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Nantucket on a Budget: Dining, Drinking and 'BYOF'

June 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to Nantucket and this week we'll share with you all the awesome stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the cost of Massachusetts. Pack your Nantucket Reds, your Sperry Topsiders and an argyle cardigan (or four) to drape around your shoulders, and away we go!

Part Four: FOOD.

Well it's been a fun week trying to prove that Nantucket isn't the crazy overpriced island everyone thinks it is. Read the whole series here. For our last hurrah, we'll tackle the dining dilemma.

Since Nantucket suffers from a super short, super sunny summer season with a crazy influx of visitors, the good places book up with reservations well in advance. That's fine though, since we're after the places the locals love, where lobster rolls don't break the bank and cocktails cost less than two digits. We visited (and drank and ate at) all of these ourselves, so let's have at it:

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The 'Sconset Sweets of Nantucket

Where: 79 Orange Street [map], Nantucket, MA, United States, 02554
June 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

This week we've been doing our part to help you enjoy the notoriously expensive summer vacation destination of Nantucket, MA. The island may have no shortage of multi-millionaires wearing Nantucket Reds, spending the season in their fourth home, but it does have a shortage of yummy baked goods.

There are no Panera Breads, Le Pain Quotidiens or other chain bakeries on the island. What it has are small, independent bakeries that run out of the good stuff before noon. We stayed on Nantucket with a descendent of the very first settler, and this man who knows the island inside and out recommended we hit Nantucket Bake Shop, a short bike ride south of town on Orange Street.

There we discovered delightful little powder sugar-coated 'Sconset Sweets, a local pastry named for another town on the island.

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Nantucket on a Budget: The Stuff You've Gotta See

June 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to Nantucket and this week we'll share with you all the awesome stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the cost of Massachusetts. Pack your Nantucket Reds, your Sperry Topsiders and an argyle cardigan (or four) to drape around your shoulders, and away we go!

Part Three: Stuff to do and see..

Even though Nantucket costs an arm and a leg to stay and eat in, the actual sights and entertainment are nicely cheap and, for most of the places we loved, free. Even the evening window shopping is excellent, which makes another free thing to do. Alas, you'll find your own favorite places, but here's a short list of ours:

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Nantucket on a Budget: Getting Around on Two Wheels or Less

June 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to Nantucket and this week we'll share with you all the awesome stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the cost of Massachusetts. Pack your Nantucket Reds, your Sperry Topsiders and an argyle cardigan (or four) to drape around your shoulders, and away we go!

Part Two: Getting Around.

Now that we've gotten you to Nantucket, it's time to figure out how exactly to get around this quaint, but wild, island without dropping a fortune on a high-season car rental.

Nantucket's land area is only 50 square miles and you will want to see all of it—from the rose-covered cottages in Siasconset ('Sconset to the locals) to the hang-ten breakers of Surfside. Nantucket's land is also home to many paved bike trails and very easily navigable routes from town to town. Armed with a map from Young's Bicycle Shop, you'll do just fine whether you chose to explore via scooter, bike or jeep:

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Nantucket on a Budget: Getting There by Air

June 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (3)


Cape Air Cessna 402Cs parked at ACK

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Nantucket and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the cost of Massachusetts. Pack your Nantucket Reds, your Sperry Topsiders and an argyle cardigan (or four) to drape around your shoulders, and away we go!

Part One: Getting There.

When was the last time you paid less for a flight than for the car service to the airport? For us, the answer is this last weekend. Here's what happened:

JetBlue had an online airfare sale a month or so ago, as they are wont to do. We spotted $35 one-way tickets from New York-JFK to either Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. We chose Nantucket simply because it's a little further away. Traveling on a Wednesday and returning on a Saturday, we paid a TOTAL of $73.50—the line-item, gosh-darn truth straight from our AMEX statement—in a world where calling car service just to drive one-way to JFK costs $80.

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Wish You Were Here: The Whaling Museum of Nantucket

June 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM | by | Comments (0)


Scrimshaw from the "Susan" on a whale tooth

What a lunch break! Today, while the sun burned away the grey clouds that had been hovering over Nantucket, we headed into the Whaling Museum to learn exactly why the word "sperm" plays such a huge rule in the history of this tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts.

The answer? Sperm whales and their spermaceti oil, which was used in lighting and candle-making, literally fueled both the development and industrial boom of Nantucket, setting the maritime foundations for history tourism. Have you read Herman Melville's Moby Dick? If so, then you're already well aware of one of the biggest events to feature in Nantucket's timeline: the sinking of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship rammed by a nearly 90-foot sperm whale in the South Seas. The real-life tragedy of the Essex inspired Melville's fictional Pequod and her captain, Ahab.

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