Well…I was home for a day yesterday and now, I’m back on the road. Did you see us on Instagram this morning??? Erika and I piled all 8 kids in a gigantic rented van and headed off for our first ever moms and kids road trip. I mean…what could possibly go wrong with this idea?!?! I’m sure a funny post-trip blog post is in our future. Ha!
In the meantime, today, I’m recapping mine and Andrew’s most recent trip to Nantucket. Here are some of my thoughts before we get to all the pictures…
1. We’ve decided to try and visit Nantucket once a year. We love it. Like…love, love, love it. Growing up, I visited Nantucket quite a bit with my parents (who still try and go just about every year), but life kind of got in the way, and Andrew and I didn’t go together until two summers ago. We’ve made a vow to really try and go back every year from here on out. It has a piece of my heart.
2. There are a lot of selfies or random pictures in this post. Sorry.
3. I wish I could bottle up Nantucket for each of you. The way it smells (sweet but with a mix of salty water), the weather (BEAUTIFUL!!), the gorgeous gray and white buildings that were once blonde but have over time, weathered into a beautiful color, the food and the friendly people.
4. I took a lot of pics of what I ate…because it was DARN GOOD! Andrew and I didn’t eat any beef, pork or chicken while we were there, because hello? We’re from Texas and can get that stuff all the time. We ate a ton of fish and LOBSTER! Geez! The lobster!
5. While we were gone, North Texas had record breaking temps. How did we manage to time our trip to escape the 115 weather? Don’t know…but it was such a bonus!
Okay, so you look at my pics and read my captions while I drive around with Erika and all the kids 🙂 . See you tomorrow for What’s Up Wednesday!
Up early and at the airport ready to fly from Dallas to Boston. Looking at flights and schedules, we decided to fly to Boston, take a car to Hyannis (about an hour and a half drive) and then take the ferry to Nantucket. This would get us there at 3:30 and if we flew and connected on to another flight, it said we would get there later. (We flew all the way home though!) So, it’s not always easy getting to paradise, but it’s worth it! This dress and my scarf (only $11!) are both in the Anniversary Sale!
After a 3 hour flight and an hour long car ride, we made it to Hyannis!
The ferry arrived ready to take us over to Nantucket. This ferry gets you there in an hour.
I don’t do well with boats…and I don’t do well with small planes (read about our small plane experience HERE), but I ate (I always need a full stomach!)), looked at the horizon and made sure I had fresh air. #mystomachissoweak
I was even able to read a little on board!
And then…we arrived in Nantucket!
Ahhhhhh! The weather was GORGEOUS, the sun was shining and we were pumped!
We went straight to our hotel to drop off our bags and then hit the road. We always stay at inns when we visit the island, but this time, we stayed at the Nantucket Hotel and LOVED IT! It was right in town, so we could walk everywhere, they were friendly, the service was exceptional and they were very helpful too.
True story, we hung up our clothes and sprayed them with…
…Tom & Sheri’s Iron in a Bottle. Hahahaha! Isn’t this stuff the best?! My friend Austin said my “mixandmatch” promo code is good forever with you guys. We sprayed our stuff every day and the wrinkles just fall right on out. You know how much I love Austin 🙂 . You can order it HERE.
We had dinner reservations at 6:30, so until then, we just walked and enjoyed. Everything is so PRETTY! My pictures do not do it justice.
We did some people watchin’…
…and selfie taking 🙂 . And then stopped for a snack at Nantucket Prime…
…give me all the cheese!
We cleaned up for dinner and headed out to…
…Fifty Six Union for dinner.
Lobster roll and fries? Yes, please!
After dinner, we walked around town more and made our way to The Juice Bar…
…where we waited in line for the BEST ice cream!
Butter Pecan for the win! After that, we strolled back to our hotel…
The next morning, we were up at at ’em for the day! Look how cute my new pjs are…
It was another beautiful day!
First stop, breakfast at…
…Fog Island Cafe!
After that, we walked up Main Street and while we waited for the shops to open (at 10:00), we sat on a bench and read our books…
…I purposely read a Thayer book on this trip 🙂 .
Nantucket is just so quaint!
We walked and shopped and just enjoyed being outside until it was time for lunch…
…lunch on a patio? Yes!
I ate my weight in lobster on this trip.
After lunch, we walked down by the water…
…and checked out all the pretty flowers too.
We cleaned up for dinner and headed out again…
We stopped on our hotel’s patio and enjoyed the live music for a minute before we went to…
…Brant Point Grill. This place was my FAVORITE!
The view from our table was a bunch of cute kids playing while they waited for their food to arrive. The boats, the water, the kids, the table outside…all good!
So much fun! (Pssst: my earrings are HERE.)
The food was exceptional!
That’s lobster mac & cheese next to my fish. #yesssssssssssss
Of course, we ended our night back at…The Juice Bar 🙂 .
The next morning, we headed back out into another beautiful day…
This time, we had breakfast at Met on Main. They have a patio outback that was perfect for breakfast…
We read a little before they brought us our food…and then, we took an Uber to the car rental place in town and rented us a car…
…we rented a car for the day to drive around the island and check things out. Last time, we rented scooters, but this time, we decide to drive.
We made a circle around the entire island…
…stopping and admiring from time to time.
We got out, looked around and then made our way to Something Natural…
…one of my favorite places for lunch! You order inside and then eat on picnic tables out in the yard.
Lobster salad again? Well, yes, please!
We drove out to Sconset and went out to the beach…
…we brought swimsuits, but decided just to walk around in the surf instead of swimming. It was so pretty!
Later that night, we returned the car, freshened up and headed to dinner…
…this time at Galley Beach! This restaurant was right on the beach. Like, literally in the sand.
Dinner with a view!
Hahaha! After dinner, we…WENT TO THE JUICE BAR! #duh
And look who was behind us in line! That’s Ryan Serhant! We love his shows on Bravo so much and both of us follow him on Instagram, so we were way stoked!
We gave Ryan a little nod and fist bump as we left with our ice cream and savored the night. Gosh, I love Nantucket!
The next morning, we couldn’t resist Met on Main again for breakfast (hello, patio?!). This was our last full day in Nantucket and we wanted to just enjoy the day. (Pssssst: that’s my denim jacket! The one I’ve had for years and wear all the time!)
After breakfast, we strolled through their Saturday morning farmers market…
I bought homemade trail mix and granola to take home with me.
Saturday in Nantucket 🙂 .
We spent some time perusing Book Works. If you read Hilderbrand or Thayer books, this place is mentioned quite a bit.
Coffee on Main Street in the beautiful weather. PERFECTION!
The Club Car for all of you Hilderbrand fans…or Wings fans 😉 . We ate there last time and loved it!
We were having the best little Saturday!
All dressed up and leaving the hotel to head to our final dinner. Earrings HERE.
So, Topper’s was the only restaurant we repeated from 2016. We had loved it so much the first time, that we had to eat there again, but friends, it disappointed us. Now, don’t get me wrong, the setting and the service were still exceptional, but they changed the menu and it just didn’t live up to the previous one in our opinion. Boo.
The next morning, we got up, ate breakfast and then boarded a 10:00 flight back to Boston and then back to Dallas. We had the best time, but it sure was good to get home to our kids! (Earrings HERE)
So, that wraps up Nantucket 2018. Here’s the thing…I love going on trips with just Andrew, and we try to do it at least once a year, but this one in particular, was my favorite. I don’t know what it was…but between the setting, the weather, the food and the company, it was my favorite.
Whew! Okay, I’m off! Wish us luck as we caravan with all of these kiddos! See you guys tomorrow!