Nantucket Town

Things to do in Nantucket Town

If you had only a few hours in which to outfit your entire summer cottage—from dining room to bedroom to bath—it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make this your one-stop shop.

Though it’s been around since 1904 and has its flagship store elsewhere (specifically, on New York City’s Park Avenue), this opulent jewelry shop’s Nantucket location bears mentioning for two reasons.

Although they’re not technically from Capri—in fact, the company was founded in Naples 30-odd years ago—Il Sandalo’s elegant custom-made sandals are well known among well-heeled Caprese.

If Ralph Lauren had married Lilly Pulitzer, their sons would shop here. Ties in nautical patterns, woven belts, madras shorts, and lobster-print totes are equal parts preppy and cheeky.

Beautiful hand-loomed blankets, throws, rugs, and upholstery fabrics—many of them made on-site in the second-floor weaving studio—have been the hallmark of this weaving collective-cum-shop since 1968.

Labels like Bono's Edun and Nicole Miller Collection fill the racks at this eco-chic clothing shop in downtown Nantucket. You'll also find vintage Missoni dresses and a collection of wicker purses.

This 40-year-old store on Main Street was in danger of closing until Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, swooped in to save the historic mainstay.

This downtown newsstand has been a popular spot in Nantucket for many years. Although mainly a place to pick up a newspaper (mailboxes inside were once used to reserve papers for locals), the store also sells sundries, magazines, and gifts.

The original source of the iconic brick-red sailcloth trousers known as Nantucket Reds, Murray’s has been a mainstay of old-guard islander fashion since 1945.

A hand-carved wooden sign bearing golden whales and a big American flag mark the outside of this off-the-radar gray-shingled cottage that teems with antiques: vintage postcards of the Nantucket Yacht Club, whale-shaped ashtrays, weathered wooden buoys, and Nantucked Railroad signs.

Up the stairs from this restaurant’s main dining room (where patrons tuck into simple-yet-sophisticated dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare and plum-glazed, slow-roasted pork loin) is one of the most happening nightspots in town.

Anyone fascinated by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (or, more recently, Nathan Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex) will find plenty to enjoy in this small downtown museum.

This downtown institution, which partly occupies an early-1900’s Pullman train coach, is actually a full-scale restaurant.

Nantucket is angler heaven: striped bass, bluefish, cod, fluke, tuna, and even blue sharks all make their home in the cold, deep waters around the island.

The best way to beach-hop during the days in on the 26 miles of bike paths that trace Nantucket's shores. Young's Bicycle Shop is the time-honored spot for renting cruisers and Bianchis; it offers discounts if you book online.