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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.

Things I Love: Christmas Ornaments

This is the third Christmas Chip and I have spent together as a married couple. We’re still slowly creating our own holiday traditions, but my favorite one is collecting new ornaments throughout the year. Whenever we go on a trip together, we try to always buy an ornament to take home with us. Over the first two years of our marriage, we collected ornaments in Italy on our honeymoon, an ornament from when we saw The Lion King and The Nutcracker at The Majestic here in town, our first trip to Fredericksburg. This year we were able to add a few more ornaments from our different trips. While decorating our tree the other weekend, it was fun checking out each ornament and getting to reflect on what this year has brought us. We hope that someday our tree will have only these types of ornaments that will always remind us how we’ve been  blessed and all the different adventures we’ve had together.

Cork Ornament from a day trip to Fredericksburg with my parents and the Behams

Cork ornament from a day trip to Fredericksburg with my parents and the Behams

Seashell basket from Nantucket

Seashell basket from Nantucket

Cape Elizabeth in Maine

Cape Elizabeth in Maine

From the Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway

From the Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway

San Francisco Ornament

San Francisco Ornament

Grape leaf from Napa

Snowflake from another trip to Fredericksburg for our birthdays this year and a grape leaf ornament from Napa

I love Christmas trees

I love Christmas trees

Nantucket: The land of flowers

This is it, the final post on our trip to Nantucket (if you missed the others, they’re here, here, and here). One thing that I wasn’t expecting prior to our trip to this little island was the amount of vegetation we would see. In hindsight, I really shouldn’t have been surprised; Nantucket is so cute that even their weeds and overgrown fields are adorable. If only that worked here in San Antonio…

I loved walking around Nantucket and looking at all of the flowers, especially the hydrangeas which are one of my favorites. Sadly those don’t survive here in SA (trust me, I’ve tried twice and failed twice), so I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the hydrangeas everywhere. All these flowers also gave me the opportunity to test out our new Canon Rebel camera! Note: I still have a lot to learn.

Thanks, Nantucket, for a great trip!

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

If only these grew in SA, too

If only these grew in SA, too

Hydrangeas everywhere

Hydrangeas everywhere

Can this be my garden?

Can this be my garden?

This one would be fine, too.

This one would be fine, too.

The roses were in full bloom, too

The roses were in full bloom, too

More roses

More roses

Last few days in Nantucket

After our great, easy-going weekend in Nantucket, our last few days flew by a bit quicker. Between Chip being out during the day as well as a couple of the evenings for his conference and my work schedule working from the hotel, I’m really glad we flew in early and had Saturday and Sunday to fully explore the island.

We went and had breakfast at a new place Monday morning. As much as we loved Black Eyed Susans on Sunday, we thought we should try a different spot. We had seen Fog Island Cafe while walking around throughout the weekend and thought their window display looked pretty good so we made this our spot Monday morning. The breakfast was great, but our hearts were still at Black Eyed Susans, so we decided to try to go there again before we left.

I spent the rest of the day working while Chip got checked in for the conference and did some reading to get ready for the next couple of days. I have to say, The Century House was a pretty good spot to work from. Check out the view I had while answering emails on the patio!

My temporary office

My temporary office

Plus, they make fresh chocolate chip cookies every afternoon. If you know me, you know a good cookie is pretty much all I need to be happy.

More cookies, please

More cookies, please

Tuesday, I went to Black Eyed Susans by myself while Chip had an early start to the conference. I felt a little bad for going without Chip, but then I had a great vegetarian scramble that made me forget all about that guilt. Sorry, Chip, but that food was really good! After breakfast, I made a quick stop at Petticoat Row Bakery before heading back to The Century House to work for the day. After all the reviews I had read online about this bakery, I was ready to be impressed… and all I can say is that the double chocolate chip cookie I got there was one of the best cookies I’ve ever had (and trust me, I’ve had a lot of cookies in my life).

Talk about a cute bakery

Talk about a cute bakery

When will cookies be as healthy as fruits and veggies?

When will cookies be as healthy as fruits and veggies?

Tuesday evening, we went to the conference’s clam bake over at Jetties Beach. Unfortunately it started to rain during the afternoon, so the clam bake got moved to under a tent. It was a great atmosphere despite the weather and we had a really good time getting to know some of the other analysts also at the conference and their wives. We had to leave the clam bake a little early for some dinner reservations we had at Corazón del Mar, so we only had time for some clam chowder before it was time to head out. We thought about canceling our reservations, but I’m so glad we didn’t because it turned out to be our best dinner in Nantucket.

Conference clam bake

Conference clam bake

Corazón del Mar is another restaurant we had found on TripAdvisor and the reviews did not disappoint. The vibe at the restaurant is extremely fun, with a ceviche bar on the first floor and a tequila bar on the second. We had a table on the second floor and had our best dinner in Nantucket, thanks to our great server Kendra. She walked us through the menu and pointed out all her favorite dishes. We started dinner off with an appetizer of cured pork shoulder with goat cheese and some drinks (pisco sour for me! Viva Chile!). Our appetizer was delicious, so we knew the rest of the meal was going to be a treat. I ordered a paella dish, Chip got carnitas, and we split a side of grilled Mexican street corn which was ah-mazing. Seriously. Pretty sure that corn was my favorite part of the meal. Since dinner had been so good, we decided to finish the meal off with some churros and chocolate for dessert. #winning.

We’re pretty convinced that everything from the Corazón del Mar tastes great. What we loved most about this place the most was how extremely flavorful all of their food was. While we had great dinners the other nights, these dishes were pretty complex and each had really bold taste (but in a good way!). Thanks again to Kendra for all of her great recommendations and for treating us to some free sampler drinks!

Corazón del Mar

Corazón del Mar

Pisco sour at Corazón del Mar

Pisco sour at Corazón del Mar

Drinks from our server, Kendra

Drinks from our server, Kendra

After dinner at Corazón del Mar

After dinner at Corazón del Mar

Wednesday was our last full day in Nantucket. Chip was pretty jealous about my solo trip to Black Eyed Susans the day before, so we went there together early Wednesday morning and had our Portuguese scrambler one last time. I went back to the hotel to work and Chip went to the conference for the rest of the day. He had a dinner to go to later in the evening, so we quickly met for drinks and appetizers at Dune. While the food there was flavorful and light, I would have liked a bigger menu to select from. But maybe I had just become a food snob throughout our time in Nantucket.

Thursday morning we were off to an early start with a full travel day ahead of us: a 7:45 ferry to Hyannis, a 9:30 bus to Boston and then a couple of flights before getting back home to San Antonio late in the evening, just in time to catch the end of the Spurs game. Again, I won’t go into detail on the game results… maybe next year?

We had such a great time in Nantucket! If anyone is looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation with the opportunity to spend lots of time outside, you really can’t beat this spot.

Our weekend in Nantucket

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.

Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse

Our view from the ferry

Our view from the ferry

Welcome to Nantucket

Welcome to 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.

Our super cute bed & breakfast

Our super cute bed & breakfast

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.

Model of a whaleship

Model of a whaleship

Model of a whaling boat

Model of a whaling boat

Thar she blows!

Thar she blows!

Artwork on whale teeth

Artwork on whale teeth

I love me some Nantucket reds

I love me some Nantucket reds

The view of Nantucket from the top of The Whaling Museum

The view of Nantucket from the top of The Whaling Museum

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).

Oh, Nantucket, you sure are cute

Oh, Nantucket, you sure are cute

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.

Dinner at The Club Car

Dinner at The Club Car

The side car for the piano bar

The side car for the piano bar

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?

Nantucket in the evening

Nantucket in the evening

Great times at The Juice Bar

Great times at The Juice Bar

Inside The Juice Bar

Inside The Juice Bar

Instant fans of The Juice Bar

Instant fans of The Juice Bar

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.

Waiting for Sweet Caroline

Waiting for Sweet Caroline

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.

Breakfast time

Breakfast time

Waiting for our table

Waiting for our table

Yum

Yum

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.

Browsing for a book

Browsing for a book

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?

The bike path to Dionis Beach

The bike path to Dionis Beach

Hers and his

Hers and his

No shoes allowed

No shoes allowed

Path to the beach

Path to the beach

Our spot for the afternoon

Our spot for the afternoon

Pre-sunburn

Pre-sunburn

Reading Moby Dick on the beach

Reading Moby Dick on the beach

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.

Something Natural

Something Natural

Our view from lunch. Can I live here?

Our view from lunch. Can I live here?

My hot lunch date

My hot lunch date

Something Natural

Something Natural

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.

Chowda chowda chowda

Chowda chowda chowda

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.

Staring contest

Staring contest

Ready to dominate the lobster

Ready to dominate the lobster

Great dinner at The SeaGrille

Great dinner at The SeaGrille

The SeaGrille

The SeaGrille

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.

Second flavor at The Juice Bar

Second flavor at The Juice Bar

Can we join The Juice Bar fan club?

Can we join The Juice Bar fan club?

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!!