A Nantucket sojourn

Less than 30 miles off of Cape Cod, Nantucket offers quiet harbors, dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, lighthouses, beautiful old mansions and a fascinating whaling history
The Veranda House and Chapman House have been one of Nantucket's best place to stay for a century and a half. This is an advertisement from 1884. Today is gets 4-1/2 stars on TripAdvisor.

A visit to the Old Grey Lady

At least once each Spring we spend a few days on Nantucket. It's a bit like stepping back into the past with its cobbled street and magnificent colonial architecture.

This isn't surprising given the fact that the entire island of Nantucket is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The town is a shopper's dream-come-true, and the sightseeing is superb - what other small island has three lighthouses to visit?

Where to stay

This trip we stayed at The Chapman House which is part of the Veranda Inn. Nate and Hillary were our gracious hosts.

You  can discover Nantucket’s most stylish accommodations here where high design of 2013 meets historic structure of 1830.

This new boutique hotel is the sister property to The Veranda House which also recently underwent renovations and the facelift is amazing.

Both properties are two short blocks to downtown Nantucket.

Received Yankee Magazine 2013 Editor's Choice Award.

The Chapman House was honored by Yankee Magazine’s Editors this year as the Best Boutique Lodging on the island. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.

From the moment we arrived, we knew we had chosen one of the best places to stay on Nantucket. The decor throughout the inn and the rooms was modern, yet comfortable, It was exactly what we were looking for. What was even better than the decor and place itself was the service. I felt like I was staying at a friend's home rather than a lodging.

Each day the  complimentary fare was different.

One morning we awoke to the aroma of our host Nate's Spanakopita (spinach pie) . It was the best breakfast treat we've had in years.

This Greek spinach pie is made with layers of phyllo dough and a filling of seasoned spinach, onions and scallions, feta, and eggs. It was his grandmothers recipe.

Another morning the homemade Granola was fabulous, and there was pretty of fresh fruit and bagels to toast as well. And every afternoon there were homemade chocolate chip cookies to go with your coffee or tea..

What to see on Nantucket

On this trip we decided to rent a car - the weather was far too warm for biking. We lucked out by renting one from Nantucket Island Windmill Rental who had the car waiting for us at the Straight Wharf dock where out ferry landed.

The island is only 47.8 square miles, 14 miles long and 3-1/2 miles wide, but it has 80 miles of beaches, so you won't have a problem finding a private stretch for yourself. and you can spend days in the downtown area's incredible shops, or drive nine miles out to either Siasconset or Madaket.

For more ideas about how to enjoy the island, check out the excellent Chamber of Commerce site here.

With the present hot weather, we were happy to have a car.

What to see on Nantuck

Where to dine on Nantucket 

The best:
Boarding House
The Pearl
Oran Mor

Good local restaurants
AK Diamonds
Brotherhood Of Thieves

An Ode to Nantucket

Since this is a family newssite we won't offer the ribald limerick about this storied island, but we will offer the earliest published version which appeared in 1902 in the Princeton Tiger:

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

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