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Connecting with Nature on Nantucket

People are drawn to Nantucket because of its natural beauty. People stay on Nantucket because of its people. We are a community that supports one another and values personal connection, united in our love for this island thirty miles out to sea. In these uncertain times, when social isolation has been and will be our guiding light for weeks to come, it’s been amazing to see the various ways our community self-isolates. People are enjoying long, family strolls through conservation land, going fishing in March, doing workouts in their living rooms courtesy of local instructors, and enjoying solo yoga on unspoiled beaches. Here, we are not trapped in our homes. We are spending time enjoying the beautiful outdoors while still distancing ourselves from our neighbors. We can still be active and, best yet, spend precious time with the ones we love. 

In the spirit of this idea, we wanted to give you a few ideas to inspire a sense of adventure over the next few weeks so that we can all connect further to the Island we love!

 – Go find a Snowy Owl!  You can usually find these special birds in the dunes of Tom Nevers, at Great Point or at Smiths Point. Take an adventure and see if you can spot this elusive bird. It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo!

A Snowy Owl on Coatue. Photo by Sam Hill.

– Speaking of birds, there are a few Bald Eagles on Island (if you trust the rumor mill). They are around Hummock Pond in the Osprey nests. Get outside and keep your eyes open. Bonus points if you can snap a photo! 

–  Explore Squam Swamp. The natural beauty here includes hardwood forests, freshwater bogs, shrub swamps, grassy meadows, and vernal pools. This is one of the coolest areas of the island that rarely gets explored.

Squam Swamp – Nantucket Conservation Foundation

– Explore any of the Conservation Foundation properties that you have never seen before. It’s amazing how much of our Island still exists in its natural state and it’s even more amazing how unexplored it is! 

– Or explore the Land Bank properties: Here’s a trusty map

– Get lost in the Historic section of town.  Very rarely do people just wander down Orange Street, Fair Street or Pine Street. There is a maze of historic properties that puts you back in time and with details that are just waiting to be discovered.

– Jump in the Ocean. I know, it sounds nuts this time of year. But it is really exhilarating! Be safe though, and go on the North Shore where the waters are calmer.

Photo by Patricia Doloff

– Play board games, read a book or tell your own stories. I’m sure everyone will be watching some TV, but try going “old school” in the extra time you spend at home. 

– Go Pond Fishing. With our recent string of weather, fishing has been really good.

Send us more ideas!  We love exploring this special Island.

Cam Gammill

In 2009, Cam started in Nantucket real estate and quickly established himself as one of the top brokers on the Island. Having represented clients in over $400 million in transactions, Cam attributes his success to his ability to communicate and connect with people on a personal level. He never overlooks the power of picking up the phone or having face-to-face contact. In addition to being a Principal Broker at Fisher Real Estate Nantucket, Cam is a partner at Bill Fisher Tackle, the oldest tackle shop on Nantucket, and Bill Fisher Outfitters, a charter fishing company operating out of Madaket. His first job out of Colby College was at Vineyard Vines, where as the head of their sales team and retail division, he was among the handful of employees who grew the company from the tie market to the all-encompassing clothing and lifestyle brand it is today. When he isn't connecting with people and brokering real estate deals, or casting lines on the water, Cam can be found spending time with his wife Julie, their three young daughters, and his dog's Bass and Albie.