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What To Do in Nantucket | An Insider’s Guide

What To Do in Nantucket | An Insider’s Guide


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After dropping my son off at the Berklee School of Music, I decided to jump on a plane to supportDouglas Elliman’s office opening in Nantucket(which was incidentally the backdrop of a show you may recognize, calledWings). I asked my friend and Nantucket expert Kristal Moffett, also now in real estate and married to the handsome actor D.W Moffett, for her recommendations on what to check out in the area.

Here’s what she sent me:


  1. Something Natural Sandwiches to eat in the garden or take to go
  2. Claudettes’s Sandwiches to either eat on the deck or take to the beach in Sconset
  3. Chanticleer Lunch or Dinner in Sconset
  4. Summer House Lunch by the pool, dinner in the house…also in Sconset
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  6. The Galley Great for mussels and fries while watching the sunset
  7. 11-Lounge

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  8. Languedoc Old school dinner
  9. Brotherhood Oldest restaurant on the island, cup of clam chowder
  10. Ship’s Inn Old school dinner
  11. Downey Flake The island’s diner: perfect for breakfast that includes linguica (Portuguese sausage)
  12. Toppers Bar and restaurant at The Wauwinet Hotel
  13. Sconset Cafe Book in advance as there aren’t a lot of tables; great for dinner


  1. Sylvia’s Antiques The best curated collection of antiques, mariner art, lightship baskets and Nantucket art
  2. Ericka Wilson Ericka was a lifelong Nantucket summer residence and brought her talent of needlepoint with her. She designed all the kneelers in the Sconset Chapel that the women of Sconset needle-pointed. You should visit the chapel and have a look. Ericka’s store currently still sells needlepoint as well as clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
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  4. Atlantic By far my favorite place to shop! Great jewelry, bathing suits and homewares
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  6. Nantucket Looms— hand woven blankets and lovely homewares
  7. Bookworks great selection of books and fun gift store


  1. Grey Lady Art Gallery great collection of island artists
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  3. Cary Hazelgrove Photographer and Artist
  4. Forrest Rodts Painter and print maker
  5. Nell Van Vorst ceramics
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  7. Nancy Chase Carver ivory carver (she uses antique ivory, long tradition)
  8. TimParson’s Lightship Basket maker Tim makes beautiful Lightship Baskets and gives classes

Beaches and Hikes

  1. Madequecham— South shore, upper lot has better parking, great sandbar
  2. Sconset Beach — Easy access
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  4. Ladies Beach— pick up snacks atBartlett’son the way
  5. Alter Rock Hike
  6. Bluff Walk— Start at Sankaty Light and walk the bluff, finishing in the center of Sconset for breakfast or lunch


Image Source|Sankaty Head Light on Nantucket Island, Brendan Reals


  1. Wauwinet My favorite
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  3. Summer House Sconset
  4. White Elephant Town

Places to Visit

  1. Whaling Museum
  2. LifesavingMuseum
  3. MariaMitchell Society
  4. The Oldest House and Jail
  5. The Windmill
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  7. Night Ghost Tour
  8. Sconset Chapel
  9. Kayaking in the harbor
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  11. Captain Tom’s Charters


  1. Sankaty Light
  2. Brant Point
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  4. Great Point

    *Tip: Sea grass is indeed beautiful… but stay out of it. It’s a favorite haunt of the island deer who carry the deer-ticks. Ticks are everywhere on the island and you’ll want to do tick checks if you’ve been outside walking or hiking.

Douglas Elliman has a network of offices Nationwide. Contact me for agent referrals if you’re looking to move to Nantucket!

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