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Nantucket must sees in a day

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Nantucket must sees in a day


My husband and I will be taking a noon high speed ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket in July and returning to Hyannis on the 10 pm ferry that same day. We have booked a 2:30 Nantucket bus tour for an overview, but would love to get your opinions on "must sees" and a dinner recommendation for the remaining 6 or so hours we will have there.

Thank you so much!

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Before your 2:30 bus tour it sounds like you have just enough time to grab lunch and/or do a little souvenir shopping. There are great restaurants right around the wharf where the ferry lands and where your tour bus picks you up. Cru is right there at Straight Wharf (near the Hyline terminal - turn left off the ferry) and is fabulous. Your tour guide can give you other recommendations for dinner but if you want a great view of the harbor, walk a few blocks off of town to the Brant Point Grill. There are so many fantastic dining spots on the island choosing just one is impossible. I'm thinking great food and view so Brant Point Grille. Cru as well if you missed it a lunch time.

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only real must see is the whaleing museum other wise just enjoy the island as it comes.

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In no particular order

Sweet Inspirations candy shoppe (choc covered cranberries, triple choc coated gourmet maltballs, custom chocolates, caramel corn with dried cranberries)

Murray's Toggery Shop, if only to gaze around a whole room (back of store) full of pink canvas men's pants and shorts (aka, 'Nantucket Reds')

Atheneum (historic public library: oriental rugs, antique tables and chairs, sea captains staring down at you from their paintings)

Whaling Museum (save time for one of the lectures...puts much of the island in context...and be sure to get up to the roof deck, aka widows walk)

Black Eyed Susans for breakfast, lunch or dinner is always one of my favorites but it's narrow and tiny and can be crowded (cash only; they do take dinner reservations for 6pm onward and it's byob with a small corkage fee...you can buy a bottle of wine from several places downtown).

If it's late July, there should be a decent number of yachts beginning to come in so take a walk down to gaze at them all

Sit on one of the benches facing out over the "Boat Basin" to take in one of the quintessential postcard views of Nantucket (houses on pilings, dinghys, seagulls)

Stroll around the many narrow little sidestreets just beyond the shops of downtown for glimpses of pocket gardens, some lighted living rooms at twilight, a few remaining old elms, and lots of the subtle details that make one grey house look different from another grey house...

Favorite downtown sandwich shop: "Fresh" (take out only; sells wine and beer and other gourmet stuff, too)

Favorite fringe-of-downtown sandwich shop: "Something Natural" (has lots of picnic tables strewn over a lawn with shade trees; very very busy at lunchtime during summer; half sandwich is huge...only order a full size if you're a teenage boy or you intend to share). Their bread is also sold in the grocery and other stores across the island in case you later decide you want to take some home with you.

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