The Ultimate Beach Babymoon series continues with Nantucket.
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Ok, I know it's approaching Fall but I want to show you why Nantucket is the perfect fall beach babymoon. Imagine a stroll down on the beach, on a crisp Fall day. You are snuggled inside your warm sweater, holding a warm hand, and daydreaming about the sweet little someone who's coming soon. I mean who wouldn't want to go here. (I'm hinting to my husband now) Pregnant or not, What's more charming than strolling cobblestone streets amidst late 1800s architecture.
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Image credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT); Michael Galvin
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Nantucket is an island about 30 miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod. Close your eyes and picture you and your man stepping off the ferry and stepping onto a cobblestone street. A beach babymoon in this historical enchanted island is nothing short of dreamy. The island is a slight 50 square miles of historical architecture filled with galleries, bed & breakfast, restaurants, and picturesque shops.
Nantucket has been referred to as the "best island in the world" by National Geographic. The main thoroughfare named "One of America's greatest Main Streets" by Travel & Leisure magazine. The islands historical architecture has been maintained and treasured by all who visit.
Why choose this beach babymoon destination? Hmm, maybe because you have 82 miles of beaches to determine where to rest your weary head. Imagine, you and your love grabbing lunch and heading to one of the gorgeous beaches to eat and talk about sweet nothings.
If you are a bird watcher, you may be quite content exploring the 30,000 acres of preserved land. Not my thing but to each his own!
Airline: This little island has the 2nd busiest airport in Massachusetts. Flights are available from major airports
Ferry: Personally, this seems ideal. How romantic would it be to board a ferry to take you to your picturesque beach babymoon?
There are two ferry lines which provide year-round service from Hyannis to Nantucket.
Harwich Port to Nantucket: (seasonally until early October)
New Bedford to Nantucket: (seasonally until early October)
Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket (seasonally from late May to early October)
Parking is available for all at a fee.
This Beach Babymoon Destination features several options for where to stay.
The Following pictures show The White Elephant in all it's tranquil beauty.
Photo credit: nantucketislandresorts.com
Image credit: nantucketislandresorts.com
Photo credit: nantucketislandresorts.com
Next in line but not in order of priority is the super modern and chic 21 Broad hotel. Offering 27 rooms decked out in amenities such as blackout curtains and luxury linens. How about the Vitamin C shower? Hello? Not to mention that they are only a two-block walk from the ferry! Their guest lounge boasts a game table, a vinyl turntable, and space for hanging out. The hotel even has an outdoor fire pit that you can enjoy in the cool of the evening. Let's talk about how millennial it is that they also hand you a complimentary Ipad for use during your stay.
The above two photos credit goes to 21 Broad
Something Natural: A Nantucket favorite sandwich and bakery shop. Perfect place to grab a picnic lunch! I've heard the lobster sandwich is fantastic! Bartlett Farms: A local favorite. Grab some fresh produce from Nantucket's oldest farm, dating back to the 1800's. Downyflake Doughnuts: A family owned (for 84 years) sweet little spot. Oh my lord, check out their famous blueberry pancakes. HOLY SMOKES they look incredible!!!!! Provisions Sandwiches: Lord have mercy check out the "Turkey Terrific" which is filled with smoked turkey/stuffing/ cranberry sauce & mayo on Portuguese Galley Beach: is the place to go for the best food. Their website claims that presidents have dined with them. Topper's: the restaurant can be reached by boat. How fun is that and if you book a lunch or dinner reservation at the hotel the boat ride is free.
Related: yelp search for where to eat in Nantucket. Yelp is my go-to throughout all my travels. I try to eat somewhere new on each day of our trip. Unless I find something, I am completely in love with and choose to repeat a few times.
Girl, get your man to charter a sailboat. Put on your cute little outfit, grab a sweater, and lay back and smell the ocean. I would recommend a whale watching or seal tour (I'm slightly obsessed with whale watching). Cisco Brewer: Ok, If this is a non-babymoon than this if for you. If not, this is for your partner. Your time will come. Grab a bottle of their wine to take home, think post-baby celebrations! Cisco Brewer has a party on the weekend with live music! Tip: Theres a free shuttle from the visitors center in town to the brewery and back. Visit the whaling museum or The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum which showcases the memory of the Nantucket Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked sailors. I don't know about you, but I LOVE HISTORY!!!!
Photo credit: Michael Galvin MOTT
Nantucket Shipwreck museum Photo Credit: MOTT
Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Nantucket and peruse the quaint boutiques!! Check out this list of shops! Make sure to stop into this store, Milly & Grace, named after the owners set of grandmothers. A trip to Nantucket also warrants a visit to the famous store Murray's Toggery filled with clothing and of course the famous Nantucket Reds Collection.
Photo credit: MOTT
Take a stroll on Sconset Bluff walk and enjoy the grey of the houses, the blue of the skies, and the sounds of the ocean. Related post: The Milly & Grace girls video of the walk.
Sconset Bluff Walk Photo credit: MOTT
Photo Credit: Kindra Clineff MOTT
If you are going to visit in the spring, do not miss the daffodil festival! Its held the last weekend of April!
Credit: Michael Galvin
Most affordable time to visit Nantucket: mid to late September.
Traveling on the Island: Skip a car rental, plan to walk and use Uber!
Getting there: Take the Ferry and enjoy the experience.
Important to note: Many places only take CASH!!
Make sure while you are lounging on your beach babymoon in Nantucket that you check out these posts to prep for labor.
Just a little Disclaimer: As always, I am just writing my thoughts and what Ive learned along the way. Although I am a labor and delivery RN, This is not medical advice. You should always seek and follow the advice of your care provider.
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