The Perfect Nantucket Getaway

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  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • Nature Escapes

  • Massachusetts

  • Nantucket

  • Beach town

  • Island

  • Relaxation

White and black lighthouse near a water body during daytime.
Curator’s statement

Welcome to Nantucket, a quintessential New England island escape. This guide is your ticket to the perfect getaway in this picturesque destination. From scenic bike rides to charming seaside walks, decadent gastronomy to cultural explorations, prepare to immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Nantucket.

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Where to stay in Nantucket, MA

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Faraway Nantucket

Boutique inn across four buildings from the 1800s with traditional, Victorian-style rooms.

Life House, Nantucket

At one of the highest points on the island, this charming 14-room inn is just a 10-minute stroll into town but feels like a cozy, hilltop hideaway.

Union Street Inn

A downtown favorite known for its delicious breakfast service and elegant rooms with four-poster beds.

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Things to do in Nantucket, MA

Beach during day time

Bike Ride

Grab a bike at one of Nantucket’s many bike rentals and explore the island's charming streets, discover hidden beaches and revel in the beauty of the rolling dunes and lush greenery.

Sconset Bluff Walk

Admire the stunning coastal scenery, charming cottages and vibrant flower gardens that line this picturesque path.

Sightseeing on the Water

Embark on a memorable adventure at sea and book a boat tour. Nantucket By Water and Endeavor Sailing both offer sunset cruises where you can bring your favorite drink along!

Whaling Museum

Discover Nantucket’s rich maritime history with captivating exhibits, including fascinating artifacts, interactive displays and stories of the island's seafaring past that shaped its unique culture.

Lounge at Jetties Beach

Bask in the sun and unwind at Jetties Beach, a pristine stretch of sand with sparkling waters. Jetties Sandbar offers plenty of seating, delicious food and refreshing cocktails —everything you need for a relaxing time at the beach.

Places to eat & drink in Nantucket, MA

Food on table with a beer bottle and coffee inside a restaurant.

45 Surfside Bakery and Café: Delectable pastries, freshly baked bread and gourmet sandwiches to start your day.

Or, The Whale: A charming restaurant known for its creative seafood dishes and farm-to-table fare in an inviting ambiance.

Galley Beach: Exquisite coastal cuisine meets breathtaking waterfront views with fresh seafood, expertly crafted cocktails and impeccable service.

Nantucket Island Kitchen: A local favorite for exceptional breakfast and brunch options.

Nautilus: A vibrant eatery offering innovative small plates and creative cocktails.

Straight Wharf Restaurant: The pinnacle of fine-dining in Nantucket. Enjoy seasonal dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, paired with a carefully curated wine list and soak in the stunning harbor views.

Sister Ship: A cozy restaurant located in the Faraway Hotel specializing in seafood-centric, Mediterranean dishes made with local ingredients.

The Proprietors Bar & Table: An eclectic atmosphere with globally influenced flavors and handcrafted cocktails.

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