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Your Nantucket Summer Itinerary

By Grace Beuley Hunt

Nantucket Creeks, Edition 3 photo by Nathan Coe

06.25.18

When it comes to American summer destinations, few hold the allure of Nantucket. Marked by miles of pristine beach, timeless New England style and a strong reverence for tradition, we’re always equal parts charmed by its mainstays and the thoughtful new additions that surface each summer. Here’s how to make the most of this year’s pilgrimage to the Grey Lady.

SHOP For buttery-soft sailor stripes, fine Irish linen cuts and authentic island heritage, pop into Peter England Nantucket’s two stores staggered several cottages apart on Old South Wharf. The England family has been perfecting its “Nantucket-weight” knitwear for more than 45 years; each piece is handloomed in the U.S. with rare yarns. 3 & 11 Old South Wharf

SIP Summer 2018 welcomes a vintage tugboat-turned-private-Champagne-and-oyster-charter. The Nantucket Tug Company will offer intimate harbor private charters featuring local delicacies (think Nantucket oysters and scallop ceviche), and free-flowing libations. While cruises launch twice daily (11:30am and 6pm), charters can rather refreshingly be accommodated outside of the daily departure time. Up to six guests for $1,200, Straight Wharf

SUN At Quidnet Beach on the island’s Eastern shore, there’s always solitude to be found—even in the thick of summer. Hop over the dune barrier from the Sesachacha Pond, and you’ll be greeted by open-towel real estate, powdery-soft sand, views of the candy-striped Sankaty Head Lighthouse to the south and open-blue ocean all the way to Portugal.

SEE New to the arts scene this May is Kagan + Coe, a gallery-meets-workspace collaboration between en plein air painter Illya Kagan and photographer Nathan Coe. Both celebrated local talents are known for their work in landscapes, and for capturing the island’s ethereal light in their respective mediums. Duck into the new Centre Street location for openings, artist talks and collaborations throughout the summer. 38 Centre St.

SAVOR Met on Main doubles up its seafoodcentric menu this summer with an extended pop-up from Saltie Girl (the award-winning Boston eatery famed for its fresh seafood curation, tinned fish and decadent lobster and waffles). Don’t forget about the Met’s enchanting patio out back either; the blue-and-white-clad garden space is bookable for private events and special occasions—as well as solo luxuriating over a glass of rosé and truffle fries. (Saltie Girl’s menu is available through Labor Day). 38 Main St., 508.325.5111

SOCIALIZE The design world’s glitterati descend on the island for Nantucket By Design, now in its third year. This dayslong NHA fundraiser spans lively panels and lectures, cocktail parties and soirees, and perhaps most intriguing: Intimate candlelit Design Dinners sited across historic preservation properties, as well as spectacular private residences of the island’s elite. Aug. 1-4

STAY If looking to turn summer 2018’s rental into summer 2019’s investment, pay a visit to the team at Fisher Real Estate in its bright and airy Main Street location. Since its 2016 founding, this forward-thinking brokerage firm has announced itself a premier authority in the island’s luxury real estate market. 21 Main St.

STROLL For one of the best views (and leisurely strolls) on island, take Cliff Road from town to Tupancy Links, a golf course-turned-scenic walking trail, now owned by the Land Bank. Follow the clearly marked footpaths straight through to the ocean’s edge (1 ½ miles) and you’ll be greeted by a panoramic north shore vista stretching from the uninhabited Muskeget Island to the west to Great Point lighthouse—a tiny white exclamation mark on the horizon—to the northeast.