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Getting here can be half the fun.
THINGS TO CONSIDER . . . the island.
The weather in the summer is warm and sometimes humid, but the evenings are always much cooler. Pack sweaters and wraps for the cooler evenings when you are out to dinner, walking in-Town for an ice cream cone or just enjoying a casual stroll on the beach.
What will you be doing while here? Beaching, shopping and out to dinner more than likely. Or are you here for a destination wedding event? Pack accordingly. If you forgot something, you can always buy it.
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How long will you be on-Island? Are you in a cottage where you will have a washer and dryer? If so, pack less. If not, pack the number of
WHETHER OR NOT YOU
outfits you will need.
LIKE PEOPLE OR HATE
If you come by boat - carry a bag onto the boat that will have a jacket
THEM THAN TO TRAVEL
or sweater tucked into it, for when you are out on-deck where the air will be cooler. If traveling by plane, consider checking through security. Make sure you do not have liquids or sharp objects in your carry-on. The smaller airlines (9-seater planes) do not require security checks. Whatever airline you fly, your first glimpse of the Island is breathtaking.
If you come by ferry, seeing the skyline and the large houses along the ocean is magical.
PACKING TIPS plan
for the whole trip.
Lay everything out on your bed in outfits for every day and night.
Nantucket is cooler in the evening, so remember sweaters and
GOOD READS bring along something.
So many good non-fiction books are now written about Nantucket. You might find it interesting to learn about the Island’s rich history before you get here. It will help you
jackets. Pack one extra outfit for day and one for evening, in case
better understand the Whaling Museum, where
something gets soiled.
Nantucket’s whaling days are chronicled. Nantucket has
who is the author of many books.
its own “famous” historian living here – Nat Philbrick –
More than likely you have layed out way too many pieces. Try to take out some. Bring pieces that work together. You don’t need seven sweaters for seven days; bring just three that will coordinate with your outfits.
time to pack.
Once you have streamlined what you are taking, put like things in piles: t-shirts, sweaters, slacks, shoes, etc. Place the heaviest items on the bottom. Pack any cosmetics, shampoos, anything liquid, in large doubled Ziploc bags in case something breaks in transit.
Reads by Nat Philbrick (Island resident and historian): 1. Why Read Moby Dick 2. In the Heart of the Sea 3. Away Off Shore Other reads written in a Nantucket setting: 1. Heat Wave
Nancy Thayer (island resident)
2. Beach House
3. Island Practice
4. Silver Girl
Elin Hilderbrand (island resident)
5. Island Cup
6. Tuck’t In
Remember your medications and contact lens fluid. Assemble a travel kit: Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, sunblock, sewing kit and a Tide pen! Break in new shoes before your trip. Get your hair trimmed or colored a week or two in advance. New haircuts never feel just right. Bring a carry-on with one complete change of clothing, tooth brush and sleep-wear, in case your bags are delayed. Make your first night’s dinner reservation on the island a week before you travel. Getting reservations where you want is difficult in the high season. Make car and bicycle reservations one to two weeks in advance. Bring extra Ziploc bags for those shells you are sure to collect! Tuck in another carry-on bag for gifts and shells that do not fit into your
TRAVEL, LAY OUT ALL YOUR CLOTHES AND ALL
suitcase for the trip home.
TAKE HALF THE CLOTHES AND TWICE THE MONEY. SUSAN HELLER 16
oming to the Island
APPROXIMATELY 30 MILES OFF THE COAST OF C APE C OD, Nantucket is an Atlantic gem where famous and discriminating travelers seek the beautiful beaches, elegant shops and exquisite cuisine. Because Nantucket is an island, there are two ways to get here – by plane or by boat. Depending on how much time you have, a wonderful prologue to your trip to Nantucket is by boat. The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority and the Hy-Line are the boat lines offering services from Hyannis, Mass. to Nantucket.
Choose the transportation that best suits your schedule, means and
Two seafaring options are available. You can relax, take your time and begin to wind down aboard what the locals call the “slow boat.” This “voyage" lasts about 2 1/2 hours and is a great transition to Nantucket. Don’t hesitate to go up on deck to feel the invigorating ocean breeze on your face and get a head start on your suntan. It’s also a great opportunity to take pictures as you round Brant Point. Or
choose one of the faster boats and actually ride on the water’s surface, as they are hydrofoils. Taking only about an hour, these boats are an excellent choice if you desire to reach your Nantucket destination sooner. Once you arrive, there are taxis to introduce you to this unique Island, transporting you to your destination. Private tour buses are available to immediately immerse you in your Island experience. If you feel it absolutely necessary, cars can be brought to the Island. However, advance reservations need to be made with the Steamship Authority. Lastly, it is always best to check ahead of time before you travel. Boats are delayed mainly due to high winds.
You might consider flying to Nantucket. Flights are available from New York, Providence and Boston. Or, if you like, drive to Cape Cod and fly from Hyannis’ Barnstable Municipal Airport. Several flights take off from the mainland each day, either scheduled or chartered. Reaching Nantucket Island by air allows for beautiful aerial vistas of the unending beaches and breathtaking blue waters. Upon arrival, make sure to stop in at Crosswinds Restaurant, the restaurant at Nantucket Airport that inspired the television show “Wings.” Taxis are available and the drivers provide local lore about the Island while they take you to your destination. As always, the weather plays an important part in your travel, and flights may be temporarily cancelled due to fog.
If traveling during high season (summer), make reservations ahead of
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