Paula & Tim Miller
The Carriage House Inn
Day Trip to Nantucket
One of our favorite day trips is taking the fast ferry over to Nantucket from the Carriage House Inn. Originally a major whaling port, Nantucket is an historic and scenic island. The main town is filled with cobblestone streets, gas street lanterns, and architecturally sttunning 17th century homes. Outside of town are wild moorish landscapes and long sandy beaches.
In the summer the Freedom Ferry runs from Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich, only 12 minutes from the inn. The ferry only takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to cover the 50 miles out and across Nantucket sound.
The ferry lets you off on Straight Wharf at the center of Nantucket, the main settlement and commercial center of the island. Coming in on the ferry you most likely will see several mega yachts in the harbor. On a recent trip we spotted boats owned by Tommy Hifiger, Richard Petty and Jimmy Buffet. The town is easy to navigate on foot with dozens of high end shops and restaurants to browse. The whaling museum is also located in town and features a forty-six foot skeleton of a sperm whale that washed ashore on New Year’s Day in 1998
We love ducking in and out of the incredibly expensive shops our eyes staring at disbelief of the prices “$300.00 for a t-shirt you’ve got to be kidding!” It still is good fun to look.Not all stores have prices out of reach of mere mortals. One of our favorite stores is Best of the Beach, they carry a great nautical line of candles, home goods, and fun things like designer flip-flops.
The island has a great pubic transportation system and for around $2.00 you can get most anywhere on the island. We like to take the bus out to Siasconset ( pronounced “sconset”), a quaint small town on the eastern shore of the island. Best known for its rose cottages covered in rose filled trellises. You can walk along a path next to the cottages with glimpses of the ocean as a back drop. This is absolutely gorgeous. There are also several small shops and restaurants and a beautiful stretch of beach. “Sconset” is small, picturesque and charming.
Of course, we also love to dine while on the island and last summer we happened upon a complete and utter gem, the Straight Wharf restaurant. We were seated on the porch overlooking the harbor and therefore we were able to keep an eye out for our ferry and enjoy the sunset while dining on the best seafood we had had in ages. The Straight Wharf won the award for one of 3 best dining venues in the latest Cape Cod Life Magazine’s recent reader poll. In our Inn’s activities book we keep a list of the best of Nantucket and you can look it over before heading there to find your favorite things!