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48 Hours On Nantucket

We've only ever done Nantucket as a day trip, so while we've explored the island quite a few times, it's been high on my list to spend a weekend there. Nantucket is a pricey destination, however, and to be honest, peak-season hotel or AirBnB rates are usually out of our price range. Because we were visiting the Cape off-season this year, we decided to research hotel rates on the island and see if we would be able to actually spend a night or two on one of our favorite destinations of all time. We were so happy to have found a lovely little inn that was walkable to town and some beaches, and we had a glorious two days on Nantucket.

If you take the Hyline or Freedom ferries to the island, this is where you dock.




While we were there, there were events going on for the Nantucket Project, so it wasn't quite as secluded as I was hoping it would be. The street traffic during the daytime was pretty similar to a weekday during peak season. At night, however, the town quieted down, streets were more abandoned, and it was easy to get a table at the local restaurants.

The town at night, which we had never experienced before. It was so charming.
Our first day there, our ferry didn't get in until after 2 in the afternoon, so we strolled the streets, popped into shops, bought some books for our week-long stay at our Cape cottage, and grabbed dinner at Sea Grille (which was amazing - the Freeform Ravioli was seriously to die for). I had read about this place in a beach-read I tore through last year on the beach, and have wanted to go ever since reading about their lobster bisque (which totally lived up to my expectations).











On our second day, we walked to Something Natural for sandwiches and planned a beach day at Madaket Beach. When we got there, the waves were enormous. I will pretty much swim in anything, but they were even too dangerous for me. No one else was in the water except for surfers, but Josh jumped in anyway, even after I told him I didn't think it was a good idea. Not 10 seconds after he was in the water did a lifeguard come by and asked, "Is that one yours?" He then proceeded to tell me that he shouldn't be swimming and went down to the shore to get Josh back on sand. The lifeguard told us that had it been July or August, they would have closed to beach to swimmers and strongly advised we stay out of the water. So, we sat on our beach blanket, ate our amazing sandwiches and watched the surfers. I was kind of disappointed because I had been dreaming of swimming in the waves of Madaket for pretty much a whole year (it was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back to the island). But getting to just visit it again was also a nice treat.

Madaket Beach. The waves don't look that big in the photo, but they were well above our heads at their worst.

Can you see why this may be one of my all-time favorite beaches?

Shortly after lunch, the tide started to come in, and it pretty much went all the way to the sand dunes, leaving us no where to sit. Our beach blanket was flooded with water, and as beautiful as the scenery was, we left and headed to a beach that wasn't as, you know, life-threatening.

We ended up at Step's Beach, swam in the calm water, and read our books the rest of the afternoon. In the evening, we grabbed dinner in town and did a sunset walk at Brant Point Lighthouse. Somewhere between all that, I managed to squeeze in a few waffle cones from Juice Bar because their waffle cones are seriously the best I've ever had. My mom agreed when she had a bite of mine in June this year.











We had so much fun, and were so grateful we were finally able to experience the island for more than 10 hours at a time. We're hoping to stay again next year for 2-3 nights because every time we're there, we feel like we're in a different world, and we're just so incredibly happy and peaceful.

7 comments

  1. Hello Sam, I so look forward to seeing your post when vacationing. You have no idea how shocked I was to actually see you upload a new video...I was way to excited for a grown woman. First and foremost I wanted to thank you for continuing to inspire people like me to continuously explore the beauty we have a tendency to overlook. Your post truly have affected me in more ways then I can imagine. Keep up the good work looking forward to seeing what you are up too next. Naomie

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    1. I have no words for how happy this makes me. If I can say that I inspired one person to see something beautiful that could be overlooked, then I consider that a great personal accomplishment. There's so much amazingness within a short drive from anywhere in the country and it's often enough for me to be inspired in my own life. Thank you so much for your sweet words.

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  2. I have to agree with Naomie, Sam! You are the best! I don't think you realize how much you inspire many of us. I wouldn't know about all these awesome places in New England if it weren't for you!!

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    1. I just don't know what to say! I'm so happy to share the beautiful things we get to see, and even happier that they mean something to others. Thank you so much for continuing to follow along. It means more than you know!

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  3. I agree with Naomie and Yolanda. You’re the best Sam! We’re planning a Cape trip for next year (from California) because you’ve inspired me! Xoxo Shirley

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    1. That makes me so happy! I hope I don't let you down, haha! It's such a long journey from CA. I recently went to San Fransisco for work and while I didn't have time to explore a lot, I took advantage of every free second I had. I was so inspired by the beautiful architecture and saw the sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge. What an absolute treat it was.

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  4. Hi, I want to say that due to your blogs these past three years of vacations would not have happened. Your vlogs have inspired to visit Cape cod twice on up to p town, Nantucket, Martha's vineyard, Providence, Newport, explore on scooter all of Block Island with lunch at the Surf hotel,(We went twice two days in a row. Narragansett lunch at the tower, and Maine(Acadia national park). I used your restaurants ideas and itinerary more or less with flexibility to seek out my own way. I thank you so much, next year to New Hampshire and Vermont, with maybe We one day in MV and Nantucket. I especially love the 1856 country store I believe it's called and I make a point of going each time I am a there, Thank you so much.

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