Weekend in Nantucket

Trip Start Jun 14, 2012
Trip End Jul 17, 2012

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Brass Lantern Inn

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Saturday, July 28, 2012

After opening a new business and hunkering down with work, Tan and I decided to escape the first chance we got to a place I have been wanting to visit for a long time. Nantucket. Having been obsessed with sailing, and recently reading Moby Dick, Circumnavigators, and The Heart of the Sea, I had always talked about taking a quick trip up to Nantucket. Luckily, Tanya made it happen with some quick planning when a few days freed up in our schedules.

We left DC on a Tuesday afternoon and snagged a overpriced hotel just outside of Manhatten.
This was difficult to avoid because we didn't want a total dive place to stay, but also wanted to get some sleep around the half-way point which happens to fall right around New York City. Eitherway, we bit the bullet, paid a bit more than we wanted to and headed on towards Hyannis, MA.

The weather was absolutely terrible. It rained the entire trip from DC to Hyannis and right up until we boarded the Hyline high speed ferry to the island. We enjoyed our brief stay in Hyannis, learning about how the Kennedys used to romp around the area calling it home. We had purchased our ferry tickets a few days before and our hotel gave us 10%25 off the ferry fair for booking with them.

There are lots of nice little restaurants in Hyannis and we had decided to take it easy on our wallets and snag some cheap food knowing that there would be no such thing on Nantucket. However, we accidentally stumbled into The Naked Oyster that ended up being a moderate to high end joint that did end up having great food. We had a few different varities of raw oysters and an amazing blue cheese and bacon oyster dish that was amazing. Tan ordered a gin martini with cucumber and we actually had to send it back. We never send things back, but this we definitely undrikable. Stick with seafood dishes in this area as whenever we ordered something more universal it wasn't as good.

The next day we walked over to the hyline port and before we knew it we were skirting across the sea headed for Nantucket. The rain stopped but it remained overcast as the winter northeast wind was still blowing. We were happy to be dry and 30 minutes later were stepping off onto the wharf with a boad load of other tourists. It was a quick cobbelstone walk to our bed and breakfast, The Brass Lantern. We very much enjoyed our stay there, with the quaint 19th century style rooms. The breakfasts in the morning were great and Tan and I always found ourselves back at the inn around 5pm for home made cookies and tea. We were the youngest folks in the inn by about 20 years, but that didn't stop us from making some good friends, and even dining with our neighbors, Betty and Glenn.

We had small frequent meals at as many moderately priced places as we could. For simplicity, I will just list the restaurants we stopped at with a brief description:

Provisions - Our first stop for lunch. Picnic style sandwhich shop with amazing sandwhiches. Tan and I split a tuna salad sandwhich that was giagantic (a good money saving tip is to split sandwhiches on the island as they are all typically gigantic). We were scolded later for not getting the turkey sandwhich that they are famous for.

Captain Toby's Chowder House - We popped in the Chowder House for a quick snack and some beers. Located in the heart of downtown Nantucket we were quickley seated and served chowder fries. The fries were great and the clam chowder was a nice twist on the chilli fries we were used to. The local beers are always great too.

The Rose and Crown - This family style restaurant is one of the most cost effective around. They almost always have live music playing and friendly quick service. Tan and I split a burger and had a few beers. Our dinnermates had the swordfish which looked great and also the pasta primavera that looked great as well.

Something Natural - On our second day we rented bikes and headed to Something Natural on our way to Madaket. It was a perfect day with blue skies and a light breeze. This place is easy to miss from the road and has a family reunion vibe. We parked our bikes in the sprawling back yard where children were running and playing and there were large groups of families and friends eating their fresh sandwhiches (again... huge). Tanya and I ordered the veggies, sprouts and avacado sandwhich and the curry chicken salad sandwhich. I know I said earlier to split the sandwhiches but we both crushed ours. I'm sure there is a healthy debate about who makes the best sandwhiches on the island but Provisions and Something Natural have got to be up there.

Millie's - This is one of the only restaurants in Madaket right by the beach. We were there around 3pm and the staff to customer ratio was about 5 to 1. I asked our server about it and he said that by July they will have double the staff they did then as peak season is around July 4th. It was cool and windy while we were there in mid-June, but the crowds were too bad. Millie's is a simple taco joint that Tan and I just popped in for a beer and some nachos. I was sad we weren't hungier because the place seems great.

The Jetties - The second night we rode our bikes up to the Jetties to watch the sunset and then walked over to the restaurant with the same name. This is a great place to watch the sunset and a good inexpensive, boathouse-vibe restaraunt. We had more raw oysters, and split a tomato and balsomic vinegar pizza. More local beers. It was a good ending to the day. So much so, that the next day as we were swinging by on our Young's Bike Store tour of the island we popped in again for a quick snack.

Juice Bar - The last two night we were the we manned the long lines at the Juice Bar for ice cream. Don't miss this place as the ice cream is top notch.

Steamboat Wharf Pizza - Our final night on the island we were pretty beat and just snagged a couple of slices of pizza from the sidewalk pizza place. It did the trick.

The goal of our weekend was to relax and be bored in beautiful place. We visited the Whaling Museum which was great, rented bikes and tooled around the western portion of the island. If you do this make sure to stop by the Oldest House (built in the 1600's), The Windmill (over 200 years old and still functioning), and the many cemetaries that are located on the island. We also took a morning sail on the Endeavor, a reporduction of an old fishing ship. As stated before, I love sailing and we really had a great sail in the bay and Nantucket Sound.

Our brief stay in Nantucket was a good one and we suspect we will be back soon.
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