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8 Things To Do In Nantucket, MA

August 19, 2016

Planning a trip to New England? Here are 8 Things To Do in Nantucket during the summertime! From beaches to oysters, this post has you covered for a weekend of fun!

 

As you all know, this has been the summer of travel! From New Orleans to Iceland and The Bahamas to Nantucket, I’ve covered plenty of ground over the last few months. While it might be stressful or derailing for some people, I’ve actually never felt healthier, stronger or more content with my lifestyle. Sure, there are moments when I maybe drank a little too much wine or went overboard on the french fries, but all in all I’ve been surprised by how do-able it has felt to live a healthy lifestyle all while travelling the world.

But it does require some tips and tricks to making it work. For me, being active everyday and carrying around plenty of healthy snacks is really the only way I think I’m able to maintain my health goals. I should add that by “active”, this doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym or going to a barre class wherever I’m travelling. Sometimes it’s as simple as going on a hike, bike ride or walking around wherever I am. This is usually pretty easy when you’re excited to explore!

As for food, I have my staples that come with me wherever I go. Balls, bars, trail mix and plenty of store-bought snacks come along with me through security and I hope and pray they don’t get taken by TSA…

Food like Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are SO perfect for long plane rides, car trips and just days on the run. I tried them a few months ago at the urge of my friend Lee and fell in love! They use 100% grass-fed beef and antibiotic-free chicken and pork, all which are preservative-free

Planning a trip to New England? Here are 8 Things To Do in Nantucket during the summertime! From beaches to oysters, this post has you covered for a weekend of fun!So when Lorissa’s Kitchen invited us out to join Real Simple Magazine at Boston Pops on Nantucket, there was no way I wasn’t going! New place to explore? Check! Delicious and healthy snacks? Check! Awesome crew of bloggers? Check. Check. And Check.

We were only there for a weekend, but covered a lot of ground! I had the best time hanging with my friends, jamming out to Kenny Loggins (but actually, he’s my FAVE!) and learning more about the history of Nantucket. I thought I would share with you some of my favorites from the weekend along with tips for what to do in Nantucket in case you’re planning a trip. I hope you enjoy!

1. Fly In On a Hopper Plane

There’s a couple of ways to get to the island, but a hopper plane from Boston is certainly the most adventurous. Seats are assigned based on weight so don’t be surprised if you end up sitting next to the pilot! Coming in on a plane offers you one of the best views of the island that the ferry can’t offer.

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

2. Head To The Beach

You can’t visit Nantucket and NOT go to the beach. I mean it’s a tiny island in the Atlantic so pretty much whatever direction you walk towards, you’ll hit the beach. Jettie’s beach is family-friendly with calmer waves and warmer water. Lots of activities to do as well! Any of the beaches on the south shore are great for surfing but beware of rip tides and strong currents.

Planning a trip to New England? Here are 8 Things To Do in Nantucket during the summertime! From beaches to oysters, this post has you covered for a weekend of fun!3. Go Shopping Downtown

Head to downtown Nantucket (in and around Main street) for boutique hopping and stripes galore! Stop in all the artisanal shops with beautiful and local-made jewelry and clothing along with specialty items you can only find on the island. Vineyard Vines is a must-stop to look the part but be sure to check out some of the smaller boutique stores on the pier.

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

4. Grab Ice Cream at The Juice Bar

With every flavor under the sun, this summer staple will definitely fill your ice cream cravings. Eat it fast though as the heat will melt it before you even start licking! All ice cream is made locally on the island and truly will help you beat the heat!

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

5. Rent Bikes and Take a Ride

Admittedly, we didn’t end up having time to do this but had we not been on such a tight schedule, we would have loved to have gone on a ride! There are bike paths throughout the island and places to rent for a day rate. Young’s Bicycle Shop is a staple and located conveniently right downtown. Ask for directions before heading out.

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

6. Grab Drinks On The Pier

Watch the boats come in and out of the harbor on the downtown piers or by Brant Point Beach. Awe at all the boats you can only hope to own one day, all while sipping your rose or watermelon margarita!

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

7. Eat some Oysters

You can’t visit Nantucket without eating some local seafood! Lobster rolls are delicious, but oysters are a must! We ate as many as we could at Boston Pops but great things have been said about Cru and Dune.

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

8. Go To Boston Pops on Nantucket

If you happen to be visiting in August, try to schedule your trip to coincide with Boston Pops on Nantucket! Boston Pops, Boston’s most famous symphony sets up shop on Jetties Beach to perform for a crowd of 10,000+. If you’re willing to pay, grab a seat at a VIP table (all proceeds go to support the Nantucket Cottage Hospital) or claim your spot on the public beach. Either way expect a jaw-dropping performance by the Pops along with a spectacular fireworks show at the end. And if you’re lucky, maybe Kenny Loggins will show up and perform during intermission!

8 must-do activities for your next trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts!

Runners up: Stop in The Whaling Museum to learn more about Nantucket’s history or take a walking tour to learn the lay of the land.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lorissa’s Kitchen. I was compensated for my time. Huge thanks to LK and Real Simple Magazine for making this trip happen and allowing us to partake in the fun!

Have you ever been to Nantucket? What are some must-take healthy snacks for when you’re travelling?

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
    August 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Absolutely LOVED the video — amazing job!! It was so fun hanging out and getting to know you. Can’t wait for our next adventure!

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    August 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Ahhh It looks like you guys had an awesome time. And some of my faves at that <3

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    August 23, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This is so cool! We go to Nantucket every summer for two weeks and just got back. Maybe we saw each other in front of Lily Pulitzer? You created a great roundup and I agree with all your recommendations. I would add Cisco Brewery and the best fresh market ever – Bartlett’s Farm. So glad you had a good time there. It’s heaven on earth! And BTW we have the same dog (same color) you just got. Yours is adorable and you will be so happy with your choice. No shedding and best personality ever.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Aw no way!!! We are living the same life haha! We really wanted to make it over to Cisco Brewery! Tried their beer but wasn’t able to make it over to that side of the island 🙁 Happy to be home with the pup now. We are so in love! xoxo

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    September 6, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Loved to see some photos of your time there on IG, seemed like you had a blast! 😀

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