Advising us about all things bold, beautiful and unmissable in Nantucket is Holly Finigan, the bartender-turned-blogger who founded the Nantucket blACKbook. Forget trying to shoehorn heavy guidebooks into your case; modern-day guides live on the internet and this one is the oracle for everything Nantucket-related, with the inside info on the best places to sip, shop and stay, and updates about island tastemakers. Here are some of Holly’s pearls of wisdom about her favourite island.
DID YOU KNOW? Local claims to fame include the whaleship Essex, which inspired the story of Moby Dick; the famous ‘Nantucket Red’ colour; and being named the best island in the world by National Geographic.
DO SAY Box (the best live music spot), BoHo (top place for Sunday brunch), Brewery (Cisco, famous for Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and its tour) and ACK (the airport code).
DON’T SAY “I am the man from Nantucket…”
WHAT TO WEAR For ladies: flowing dresses that cope well with wind and flats for handling the cobblestones on Main Street – folklore has it that these were brought over as ballast on whaling ships returning from Europe.
Guys should make a statement and pair Nantucket Reds or prints with a crisp white button-down or polo.
BEST VANTAGE POINTS Sunrise in Sconset, sunset on Madaket; Galley Beach for a #RoseAllDay Insta; and any of the lighthouses.
WHO YOU’LL SEE Rumour has it that Leonardo DiCaprio was on the island for a weekend and not one picture was taken of him. Privacy is respected.
WHERE TO STAY, EAT & DRINK
www.nantucketblACKbook.com – it has all the answers.
FIND US 11 South Water Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts