Happy Monday, friends!!
We’re home from our summer vacation, so I have a little recap for you today 🙂 .
This year, we loaded up the kiddos and headed to probably my favorite place on Earth…NANTUCKET!
Here’s a little backstory for those of you who might be new around here…Nantucket is an island off of Massachusetts and growing up, my parents took me there quite a bit because it’s one of their favorite places (they try to visit every year), and it became one of mine too. I didn’t take Andrew there though until 2016 and then again in 2018 and that’s when we decided that our goal is to visit every year from here on out. (I think our ultimate goal would be to own a home there too.)
This year, we decided to take the kids with us…and friends, we ruined them. By the end of the trip, the kids were trying to convince us we could move there. They loved Nantucket. I’ve never seen my bigs more sad to leave a destination than this one. It must be in our blood because my parents and Andrew and I feel the same way. It’s hard to put into words why exactly we love Nantucket so much…it’s a compilation of so many things. I think a big part of it is just that it’s “our place”. You know how some people have “their place” in Colorado and some by the beaches in Florida and some on a lake…it’s just where your heart feels at home, and for us, that’s Nantucket.
I asked my kids to list things they loved about it: the air smells better, the ocean is right there, Juice Bar has the best ice cream in the world, the cobblestones let you know you’re on Main Street, the lobster, the weather, the people are nice, the boats, the sand, the whaling museum, the pretty flowers everywhere, the gray and white houses and there are no stop lights. ( I told them they could stop! Haha! I think they would have kept going!!)
So, if you ever want to visit my piece of Heaven or feel like you stepped right into an Elin Hilderbrand/Nancy Thayer novel (two of my very favorite authors!), then you should visit Nantucket too. As a side note, I have so appreciated you all who have reached out to me already about Mix and Match Travel Agency helping you plan a trip to Nantucket, but unfortunately, other than Walt Disney World, Hawaii and Alaska, we do not offer our services here domestically. Right now, we are focused on international vacations, Disney vacations and of course, cruises, but thank you for your inquiries. Perhaps one day, we will!
Ready for some pictures?
By the end of this post, you’ll be wanting lobster for breakfast 🙂 .
Last Sunday morning, we woke up and headed to the airport to fly to Nantucket. The kiddos were so excited!!!
Now, there are several ways to get to Nantucket and over the last three years, Andrew and I have tried three different versions. You can fly into a place like Boston and then drive to Hyannis and take a ferry over. This is the way my parents go every.single.solitary.time. We did it last year…
…ahhhh! Cozy on the ferry! Boston is about a 3.5 hour flight from DFW. After you land, you either rent a car or take a car service to Hyannis which, depending on traffic, can take you anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours (traffic plays a big role). My parents always rent a car and then leave it at the ferry terminal, but I don’t like renting a car for several days and not actually driving it, so we took a car service. Then, when you get to the ferry terminal, you wait for your ferry to depart and then can take either a 2 hour ferry ride over or a 1 hour speed ferry. During the summer, I highly recommend buying your ferry tickets in advance as they book up and sell out quickly! So, that’s one option for us. I like this way, but with so many people and so many moving parts, I didn’t think it would be quite as easy as flying directly there.
The second option we tried back in 2016 and that’s fly into Boston and then take a small Cape Air flight into Nantucket. Cape Air flies all day long back and forth from Boston to Nantucket (and other places too), and everyone raves about it. I get motion sick and don’t like small planes, but a girl can handle it for 45 minutes, right?
I was so sick.
Andrew was too!!!
So after our flight into Nantucket that year, we quickly…
…went to the ferry terminal and bought tickets to take us back across the water (and then we took a cab) back to Boston when the trip was over. The small planes are just not my jam.
This year, I decided to fly American Airlines on a big plane all the way there (woohoo!!). There aren’t a ton of flights each day going in and out on larger planes, but there are some (it required we layover in DC for two hours), and we hopped on it. We left DFW at 9:00 AM and were in Nantucket by like 3:30, so all in all, not too shabby!
So, for those of you who are interested/curious, that’s how we got there this year…
…we got to DFW early enough to eat breakfast before we boarded the plane. My big girl here was super pumped about her first trip!
Side note, my suuuuuper comfy dress was PERFECT for a day of flying!
Right before we boarded our flight from Dallas to DC, I looked up and guess who I saw?!
Ahhhh! You guys know how much I adore her! She was flying with her hubby, so it was nice to be able to introduce him to Andrew. That was such a fun surprise!
So, we flew to DC, flew to Nantucket, landed, checked into our hotel and then…
…walked to Main Street! Ahhhhhh!! My happy place 🙂 .
At this point, it was probably like 4:30, and we had dinner reservations at 6:15, so we strolled and showed the kids “town”. The weather was SPECTACULAR!!!!! It was in the low 70s with no humidity. These Texas kids were super excited!
The kids wanted to head out and see the boats right there in town.
It’s really cool here because it’s such an eclectic mix of boats. There are yachts, fishing boats, huge sail boats, old boats, new boats, ferry boats…so many BOATS!
All smiles as we went to dinner at…
…Or, The Whale. (Can anyone name that famous line? Where is it from???)
Last year, we so enjoyed our breakfast and dinner at Met on Main and were bummed when we heard they were no longer there…BUT we heard great things about this place which came in and took over their building/garden area.
A cute little garden area for dinner? Yes, please!
Hi, my name is Shay, and in the summer, I want #allthesalads with tomatoes please! This was my starter. I shared this with Ashby and then the two of us split the lobster pasta. I was so proud of my kiddos because they really made an effort to eat all of the #nantucket food on this trip. Smith also had the lobster pasta this night (he ate the whole thing and didn’t want to share), and Kensington had clam chowder. Andrew had fish and Madeley ate off of all of our plates.
After dinner, we took the kids to our favorite spot on the island…
…The Juice Bar! Um, it’s the BEST ice cream ever! The line is always out the door and around the corner.
With our Juice Bar! We all agreed to eat there at least once a day but you couldn’t pick the same flavor twice. We laughed and laughed as we ordered our ice cream every day because by the end, we were ordering random things we never would have tried if not for our little pact.
After our ice cream, we went back to The Nantucket Hotel, took showers and got cozy in our room for the night. It was a great way to end our first day!
The next morning, we slept in and left the hotel around 9:00 for day two!
Kensington loved the hydrangeas 🙂 .
For breakfast, we stopped at Black-Eyed Susan’s. IT WAS SO DELISH!!!
Breakfast with my boy.
Our table was outside on their cute patio.
I had a scramble with chorizo and cheesy grits. Yes!!!!
After breakfast, we decided to just hang out in town.
I love an embroidered top 🙂 . Mine is HERE and it comes in several colors.
The kids’ favorite two stops in Nantucket were Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks. We visited both book shops every day and came home with several new books.
This trip wasn’t about the go, go, go…it was about the relax, enjoy, unwind and appreciate.
Main Street, you are beautiful!
For lunch, we headed to the water and ate at The Tavern…
…we love a table outside!
Clam chowder is always a good idea!
So is a lobster roll!!!!!!
After lunch, Madeley took a nap…
…and we continued the looking, the stopping and the enjoying.
We hit up The Juice Bar for a mid-day pick me up…
…and then walked out to Brant Point Lighthouse.
After the lighthouse, we headed back to the hotel to sit on the porch and enjoy our new books.
Later that night, we cleaned up because it was time for our very first good old-fashioned clambake!
Earlier that day, I found the girls’ dresses in a shop on Main Street. Ashby’s dress has lobsters and corn on it! I about died!
Photo cred: Kensington Shull.
The Nantucket Hotel hosts a clambake every Monday night during the summer, so this year, we made reservations and it was SO MUCH FUN! There was live music, a big lobster dressed up to take pics with the kids and of course, amazing food.
This boy was so pumped to crack into his lobster!
I’m pretty sure we could eat this food every day.
This girl loves tomatoes too 🙂 .
The littles just had to have their pics in here!
After dinner, we walked back down to…
…enjoy The Juice Bar again. #sorrynotsorry
On our walk back, we made friends with the fluffiest, friendliest, biggest dog I’ve ever seen!
This is Milo and he’s a bouvier. We talked about him the rest of the trip 🙂 .
That wraps up PART ONE.
It was a great vacation 🙂 .