Nantucket: Exploring the Gem of New England

Nantucket: Exploring the Gem of New England

Welcome to an incredible Nantucket summer vacation!

By Reina Horowitz

Grab your sun hat, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for a fun-filled adventure on this beautiful island retreat. Nantucket is not only known for its breathtaking beaches and crystal-clear waters, but it's also a place where you can indulge in delicious seafood, explore charming cobblestone streets, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this idyllic New England destination.

From thrilling water sports and scenic bike rides to unforgettable sunsets and charming boutiques, Nantucket has something for everyone. So join us as we dive into our unforgettable summer escapades,sharing tips, recommendations, and hilarious anecdotes that will have you longing for your own Nantucket getaway. Let's jump right in and make some unforgettable summer memories together!

Ready, Set, Explore!

The moment you step foot on Nantucket, you can feel the excitement in the air. The island is buzzing with energy, and there's an endless list of activities and attractions to keep you entertained. Whether you're a beach bum or a history buff, there's something for everyone here.

Bask in the Sun at the Beach

If you're a lover of sandy shores and crashing waves,Nantucket's beaches will be your paradise. Picture yourself lounging under an umbrella, feeling the warm sand between your toes, and listening to the soothing sound of the ocean. Madaket Beach is a local favorite, with its stunning sunsets that will leave you in awe. Surfside Beach is perfect for catching some waves or taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.

Indulge in Seafood Galore

Nantucket is a seafood lover's dream come true. From fresh lobster rolls to delicious clam chowder, you'll find yourself drooling over the delectable dishes served up at the island's many eateries. The Galley Beach is a must-visit spot for seafood aficionados, where you can feast on mouth watering fish tacos and crispy calamari.  It’s actually on the beach so you can enjoy the ocean breeze and spectacular sunsets.  To switch it up we ate a Lola41 for sushi, which happens to have fabulous cocktails as well.

Stroll Through History

Nantucket oozes history from every corner. Take a leisurely walk through the cobblestone streets of downtown and marvel at the beautifully preserved historic homes. The Whaling Museum is also worth a visit, where you can learn about Nantucket's rich maritime heritage and see artifacts from its whaling days.

Thrill-seekers Unite!

If adrenaline-pumping activities are more your style,Nantucket won't disappoint. Hop on a paddle board, surf or kayak and explore the island's stunning coastline from a different perspective. For those seeking an underwater adventure, scuba diving is a popular activity here – swim alongside colorful fish and discover hidden shipwrecks beneath the waves.

Shop 'til You Drop

Nantucket is home to charming boutiques and unique shops that cater to all tastes. From upscale designer stores to quaint local shops,you'll find everything from clothing and accessories to home décor and art.Wander down Main Street and pop into the various shops along the way – you never know what treasures you might find!

Unforgettable Sunsets

There's something magical about watching the sun dip below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the island. The Brant Point Lighthouse is a perfect spot to catch a stunning sunset. We grabbed crudite from Bartlett Farm and a bottle of Rose from Current Vintage and took a beautiful bike ride over to the Lighthouse.  It's a must see while on Nantucket Island.

Enjoy Lazy Days Exploring Town

Relaxing in picturesque destinations is a perfect way to unwind and recharge your spirit. Taking leisurely strolls through the charming cobble stone streets allows you to soak up the local atmosphere and discover hidden gems that you might otherwise overlook.

Imagine wandering through quaint cobblestone alleyways,feeling the warm sunlight on your skin, and immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of the surroundings. As you meander along, you can't help but be captivated by the charming architecture and picture perfect flowers in the window boxes along the way. 

It's like stepping into a fairytale where time slows down,and worries melt away. Each corner you turn reveals another enchanting sight,creating a sense of awe and wonder that makes your heart sing with joy.

So, take a deep breath, let go of all the stress, and embrace the beauty that surrounds you as you indulge in happy relaxing moments and celebrate the gift of life.

Moreover, after browsing the unique shops, slip on a pair of flip-flops and go for a stroll along the shore or through the park. Nothing beats spending your day in happy relaxation, while also giving back to your community.

Relax and Recharge with Outdoor Activities

Spending time in nature can have a positive impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking,kayaking, or picnicking can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm and relaxation. And what better way to enhance this happy relaxation than by enjoying the stunning beauty of colorful sunsets?

Picture yourself sitting on a cozy blanket, with a warm cup of tea in hand, as you watch the sky transform into a masterpiece of vibrant oranges, pinks, and purples. The gentle breeze lightly brushes against your skin, while the soothing sounds of nature serenade you. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting its golden glow over everything in its path, you can't help but feel content and at peace.

Sunsets have a magical way of reminding us to slow down,appreciate the present moment, and bask in the beauty that surrounds us. So,find a peaceful spot, unwind, and let the captivating sunsets ignite happiness and relaxation within your soul.

Go Shopping for Something to Remember Your Trip By

When you're done exploring local art galleries and boutiques, it's time to embrace the happy relaxing vibe of your vacation getaway.

We stopped into Nathan Coe Gallery and Samuel Owen Gallery and purchased fabulous large-scale photography prints and a painting that we will cherish for years to come. 

Being a real estate investor I had to stop in to meet with Susan Sheperd, of Sheperd Real Estate a wonderful full-time islander.  Investing in real estate on Nantucket is tricky and having someone who knows the market, the island and is determined to help you make your dream a reality is incredibly valuable.  She is also amazing at helping find rentals and property management should you want to go the route of seasonal renting. Nothing beats the ease of planning a vacation and imagining yourself sipping cocktails at a beach clam bake or exploring local art festivals

Art that Transports You

Imagine walking into your living room and being instantly transported to the sun-soaked beaches of Nantucket or the vibrant music festival. With an art piece depicting the iconic landmarks or local sunset you can quite literally bring the essence of vacation into your home. Whether it's a colorful painting, a striking photograph, or even a quirky sculpture, every brushstroke and detail will serve as a constant reminder of the place you long to visit.

With a piece of art depicting the iconic landmarks or local scenes of your desired destination, you can bring the essence of another country or part of your country into your home. Whether it's a colorful painting, a striking photograph, or even a quirky sculpture, every brushstroke and detail will serve as a constant reminder of the place you long to visit.

From surfing with seals to sailing around the island, there are plenty of unforgettable activities awaiting you on the island. Get inspired and make memories that will last a lifetime. Imagine the stories you can share as you point out the art piece and tell tales of your Nantucket vacation memories.

Home Decor Delight

Art isn't the only way to infuse your living space with vacation vibes. Home decor items inspired by your dream getaway can also do the trick. From colorful throw pillows featuring the patterns and motifs of a tropical paradise to urns and baskets that mimic the texture of sandy beaches,there are endless possibilities for adding a touch of vacation bliss to your home.

These items bring joy and make you feel connected to something bigger than yourself, they become valuable assets in enhancing your overall well-being.

By surrounding yourself with reminders of your dream getaway, you're creating an environment that nurtures your sense of adventure,curiosity, and longing for new experiences. It's a way of investing in your happiness – a constant reminder that there's always something to look forward to.

Real Estate – A Yearly Retreat

Daydreaming about sun-soaked vacations is undoubtedly delightful, but what if I told you there's an option to turn those fantasies into reality? Investing in real estate overseas may seem like an ambitious plan, but it can provide an incredible opportunity for relaxation and peace year after year.

And vacation homes on Nantucket can be both personal and financial investments. Vacation properties not only offer a perfect escape whenever you desire but also serve as an investment in your happiness and well-being.

Kick back, soak up the tranquil atmosphere, and let the colorful spectacle of nature's canvas create lasting memories of your happy relaxing escape.

Reina Horowtiz is a real estate agent and frequently visits Nantucket with her family. For any advice on Nantucket – even just where the best lobster rolls might be found – feel free to reach out here.