Nantucket – attractions to visit in a weekend
Nantucket is a small island 30 miles south of Cape Cod. But it’s become so popular that some call it “Martha’s new vineyard.” Finding a house or property to buy there has become virtually impossible due to high interest and strict local conservation policies that limit new development.
Luckily, there are plenty of rental homes and accommodations available that you can book for your stay from Congdon and Coleman. It will make you feel like the proud owner of one of the unique vacation homes on this New England island.
You can rent a house or a loft for the whole summer or just for a weekend in Nantucket.
Once you have booked your ferry or plane tickets and found the perfect place to rent for your weekend at Petite Dame Grise de la Mer, you can start planning your stay to make the most of this magical island in just a few minutes. days.
Here are some ideas for your weekend itinerary in Nantucket, MA.
Take the best Instagram-worthy photos
Nantucket has recently become a top destination for influencers in addition to celebrities, affluent people, and politicians who have always visited it. One of the reasons for the island’s growing popularity as a dream destination is the fact that there are so many Instagrammable spots there. This has made the Nantucket photos so popular on different social media platforms.
You can take the best vacation photos for your own personal collection or to share with friends by checking out the top rated hotspots.
These include the endless wide beaches with white sand, untouched dunes, and stunning ocean views.
For the most impressive sunset photos, plan an evening beach picnic or visit Madaket Beach on the west coast of Nantucket. If you are a pre-dawn person, you can capture the beautiful sunset over the ocean from the fabulous Siasconset Beach on the east coast of the island.
Nantucket’s three historic lighthouses are definitely worth seeing and photographing. Brant Point Light is the first thing to greet you if you arrive by ferry. This is the most accessible lighthouse to reach if you are staying in the city of Nantucket.
It is the second oldest and one of the smallest lighthouses in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse is located on the far east side of the island and is one of Nantucket’s most recognizable sights and sights. The historic white and red striped lighthouse was built in 1850. Interestingly, in 2007, in a one-time operation by local historic preservation authorities and organizations, the lighthouse was actually moved around 400 feet on the ground. This was done to protect it from falling off the eroding cliff edge.
Great Point Lighthouse is a little harder to reach, but the trip and the views are well worth it.
This third historic lighthouse is on the far west of Nantucket Island. It is also the most powerful lighthouse in New England.
To access it, you will need to rent a 4×4 and obtain a beach driving license from the local authorities. The trip to the Great Point Light is absolutely stunning. It passes through the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Sanctuary. You can enjoy the panoramic ocean views and beautiful wildlife throughout.
The Sconset Bluff Walk is another top location for engagement and wedding photos, as well as influencers and visitors from around the world.
This one mile long walking trail is one of the most beautiful hiking trails you can find in the country and in the world.
It starts in the village of Siasconset (Sconset). The trail passes the charming weathered gray pebble style cottages. They are all covered in pink and red roses and surrounded by gardens full of blooming hydrangeas and other flowers. The path covered in white shells will take you to Siasconset Market, where you can stop for a snack, then continue to Siasconset Beach. It is on the east coast of Nantucket and is one of the best places to go to watch a beautiful sunrise. You can enjoy a picnic on the beach and head to Sankaty Head Lighthouse for more nautical style photos.
Some other beaches to visit for great vacation photos while visiting Nantucket are Step Beach, Madaket Beach, Surfside, Piers, and more.
Visit historic sites
One of the things that makes Nantucket so unique and popular is its fascinating history.
It all started with the Native American people of the Wampanoag tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the island. Then it was pursued by settlers from England in the 1600s. This small, isolated island quickly became the whaling capital of the world, with whaling being the main industry for local residents.
You should visit the Whaling Museum in downtown Nantucket to learn more about those glorious whaling years. It is located in a former whale oil candle factory and houses hundreds of exhibits from the whaling era. You can see a real skeleton of a giant sperm whale there. There is also the original Fresnel lens from one of the headlights. You’ll also learn the fantastical story of the Essex whaler and its captain, whose story inspired Herman Melville to write “Moby-Dick.”
Another historic site to visit is the Old Mill. It is the oldest operating windmill in the United States. It was built in 1746 and restored in 1828. Today, visitors can see how the grinding of corn into cornmeal was once done with the help of the wind. If you are lucky and there is enough wind, you will be able to witness the whole process yourself.
The Old Jail is another historically significant building worth visiting in Nantucket. It was the new prison on the island. You can discover its cells and admire the colonial-style building in solid oak with iron reinforcements. The guides will also tell you fascinating stories of famous prisoners. You can even experience what it was like to be incarcerated in the early 19th century in one of the cells.