Today’s post is all about Nantucket’s STROLL!
Now, don’t forget, if you missed SATURDAY’S POST, I included photos on that one you will not see on this post along with a little itinerary of what I did when I was alone on the island Wednesday night and Thursday. So, if you’re interested in details like that, make sure you READ THAT POST too 🙂 .
Alrighty, back to our weekend.
On Thursday morning before my family arrived, I ran some errands including…
…a trip to Bartlett’s Farm for holiday provisions 🙂 .
I drove into town around 3:00 that afternoon to walk around a bit before their 4:30 ferry came in…
The island was decked in holiday magic!
Do you see the wreath on the Brant Point lighthouse? It welcomes all that come in on the ferry.
It was the most peaceful and beautiful late afternoon on the island.
This is what the marina looks like in July…
…and here is what it looks like in December…
…oh so quiet.
I was so excited to see the ferry pull in…
…my peeps were all on it!!
We went back to the house, I made a charcuterie board, and we settled in a for a bit of holiday merry before getting ready for dinner that night.
Do you know what I loved the most? The minute we pulled in, the two littles were off finding their friends. They have two friends who are year around residents and then many other friends who are seasonal like us. They could not wait to run off and say hi to them. For the rest of the weekend, any chance they got, they were with their friends which made me SO HAPPY about our little community.
I try to wear what I only keep on the island, but for Stroll, I did bring a few sparkly things to go with what I had in my closet including…
So fun and festive and ON SALE right now! I love how the straps are adjustable. I bought it in xs.
All ready for dinner! On Thursday night, we visited The Sea Grille and had the most delicious meal…per usual 😉 .
The next morning, Andrew, Smith and I worked out, and then Andrew made breakfast for everyone (scrambled eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls) except for…
…my boy and me 🙂 .
The two of us went into town to sit on one of our benches and eat our very favorite breakfast together from The Hub. Spoiler alert: Mom of teen boy here would have made the entire trip over just for this one hour on the bench with my kiddo.
Around 10:30, we all decided to…
…head into town as the hustle and bustle of the weekend was beginning!
Just SO FESTIVE, right?! You guys, I wore THESE BOOTS on all four flights and all four days I was there because they’re so warm and comfy. Right now, they’re on sale discounted by more than $130 (to make them under $100!). They come in several other colors too.
We stopped for lunch a bit later after walking, shopping and looking at The Brotherhood of Thieves. Of course, Mades pulled out her fun bag which included…
…Bananagrams! Madeley James Shull is always prepared. Always.
Brotherhood is at its coziest when it’s cold outside.
…we continued around town…
The magic of Nantucket on Stroll weekend 🙂 .
Nantucket in June…
…and Nantucket in December 🙂 .
We headed from town to Cisco for snacks and live music at…
…The Cisco Brewery. We always, always, always love a trip to the brewery, but nothing beats a trip out there like on Stroll weekend.
It was PACKED and oh so festive and fun!
We returned home from the brewery and got ready for more festive fun back in town…
I wore THE SAME EARRINGS every night too.
We headed into town and went first to…
…the Old South Wharf because it was MAGICAL!
We ran into so many people we know here which made this stop extra fun too!
Look how fun Slip 14 was this weekend?!
We wrapped up our night with dinner at The Lobster Trap…and I guess no matter how old they get, Smith will always give her a ride 🙂 .
So the next day was officially THE 49TH ANNUAL STROLL!
What is Stroll?
It is the first weekend in December when the island “opens back up” for just a few days so that the community can come and purchase goods for the holiday season ON ISLAND as opposed to off island. Over the last 49 years, it has clearly turned in to one EPIC weekend for the island. Not only do many of the shops and restaurants open back up for the weekend (as most close mid-October and don’t reopen until almost June), but there are many fairs and craft markets where locals can sell their items to both residents and tourists alike to generate more income for the island during the off season.
We were READY to Stroll on Saturday!
We left our house at 10:00 AM ready for a full and fun day!
Walking from our house to town with my peeps in their festive gear!
Look at the real fruit in the window boxes. New England, you are beautiful in December.
I told the big kids that this was going to be our new Christmas card, but that I would photoshop them in 😉 .
These two had no problem finding the festive fun!
We visited several of the markets that were set up just for this day including this one here in the Shop and Stop parking lot.
Chicken fingers and fries before lunch? Why not?!
Agh! I love them so much!!!
Trees lined Main Street (which was blocked off from traffic on this day) and people were everywhere enjoying the festivities. They even had a stage and DJ at the top of Main playing holiday music too.
We took another selfie later and her face made me lol!
The Coast Guard brings Santa in on a boat, and then, he makes his way up Main Street on The Nantucket Hotel’s old firetruck!
Yes, it’s as charming as it sounds 🙂 .
After Santa, we spent the rest of the day enjoying the festivities in town. We had lunch…
…we watched the people…
…we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Later that night, we enjoyed one last dinner to end the weekend.
We headed to The Breeze for their special Stroll dinner.
We could NOT LOVE THE PEOPLE MORE at The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (where The Breeze is located). It was a wonderful evening.
The next morning, we headed…
…back to the boat for a rainy ferry ride back to Hyannis and then on to home.
It was such a wonderful weekend!
Okay, there were a lot of questions in my DMs about Stroll, so please feel free to ask them in the comment section so that I can answer them for everyone to see. Here’s what I will say…clearly, I’m not an expert on this event nor the island of Nantucket, but in my opinion, if this is your first time visiting the island Stroll is NOT the time to visit for the weekend. In my opinion, if you’re coming over for your first visit, I would go in July, August or September when the island truly shines. During those three months, all of the shops and restaurants are open, the weather is nice so the ferry/planes have a better chance of getting over, the restaurants that are open have their full menus out. Stroll is magical, but it is a water downed version of the product you would get if you went in July, August or September (festive yet not the same).
That’s just my two cents on the subject should you be curious. Ask any other questions in the comment section please!
Merry Wednesday, friends!