Nantucket—what to do, where to go
Of course we have to start with the beaches—it's Nantucket's prime draw, after all. While there's no shortage of options on this sunny island, our favorite has to be Steps. The sunsets here are not to be missed.
In the mood for gorgeous sunsets and deluxe dining? Head to Galley Beach, a beachfront restaurant on the northwest shore with award-winning eats, from lobster crepes and fried rock shrimp to a delicious almond-scented cheesecake.
This neighborhood is filled with charming houses boasting blooms galore. Take a scenic bike ride through or check out the path between the houses and the beach—it's the perfect place for pictures. Insider tip: Locals call the area Sconset.
Top: The Veronica Beard summer shop at Perch Nantucket at 2 Harbor Square. Below: The historic Brant Point Light, Nantucket's oldest lighthouse.
A local watering hole, this is where everyone goes post-beach. Come for the lagers and ales; stay for the live music and food trucks. More of a wine and cocktail gal? There's a winery and distillery on site, too.
Brant Point Light
Taking in one of the island's three picturesque lighthouses is a must for any first-time visitor. Brant Point, located on Nantucket Harbor, is the oldest. Dating back to the 18th century, it's still a functioning lighthouse to this day.
The Juice Bar
Don't let the name fool you. The Juice Bar is the place to go for homemade ice cream, with flavors ranging from Crantucket to Almond Joy to Amaretto Chip. Trust us—the lines will be worth it.
Samuel Owens Gallery
Soak up some culture after you soak up the sun at this contemporary art gallery located on 46 Centre Street. Repped artists include Laurie Fishman, Eline de Jonge and Bob Gruen.
The best burgers in town. If you're feeling indulgent, go for a side of to-die-for truffle fries or... how about foie gras gravy fries?
A luxury waterfront hotel that also happens to be an iconic landmark of Nantucket. Head to the spa, sunbathe on the lawn or book a yacht from the hotel's dock (yes, this hotel has its own dock).