Nantucket: Summer Island Hop


I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time on Nantucket these past few years, and I feel grateful that it has become such a familiar place. From bike rides to the beach and days under the sun at the brewery to admiring (maybe peeking into) the impressive homes along Main Street, there’s lots to explore. Plus, there’s just something magical about being on an island 30 miles out to sea.

A few things for your island journey:

1. Slow ferry in, fast ferry out.

Enjoy the ferry ride through Nantucket Sound on your way to the island. To save money, take the slow ferry over. Two ferry options out of Hyannis, include Steamship Authority and Hy-Line. If you depart from Hyannis, say "hello" to the pleasant ferry workers, as with every individual, there’s a story there.


2. Walk up Main Street.

Follow the cobblestone road up Main Street. (No one knows where the stones came from, but they sure are lovely to look at—and less lovely to bike or drive over.) Take your time passing old homes that once belonged to ship captains; some still have a widow’s walk at the top, where loved ones would scan the harbor for returning vessels.


3. Go to Cisco Brewery

There are free shuttles that will take you to the brewery. Catch it between the Visitor Center and Federal Street. Cisco is open year-round, and in the summer, there's live music, food trucks, and beer, wine, and spirits all made on the island. 


4. Hit the Beach

There are also shuttles to the beach. Surfside Beach has a food stand, but get in line right before you think you might be hungry because when it’s sunny, it can take a bit. Oh and Cisco Beach has surf lessons

photo by jonathan gallegos

photo by jonathan gallegos

TravelKelly Chase