Island Tour by Car
If you have not been on Nantucket, it pays to rent a car for a day to see everything outside the town.
We lucked out, getting a car with Nantucket Windmill rentals located at the airport. Saturday night was a late decision, but the online process was slick. We rented a Yaris for the the next day-the other companies wanted a 2-day rental.
This company was like a best kept secret and a bargain to boot. Except for us having difficulty understanding the very nice guy from Jamaica, we do highly recommend Windmill. He brought the car right to the inn and he picked it up there as well.
If you want to see all the island, you really do need a jeep, otherwise the little Toyota was a great value, considering the price of gasoline and filling it back up at day’s end.
First stop: Sankaty Lighthouse on the western end of Nantucket, with Polpis Harbor on the way. Sankaty was so windy. the sand was blowing in our eyes.
Then down the coast a bit to picturesque Siasconset, where there is a raised walking bridge like an invitation to explore the village. A beautiful beach with high surf and pounding waves is just on the other side of the bridge.
Even with high winds dozens of bicyclists were on the trails all the way out to Siasconset.
Then we drove over to the north side and the Madaket area. Like much of the coast, it is all privately owned and difficult to see much.
From Madaket, Tuppency Links Trail is a nice little walk out to cliffs with sweeping views. There are several preserve and trail areas dotted around the island. Bartlett Farm on the way is a good place to buy market foods and flowers.
The Sandbar at Jetties Beach was the best place to have fish and chips, in fact they gave us a 2 for 1 deal since it was the last big weekend day. Very thick beer batter was greasy and crunchy. Service was excellent, and staff very friendly. It was a perfect place to wrap up the weekend. Read the earlier blog posts on Nantucket.