I left Boston at 5:32 AM, it was a bit rainy.
The plan was to catch the 8:15 AM high speed Flying Cloud, but since the 7:15 AM ferry hadn't left, for a savings of $13.00 and an arrival time of 9:30 AM vs. 9:15 AM, I hopped aboard (I reserved a return spot on the flying cloud for $26.00 at this time, since the 5:55 PM trip often sells out - I could opt to take a different ferry if I wished).
I found Nantucket to be quaint, more so than Martha's Vineyard. It was smaller and less commercial. I wandered around town and window shopped for a few hours.
I stopped for breakfast at a little place called Arno's at 41 Main Street. The atmosphere and decor were great, the wait for a table was only about 10 minutes.
The waitress was friendly/polite however once she served my food and delivered a check she never returned to see if I enjoyed my meal or needed more coffee.
I ordered yogurt/granola which was very good and a breakfast burrito with spiced eggs, tomato and swiss (one of their specialties). I was a bit disappointed. It was okay, but not great. The wrap was much too large for the filling so I felt like I was eating mostly dry bread. There were only a few small pieces of tomato, I had expected something with lots of tomatoes.
I then walked over to Young's (near the ferry terminal) to rent a bike. The service was very fast. The rental was $21.00, which included a great map - the bike was a cute 10 speed with a big wicker basket in front. They also had mountain bikes for an add'l $5.00.
I headed for the bike path. I had to ride on the streets and found it to be a bit dangerous getting across town.
At the rotary, I headed toward Sconset Beach via Milestone Road. The signs weren't great, so I wasn't really sure if I was heading in the right direction. I just followed other riders (many of whom weren't sure either).
The ride was mostly through brush, on flat trails with not a lot of views anyplace. Sconset was cute, a store and a few places to eat. I had heard about the famous "Sconset" cookie but I didn't get one. They were about 5 inches wide and looked a bit over cooked.
I headed right on to Ocean Ave and followed the beach down to the Coast Guard Station. I had great views of the ocean and passed cute beach houses (similiar to the Hamptons, cape or Newport). I saw a few deers, a rabbit and a couple of hawks.
I parked and walked the beach for a bit which was pretty much deserted with the exception of the seagulls.
I returned to Nantucket via Polpis Road, which was longer, a bit more hilly with similiar scenary (although I did pass a lighthouse).
On the way back, I detoured up one of the side streets to Sankaty Beach Club. This was a great beach with much better views (I hiked up a small cliff).
Upon my return to Nantucket, I returned my bike got 1/4 lb of peanut butter M&M fudge for $3.00 at Aunt Leah's (very creamy, although had I know that they won awards for their cranberry fudge I may have choosen that instead).
I headed for a quick snack at the Brant Point Grill on Eaton Street. The views from the deck overlooking the harbor were great, the gardens were nicely manicured.
I ordered a glass of red wine, lobster chowder and a salad of greens, goat cheese, portabella mushrooms and roasted red peppers.
The food was great, but I didn't find it to be in the "top 10". It cost about $37.00 (before tip) which I though was a bit excessive. The service was okay, but not great. The waitress was pleasant but tended to "disappear".
I headed back to the ferry (I was told to check in 1/2 hour early to save my spot). The trip was great, although the boat was crowded. We arrived in Hyannis in 1 hour.
I headed back to my car at 7:00 PM and arrived back in Boston at 8:30PM (no traffic).
Nantucket day trip report
I left Boston at 5:32 AM, it was a bit rainy.
- 1 Boston and surrounding area
- 2 New York City Itinerary and Restaurant Help
- 3 1st time in Boston --need advice
- 4 Transportation from Jackson to Jackson Hole airport
- 5 Albuquerque to Denver
- 6 Santa Fe at the end of May?
- 7 Yellowstone Hiking Suggestions for a 7 1/2 Year Old
- 8 Santa Fe Home Exchange - Three Wks, from start to finish
- 9 Oregon Cave NM or extra day in Redwoods area?
- 10 Middlebury vt quickie
- 11 Air Bnb Declared Illegal in NYC
- 12 Honeymoon to Kauai and Maui from the East Coast
- 13 Savannah restaurants
- 14 Help with July 4th Marriott Houston trip
- 15 American Airlines reservation question
- 16 Hawaii- Can't decide which islands to include
- 17 Car trip from Seattle
- 18 Alaska Camping/Backpacking
- 19 Newport, RI Questions
- 20 Arizona - Sedona, Grand Canyon, MV and Canyon DeChelley
- 21 Omni Hotel, San Francisco - Did I make a good choice
- 22 2 Brits Travelling USA July-Aug 2013
- 23 Best place to raise a family in Florida
- 24 3 Week Roadtrip Starting in Nashville - Where to Go?!
- 25 time for a new countdown to Hawaii