Wednesday, September 15, 2010

'The Faraway Land'


My summer is not complete without a visit to one of my favorite destinations, the Island of Nantucket.
About 30 miles out to sea, off the south coast of Cape Cod, 14 miles in length and 3.5 miles wide; a jewel of an island, rich in history, architecture and natural beauty. 'Nantucket,' the name derives from a Native American word meaning 'faraway land.' Originally inhabited by the Wampanoag Indian tribe when discovered in 1602, by Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, an Englishman. Quakers settled in the island in the early 1700's and soon found it an ideal center for whaling. By the early 1800's Nantucket became known as the whaling capital of the world.
Long gone are the days of whale oil filled lamps and Quaker bonnets, but it's wealth still apparent from it's whaling days.
Cobblestone streets, beautiful gray shingled homes adorned by well-maintained gardens with white picket fences, miles of white sandy beaches along with bike trails that take you there, art galleries, beautiful boutiques and delectable restaurants, what else can I say...... I love it there!


View of Brant Point Lighthouse from the harbor




'Gardiner's Corner Mural,' designed in 1936 by H. Marshall Gardiner, a local merchant.


The flower lady


The Juice Bar, not only for juice but also for ice cream


Happy customers at the Juice Bar


The produce truck on Main St.


Boats of all sizes, from small fishing boats to million dollar yachts






The Old Barn at Siasconset Golf Course


Footbridge - Siasconset


Rose cottages at The Summer House - Siasconset





Siasconset pronounced 'Sconset is a village eight miles east from the town of Nantucket. Known for it's charming cluster of rose covered cottages and magnificent mansions overlooking the sea.





Farmer's market


How we get around


 
Beach umbrellas at Cliffside Beach Club






Murray's Toggery Shop where locals and non-locals purchase 'Nantucket Reds,' salmon color cotton clothing.


Cisco Brewers, a fun place


A boat named 'Memories'


Stormy day at Surfside


Brant Point Lighthouse





Jetties Beach





The Old Mill built in 1746 and believed to be the oldest of it's kind in the United States


Long Pond


Another view of Long Pond


Before sunrise, all is quiet on Main St.


Main St.


Can't wait to return, we still have much more to explore on this beautiful and peaceful island.


Links to some of our favorite restaurants:

American Seasons

Black-Eyed Susan's

Boarding House

Company of the Cauldron

Corazon del mar

Dune

Galley Beach

Le Languedoc Inn & Bistro

Lo La 41

21 Federal

Oran Mor Bistro & Bar

Queequeg's

Sconset Cafe

Straight Wharf

The Pearl 


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