A weekend on Nantucket doesn’t have to break the bank to deliver delicious meals, beautiful scenery, and plenty of Nantucket history.
Digital editor Aimee Seavey shares her images from a recent spring “shoulder season” budget weekend on Nantucket in this colorful slide show. Thanks to a discount hotel stay, affordable bike rentals, and making the most of quick meals like burgers and hearty breakfasts, the visit was both affordable and fun.
We started our weekend on Nantucket via ferry, and would be getting around on foot. Fortunately, Nantucket accommodates pedestrians beautifully.
Greeting, beautiful Nantucket!
From the ferry, make you way up Main Street. In necessary, get your bearing at the Compass Rose at Gardiner’s Corner.
Nantucket’s Main Street (this view is looking down towards the water) is cobblestoned and lined with charming shops and eateries.
Whales, whales, everywhere.
Did I mention the whales?
Heading down Centre Street towards our hotel.
Our discount digs for the weekend, The Jared Coffin House.
First up was a leisurely stroll around downtown. Weathered gray and cheery red are badges of honor on Nantucket.
If you love historic architecture and design, you’ll swoon for Nantucket. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
A historic home-lover’s paradise.
Architecture buffs love it, too.
Color, brick, and Old Glory.
You’ll also spot a fun vintage car or truck…or two.
Plus what I suspect is the most elegantly-stocked thrift shop in New England.
And lots of beautiful spring flowers.
Early Nantucket lilacs.
Even the cracks in the ground have something lovely to show.
Wanting to see more of the island than downtown, we also opted to rent bicycles one afternoon. Our route? The 6.2 mile route to Madaket Beach.
Our path took us past some more lovely scenes.
Even a swan or two…
Until we finally reached our windy destination.
Madaket Beach in the spring is windy!
And too cold for swimming, but not for strolling.
On the way back, we stopped to walk our bikes as we got closer to downtown. We strolled past the impossibly beautiful scene at the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, where Gardner and Milk Streets meet Main Street…
And past the famous “Three Bricks,” built by Joseph Starbuck.
Later, we capped off our day with a visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
And let’s not forget the food! The dark and cozy Brotherhood of Thieves was the perfect bar to grab a burger (even veggie) and a beer right after we arrived.
For breakfast (my favorite meal on vacation), there were blueberry pancakes at Arno’s.
An omelette and hash browns, too.
And for dessert? The Juice Bar had the perfect answer…
A generous scoop of maple walnut ice cream.
And if that wasn’t enough, there was always Aunt Leah’s Fudge.
Until, at last, it was time to head back to the mainland. Until next time, Nantucket!
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