Anyone who frequents the island of Nantucket can verify that the Daffodil Festival in the end of April, signifies the unofficial launch of the picnic season. Historic facades festooned with yellow 'daffys' and assorted Nantucket baskets, and a festive parade of color, give it almost a Kentucky Derby vibe. Our visit began at the tail of the auspicious event but never the less, it still had the energy and excitement abound. Bakeries and chocolate shops even offered commemorative daffodil delectables. Meticulous window boxes beg for your attention along the cobblestone path, but never to be out shadowed by the equally intrguing window displays.
Journeying to the island, the first thing waving us in, is the Brant Point Lighthouse dressed in her seasonal Daffodil ring. After disembarking from the Grey Lady and following the colonial stone street up four blocks, we landed at 76 Main, by Lark Hotels. Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in - but in playful, unexpected ways. Think "sense of place" with imagination and a touch of mischief. As their guests, we were invited to experience modern luxury in the heart of this iconic destination. To feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today's amenities. To find attentive service when you want it, and privacy when you don't. This tony design-driven boutique Nantucket hotel is located in the town's premier landmark neighborhood. A desired address with modern, tailored rooms and a secluded and spacious courtyard. 76 Main feels like the upscale home of a Nantucket BFF (only bigger with loads of cool amenities).
The aroma of morning breakfast in my opinion, is the best form of a wake up call. Freshly brewed Nantucket Blend coffee mixed with a hint of warm toast equals an instant good mood. 76 Main has an attention to detail that's unmatched when making healthy offerings look indulgent and whimsical. Try the mashed pea and radish toast or the yogurt with fig and chia seeds. And even prettier, the individually plated whale tales perched upon the freshest fruit. Finally a breakfast offering that not only looks delicious but feels good, even better, someone else made it!
Rent a jeep and drive to Great Point. Let some air out of those tires and drive right onto the dunes. Of course, the rental car company will tell you not to… but since when do you listen to authority!? The sunrise is especially glorious. Make Madaket Beach on the opposite end of the island your go-to for the best sunset in all of New England. There is a sense of wilderness with it's untouched terrain and sand covered roadways. Even the effects of hard winters alter the landscape while protecting it's ever ardent natural beauty. Pushing our Jeep to the limits of sand driving, we paused to dance in the light of the 'golden hour'. Our faces warm with orange glow, our hair salty and windblown, the cooler air drifting in, the ending of a perfect day.
Because 76 Main is my new brilliant BFF, they already anticipate my craving for freshly baked cookies before bedtime, guaranteed sweet dreams with that under your pillow. I get the feeling here that the convivial staff members totally get me.
Delicious Eats & Notable Stops
- Petticoat Row Bakery located at 38 Centre Street.
- Fusaro's Homemade Italian Food located at 17 Old South Road
- Nantucket Looms at 51 Main Street, Luxury handwoven gifts, home decor and unique gifts.
- Parchment Fine papers, stationery & gifts. 11 Washington Street.
- The Downyflake Donut serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course DONUTS!
- The Whaling Museum located at 15 Broad Street
- Cisco Brewers Serving craft beer & wine at 5 Bartlett Farm Road. Check their events page before heading over to make the most out of your experience. They also offer shuttle service on the weekends.
Travelers have long flocked to the island of Nantucket for rest and relaxation just off the mainland. The epitome of charm, Nantucket town’s cobblestone streets, world-class restaurants, whaling museum, high-end shops and historic buildings are just a start. Together they truly make Nantucket sing.