A summer getaway for wealthy US tourists, in the vein of Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons but on a much smaller scale, Nantucket has an absence of chains or high rises and its landscape of shingle-clad houses and cobbled streets give it a romantic, New England vibe.
One of the island’s main attractions is the Nantucket Island Resorts, where accommodation ranges from luxurious harbour-view rooms and cute garden cottages to modern-style lofts. Keen cooks will love the latter, which come with state-of-the-art kitchens featuring huge burners, All-Clad cookware and temperature-controlled wine fridges.
The resort also houses the Brant Point Grill, a beautiful waterside restaurant. Home-cured wild salmon, local shellfish and Pineland Farm steak is cooked simply and expertly here, and the local lobster is
a highlight of the menu either grilled, served in a luxurious mac and cheese, or in a lobster roll. Start with one of the restaurant’s cocktails – the Island thyme – a potent martini-style drink of white whisky, rhubarb bitters and fresh thyme.
Further afield, squeeze into a table at buzzy Black-Eyed Susan’s for one of its signature breakfast scrambles; we liked the Portuguese eggs with smoky sausage, spinach and garlic.
Doughnut heaven can be found at The Downyflake where queues form daily
for sugar, plain, and chocolate-frosted doughnuts. Or hire
a bike and pedal out to Cisco Brewers. At this microbrewery, distillery and vineyard, visitors can buy a pint from the on-site bar and relax in the outside yard. Grab a stacked sandwich to go with your drink at next-door Barlett Farm Shop.
Or, if you don’t make it out there, Nixs Brew Pub in town sells a good Cisco selection including the excellent Grey Lady, a spicy, citrussy, white beer.
There are endless dinner choices on Nantucket, but make time to visit Sushi by Yoshi, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked up a side street, for spankingly fresh sashimi and sushi prepared to order by chef Yoshi.
Cottages and lofts at the White Elephant hotel start at $175 per night. Return flights from London to Boston start at £788. Return flights from Boston to Nantucket from $390. More info: nantucket-ma.gov.
Photo credits: Jeffrey Allen
You may also like these American food and drink travel guides…
Manhattan, New York
Queens, New York
Top 5 classic American hotels