Friday, July 3, 2015

Our Nantucket Vacation | Part III | Family + A Little Film

I know, I hardly ever blog, and now three in one week, ALL about Nantucket, this is the last one, thanks for indulging me...

We were lucky enough to be able to find a rental the same week that my brother and his family were going to Nantucket.  My sister in law grew up going to Nantucket every summer because her parents ran an antique business in town that goes back multiple generations.  She still has family on the island and in the antique and basket business.  Her mother taught her how to make traditional handmade Nantucket baskets when she was young. We've used the basket Toni made us almost daily for the last 10 years! :)  Between my brother and I, we have 5 boys, so there is a lot of energy and excitement when we are all together.  We visited each other several times, we hosted them for dinner at "our house" after an afternoon at Sconset beach, we met up in town for the movie festival, played on the Children's Beach and joined them for a day at the Jetties Beach (very cool sandbars and great calm water for swimming!), it was such a treat for the cousins to be able to be together on vacation.

Here are a few pictures...

^^ Charlie + Carter ^^

^^Baby Miles^^

^^At our house after dinner, ice cream was on the line so cooperation was high. :)^^

^^ Crazy Uncle Kevin ^^

^^Can you see his yummy thighs?! Love him!^^

^^ Love him...^^
^^And...Love this one too. So much love!^^

Annnnd, that's a wrap! Thanks for letting me over share!!  I'll end with a little film, though I will warn you, I didn't use my phone much, nor did Jimmy get ANY footage on his, so it's not the greatest, but it does capture a little more than photos alone.   (My next big wish list item is a new camera that also has video capabilities.... Jimmy, if you are taking notes, this is the one I want...Ha. )

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our Nantucket Vacation | Part II | My Favorites

As ACK first timers, we are by no means experts, but I wanted to document some of our favorite discoveries from this trip, as much for my memory as for anyone else who might by visiting for the first time.  Please feel free to add you Nantucket favorites in the comments so I can check them out when we go back!  :)

Beaches || Sconset and Madakat (I hear it's the best spot to watch sunsets)

Hidden Walks || Sconset Bluff Walk

Lunch || Provisions, Something Natural, and The Summer House Beachside Bistro

Bakery || Wicked Island Bakery (go early for doughnuts, available in the summer months only)

Ice Cream || The Juice Bar (don't skip the waffle cone)

Shops || Nantucket Looms and Peter Beaton Hat Studio

Rainy Day Activity || Shipwreck Museum

Dinner || Straight Warf 

Date Night || The Chanticleer

Pick Up a Picnic || Bartlett's Farm (the raw salad and fried chicken were deeee-lish)

Light Houses || Brant Point and Sankaty Head

Tradition || Toss pennies in the water when you pass Brant Point Lighthouse on the ferry out to ensure you return to Nantucket...

^^ Their luxurious throws, scarves, and table linens handwoven upstairs^^
^^Madakat Beach^^

^^Picnic Dinner on Sconset Beach^^

^^Sconset Bluff Walk^^

^^Brant Point Lighthouse^^

^^Morning Bun from Wicked Island Bakery^^

^^Ferry Ride back to Hyannis^^

^^Sankaty Head Lighthouse in the fog.  The fog on Nantucket is one of my absolute favorite things too.  To watch it come rolling in like billows of smoke is amazing.^^

^^We like to over document... :)^^

Speaking of which, if I get my act together my last Nantucket post will be a little film (plus family pics of the cousins who were in Nantucket at the same time!!)  I didn't take as much video as I have on past trips (probably because I was too busy taking pics, but I did get some...) Stay tuned...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Nantucket Vacation | Part I | Sconset in Pictures

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we've just returned from an amazing trip to Nantucket. I'm so grateful for the week we had there - it was magical!  Pictures just don't do it justice, but I'm still going to try... 

^^ Sconset Beach in the morning before a rainstorm ^^
^^Bluff at Sankaty Head Beach in Sconset^^

For the last 18 (or is it 19.. we are getting old...) years Jimmy and I have been vacationing in New England in for family summer trips, fall getaways, and anniversary celebrations.  From Martha's Vineyard to Maine to Rhode Island and MANY trips to Cape Cod.  While we had taken a couple day trips to Nantucket, it wasn't until this summer that we were able to enjoy an extended stay, and after last week, I'm not sure what took us so long!  It is everything I love about New England - plenty of history, charming architecture, quaint towns and the sea.  I know people are going to want me to compare Nantucket to the Cape but I really can't - each deserves to be experienced and loved in its own right.  What I love most about the Cape are the historic towns along Route 6A and the breath taking National Seashore beaches, what I love most about Nantucket is that so much is undeveloped and it's full of hidden places that really let you feel like you have escaped from the world, all the while being painfully beautiful and picturesque.  A bit hard to capture in words. Siasconset (or Sconset as everyone calls it) is by far my favorite spot on the island.  It is small and quiet, with only a tiny market, a few restaurants, and a wine shop.  You can take long and gorgeous walks down little lanes made of crushed white shells, there are storybook rose covered cottage at every turn, and the beaches are surrounded by masses of wild flowers and high dunes.  The air smells of roses and salt.  I'm not sure I've ever loved a place as much as I do Sconset.

We rented a charming home close to town and the beach, completely surrounded by tall, perfectly clipped Privet hedges.  (We found the home via VRBO)

^^flowers from our garden^^

^^writing postcards to friends that never quite made it into the mail...^^

^^lots of these guys on Sconset beach, especially in the morning!^^

much more to come...