Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Nantucket Vacation | Part One | 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...