Distance to Beach: 1-2 miles | Distance to Town: 8 miles
Siasconset, or ’Sconset as it is most commonly referred to as, is a seven-mile drive from Town to the East end of the island. With quintessential, rose-covered Nantucket cottages, gorgeous ocean views and old world charm, this is one of the most sought-after areas on island.
What To Do
’Sconset is best known for the iconic Sankaty Lighthouse. Built in 1850 and automated in 1965, Sankaty Lighthouse is located at the easternmost point of the island and still operates today. It was one of the first lighthouses in the US to have a Fresnel lens. In 1987, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Codfish Park is a beachside neighborhood in ’Sconset with a recently updated playground (courtesy of the Nantucket Island Land Bank) that offers unobstructed views of the ocean and the quaint neighboring cottages.
The Siasconset Casino Association is a non-profit social and tennis club that was founded in 1899. Though it is a members-only club, the Casino is a great public venue for weddings, events and meetings.
Siasconset Golf Course, or “Skinner’s,” is the oldest golf course on Nantucket. Founded in 1894, this was one of the first 100 golf courses in the country. They say it is the oldest privately owned golf courses still active today. This is one of the two public courses on Nantucket and a true piece of island history.
The Nantucket Golf Club is a private golf club that has been serving its members for over twenty years. Designed by Rees Jones, this club has gorgeous views of the Sankaty lighthouse and is also home to the Nantucket Children’s Charity. This is an annual tournament, dinner and auction benefiting Nantucket’s youth.
Sankaty Head Golf Club is a private golf club offering tennis and beach facilities, social events and family-friendly activities for members. They also have some of the best views on island from the green.
The most popular destination in ’Sconset is the Bluff Walk. This is a deeded public path that runs behind private backyards and along the Atlantic Ocean, with lush greenery right down to the beach. This should definitely be on the top of your to-do list and don’t forget your camera for the breathtaking views!
Where To Eat
Claudette’s Sandwich Shop is a must on your way to the beach. Famous for their meatloaf sandwich and the seafood salad, these sandwiches are huge and perfect to enjoy at the beach or on the restaurant’s outdoor patio right in the heart of the village. Located in the rotary, Claudette’s is cash only.
Located in the heart of the village is the ’Sconset Market which offers “fancy groceries,” deli meats, ice cream, fresh produce and more. This is your one-stop shop in the East end. Finally, don’t forget to grab one of their fresh blueberry muffins as a snack.
The Chanticleer is one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. Originally used as a teahouse in the 19th century, the restaurant is now a summer destination. With elegant rooms, garden views and fine wines this is a must on your summer to-do list.
The Summer House is a luxury hotel and restaurant on the gorgeous Ocean Avenue in ’Sconset. With award-winning cuisine, craft cocktails and late night piano sing-a-longs, be sure to check this place out. The restaurant is open to the public, but fills up quickly. There is also an additional Beachside Bistro dining option for hotel guests by the pool.
’Sconset Café is a quaint restaurant in the village offering unique and delicious plates. From fresh fish to the infamous ’Sconset burger, this is the perfect summer restaurant. Note: the café is cash only and BYOB, but they conveniently have a wine shop attached.
Siasconset Beach is the main beach on the Eastern side of the island. With no steep inclines and light surf this is the perfect spot for more mature beach-goers and children. This beach is accessible by the NRTA shuttle or a seven mile bike path, for the more adventurous.
Events In Siasconset
Although ’Sconset can be quiet in the off-season one reason to keep coming back is the annual Daffodil Festival. Every April, the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce celebrates the beginning of spring with a weekend full of events. The main event is an antique car parade from Main Street to ’Sconset that ends with a tailgate party complete with decorated cars and picnic spreads.
Finally, the 2019 Daffodil festival will be on April 26 – 28, 2019. Mark your calendars!