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Monday, July 5, 2010

Trip to Nantucket, Pt. 1

Good evening, everyone!

How was your Fourth of July weekend?
Mine was relaxed and enjoyable; went to a friend's
birthday party on Friday at a restaurant on the Sound,
walked around Port Jefferson (adorable seafaring town)
on Saturday, and had a delicious BBQ on Sunday with my family.
Overall, not too shabby!

Be that I finished sharing with you my photographs of Cape
Cod the other day, I'll now move on to my photos
of my first day in Nantucket . . .

Leaving Hyannis on the High-Speed Ferry
(someone evidently created a replica of the 
Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket here!)

Approaching the island after 
exactly one hour and fifteen minutes...

The *real* Brant Point Lighthouse!

Beautiful Nantucket!

Nearing the station...

On land!

The Centre Street Inn, where we resided.

Now, what can I possibly say about this inn, other
than never to stay in it? On arrival, we were 
greeted, not by the innkeepers, but by their housekeepers
(three hospitable Russian college students), and showed
into an extremely drab second floor room; it was cheaply
decorated, extremely small, and quite depressing. So, being my
perfectionist-self, I requested another room of which I fortunately
was granted. That room we stayed in was beautiful-- which 
was probably the only reason I wasn't completely devestated with
my experience (not to mention, the rates were really reasonable.)
Just to make a long story short of it, the innkeepers were absent 
for our entire trip; I met the husband for a split second (one gruff 
shake-of-the-hand), but never met the wife once; we also were never
given any information about the inn, and literally had to figure out
everything ourselves. Oh, and the "breakfast"? What breakfast?
For lack of a better word, our "breakfast" consisted of (the same)
pre-packaged loaf of raisin bread and two boxes of Special K, of
which we had to prepare ourselves every morning. And would you
like to know how their misleading brochure described this breakfast?
Read for yourself:

Yeah, I don't think so.

It was a very upsetting, disappointing experience,
particularly because there were so many other 
B&B's to choose from on this little island, and
I got stuck with the absolute worst of the bunch!
But, as I mentioned earlier, the room was beautiful
(as you'll soon see), the rates were cheap, and our trip, in and of
itself, overshadowed the shameful neglect from our innkeepers.

Alright, with all complaints aside now, I shift to
 the POSITIVE side of our wonderful trip! . . .

Sign out front

View from the inn

 The living space

 Lovely tiled fireplace

Our room, "New Year's Day"
(they're all named after holidays)

The gorgeous bed

Sitting area

See? It is really charming!...

View from our front window
onto another B&B

View of the bed and fireplace

So cute

Monogrammed toiletries

All this traveling worked up our appetite--
time for lunch! . . .

Lovely house on our walk
to Even Keel Cafe

 Another one!

The Even Keel Cafe on Main Street

The outrageously delicious "Keel Pizza" which was
topped with spinach, roasted tomatoes, goat cheese,
and mozzarella. One of my favorites on the trip!

Walking back to the inn . . .

The Athenium,
Nantucket's historic library

Lovely rose-covered guest house (?)

First Congregational Church in the distance

After settling in our room for a couple of
hours, we set off for a short walk
before our first dinner at the
Brotherhood of Thieves! . . .

Mom posing in front

Picturesque little nook...

One feature of Nantucket that made 
the most profound impression on me 
were their lush abundance of roses--
they were everywhere! Their sweet,
perfumed scent permeated the
air wherever you stepped... ♥

View from the walkway of 
the First Congregational Church

Cute house
Interesting plaque!

Quintessentially Nantucket!

Mitchell's Book Corner

Main Street

The Nantucket Pharmacy
which we frequented often throughout
our stay (it even had an old-
fashioned soda fountain!)

The Starlight Theater

The renowned Juice Bar
(more on that later!)

Festive home

So gracious!

Absolutely lovely...

The Brotherhood of Thieves
This was, without a doubt, the best dining
experience on our trip. We loved it so much,
we ended up going on our last night as well!

Sampling the local beer...

Fried Point Judith Calamari
tossed with honey-chili glaze and garlic aioli
(we RAVED over this dish! My mom said this
was the best calamari she's ever eaten in her life,
and I'd easily have to concur with her!)

 Local Littlenecks and Gulf Shrimp Saute
with fettucini pasta, roasted garlics,
onions, roasted tomatoes, spinach,
and Parmesan cheese

After dinner, more stuffed
than we've ever been!

- - - - - - - - - - 

*Photos of our first evening stroll,
climbing the First Congregational church
tower, and more beautiful sights... next post!*

♥ . . .  T o   b e   c o n t i n u e d  . . . ♥


  1. So sorry about your experience at the Inn!!! (Can you imagine how scared those young Russian housekeepers must have been, being told to basically RUN the inn)?! Sounds like you had absentee innkeepers! Next time you are on Nantucket, I have heard great reviews of the Nesbitt Inn (it's been an inn for 125yrs and is run by the 3rd generation of the same family I believe).

  2. What great pics., Erin! Looks like you had a blast and what great memories to share with your Mom. The Rosa Rugosa on Martha's Vineyard is like that too! If you can, buy 1 bush of this and plant it in your yard to remind you of the sea and trip. ;)Alyssa
    P.S. I have a new blog Boston Bee Come on over and take a looksie. Would love for you to follow.

  3. Awesome pics! I went to Nantucket in '06 ... I started crying on the ferry because I didn't want to leave, and my embarrassed significant other pretended not to know me!

  4. Hi Erin!
    It sounds like you had a fabulous 4th of July weekend!!!

    I am loving your pictures of Nantucket! I visited Nantucket back in the late 80's when I was in college! I loved it so much, but I didn't fully take it all in like you did. I spent most of my time there laying on the beach all day and partying at night!

    I have really been enjoying your blog! I am at work right now and it is quiet here so I have been reading some of your older posts. I started at the beginning. I just love the love you have for New England! I have always felt so blessed to have been born and raised here, and I can't imagine ever living anywhere else (even if I do complain about the cold winters and ridiculously humid summers! heehee). I gotta say, though, I think that because I have been here my entire 39 years I take a lot of it for granted. I am learning things about New England from YOU!!! I think it is time ofr me to start re-discovering the beauty of where I live!!!

    When you were in Salem you were one town away from where I live! I am in Peabody, mere minutes from Salem! If you ever visit Salem or Marblehead again, or even Boston, you will have to let me know!!! As you learned first-hand, autumn is probably the most spectacular time to visit New England! If you ever visit Salem for Halloween again I will have to show you the orchard in Peabody right near my house that I go to almost every weekend! It is one of my most favorite places!

    I am also so with you about Susan Branch!!! Just love her books so much, and Autumn is by far my favorite! When I started collecting Gooseberry patch books, someone I met that also collected them introduced me to Susan Branch!

    OK, this is getting really long! I will stop now! Have a great day! :-)

  5. Hi sweet Erin! Loving the pictures and words on your wonderful trip of a lifetime! So sorry about the Inn, you did the right thing switching rooms. Sounds like they forgot the first rule of innkeeping - customer is king! (Or queen :-) )But it looks as though you made the most of it anyway. lots of love xox Rachel

  6. Hello Erin :)

    I found you through Gert. I have to tell you that I love your blog! I am from Massachusetts (Western MA) and now living in Colorado but I sure miss New England. Thanks for taking me on your lovely trips. Your photos are fantastic! It looks like you and your Mom are having a great time :)

    Oh I made the Rhubarb Tea recipe you posted, it's wonderful! Could I link back to your blog?

    Have a great day Erin!


  7. Good that you guys ended up (at least) with a nice room!!! I think I could live on Nantucket!!

    The Brotherhood of Thieves looks like the place we dined too, ages ago in Dec. It's very woodsy, smallish, has a fireplace (?)..., and I loved the ambiance, do not remember the food though.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!

  8. hey you:).

    So lovely to see your photos and more from your trip! I love Nantucket- we went there for our honeymoon two years ago. Ironically, we had booked a room at the Ceter St Inn, but cancelled last minute because we ended up staying at a friend's home on Union Street. So glad to hear that we made the right decision! Regardless of the Inn fiasco, it seems as though you and your mama had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see more photos:).

    Happy fourth!



  9. This has really made my day. We are planning a trip to NY and Cape Cod in 2013. I am so so excited!

  10. Oh my goodness...what beautiful pictures & looks like you had a wonderful time (for the most part...:).. Can't wait to see your next post!!!

    xoxo Gert

  11. Hi Erin,

    I really enjoyed seeing your photographs. Sorry the B&B wasn't everything you hoped, but it sounds like you and your mom had a lovely time. Seeing these photos brings back a lot of memories of my college summers on Nantucket! Glad you enjoyed the Brotherhood of Thieves -- such a great place!

  12. what a wonderful trip. i love nantucket. i actually prefer staying in places where i don't have to interact with the owners! but that is just me. the place looked really nice though. i have been to some B&B's that were just hell. now i just rent homes.

  13. Oh Erin, I'm sorry you and your mom had a bad experience with your Inn. I hate that was the rain on such a special time you had planned, in such a beautiful place.
    Our innkeeper when we were Maine was not there either, but we were well taken care of. We even had the Inn entirely to ourselves two nights, but the ladies who worked there were back bright and early to cook us an unbelievable breakfast.
    Your Nantucket photos are just beautiful! Can't wait to see more! Enjoy today, Vicki

  14. *sigh*
    Nantucket is indeed a beautiful place and your photos have captured that charm and spirit, thanks for sharing with us all

  15. You did a great job covering all of the attractions! You were so very close to my shop...oh well next time! I even noticed my good friends in one of your pictures! Ha Ha....I'll have to show them. You take great pics! :)----<

  16. The Inn treatment was inexcusable. I would seriously consider writing them a letter. Glad the rest of the trip was so delightful! And your room was gorgeous!

    Oh the food, it sounds yummy. Even though I live near the coast I don't eat nearly enough seafood! Looking forward to more of your wonderful photos.

  17. Oh my, guess I will not stay at that inn. I think you should post your review on trip advisor.

    I can't believe I have never been to Nantucket. The houses and cobblestoned streets look so charming. I would've used up a ton of photos on that trip!

    Glad you enjoyed Nantucket!


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