Day Trip To Nantucket

We moved on from Falmouth to the town of Hyannis, further east along the Cape, which had better ferry access to our main goal: Nantucket.

We stayed at Captain David Kelley House, an adorable B&B. It’s run by two super friendly hosts, Rick and Tom, who are engaged in a scone war. They take turns making scones as part of a delicious three-course breakfast each morning—with the best part being the presentation. Stay there and you’ll find out what I mean!

Captain David Kelley House

From Hyannis you can catch the ferry to Nantucket on Steamship Authority, via either a slow or a high-speed boat. Wanting to spend the entire day on the island, we made a reservation for the high-speed boat, which is more expensive but gets you there in an hour versus the two hours and 15 minutes on the slow boat. If you bring a car to the island, you must take the slow boat. Same as Martha’s Vineyard, don’t drive up to the ferry unless you’re taking your car! Drive to the separate parking lot and take the shuttle (the lot in Hyannis  is walkable to the ferry if you want to walk).

Once we reached Nantucket, we went in search of bikes, which again are readily available once you step off the dock. We went to Nantucket Bike Shop, grabbed our bikes and helmets, and set off towards Siasconset beach. It’s a little tricky getting out of town onto the main bike paths, so be careful to follow the signs!

Nantucket bike route

Nantucket is much smaller than Martha’s Vineyard, so you can ride around more of it in a day. There’s also only one main town, with some smaller little villages scattered throughout. We took the Polpis path out to Sconset beach, the eastern-most beach. You can also take the Milestone Road path there, but it is less scenic.

Polpis Road Nantucket

Polpis is longer and hilly, but you’ll get lovely views.

Nantucket Lightouse

Sconset has a little village, with a couple shops and places to eat.

The beach was almost empty when we got there, so we had plenty of room to stretch out and go for a dip after another sweaty ride.

We decided to try Milestone Road on the way back to town—I do NOT recommend this route! It is almost entirely uphill with little to no shade and along a major road. Take Polpis back!

Exhausted from biking, we got sustenance at Nantucket Lobster Trap, digging into a whole lobster and refreshing beers. I got a lobster just for myself, but you can create a shareable clambake!

Nantucket Lobster Trap

We wanted to try one more beach, so we rode the short distance to Jetties Beach, on the north side. It was incredibly crowded, and we barely had room for our single towel. There are several other beaches on the southern coast we wished we tried instead.

We didn’t stay long at Jetties Beach, instead walking around the town a bit. Nantucket is full of mansions, and many of the stores are meant for those living or vacationing within them. Many boutiques and fancy stores line the cobblestone streets.

Nantucket historic home

Nantucket downtown

We made our way to dinner at Proprietors, a farm-to-table restaurant right in the historic downtown. The menu is actually more international, with some south Asian dishes sprinkled in among some southern and Italian ones.

We started with a summer special of heirloom tomatoes. This may have been our favorite dish—the tomatoes were so incredibly fresh and at the perfect ripeness.

Heirloom tomatoes

Going with the trip theme, we got the house-made charcuterie plate.


We moved on to a pasta course of cavatelli.


And finished the meal off with succulent, juicy buttermilk brined chicken.

Buttermilk brined chicken

We really enjoyed our dinner at Proprietors—definitely check it out if you’re looking for a nicer dinner on Nantucket.

Nantucket marked our last day on the Cape, from there we moved on to the big city, Boston!



  1. I LOVE ‘Sconset! We went to the Lobster Trap every day for lunch (3 days in a row) including an hour before we got on the Seastreak to get back to Manhattan. ‘Sconset Beach is great, we took lazy afternoon naps there and went back at night to stargaze. Glad you loved Nantucket as much as we did!

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