Things to do in Nantucket Town
Between May and October, visitors to Nantucket can get a glimpse of the island as it was meant to be seen: from the water, and under sail.
This family-run farm has been in the Slosek family since the mid-1970’s. It started as a way to make some money off of extra vegetables, but now it has food fill Nantucket tables for every meal. For breakfast, there are eggs from barnyard chickens and honey from the farm's bees.
The first incarnation of this store, featuring Peter England’s luxuriously soft knitwear, ran from 1977 to 1986, in a different location. But the new shop is just as much a pleasure.
During World War II, a Red Cross volunteer gave David Hostetler something to draw with while he was recovering from a wound. From that beginning came a sculpting career that continues into the artist’s 80's.
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.