Nantucket in September is the ideal beach getaway. The crowds have dissipated, the ocean has grown warmer from a summer’s worth of sunshine, and it’s not so hot that you want to curl up next to an air conditioner. The days are pleasant and the nights are cool. Call me crazy, but September really is my favorite beach month!
Due to my blogging break, I’m a bit back-logged in posts. I don’t mind looking at pictures of nice and sunny summer days with this cold weather we’re having this week. I hope you don’t mind either!
I’m forever indebted to my island gal pal Jill for introducing me to Nantucket a few years ago – I’m hooked! I’ve written about Nantucket before, but I wanted to share my photos from this last trip. It was a stunner and a great way to wrap up summer.
There are many things to do on Nantucket (like the Whaling Museum, live theater, the farmer’s market, visiting Bartlett’s Farm, Cisco Breweries, Farm, and countless restaurants), but we logged most of our time enjoying the sand and sunshine, taking our rental Jeep on lots of the beaches, and playing cards.
Many of the things that make Nantucket so wonderful are the very things that make it difficult to do inexpensively. Travel and housing will be your biggest expenses are aren’t really negotiable. I’ve tried to include some extra tips below because it’s totally worth the trip!
Where to Stay on Nantucket:
Finding affordable lodgings on Nantucket is the hardest part of planning a trip on a budget. We’ve always stayed in a bed & breakfast because the prices tend to be better. Most establishments will have a 2 or 3 night minimum stay required. If you call the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce the week of your visit, they may be able to help place you for a 1 night stay where hotels may have some last minute availability.
I like to stay at the Scallop Inn. It’s nothing fancy, but breakfast is included, rooms are comfortable and it’s within walking distance of town which is convenient for carrying luggage from the ferry and being near many restaurants and shops in the evening. It’s one of the better prices I’ve seen offered in comparison to other Nantucket B&Bs. In general, you should expect to pay at least $150/night and know that out-of-season prices differ between B&Bs, but typically don’t start until October.
Where to Eat on Nantucket:
There are so many restaurant options on Nantucket! It’s amazing considering how far out into the ocean Nantucket is. Although our B&B included breakfast, we decided to try the famous Nantucket breakfast spot Black Eyed Susan’s. Notoriously known for their long lines and fiercely delicious fare, it held up to the hype. My sourdough french toast was fantastic and we got there early enough (7:30am) to skip the crowd.
I always like to frequent the wallet-friend 1840s whaling bar, The Brotherhood of Thieves. They serve excellent calamari and massive burgers. For dinner we tried Straight Wharf Restaurant and loved the seafood! The menu is constantly changing and locally sourced. We braved the weather and sat outside in the drizzle because it was a little loud inside.
Lastly, all seasoned Nantucket-ers tell me that no trip to the island is complete without a trip to the Juice Bar for homemade ice cream. If only I could figure out how to get them to bring back the Snickerdoodle flavor ice cream I had a few years ago.
How to Get to Nantucket:
To get to Nantucket you can either fly, take the high-speed ferry, or the traditional ferry. I prefer to take the Steamship Authority’s traditional ferry. It’s the most economical way to get there – $35 versus $70 to the fast ferry. Although the slow ferry (2 hours) takes longer than the fast ferry (1 hour), I think it goes by quickly. On a beautiful sunny morning I couldn’t think of doing anything better than sitting out of the roof deck with breakfast and coffee! You can save money on your tickets by buying a booklet of 10 ferry passes, or check out Groupon. I prefer taking the Steamship Authority to the Hyline, because I think the boat is nicer and has better seating options, but timing and prices are generally the same.
And maybe you will be treated to nature’s show on the way home:
Have you been to Nantucket? Any recommendations for me?
I’m hoping to go again in the spring sometime when all the roses are in bloom!