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If you live in the northeast, finding a favorite summer destination can be difficult, especially when it comes to New England. There are many places to explore in this region, from Connecticut to Maine. Each state has its own charm with its history, culture, food, and geography. Yet, there is one place that not only has all of these things but is also an island: Nantucket. So, what makes Nantucket so special? There are many answers, but I’ll just go over a few. 

 

Nantucket is an island off the coast of Cape Cod. It’s pretty isolated, which adds to its charm. The easiest way to get there is by plane. Both Delta and JetBlue offer daily flights that put you on the island in under 45 minutes. However, if you’re not looking to spend a fortune and really want to soak up the scenery, you can take the ferry. They have one from Hyannis (MA), which is a two-hour ride, to Nantucket Harbor. Or, you can take the high-speed ferry from New York City, which is a six-hour ride. What makes Nantucket a great summer vacation spot is its beaches, wharves, and cedar-shingled buildings. If you’re not one to hang out on the beach, you can go sailing, biking or off-roading. There’s also the bonus of fresh seafood. However, there are a few places that need to be on your itinerary. 

 

Bluff Walk 

This sea-shell walking path leads you around Nantucket. You’ll see quaint cottages, Sconset Market, and the Sankaty Lighthouse. 

 

The Whaling Museum 

Rain or shine, this museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. This interactive museum offers maritime exhibits, short films, artifacts, and a 46-foot giant sperm whale skeleton. According to the Nantucket Historical Association, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is based on Nantucket and its maritime history– without visiting the island. 

 

Tour the Lighthouses

There are three lighthouses on the island to explore: Brant Point, Great Point, and Sankaty. Each one is unique in its shape, colors, and location. To reach the Great Point lighthouse, you will need to rent a jeep and get an over-sand vehicle permit. 

 

Cisco Brewery 

When people hear the word “brewery,” they think it’s only for adults. However, this is a family place. It’s also the home of Triple Eight Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard. You’ll find craft beers, flavored vodkas, whiskeys, and wines. Enjoy the open-air seating with a meal from one of the food trucks while listening to live music. You can also take a tour of the brewery, winery, and distillery. Dogs are welcome too!