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!
A few weeks ago we made a fall excursion to Nantucket with friends.
Most people think of Nantucket in the summertime, but we have gone the past two Octobers! It’s beautiful and a lot less crowded. AND you can usually get a better deal since it’s off-season.
We had purchased our ferry tickets on Groupon earlier in the spring.
(For those interested, we have been on both the Hyline and Steamship Authority traditional ferries. The Hyline gets you there in about 1.25 hours – but the boat is much smaller and provides a lot less seating options. The Steamship Authority will get you there in two hours and offers more comfortable seating and more tables.)
We stayed at the Scallop Inn on Nantucket Island, which is part of the Periwinkle Inn. A+ to price and location.
For my fellow whale-lovers, Nantucket provides a plethora of whale related paraphernalia.
Did you know that Nantucket was the Whaling Capital of the World from 1800 to 1840?
Author Herman Melville penned the famous novel “Moby Dick” after visiting the island in the 1840s. (This is on my to-read list! I own it. It’s on my shelf. Note to self: Stop going to the library and read the books I own.)
This time we rented a Wrangler for off-road driving. Nobody, for the most part, brings their cars across the ferry, so there are a lot of places that have vehicles for rent.
Last year we rented a scooter – that was fun too!
Driving on the beach was great fun and provided beautiful views unable to be seen on land!
Not a bad view out the rear windshield, eh?
We drove to Great Point Light at the tip of the northeast end of the island. The lighthouse is only accessible by sand roads.
And finally, we went to one of my favorite places on the island, Sconset.
AKA …Where you go to buy “fancy groceries”.
I decided if I ever become a hermit, you’ll find me in a little cottage on Sconset.
But don’t come looking for me. : )
To celebrate one month of marital bliss, Moose and I took a weekend trip to Nantucket. We grabbed our Sperry’s and hopped on the ferry over to Nantucket Island.
We stayed at the Jared Coffin House which is right in the village.
Must See Spots on Nantucket:
- Murray’s Toggery Shop – This old school store is home of the famous Nantucket Reds.
- The village of Sconset – This tiny village is our favorite spot on the island. A long morning walk among the tiny vine covered cottages is one of the most restful things on the planet!! Be sure to notice all the adorable signs with the cottage names.
- Sankaty Head Lighthouse – Look to your right and you can see Spain! (Okay, maybe not. But it’s there.) The lighthouse was built in 1850 and is still functioning.
- Nantucket Ice Cream Shop – While I was disappointed they discontinued my favorite flavor of Snickerdoodle, the Toll House cookie sandwich was an A+.
- The Brotherhood of Thieves – You must eat here! We went on Saturday night with friends… and we went again on Sunday for lunch – yes, it was that good. Get the calamari. Yumm, I’m about to swim over just thinking about it.
We rented a motor scooter for the weekend from Nantucket Bike Shop, since most people don’t bring their cars over to the island. Since the island is only 30 miles wide, it was an excellent source of transportation!