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Last Day in Nantucket

Let’s just pretend it hasn’t taken me a couple months to finish blogging about our trip to Nantucket. Sound good?

Sunday was our last full day in Nantucket. I’m so glad we had used Saturday as our day to ride bikes and enjoy the beach since Sunday had such a rainy start. We didn’t want the weather to hold us back, so we thought we would go spend some time in a local coffee shop, Handlebar Cafe before our brunch later in the morning. It was only half a mile away from the Carlisle Inn, so I thought we would be fine walking there. About five minutes into our walk, I realized it was raining a lot harder than I had expected. We were some of the only fools out on the streets, but it seemed pointless to wait for a cab or Uber to pick us up for the last quarter mile so we kept walking. We soon got to Handlebar Cafe, where it was surprisingly full inside. Nothing says “spend some time in a coffee shop reading” like a rainy morning. Luckily by the time we had ordered our drinks a table cleared up, so we took our time enjoying our coffee and books.

At Handelbar Cafe

At Handelbar Cafe

The rain had slowed down by the time we left Handlebar Cafe, so we were able to walk to our brunch spot, the Boarding House. Chip had a delicious soft crab BLT. I ordered the chilaquiles plate inspired by the now-closed restaurant Corazon del Mar, which had been our favorite restaurant during our first trip to Nantucket.

Brunch at the Boarding House

Brunch at the Boarding House

We had originally planned to rent bikes again to ride out to Cisco Brewers across the island, but with the persistent rain, we decided to call an Uber. But first, we spent some time at the Carlisle Inn watching Son-in-Law. Yes, the Pauly Shore movie. It is such a good thing we don’t have cable anymore, we would get sucked into watching 90s movies all the time.

Cisco Brewers is unique in that it is a winery, brewery, and distillery in one place. It’s pretty small, but it’s a fun place to visit. After doing a walk around the grounds, we decided to do their tasting tour, which would give us two samples from each of these branches. While we waited for our tour to start, we ate clam chowder and a grilled cheese from a food truck, listened to live music, and met another sweet dog.

Clam chowder at Cisco Brewers

Clam chowder at Cisco Brewers

Cisco Brewers

Cisco Brewers

Nantucket Vineyard at Cisco Brewers

Nantucket Vineyard at Cisco Brewers

Wine sample during the tour

Wine sample during the tour

Still waiting for our shoes to dry off

Still waiting for our shoes to dry off

One of the beer samples during the tour

One of the beer samples during the tour

By the time the tour ended, the weather had finally cleared up. We got a ride back to the Carlisle Inn and started to get ready for dinner. With all that rain, you know it took a while to de-frizz my hair. #humidityproblems

On our way to dinner

On our way to dinner

Keeping it classy

Keeping it classy

For our last dinner in Nantucket, we went to Le Languedoc. After our somewhat disappointing dinner at Oran Mor, I was worried about going to another “traditional” Nantucket restaurant, but I’m so glad we went. We split the best lobster, it was the perfect way to end our time together on the island. According to the family sitting near us, you can’t find a better lobster anywhere else. The portions were pretty large, I’m glad we decided to split the meal.

Y'all, we ate every bite

Y’all, we ate every bite

When the waitress asked us if we wanted dessert, we told her we were going to the Juice Bar. Again. She jokingly asked us to bring some for her, no one can deny that ice cream.

Looking at this picture gives me Juice Bar withdrawals

Looking at this picture gives me Juice Bar withdrawals

Monday was my day to travel back to San Antonio while Chip stayed for the conference for the next couple of days. I was taking a ferry later in the morning, so we spent some time walking around downtown Nantucket for a bit after having breakfast at Black Eyed Susans again.

Downtown Nantucket

Downtown Nantucket

The best bookstore around

The best bookstore around

We always try to get an ornament whenever we travel somewhere together

We always try to get an ornament whenever we travel somewhere together

Walking around Nantucket

Walking around Nantucket

Yes, that's a helicopter on a yacht

Yes, that’s a helicopter on a yacht

We love Nantucket!

We love Nantucket!

Walking around Nantucket

Walking around Nantucket

Walking around Nantucket

Walking around Nantucket

On the ferry back to Hyannis from Nantucket

On the ferry back to Hyannis from Nantucket

I took the high-speed ferry from Nantucket to the port in Hyannis. By the time my luggage came off the ferry, all of the cabs had already left the dock. I waited for another 10 minutes before asking one of the girls that worked the parking lot area how far the bus station was in case there weren’t any other cabs coming. I only had about 30 minutes before my bus left for Boston. She assured me more cabs would come… and they never did. Now, if you’ll remember, we smashed my phone on Saturday. The only “smart” device I had was my Verizon tablet. Couldn’t exactly call an Uber from there. So I had her give me a map and dragged my luggage a little over a mile to the bus station. It was supposed to be pretty much a straight walk down from the port with one turn, but I somehow got a little lost and had to flag a couple of locals down to ask for directions. I made it to the bus station, silently willed the older gentleman at the ticket counter to please stop asking questions so I could buy my ticket, and got on to the bus with minutes to spare. The girls who came on the bus just two minutes after me were actually turned away. While I was fanning myself from that fun luggage walk, Chip was sending me pictures like the one below of his lunch time view from Something Natural. Thanks, Chippers. Luckily, the rest of my travels were smooth sailing and I came back home to a very happy Wrigley. Until next time, Nantucket! IMG_2030

Saturday in Nantucket

We had been looking forward to our Saturday in Nantucket for weeks. It was a perfect culmination of all of the things we love most about this little island. We started the day off with breakfast at Black Eyed Susans and got a seat at the counter pretty quickly. Let me tell you, the two cooks in the kitchen run that place like a well-tuned machine. It’s a small kitchen, but they use every inch so efficiently. We were slightly hypnotized watching them cook. After breakfast, we walked to our favorite little book store, Mitchell’s Book Corner. I would use my kindle a lot less if there was a book store like this in San Antonio. Mitchell’s Book Corner is a small, two-story store covered in more books than you could ever read. We took our time there, looking over different books while listening to other families in the store. Not surprisingly, I was drawn to a World War II historical fiction book called The Nightingale.

Found our future home on our way to breakfast

Found our future home on our way to breakfast

Eating at the counter at Black Eyed Susans

Eating at the counter at Black Eyed Susans

Mitchell's Book Corner

Mitchell’s Book Corner

Mitchell's Book Corner

Mitchell’s Book Corner

The cutest display of children's books at Mitchell's Book Corner

The cutest display of children’s books at Mitchell’s Book Corner

Just a couple minutes away from Mitchell’s Book Corner is Petticoat Row Bakery, so we picked up a few cookies for us to have later in the day. We quickly went back to The Carlisle Inn to get our picnic blanket before renting some bicycles for the afternoon. If you ask me, cars shouldn’t be allowed on Nantucket on sunny days. Everything is so close that you can easily walk or ride a bike to get anywhere, and with the perfect weather, you’d be wasting a beautiful 70 degree day in a car. We soon made our way out of the center of the town and rode to Something Natural to pick up some lunch to take with us to the beach. Y’all, these are so much more than just sandwiches. Maybe it’s the picnic tables, or maybe it’s their sandwich skills, but we love this spot. We loaded up our bikes with our food and rode the three miles over to Dionis Beach.

Petticoat Row Bakery

Petticoat Row Bakery

Riding to Something Natural

Riding to Something Natural

Something Natural

Something Natural

Something Natural

Something Natural

So glad I got this hat in Boston

So glad I got this hat in Boston

Ready to head to the beach

Ready to head to the beach

Our bikes at Something Natural

Our bikes at Something Natural

We were surprised that the beach was pretty empty by the time we got there around lunch time. There were just a few other families spread out, so we easily found a great spot for us to spend the rest of the afternoon. Once we started eating our lunch, a sweet lab from the next family over came and sat next to us. I may or may not have won Mason’s love with some bread. Sorry, Wrigs.

Walking up to the beach

Walking up to the beach

This lemonade tasted even better with this view

This lemonade tasted even better with this view

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Our spot for the afternoon

Our spot for the afternoon

This guy is the best

This guy is the best

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Our new friend, Mason

Our new friend, Mason

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

Afternoon at the beach

We were at the beach for a few hours, which was more than enough time for Chip to get a ridiculously intense sunburn. For some reason, he didn’t think to apply sunscreen to his legs, and I, for some reason, thought he did put on sunscreen even though he hates it. Here’s what he looked like when we got back to The Carlisle Inn that afternoon:

What happens when you don't wear sunscreen

What happens when you don’t wear sunscreen

We had a small accident on our way out of the beach. We were loading our bikes back up with our bags and blanket and getting ready to leave when my bike got stuck on the bike rack. Someone had locked their bike really close to mine so I was having to wrestle my bike free. Chip put the brake on his bike, which was holding our big bag full of cookies, camera, books, etc., to help me out. Turns out all that stuff weighs a lot and it brought his bike crashing down. The bag, of course, fell out but we didn’t think to check if everything was okay. We rode for a couple of miles and decided to take a break for a quick picture. That’s when we pulled out my phone and realized that it was on the wrong end of that bag tumble. So for the rest of the trip, I was phoneless (although still getting alert sounds). #firstworldproblem

When we realized we had shattered my phone

When we realized we had shattered my phone

Sorry, phone

Sorry, phone

Once we had returned our bikes, we went back to The Carlisle Inn to get ready for dinner. We had brunch plans at Boarding House for Sunday, but since we had heard great thing about the bar there, we decided to check them out for some pre-dinner drinks. We then went to dinner at Oran Mor. I have to say, for this being such a popular spot on TripAdvisor, we weren’t too crazy about it. I think part of it is that we aren’t their target audience, we were definitely the youngest guests there, but I also wasn’t super impressed with their menu. Don’t get me wrong, the food was still good, but for the reputation they had, we were really expecting more. If we had known what the meal and experience would have been like, we would have gone to Cru instead. Chip actually went there during his conference and said it was amazing. Next time!

Pre-dinner drinks

Pre-dinner drinks

Dessert was, of course, at the Juice Bar. And don’t worry, we took our ice cream duties very seriously and tried different flavors each time.

The Juice Bar

The Juice Bar

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.