Nantucket will always be a summer destination for luxury travelers. This year with so many rebooking of postponed trips, and so many more travelers choosing to stay closer to home and therefore traveling within the country, Nantucket is likely the place to see and be seen throughout the season. Keep reading on the many ways to soak up this New England island.
Shopping at Nantucket
In recent years, Nantucket has become quite famous for its shopping. Thanks to shops like Olivela paved the way a few years ago, standards have certainly been raised on the island. Here are a few places you will not want to miss when visiting this summer:
Your shopping extravaganza can start as soon as you get off the ferry. Dawn is located on Harbor Square, which is exactly what it sounds like – right on the boardwalk where the ferries land. “In addition to our wide selection of swimwear, we are excited about our collection of accessories that both look great and protect you while you enjoy one of Nantucket’s many amazing beaches this summer.” Says Allison Deck owner of Dawn. Dawn also has lots of smart and packable hats from Janessa Leone with UPF 45+ sun protection, handmade sunglasses from Barton Perreira and Salt + Stone’s natural mineral sunscreen. So this is the perfect place to pick up all the luxury treats you need to enjoy a weekend in the sun and sand of Nantucket.
Covet, a Boston-based luxury shipping brand, opened for the first time on Nantucket this season. Located on Center Street, Desire joins luxury shopping ranks on the island. Find both shipped items and curated items in this cool store. Founder Hanadi Hamzeh first opened Covet in South Boston in 2013 and expanded rapidly with a second location on Beacon Hill, and now the Nantucket store is their third location. Shoppers will find everything from vintage designer bags to trendy denim and other items at this downtown Nantucket store.
Shop new brands on Nantucket at For now. For now, a retail incubator that gives digital first brands exposure to the brick and mortar environment by offering customers the opportunity to interact with their products first hand. Founders Kaity Cimo & Katharine Requa now opened in Boston Harbor a few years ago, and the Nantucket location opened in May 2021.
Eat at Nantucket
Dining is another area where Nantucket is not lacking. Nantucket is known for its combination of fine dining and casual places to hang out and offers something for everyone when it comes to food.
For a classic New England experience go to Breeze at the Nantucket Hotel for a family-friendly dinner. Enjoy some funky twists on classics like crab croquettes and the catch of the day, all with attentive service. They are open for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Nantucket Taproom is the latest addition to Jared coffin house. Formerly known as “PRIME”, the Nantucket Taproom continues to offer outdoor dining on Broad Street during the summer months, but during chicken weather and in the fall and winter, guests can now enjoy the 62-seat bar and restaurant in the basement of Jared Coffin House. The Nantucket Taproom will be open year-round and serve classics with a twist. Some things you will not want to miss are: “fish and chips”, Big M-ACK and crab salad.
Always a classic on Nantucket, Cisco is even more relevant this year as we all seem to be hanging out with friends and family we have been missing for the past year.
The chicken box
And finally, what’s better than a night on the town Chicken box? The Chicken Box is the place for an “evening” on the island, and whether you come for drinks and stay for the live music or vice versa, you are guaranteed a good time. What better way to celebrate the past year than a fun night out with friends than a night out with friends on Nantucket?
Where should I live?
There are so many amazing boutique hotels on Nantucket to explore, but the Nantucket Resort Collection in particular is one that feels appropriate for a first trip to the island this season. A set of three newly renovated hotels, each member of Nantucket Resort Collection has its own charm. The Veranda Inn is the place to go for a room with a view, the Chapman House is for the architecture lover and the Regatta Inn is for the traveler who wants to feel like they are on their way to their very own cottage, complete with a large porch and firebox. Breathe lightly and arrive at island time using these lovely properties.