While the weather may be scorching in our home state of Texas, it’s refreshing to know that elsewhere in the country, denizens of cooler locales are sipping cocktails al fresco, strolling city streets in the sunshine, enjoying every minute of it. We were fortunate enough to spend a weekend in Nantucket this summer and have been dreaming about sailing back there ever since. Here’s our top picks for a last chance summer getaway on the picturesque island of Nantucket.
1. Drinks at Cru Sip cocktails on the deck while admiring amazing yachts on the waterfront. We even spotted Secretary of State John Kerry’s modest yacht.
2. An afternoon on Dionis Beach Nantucket’s famous for its white sandy beaches and we can’t imagine an afternoon better spent than catching rays on one of the most beautiful in all of New England.
3. Coffee at Nantucket Coffee Roasters Pop into this charming, locally owned and operated coffee shop and sample the wide variety of beans roasted to order. You might even bump into a celebrity like we did. P.S. If you see Drew Barrymore say ‘hi’ for us!
4. A Stay at the White Elephant Located on the water in one of the island’s oldest buildings, the White Elephant has been THE hotel to stay at since its opening in the 1920s. Grab a good book, head to the lawn and relax in one of the enticing cornflower blue recliners.
5. Pick Up Lunch at Bartlett’s Farm The perfect spot to grab all the fixings for an impromptu picnic, Bartlett’s Farm is Nantucket’s oldest and largest operating farm, having been in the business since the late 19th century. Make sure to visit the garden out back where you can literally pick your own strawberries fresh from the plant.
6. Browse Haute Couture at Gyspy Parisian fashion in a laid back setting? Yes, please! We couldn’t help but fawn over the fabulous lines including Celine, Isabel Marant and Band of Outsiders at this chic Nantucket boutique.
7. Dine at Toppers Indulge in a lavish meal at Toppers, the island’s critically acclaimed restaurant located in the Wauwinet Hotel. Our butter poached lobster, asparagus and meyer lemon custard were to die for.
8. Don’t Forget the Details While there is so much to do and see on Nantucket, we at Lane Knight like to stop and take a second look, often noticing something that we hadn’t at first. Nearly all of Nantucket’s quaint, historical homes boast clever, cute and sometimes even irreverent brass door knockers. We picked up a seahorse to bring a little piece of the island back to Texas. image property of Liz Nyman via Flickr.