#AfricasAdventures: A Weekend in Nantucket

I just had a fun (and quick!) weekend in Nantucket, Massachusetts. If you are ever fortunate enough to make it to this beautiful little island, here are some of great things to do and see while you’re there.

1. Millie’s – If the NY Times says go, you go. This seasonal restaurant is a gem! Delicious seafood with a Mexican twist just a short walk from the beach. Menu standouts for me were the Eel Point Taco ($22), Millie’s Bridge Clam po’ boy, and the summer rice salad. I went at dusk and was able to watch the sunset on the beach a short walk away. The restaurant closed for the summer season on September 25th, so I barely made it, but so glad I did!

2. Gallery Hopping – Nantucket has an amazing contemporary art scene. While doing my usual wandering I stumbled across some beautiful pieces. Although I didn’t take anything home ($21,00 price tags!), I enjoyed learning about the artists and their work. One of the highlights was seeing Hunt Slonem’s famed “Bunnies” paintings up close and personal.

3. Take a picture at the Compass Rose Mural img_1794Of course you have to do it for the ‘gram right?! This mural was painted in 1936 by H. Marshall Gardiner and was later restored by Ralph Lauren. Fun fact: my paternal side of the family is from the Cape Verde Islands, a small cluster of islands off of the west coast of Africa. It is a former Portuguese colony and many of it’s people have emigrated to the New England area. It made me happy to see a small part of myself on that wall.

4. Where to Stay – The Nantucket Inn is great hotel literally across the street from the airport. Indoor pool, hot tub, and personable bartenders that make a great Dark n’ Stormy! There is a free shuttle that takes you in to town and breakfast is included…thank me later 🙂

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