Aerial View - Bartlett’s Farm,Nantucket, New England

Bartlett’s Farm

Family-owned and operated since the early 1800’s, Bartlett’s Farm is Nantucket’s largest farm and has grown to include a garden center, greenhouse, kitchen and market. The market is a great place to pick up lunch before heading to the beach, or to browse the aisles for candles, linens and housewares. Throughout the summer, a number of events are held, ranging from “Farm Talks” featuring guest speakers to farm-to-table dinners. Cut your own flowers, pick your own vegetables or pick up beer and wine and all the makings of a beach picnic.

Aerial View-Beaches ,Nantucket, New England-Credit Nantucket Chamber Of Commerce and Michael Galvin

Beaches

Unlike Martha’s Vineyard, where many of the most beautiful beaches are private, Nantucket has miles of sandy public beaches. Families love Jetties and Children’s beaches, near town, which have playgrounds, changing facilities and a gentle surf. My favorites are Dionis Beach, at the end of Eel Point Road, which has calm waters and dunes, and the stretch of Cisco Beach known as Ladies Beach, on the southwestern shore. Surfside, with its wild waves and wide stretches of sand, is a scene, especially during high season. Less crowded is Siasconset (be sure to pick up some sandwiches at Claudette’s in the village before you go). You’ll have the most privacy at Coatue, the spit of land that stretches up from northeastern Nantucket, which is accessible only by boat or kayak.

Indagare Tip: Only Jetties and Surfside have dining options, so pack lunch and snacks if you’re heading elsewhere.

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Outdside Launge at Cisco Brewery,Nantucket, New England

Cisco Brewery

Located next to Bartlett Farm, Cisco Brewery offers a selection of locally produced microbrews, spirits and wines. Open seven days a week, the brewery offers tours, tastings and live music, as well as lots of outdoor space where kids can run around.

Indagare Tip: Nantucket’s cold, windy climate makes it perfect to produce a version of Scotch dubbed “Notch.” Also worth trying is the blueberry vodka produced at Triple Eight Distillery, where fresh blueberries are steeped in the vodka before being filtered out.

Interior View - J. Parave & Company, Nantucket, New England

Emma Ross Hair & Beauty

Formerly known as J. Parave (fondly nicknamed Janine's), this is a pampering spa near the White Elephant. There’s a short menu of skin-care treatments, and they also do hair, but most clients return for the long-lasting manicures and pedicures. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment.

Exterior View - Rent a Bike,Nantucket, New England

Rent a Bike

Exploring Nantucket by bike should be on every visitors’ to-do list, whether traveling as a family or as a couple. While many hotels offer complimentary bikes, a number of independent shops offer affordable rentals by the hour, half- or full-day (those staying for longer periods of time can rent by the week or month). Walk-ins are welcome, but advance reservations are recommended during the high-season. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team for help securing rentals.

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Interior View - The Spa at the White Elephant,Nantucket, New England

The Spa at the White Elephant

Overlooking Nantucket harbor, the White Elephant Spa offers an innovative menu using all-natural products. The small spa menu includes body wraps, facials and massages, and the lovely tranquility room is perfect for relaxing pre- or post-treatment. The spa is open to non-guests as well.

Exterior View - The Wauwinet’s Spa by the Sea,Nantucket, New England

The Wauwinet’s Spa by the Sea

The Wauwinet’s Spa by the Sea is housed in a freestanding cottage, and treatments integrate local island ingredients, including herbs from the hotel’s garden. The four treatment rooms are also available to non-guests.

Interior View - Whaling Museum,Nantucket, New England

Whaling Museum

Nantucket’s can’t-miss attraction tells the story of the island’s whaling industry through paintings, photographs, ship logs, journal entries, letters and life-size displays of hunting gear, weapons and boats. The pièce-de-résistance is the awe-inspiring skeleton of a forty-six-foot sperm whale, which is suspended above the main hall and is particularly popular with kids. The tale of the seafaring men (and women) is fascinating, as is the lecture on whale hunting, included in the price of admission. You’ll learn a lot about the island and its intrepid inhabitants. For instance, captains were allowed to bring their wives on whale hunts, which could take up to five years (when local waters were overfished, ships sailed as far as the South Pacific). Don’t miss the journal of Susan Veeder, a courageous soul who traveled with her husband and sons on board the Nauticon from 1848 to 1853.

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