Just returned from a 3-day weekend trip to Nantucket - our first time on the island!
We flew up from JFK and landed in the morning. The taxi into town cost $16 for us and our bags. We asked the taxi driver to recommend a breakfast spot and she brought us to the Easy Street Cantina where we had mediocre breakfast burritos. Then off to drop our bags at the Centerboard Inn where we met our welcoming host Lyn Francis.
Since our room wasn't ready yet, we headed over to take the 11:15am walking tour of downtown, led by the Nantucket Historical Association and starting from outside the Whaling Museum downtown (cost $10). The tour, led by Karen Macnab, was so much fun. Lively, informative, and a great introduction to the island. That evening we had a wonderful dinner at Queequeg's in town.
Saturday early we went down to Young's Bicycle Shop to rent bikes for the day ($30 for 24 hours with a hybrid, includes helmet and bike map of island). We took the 12 mile Polpis bike path to 'Sconset, where we enjoyed a few hours of lazing on the beach, and yummy sandwiches at Claudette's. On our way back we took the slightly shorter Milestone bike path, with one detour to check out Cisco Brewers. Dinner that night at Straight Wharf Restaurant was delicious.
Sunday we spent a couple of hours at the Whaling Museum, where they hold tours and talks throughout the day. Lunch was sandwiches from Nantucket Gourmet and some Cisco Brewers Captain Swain's Extra Stout. We couldn't resist taking one more Nantucket Historical Association walking tour before leaving town, this one was focused on the historic homes of Nantucket town. Our guide this time, Anne Sweidel, was great and we learned a lot visiting three very different homes in town, the 18th century Macy-Christian home, the 19th century Hadwen House, and the 18th century barn - turned 1930s bohemian artistic enclave, Greater Light.