Planning a trip to Nantucket? Great, you're already doing something right! This tiny island in Massachusetts off the East Coast of the U.S. is a summer vacation paradise. In the winter, or "off-season", Nantucket is your quintessential New England seaside town. Whether you're a nature-lover, partier, or just in search of some high-end retail therapy, Nantucket has something to offer.
First and foremost, you come here for the beaches—Nantucket is iconic for its coastline!
Check out Nobadeer Beach on the Southside of the island - popular amongst surfers and locals. If waves aren't your thing, stick to the Northside of the island where you'll find calm water and the best sandbars.
The nightlife is universal, whether you're looking for a wild night at the bars in town or an acoustic sing-along at a starlit bonfire on one of the island's beaches.
The great thing about a night out on Nantucket is that you can bar hop on foot! The downtown area has countless options, all nearby to one another, and exploring by foot is the best way to find the vibe you're looking for.
Cook’s Cafe
There’s nothing more satisfying than a good sandwich on the beach!
After you rent your bike from Cook’s Cycles, head next door to Cook’s Cafe and grab a wrap or two from their menu of internationally inspired + healthy wraps. This place is a favorite amongst many locals and Cook’s is also very vegetarian/vegan friendly.
I suggest the Bangkok Chicken (trust me, you will be dreaming of the spicy peanut sauce for months to come…) or the Falafel Wrap.
Something Natural
This bakery and sandwich shop is an island institution, entering its 50th season this year. Something Natural is famous for its massive sandwiches, stuffed with fresh ingredients and served on the freshest bread you have ever tasted.
Try the Portuguese Bread! But then again, you really can’t go wrong here.
Cisco Brewers
You haven’t done your beach day right unless you finish it off with a trip to Cisco Brewers. Literally roll up with sand still in your pockets and grab a drink. Whether your thing is craft beer, infused vodkas, cider, or wine… this place is for you.
The best time to hit the brewery is between 4 and 7 PM – just in time for the live music.
As for drink suggestions, try the Pineapple Express or the 888 Blueberry Lemonade. If you’re hungry, grab a lobster roll or Nantucket bay scallops wrapped in bacon from the Lobster Trap food truck.