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Nantucket Insiders Share Their Tips to Enjoying the Island This Summer

By Gary Duff | July 18, 2017 | Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a good time in Nantucket, these local insiders have tips to where to eat, drink, shop and more.

Where to Eat

“By no means is Nautilus some island secret, but it is a must try if you're a first timer on Nantucket. As a "foodie" (hate this term), this is my favorite place to eat on the island! I have managed to always be lucky when walking in without a reservation and snagging two seats at the bar. I will always order the Whole Roasted Peking Duck. In theory, it is supposed to serve three or more, but if you have a house or are staying at a hotel in town, order it and don't think twice! This way you can take your leftovers to-go and enjoy them later that night after dancing the night away at Boarding House.” -- Kellene Ratko, Director of Marketing at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, and Capo Restaurant & Supper Club

Where to Drink

The Summer House is one of my all-time favorites. It's an amazing waterfront property with a laid back, come-as-you-are vibe. The bartenders are some of the friendliest folk you'll find and they maintain a positive attitude even when the bar is slammed. Here’s a pro tip: just out of sight of the main bar, hidden amidst the dune grasses, are a few sets of chairs and couches that are rarely claimed. Grab a tray of cocktails for you and your friends and hang out for as long as you'd like.” -- Max Moss, Regional Manager at Keel Vodka

Where to Party


“Nightlife on Nantucket, for me personally, is centered on where I can have some enjoyable cocktails with friends. Slip 14, for me, is a less touristy way to be right in the middle of town, but slightly away from the noise, and the cab stands and hoards of people that tend to flood the area this time of year. I like to post up at the patio bar for a very casual and relaxed feel. I'll have a drink or two, take a stroll, and then repeat. food is recommended as well, but for me, Slip 14 is all about liquid refreshment.” -- Sam Slater, Burn Later Productions

Where to Shop

"For fun beachwear pieces, Salt is a really good choice for visitors or locals looking for bathing suits and all things fun and beachy for the summer. I also love shopping at Milly & Grace. "I always stop in to pick up a cute dress or outfit when we're on the island. From clothing and jewelry to great gifts and home decor, Milly & Grace is always a must-stop spot. For beauty, don’t miss Follain, they are so knowledgable about all of the products that they sell and none of their products are harmful for your skin. My favorite thing about Follain is even if you're off-island in the winter months, you can still shop at their other location in the South End of Boston. As a lover of all things luxury, I can't not make a stop at Gypsy when I'm in town. They always have fabulous pieces by Celine, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, and Isabel Marant to name a few. And they're always guaranteed to have great finds from emerging designers too." -- Meghan O’Brien, Louis Vuitton

Where to Stay


“My tip is to explore Nantucket's unique real estate. I do this by visiting Blue Flag Development's projects. They are always the best of the best and represent a plethora of properties that have a true Nantucket vibe. Keep your eyes peeled for spots with Hot trendy authentic gas-fired lanterns. They are popping up all over renovated historic homes and give some streets an historic 1800s Nantucket feel.” -- Ben Rawitz, Sports Manager

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