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Sarah’s Favorite Ways to Relax on Nantucket


Nantucket Living

Nantucket Sarah Holmes

While the past weeks have been filled with uncertainty, we feel it’s important to remain both hopeful and positive. With the longer days and warmer temperatures, many of us have summer on our minds. Below are a few of Sarah Holmes’ favorite ways to relax during the warmer months. Some of which can be enjoyed now (while practicing social distancing, of course!).

’Sconset Bluff Walk

During the hustle and bustle of summer, I enjoy escaping to the Bluff Walk in ’Sconset on the east end of the island. ’Sconset is 8 miles from Town and is most easily accessed via Milestone Road. The Bluff Walk begins in picturesque ’Sconset Village and continues along the cliff parallel to Baxter Road. Here you’ll enjoy views of the fishing cottages in Codfish Park and the large estates along the bluff, all while overlooking the ocean. Local Tip: The roses are in full bloom in late-June and early-July.

For those looking for extra exercise, Milestone Road has a meticulously maintained bike path that brings you to the center of ’Sconset Village.


Lunch at Your Favorite Beach

There’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the beach! Especially when it includes lunch from your favorite local restaurant. My go-to is a sandwich + tea from Something Natural. Then my husband and I pack up our dog, Millie, and head to one of the north shore beaches where the waves are best for surfing. Fisherman’s and Ladies Beach are two of my many favorites.

Now more than ever restaurants and other small businesses need our support. When you return to the island, we can all help by ordering takeout from our favorite local hotspots.


Ice Cream on the Docks

When I was growing up one of my favorite activities was grabbing an ice cream from The Juice Bar or Stars and heading to look at boats on the docks. Today, my family still does this whenever possible. With ice cream in hand, you’ll see everything from authentic fishing dinghies to superyachts with helicopters perched on top. On hazy nights you’ll even hear the foghorn sounding from Brant Point Lighthouse.


Sunsets at Steps Beach

Steps Beach is one of my favorite places to unwind at the end of the day and for those staying close to Town it is much closer than the west end of the island (where many drive to chase the sunset). After the daytime beach crowd has cleared, enjoy sweeping views of the dunes from the top of the stairs or sink your toes in the sand and watch the sunset behind Tuckernuck Island.

For special occasions, celebrate with dinner + drinks at Galley Beach. Their outdoor lounge offers fire pits and comfortable seating to watch the sunset. Just be sure to make your reservation well in advance.

We look forward to welcoming you back on Nantucket soon.

Until then, stay home and stay healthy!