Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nantucket Island, Part 2

And the overposting of photos continues...
On another particularly blustery day (think 49 degrees with 24mph winds), we all thought it might be a good day to go for a bike ride.  We loved the adorable nearby town of Siasconset and rode there so that we could huddle inside the local sandwich shop and sip coffee to get warm while ingesting the locally favorite meatloaf sandwiches.

But seriously, how cute is everything?

Sara and I hit up downtown for a little shopping later that afternoon during nap time.  
Imagine my absolute shock when Sara found a photo of my wedding used as a display in a shop on Main St in old downtown Nantucket!?!
Although our wedding was in Texas (Horseshoe Bay to be exact), our wedding party wore Vineyard Vines ties and sashes.  I submitted the photo to the Vineyard Vines marketing department YEARS ago.  We were in the catalog once, but I was completely shocked that this little photo was sitting there along the hats for sale in the shop.

Nantucket Reds and a Jordan wedding photo.  I love this shop.
Speaking of Vineyard Vines, we trekked out the next day for a day trip via ferry to Martha's Vineyard.  Luckily, the sun came out and it was a gorgeous day for all.
Palmer kept saying, "Ahoy, there!" while we were on the ferry.  It was super cute.  
Upon disembarking the ferry, we hit up a fantastic waterfront spot for lunch, Nancy's.  Sasha Obama worked here briefly last summer before the paparazzi descended upon the restaurant and she had to move more inland for work.

Martha's Vineyard looks different than Nantucket and boasts hundreds of tiny gingerbread and ornate Victorian homes instead of the cedar shingle-clad homes.


Just after the Civil War, the Methodist Church established a campground on the island for summertime revivals and retreats and built the tiny gingerbread homes which center around a large outdoor Tabernacle and nearby chapel.  Now a national historic landmark protects the Wesleyan Grove and residents still come for summer retreats and vacations.
One of the original Vineyard Vines stores...founded on Martha's Vineyard.

Uh oh, this is what happens when you are trying to block your sister from jumping into a pond and fall into it yourself.  Palmer earned himself a brand new pair of Martha's Vineyard pants since we were out for the day with no extra clothes!
So many pictures.  All week, so many pictures...
Back on Nantucket Island, we hit up our second lighthouse of the week, the Brant Point Lighthouse. It just begs for a mini photo shoot...Thanks, Grace for your cooperation! And where are your boots?
Stopping to smell the super fragrant beach roses.
Mom, what's for dinner? Oh, we cooked pizza tonight! Thanks for asking!
One of my very favorite outings was a hike along the bluff walks in Siasconset.  There is a public path that literally hugs the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean and tromps thru people's backyards the whole way.  It was such a magical and gorgeous walk to see the ocean, the flowers, and the beautiful homes.  
To add to the "pinch me" factor, we truly happened across a group of artists who were just standing along the bluff walk painting the scenery away.  Incredible.
My other favorite activity was renting a jeep and going off-road along the sandy beach to our last lighthouse, the Great Point lighthouse, at the very tip of the island.

We pulled over, let the air out of our tires, purchased a beach permit, and hit the sand for a fun and bumpy ride.
The adorable Wauwinet Hotel on the way back, complete with hotel-provided Hunter boots and a classic car...I suspect there will be an adults-only weekend here in our future!
Date night with the Jeep.  (It sure beat the mini-van we also rented for the week!)

 Good bye, Nantucket.  We loved everything about you and promise to return soon enough!
Back in Boston, the guys hit up Fenway Park for a Red Sox game and semi-private tour (thanks, Jill Hogue!)  Meanwhile, Grace and I had a little ladies sleepover at Aunt Jill's!
The photo onslaught is over! Thank you for enduring.  As always, I do these posts for the memory books I print for the kids from this blog content.