Hey there Tuesday!
Andrew and I just came off a fabulous weekend in Nantucket.
And all the Elin Hildebrand fans said amen ;).
Growing up, Nantucket was a special spot for my family and a place we visited many times. For some reason, I stopped going to visit this sweet little island off of Massachusetts back in college, but my parents have continued to go year after year.
The last time I visited Nantucket. Why did I wait so long?!
Well…thanks to all of those Elin Hildebrand books I’ve been reading lately (I think it’s like 12 or 13 in 18 months!), I had the Nantucket bug BIG TIME and decided it was way past time to take Andrew. Now this romantic kid-free weekend had all of the bells and whistles: there were lazy mornings, lovely strolls, huge portions of fresh lobster, lots of coffee consumed, candlelight suppers, and two people so airsick they had to lay down for an hour after arriving and still didn’t feel well upon standing. Traveling is never dull :),
Let’s start from the beginning. We love Nantucket.
Here we are! Up early and at the airport for our flight to Boston on Thursday morning. A few things to note: it pains me to fly to Boston and not see the Sox play. Like, physically pains me. Second, growing up, we always flew to Boston and then rented a car and drove the 1.5 hours to Hyannis where we would board the ferry boat for the one hour ferry (two if we took the Steamship) ride to Nantucket. But seeing how I’m this fancy travel agent that knows so much about traveling…I booked us a connecting flight from the Boston airport straight to Nantucket’s little airport. I’m just so good at my job (insert lots of sarcasm HERE!).
(For those of you who care, I’ll link to some random things I’m wearing below the pictures.)
We had a short layover at Logan Airport where we grabbed lunch and then made our way to our connecting flight to Nantucket. Those silly people who take the ferry. What was my dad thinking all of those years?!
He was thinking that you would have to be an idiot to board a flight like this.
So…there were several warning signs that I should have caught:
1: I have the world’s most sensitive stomach and even occasionally get sick on large jets.
2: When we walked up to the ticket counter to get our boarding passes, the lady asked each of us how much we weighed so that the plane stayed balanced.
3: They wouldn’t let me keep my purse with me because the plane wasn’t large enough. FOR A PURSE. The plane’s interior wasn’t large enough for a purse.
4: When they called our flight number, only 9 people came forward. Nine.
5. When we walked onto the tarmac, they told us our seat assignments based on our weight. Somehow, this put me in the last seat at the very back…probably the very worst spot possible for someone who gets airsick/trainsick/carsick/seasick/pretty much everything sick.
6: The plane had very limited A/C (I’m being polite because I honestly don’t think it had any).
7. The pilot sat down in his seat, looked in his rear-view mirror at us, said “there are life jackets under your seats if we need them” and then proceeded to open his window and stick his head out as he maneuvered around jets.
So, off we went for the longest hour of my life. Yeah…I’m going to go ahead and call it the longest hour of my life. And this is from someone who sat and listened to 8 hours of Men Tell All Taping for The Bachelorette, so I speak from a place of experience…
After we landed, we stood on the tarmac for a minute and I snapped this picture quickly before we walked off. I know I’m a big fat baby…but friends, ANDREW AND I WERE BOTH SICK. Oh my word! Never again. Never. Ever. Ever. Again. I’d rather swim. I couldn’t even talk to him because I was so sick, so we kind of just motioned to each other and grabbed a cab to our inn…
So, we grabbed a cab, went to our inn, laid down for about an hour and then did the most sensible thing ever in our 12 years of marriage…
…we marched ourselves down to that ferry terminal and bought ferry tickets back to shore for Sunday. We had no problems ditching the return flight back to Boston a few days later…WE WANTED ON THAT BOAT! And if you know how much I hate a boat, then you can only imagine how bad that little flight was ;).
The faces of two happy people! We had ferry tickets and were excited to be in Nantucket! The weather was gorgeous (mid-70s) and we were ready to explore.
First stop, a cookie from The Hub on Main Street. Not just any cookie…like the best toffee cookie EVER! I enjoyed it with my view…
…Main Street Nantucket. I felt 14 again :).
Enjoying our cookies and the view. Love this guy. I’ve been telling him about Nantucket for years…so much fun to share it with him now.
We walked down to the water…
…and took in the pretty weather and gorgeous view.
Nantucket is great because it’s small (they don’t even have a stoplight!) but large enough to give you plenty to do. Plus, even though during the summer and early fall, there are tourists, it doesn’t feel touristy (if that makes sense). It just feels like summer.
We enjoyed strolling around town some more and then finished off our day with a yummy dinner at Ventuno (what used to be 21 Federal for all of you Hildebrand book readers). I had lobster tortellini for dinner with a blueberry crisp for dessert. Oh my!
The next morning, we were up a little early, so we left the inn and headed for breakfast at Arno’s. We sat out front on a bench and enjoyed coffee and the paper while we waited for it to open at 9:00. One of the best parts about being on Nantucket…
…instead of reading the sports section of the Boston Globe online, I get to read it with my own two hands. #lovemysox
Andrew, coffee, Sox news and Main Street…I couldn’t ask for more!
View from breakfast. I had the Lobster Eggs Benedict. Oh my.
Bartlett’s Farm had a stand up by the restaurant…the produce made me want to cook! So yummy!
Our plan was to spend the morning strolling up and down town before heading out for lunch…
…on a scooter. We went to the bike shop to rent bicycles and somehow, I let Andrew talk me into a scooter instead. So, we grabbed helmets, I climbed on the back and held on for dear life as we made our way around the island. First stop, my favorite little lunch place…
…Something Natural :). This is one of my favorite places in the world to eat! It’s this little sandwich shop and bakery off the road that sells the yummiest, freshest, most delicious food on the island. You take your food and eat outside on big picnic tables. So much fun! This was my lunch…
…the best lobster salad sandwich I’ve ever eaten on freshly baked wheat bread. The lobster was HUGE. It was insanely fresh!
After lunch, we scooted on down to Madakat to see the beach…
So, we spent the better part of the day scooting around Nantucket and taking it all in. When we were finally done, we returned our scooter and walked down to this glorious place…
…The Juice Bar…home of the world’s best ice cream. The line is always wrapped around the building and for good reason…I’ve never had better ice cream. I had the Ginger Lemon Cookie Ice Cream and it was outrageously delicious!
Two people so happy because they just enjoyed the world’s best ice cream.
We had about an hour before our dinner reservation, so we went back to the inn and set outside and read. I finished Elin’s newest book (of course!) and began Emily Giffin’s newest. My July Book Review is next week!!
And dinner that night was at the island’s most iconic restaurant, The Club Car :).
We headed out on Saturday morning.
First stop, Nantucket Bookworks. We walked in and there was a big sign that said “Come meet Elin Hilderbrand for a book signing on Friday night from 4:30 to 6:00”. What?!?! She was there the night before and I missed her??? Insert a big sad face here! Boo.
Enjoying the town with this guy :).
Now, you all know how much I love a museum, so I knew we needed to visit the Whaling Museum. Andrew was like “eh” about it but I knew it would be good…then, we walked up and it said this on the door…
Hello?! One of 10 US places to visit before you die??? Of course, we had to buy tickets and tour!
Here we are learning all about whaling and its history on Nantucket.
Andrew said this was his real face. He pretended not to be impressed but I know deep down inside he was ;).
We left the museum after our tour and walked into the Sunken Ship store where I bought this tee for my dad. #bam
And then we strolled through their Saturday market before heading to lunch…
…did someone say lobster roll?
Yes, yes they did. I said lobster roll and it was so good! We had lunch at Nantucket Prime at the Jared Coffin House.
And this was our view. Isn’t it so pretty?
Of course, after lunch, we walked back to The Juice Bar and got more ice cream. #noshame
And then after that, we just enjoyed town a bit more.
For dinner, we had reservations at Topper’s. Here we are about to get in the cab (it’s on the other side of the island). I’m wearing that same black dress that I wear ALL THE TIME.
One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.
Here we are after dinner (we both had the scallops). We had the best time and dinner was just spectacular!
And here we are the next morning heading home. Want to know why we’re so happy? We’re on the ferry this time.
That was our weekend in Nantucket! We’re already planning our next trip back :).
As much as we love getting away for a few days…when my parents send us pics like this one…
…we know that there’s no place like home.
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