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
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
Best table at Galley Beach Restaurant
The Old Mill built in 1746 and believed to be the oldest of it's kind in the United States
Another view of Long Pond
Before sunrise, all is quiet on 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:
Company of the Cauldron
Corazon del mar
Le Languedoc Inn & Bistro
Lo La 41
Oran Mor Bistro & Bar
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