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Traditional Trip to Nantucket

© Ben Stechschulte Great Point Light, Nantucket

Photo: Great Point Light, Nantucket

On this tradition-rich Massachusetts island, old meets new— from classic hotels to just-opened restaurants. Given Nantucket’s respect for tradition, it’s hardly a surprise that even the latest developments are focused on preservation.

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Destinations: Nantucket Town · Wauwinet · Siasconset

Inspired by: Nantucket Today — by Nina Willdorf, Published Mar. 2008

Hotels (3)

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    Wade Cottages

    Staying in one of Susanne and Wade Green's six 1920's cottages (two-week minimum) or five apartments (one-week minimum) is like crashing the family

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    White Elephant

    Nantucket Town's largest, plushest resort—which occupies a prime spot at the northern edge of Nantucket Harbor—is often booked for spring and fall

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    The Wauwinet

    Nantucket’s grandest luxury hotel is also one of the most private and remote on the island, set along a stunning stretch of northeastern coast. The

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Restaurants (3)

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    Something Natural

    Pick up fixings for a beach picnic at this unassuming joint, where East Coast luminaries (think John Kerry in swim trunks) come for oversize sprout

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    Straight Wharf Restaurant

    Straight Wharf is Nantucket's answer to Chez Panisse. Amanda Lydon and Gabriel Frasca prepare playful takes on summer staples, such as a "deconstru

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    Black-Eyed Susan's

    Appearances are deceiving at this downtown spot; the wood walls, square tables, and cramped dining area look more like interior of a diner than a c

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Activities (6)

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    Legends

    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

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    Nantucket Stock Exchange

    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 wit

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    Mitchell's Book Corner

    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 histori

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    The Club Car

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

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    Spa by the Sea at the Wauwinet

    Tucked in between the ocean and the harbor, the Hotel Wauwinet is home to this three-room spa. Hotel guests have exclusive access to spa services,

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    Young's Bicycle Shop

    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

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    You'll need to negotiate a maze of dirt roads to find Ladies Beach, on Nantucket; exploring Chatham's North Beach, requires a boat trip.

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