The island of Nantucket is best known for two things. First, its long history of maritime pursuits and secondly it’s attraction for celebrities and tourists alike.
When staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn and planning for a day trip to the island of Nantucket, we recommend you start your day with a full breakfast at the Inn before heading over to Hyannis to catch the fast ferry to the island.
Nantucket is a unique island unto itself. It is only a small island at 3.5 x 14 miles at its widest points. The island only has one town aptly named Nantucket which is a National Landmark Historic District, with over 800 structures built pre1840. Other than downtown, Nantucket is basically made up of all beach.
You’ll feel transported as you walk the cobbled main road. The street was paved back in 1837, using cobblestones from Gloucester, Massachusetts. These very same cobblestones were used as ballast to stabilize ships cargoes back in the day.
Your day trip itinerary might look like this:
9:00 AM Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn
9:45 AM Drive to Hyannis to catch the Steamship Authority’s Iyanough Fast Ferry to Nantucket.
11:00 AM Ferry departs Hyannis
12:00 PM Ferry arrives Nantucket
12:15 PM Make your first stop Nantucket’s Whaling Museum which was renovated in 2005. Do not miss the rooftop observation deck for a special view of Nantucket harbor.
1:15 PM Time for lunch at any number of wonderful restaurants. Some favorite’s of Captain’s Manor Inn guests are – Brotherhood of Thieves or Something Natural for outstanding sandwiches and treats at a reasonable price….Or for something a little more elegant (and pricey) try Company of the Cauldron or Oran Mor Bistro.
2:45 PM Now is a great time to walk off or bike off lunch. Enjoy all the little side road explorations off Main Street on your own OR head back to the Whaling Museum and join the Nantucket Historical Association guided 1+ hour walking tour OR take part in the Nantucket Bike Tours History Buff Tour.
5:00 PM A little treat might be in store at Petticoat Row Bakery known for exquisite baked goods.
5:15 PM A last minute walk to Brandt Point Lighthouse might be just the thing before boarding the ferry to head back to the mainland.
6:00 PM Ferry leaves Nantucket bound for Hyannis.
7:00 PM Dock in Hyannis and head back to Falmouth for dinner on Main Street.