When my husband and I wanted a romantic, yet chic weekend getaway we knew hopping on a plane and heading to New England's Nantucket was the spot for us! An island covered in endless fleurs with hydrangeas as far as the eye can see, beautiful weathered shingles, old-fashioned split-wood fences, and nature at its finest. With its charm and old-world style it couldn't be more perfect for some summer R&R.
Our first stop was the very private, very beautiful, The Wauwinet hotel. Secluded within the northeast corner of the island next to Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, and nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay, the destination proved to be the perfect escape. Upon arrival we headed down a quiet road to be greeted by a luscious and spectacular retreat tucked away seaside.
A historic inn by the sea, with beautiful cottages and a gorgeous grandiose main inn, this stunning hotel offers gorgeous lands tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the popular and beloved town of Nantucket. As far as the eye can see there are manicured lawns with inviting and beautiful design elements, such as these inviting chaises.
The gorgeous details of this establishment were impressive to say the least. I immediately fell in love with the wellies that were for the taking for rainy weather. Known for the famous Topper's restaurant we were greeted with shucked oysters and shrimp alongside port wine and a delicious cheese plate. Cozy at the inn, we settled in and enjoyed an amazing seasonal deck-side dinner under the stars.
Our trip to Nantucket could not be complete without biking the island. Young's Bicycle Shop, a family-owned business was our first choice. Young's started in 1931 on Steamboat Wharf and has become a Nantucket native tradition to say the least. The business has been providing wheels for island lovers for generations with a heart and soul that is unmatched. Harvey Young's grandfather (also named Harvey) started the company and it is now owned and run by a third generation of Young's!
Our choice and our only means of transportation, a tandem bike for two.
Nantucket, which is known for its charm, nostalgia, and Americana love, had an abundance of beautiful decor details, such as these stunning cast iron horse heads seen on the downtown cobblestone streets alongside numerous hanging American flags.
With a picnic on the agenda we knew a handcrafted basket from The Nantucket Bike Basket Company was the choice for us. A second generation family-owned business, this company prides itself on craftsmanship that shines. The basket's beauty on its own stands as a piece of art. This particular basket is named after Young's Bicycle Shop — two legends collide with this exquisite basket.
Nantucket, is also known for its stunning, luscious and overabundance of flowers and gardens, as seen here in these lavish pink rose blooms.
Rich and bountiful fleurs at their finest on the streets of Nantucket.
When traveling I can't help but take away DIY tips. I especially fell in love with the idea of planting blooms in a vintage wine crate.
Perfectly manicured hedges filled the island.
We then headed to the beloved and delightful, White Elephant Hotel. Built in 1920, this historic landmark sits on the waterfront with a miraculous view of the harbor. Sophistication meets charm amongst beautifully-curated decor and ambiance at this striking colonial establishment.
Located in downtown Nantucket this luscious retreat offered the coziest, most luxurious and warmest accommodations. Nestling in, we took advantage of their movies and in-room popcorn delivery — a perfect way to end each night.
I couldn't help but notice the small details, like these two birds in love at The White Elephant.
Dockside, this elegant accommodation has spectacular sea breezes and the view of Massachusetts blue waters and whaling ships.
In stride my husband and I biked the island from Madaket Beach to Cisco Brewery (to enjoy the infamous island-brewed beer) and everywhere in between, truly a perfect way to explore Nantucket.
One of our favorite stops was our ride to Bartlett's Farm. It is Nantucket's oldest and largest family-owned farm, spanning seven generations.
Nantucket details at their best: Beautiful shingled homes, a picturesque lighthouse and an American dream home.
On the docks, unmistakable American pride is displayed.
Saving the best for last, our final excursion was a private sail on the Endeavor sailboat. Also, a family-owned business, this gorgeous, old-fashioned sailboat holds the title for being the longest operating sail charter on the island.
A hands-on experience, we helped set sail and enjoyed the waters of Nantucket.