see + do
Nantucket see + do
On a first visit, Nantucket seems to be much bigger than you'd expectfor an island, anyway. Beyond Nantucket Town's cobblestone commercial district, you'll find neighborhoods of sea captains' homes, and beyond these are farms, beaches, secluded cottages, and tiny villages, all worth a visit, a swim, a lazy afternoon in the sand, a bike ride, a boat ride, or a hike. There isn't a Starbucks in sight on Nantucketunless you count the two Greek Revival mansions once owned by a family of the same name. These homes (just two of the 800 on the island that were built before the Civil War) can be seen on a walking tour offered by the Nantucket Historical Association (508-228-1894; www.nha.org). There are equally intriguing architecture walking tours of Nantucket Town, presented by the Nantucket Preservation Trust, that leave from 2 Union Street at 9:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays from June to September. The trust also offers group tours by appointment, and periodic walking tours of Siasconset (508-228-1387; nantucketpreservation.org).
The waters around Nantucket teem with bluefish, striped bass, tuna, fluke, black sea bassand a few lurking sharks. Surf casters can fly-fish directly off...more