucket if you’re only there for a few days and want to pack the most in!
1. Rent bikes and head to Surfside Beach.
Surfside is one of the best beaches on Nantucket. The sand is so soft and it’s always super peaceful. Ride bikes along the bike path and take in the scenic route. There are two great casual lunch spots right there if you’re hungry – a little taco truck and a beach stand.
2. Have sunset drinks and dinner at Galley Beach.
This restaurant is located directly on the beach. The tables and chairs are literally right in the sand – so don’t wear heels to dinner haha!
3. Have dinner at The Pearl.
This is one of the best restaurants on Nantucket and the attention to detail is impeccable. All of the flavors are so innovative and unique. The food melts in your mouth.
4. Walk down Cliff Road and stop for lunch at Something Natural.
Cliff Road is one of my favorite roads in Nantucket. The homes are STUNNING. Something Natural is a hidden sandwich shop with the BEST homemade Portuguese bread (I literally buy a loaf every summer to take home with me!) and the yummiest sandwiches. Grab sandwiches and one of their chocolate chip cookies to go for the beach, or sit on their picnic tables. You can walk to Jettie’s Beach after.
5. Stroll and shop through town.
The shopping in Nantucket is amazing. I love Olivela, Monelle, Nantucket Looms, and Sweet Inspirations for chocolate!
6. Get ice cream at Juice Bar.
This is the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. They make all of the waffle cones homemade right in front of you, and the line is always wrapped around the block. It’s worth the wait!!!
7. Head to Sconset and do the Sconset Bluff Walk.
Sconset is at the end of the island, and worth the trip out there. It’s a community of gorgeous rose covered cottages and traditional mansions overlooking the water. The Bluff Walk takes you right in front of the mansions – you can literally walk through the backyards of them! After the walk, stroll through town, and head to The Chanticleer for dinner.
8. Have lunch at Cru and then wander to Brant Point Lighthouse.
I love getting off the ferry, or plane and heading straight to Cru for a light lunch outside. They’ve got a great selection of food and wine and it’s just so relaxing to be on their patio and look out at all of the boats. After lunch, head to the Brant Point Lighthouse to admire its beauty.
9. Have dinner at Ventuno and then drinks at Straight Wharf.
Set in a charming house, Ventuno is a must if you love Italian food. Their pasta is phenomenal and they make a mean dirty martini. They have a fun back bar as well, but I always love heading to Straight Wharf for drinks. It gets really lively late night!
10. Listen to live music and enjoy cocktails at Cisco Brewery.
This is a great spot if you’re with a group and want to do a little day drinking. Listen to great music and sit on the picnic benches sipping cocktails.