Picking up where we last left off, we took the ferry to Nantucket Saturday afternoon after enjoying some great clam chowder for lunch. We spent most of the one hour ride looking at all of the dogs on board and then spent the last ten minutes out on the back observation deck to take in the view. Here are some of the pictures we took as we got into Nantucket.
Once we got on the island, we grabbed our suitcases and walked over to The Century House where we would be staying for the next several days. While walking away from the docks, we were blown away by the perfect weather (it was approaching 70 degrees) and how adorable everything was. Okay, Chip probably wouldn’t use the word adorable, but really, everything was ridiculously charming.
Once we got our stuff unpacked and situated in our room, we hit the first item on our Nantucket to-do list: The Whaling Museum. This might sound a little boring, but we promise it was really interesting. The museum had plenty of information to read along the walls, little models of the different ships and whaling boats, and even the skeleton of a sperm whale.
The museum closed at 5:00, so we had just enough time to look everything over and decide that it was absolute madness to try to hunt a sperm whale from those little boats.
We had 6:00 dinner reservations, so we spent the next hour wandering around the streets of downtown Nantucket and checking out all the cute little boutiques (Mom, we would have done some serious shopping damage).
We had dinner at The Club Car, which I had read about online on TripAdvisor. Turns out some pretty famous people like this place, too. Our waiter informed us that we were sitting at a table that Uma Thurman typically sits at when she’s in town. I know, we’re so VIP, right? I spent the rest of dinner eye-ing everyone who came in the restaurant to see if we would be sitting alongside someone famous. No such thing happened, but we definitely enjoyed our dinner of salmon and swordfish.
We left dinner with the plan to come back at 8:00 for the piano bar there at The Club Car. Once we walked outside we realized that while the afternoon had been perfect, the evenings were going to be pretty chilly. And both of us had left our jackets back at The Century House. Oops. So after purchasing a couple of Nantucket sweater souvenirs, we got to walking around downtown again. We eventually made our way to one of the most popular spots on the island: The Juice Bar. I had read about this place on TripAdvisor as well as some blogs I had found online. All of those places were exactly right: you can’t beat The Juice Bar (or Juice Bah as Chip says in his Boston accent). There was pretty much always a line outside the door for this place and for good reason. Still doubtful? Here’s my confession: I went there four times while we were in Nantucket. And we were there for five days. Ice cream addict?
After our life-changing experience at The Juice Bar, we went back to The Club Car for their piano bar. It was pretty quiet at first, but once 9ish hit, the place was packed. It didn’t take long for people to start requesting (read: shouting) for Sweet Caroline. the piano man eventually gave in, but not after teasing us all saying he would need more money to get to that song. Lucky for him there were many people from Massachusetts that would very easily part with a few dollars for that classic song.
Sunday was our favorite day in Nantucket. We started the day off with breakfast at Black Eyed Susans. This was another TripAdvisor find, but what really convinced me to go was how many times it came up in Nantucket blog posts (this one in particular made it a must-go-to-place for us). We lucked out and only had a 20 minute wait, but we definitely would have waited longer for this place. While we had some great dinners in Nantucket, this breakfast was near the top of our lists of favorite meals during our trip. Their different scrambles are great (the Portuguese is hands down the best), my love for hashbrowns was reignited, and whoa, talk about some fresh blueberries in those blueberry pancakes. It was wonderful.
After breakfast we walked around downtown some more and eventually made it to a bookstore. We were planning on going to the beach in the afternoon and Chip hadn’t brought a book with him. Couldn’t have that! Chip eventually picked a book and after moseying around for an hour or so, we went to go rent some bicycles. The plan was to then go pick up some sandwiches to take with us to the beach, but we both got a bit too excited and went straight for the beach. It wasn’t until we were about a mile or so into our ride that we realized 1: we didn’t buy food and 2: we had half a water bottle left of water. Oops. But hey, it’s Nantucket. We’ll survive.
We took a bike path for about three miles to Dionis Beach. There weren’t many people there and we had a nice relaxing afternoon picking up seashells, reading, and enjoying the view. We tried putting our feet in the ocean and quickly ran back out. That water was so stinkin cold. About 20 minutes later, we saw some kids running around in the water (I’m sure they caught a cold) and even a grown man dive into the water. Mind you he wasn’t in a wetsuit. Brrrr. We also overheard another man say that the water felt warmer over here. Excuse me, what? Compared to a glacier?
It started to get a little chilly and some of the other families were packing their things up when we decided to head back. We rode our bikes into town and dropped them back off before going to get a late lunch. I had found Something Natural on TripAdvisor (seeing a pattern?) and after asking the guy at the bike rental place about it, he let us know Something Natural was a must go-to place. Well, twist our arm, why don’t you… it actually turned out to be one of Chip’s favorite meals and was the first time he tried chutney. He’s now obsessed. The sandwiches are simple, but great. And the setting can’t be beat. We sat outside at a cute little picnic table while we slowly ate our food. Turns out it was sunnier than we realized and we both got some sunburns by the end of the afternoon. But I have to say, that was the most pleasant sunburn I’ve ever had. I much prefer getting burnt in 70 degree weather in Nantucket compared to 95 degree heat in SA.
We walked back to The Century House after lunch and were both napping pretty soon after. Talk about an exhausting day, right? Thankfully I had set my alarm to wake us up for our dinner reservations. We went over to The SeaGrille, which apart from getting great reviews on TripAdvisor, it also had what Martha Stewart called the best clam chowder. So, of course, we both ordered some clam chowder.
This was also Chip’s first time to ever eat lobster. He was a little thrown off when they served it to him with its head.
We thought about getting dessert there at the Seagrille, but then we remembered our beloved Juice Bah. So we made our second trip there in two days. #winning We tried a different flavor each time we went there, so I’d like to consider it a productive eating experience.
We finished Sunday off by going to a pub a few blocks away to watch the Spurs game. Won’t go into too much detail there, Chip is still mourning how that series ended.
Stay tuned for more on our last few days in Nantucket!!