Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Family | Nantucket Summer 2016


We just returned from a glorious week in Nantucket.  We were spoiled with spectacular weather, because I know traveling there in June can be iffy.  Truly, our trip was everything I could possibly want in a vacation, lots of quality time spent relaxing and exploring with my little family, incredible food, quaint surroundings and plenty of sea air!   Can I just say how much I miss the smell of the ocean now that we are back?  We stayed in the idyllic seaside village of Sconset again.  It remains my very favorite part of the island and we spent the bulk of our time there.  We ate at all 4 of the restaurants in town and picked up lots of fresh baguettes from the market and wine from the corner wine shop.  The shell lined streets smelled heavy of roses and honeysuckle and I admired every tiny garden and carefully planted window box whenever I passed by.  There are grander homes on the outskirts of Socnset, but my favorite are the little fishing shacks built in the 1800's that have been turned into beach cottages, with their slightly sagging roof lines and crooked exteriors.  I was lucky enough to go on a tour of 6 cottages in Cod Fish Park (an area I wasn't familiar with from last trip) on our last day in town.  

Our days started pretty early as far as a vacation goes, the early sunrises get you going! We took long walks every morning on the bluff or the beach.  We ate breakfast on the pretty brick patio of our rental with the french doors flung wide open, sometimes those breakfasts included warm cinnamon rolls or muffins from the Sconset Market that we would pick up for the kids on our way home from our walk, other times doughnuts (the cinnamon and sugar are the best) from the Downy Flake that Jimmy would grab after an early morning golfing.  (The best baked goods are still from Wicked Island Bakery though.)  We spent our days on the beach or exploring downtown. We climbed to the top of Sankaty Lighthouse on the clearest day and saw for miles, we picked wildflowers, celebrated Father's Day, peeked in homes that still looked empty for the season, drank HUGE iced lattes, filled ourselves with lobster, enjoyed midday cocktails (that might have just been me ;)), made many trips to the Juice Bar for ice cream in homemade waffle cones, had a perfect sunset picnic at Madaket, and devoted some time to better acquainting ourselves with the island's history.  If I had to pick a highlight or favorite day, I couldn't.  Our boys are at the perfect age for travel and we are so grateful for the time spent here, together.  This trip is one for the memory books! 

I instagrammed (over grammed. sorry, not sorry) a ton of photos in case you want to see more.  Hashtag: #foleyACK2014 

Thanks for letting me share!

^^ Our little cottage for the week.  Tiny but perfect. ^^

^^Daily bike rides in Sconset were a favorite of mine.  Look long sleeves in JUNE!^^

 ^^C loved the new Sconset playground!!^^ 

^^Selfie!^^


^^Prettiest sunset on Madaket beach^^

^^We took some self timer pics.  This was one of many "silly with props" photos that the boys requested. I love that they are perfectly spaced with only a few seconds to grab bike and beach chair before shot went off.


^^Football, baseball and baseball gloves all got heavy use.^^


^^Just thankful that the "jumping off lifeguard chair to catch football game" didn't result in trip to hospital. ^^

^^Photo by Charlie^^



^^From Cod Fish Park tour^^


^^Boys Club^^

^^my favorite spot in the cottage.^^

^^Taken by Charlie.  One of my favorite pics of the trip.  Maybe he takes after my Dad with his camera skills!^^

18 comments :

  1. Oh Tessa thanks for sharing once again :). I also have two boys (6 years and 2 months) so as I look at these photos and see the bond Charlie and Andrew have it makes my heart happy. Do the owners of the home mind if you give out rental information? We are planning a trip next year to ACK, the cottage is absolutely picture perfect. If so, I'd love if you emailed me their info.

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  2. Perfection! I also just returned from a week on the New England coast (Maine) and your photos make my heart ache to be back there. For some of us, it's our true home, if only for a week, right?

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  3. Tessa, I really enjoy your post of your annual trip to Nantucket. You all look so relaxed and happy. Last summer we spent the day in Nantucket and you have me tempted to spend an entire week! Your heart must have skipped a beat as you pulled up to your sweet cottage for the week. It is perfect! Family vacations are the best and you all sure had a good one! Thanks for sharing here.

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  4. Perfection all the way! Do you have more pictures of the home tour? Loved the house you rented and it looks like you all had the best family vacation. ~Trisha

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    1. I do but I wasn't super crazy about them. Hard to take pics in these tiny spaces and the owners were always there so I felt a bit awkward taking too many...

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  5. Great pictures and such a cute looking cottage! Mind sharing the address? Would love to see the interior!

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    1. Check out Instagram. Posted more interior shots there. Don't love the idea of sharing address here since we will like rent again and don't want people to know exactly where we stay, but happy to email you.

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    2. Thanks---checked out your instagram for the interiors. No need to location....

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  6. Hi Tessa, is town and beaches withing walking distance, or did you have to rent a car? Do they have bike rentals? Thank you...

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    1. Staying in Sconset requires a car to get downtown, but we have a small market, places to eat and the beach all within walking distance. We always rent a car and bikes for the week.

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  7. I can understand that! Yes, please email me. My email is on my profile. Thanks!

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  8. It was so nice meeting you the other day, Tessa! I am definitely having post Nantucket vacation blues this week and missing the sweet cool air and the Sconset cottage eye candy! Chanticleer for my bday was a highlight but so was sitting on our back porch each morning in a sweater (!) with hot coffee and a book. I have enjoyed your blog for a few years now and so appreciate your simple, beautiful, English - in my mind - style in all things table and home decor. My husband and I lived in London for a few years when we were first married and I still love antique "brown furniture" mixed with the new, bright and light. Keep up the good work!
    Margo

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    1. It's was so nice to meet you! So glad you had such a wonderful trip!! Thanks so much for coming up to say hello! xo

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  9. It was so nice meeting you the other day, Tessa! I am definitely having post Nantucket vacation blues this week and missing the sweet cool air and the Sconset cottage eye candy! Chanticleer for my bday was a highlight but so was sitting on our back porch each morning in a sweater (!) with hot coffee and a book and watching my children jump the waves and dig on the beach to their hearts' content. I have enjoyed your blog for a few years now and so appreciate your simple, beautiful, English - in my mind - style in all things home and table decor. My husband and I lived in England for a few years when we were first married and I still love antique "brown furniture" mixed with the new, light and bright. Keep up the good work!
    Margo

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  10. Looks like an amazing family vacation! I'd love to visit Nantucket sometime!
    Kari
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  11. Hi Tessa,

    Although you are younger than I am, I look at you as someone I would like to emulate. You have an amazing style and what looks like a happy life and family. I know that no one is trouble free, but from looking at pictures, it appears that you and yours handle life and life's challenges well. Here's wishing you all the best.

    Bobbie Allgood

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  12. I can't tell you the surge of giddiness I felt when I saw this post, followed by "Of COURSE she goes to Nantucket..." Another sure sign of why I love your style. We leave in two weeks for our yearly trip! <3
    Lindsay

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  13. Such a lovely post, Tessa! I am now well and truly yearning to visit Nantucket!
    Morwenna

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