Nantucket, Part One

After our calorie-filled day in Boston, Friday was dedicated to getting to Nantucket. We started the day by having a great breakfast with Jeff and Megan over at the Thinking Cup before going back to our hotel and taking an uber to the airport. From there, we caught a bus through Plymouth & Brockton to Hyannis. It’s normally about a two hour bus ride, but we hit a lot of traffic during the drive (I wouldn’t know, I was reading The Vacationers the whole time, wasn’t that great of a book). We had planned on walking from the bus station in Hyannis to the ferry dock and grabbing a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant, but by the time we got in, all we had time for was catching a quick cab to the ferry and checking in. We did the one-hour Steamship Authority  ferry to Nantucket and arrived around 3:00.

Breakfast at the Thinking Cup

Breakfast at the Thinking Cup

Sailing into Nantucket was even better than I remembered. We enjoyed seeing all of the dogs on board and got a great spot out on the deck as we approached the island to check out all of the adorable (and very large) gray homes and boats sailing by.

One of the golden doodles on board

One of the golden doodles on board

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing into Nantucket

Sailing past Brant Point Lighthouse

Sailing past Brant Point Lighthouse

Ready for our weekend in Nantucket

Ready for our weekend in Nantucket

Once we got off the ferry and picked up our luggage, we walked over to The Carlisle House Inn, where we would be staying. We had hoped to stay at The Century House again, but they were booked by the time we started planning the trip. We ended up being really happy with The Carlisle House Inn, the room was a great size compared to our small spot at The Century House, but we did miss their freshly baked cookies every afternoon! We quickly dropped off our bags and then made our way over to the Whaling Museum. The last time we were in Nantucket, we really didn’t get much time in the museum before they closed and were looking forward to being there for a little over an hour this time around. Even that wasn’t long enough, we probably could have been there for at least a couple of hours. We spent a lot of time reading more about the history of Nantucket as well as the different signs surrounding the sperm whale skeleton in the main room that explained the history of whaling, which was so much more gruesome and disgusting than I had realized. Y’all, the whale below wasn’t even full grown when it washed up to shore back in the 90s. These are such large animals.

Learning about Nantucket's history

Learning about Nantucket’s history

The Whaling Museum

The Whaling Museum

See that missing tooth on the left side? It's believed that this sperm whale died from some dental disease.

See that missing tooth on the left side? It’s believed that this sperm whale died from some dental disease.

Some of the tools involved in whaling

Some of the tools involved in whaling

Looking in the whaling boat

Looking in the whaling boat

That would have been a huge whale

That would have been a huge whale

The Whaling Museum

The Whaling Museum

There was a special exhibit at the museum on the new movie In the Heart of the Sea, which is about the story of the Essex. The Essex was a whaling ship that inspired the story of Moby Dick. Here‘s a link to the movie; not going to lie, it’s pretty heavy stuff.

In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Costumes from the movie

Costumes from the movie

In the Heart of the Sea exhibit

In the Heart of the Sea exhibit

In the Heart of the Sea exhibit

In the Heart of the Sea exhibit

After The Whaling Museum closed, we walked around town for a little bit before making our way to Fifty-Six Union for dinner. This was one of our favorite meals of the weekend thanks to the awesome patio. The restaurant is pretty dark inside, but out on the patio with the string lights and nice breeze… it was perfect.

Walking to dinner

Walking to dinner

Walking to dinner

Walking to dinner

At a small pop-up concert in one of the small parks

At a small pop-up concert in one of the small parks

At a small pop-up concert in one of the small parks

At a small pop-up concert in one of the small parks

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Clams with bacon. Yes, please.

Clams with bacon. Yes, please.

Fifty-Six Union

Fifty-Six Union

Once we finished dinner, we walked over to the Juice Bar for some ice cream. Pretty sure it tasted even better than we remembered.

The Juice Bar

The Juice Bar

Ice cream from The Juice Bar: the best way to end a day in Nantucket

Ice cream from The Juice Bar: the best way to end a day in Nantucket

We decided to stop by the Club Car‘s piano bar for a little bit before calling it a night. We left before all the popular sing-alongs started, but we really enjoyed the jazzy songs the pianist played while we were there.

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