Big, fluffy hydrangeas, lighthouses that once guided whaling ships to shore, an endless blue sea, and the best fish tacos EVER are just a few of the things that keep me coming back to the magical island of Nantucket. Even two of my favorite books of all time, Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund and In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, are set on Nantucket.
If you take the ferry to Nantucket, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the Brant Point Lighthouse, the second oldest light station in the United States.
Tim and I just spent four days on ACK (that’s the nickname for Nantucket) with our friends, Debbie and Bill. Here we are outside a new restaurant in “Town” called The Proprietors bar & table. The menu is inventive, the cocktails a bit bizarre (mine was dusted with bee pollen), and the vibe super hip.
This was one of my favorite dishes on the menu: Halloumi Cheese served with eggplant puree, orange blossom honey, and crispy chick peas.
If you like to ride bikes, Nantucket is the place for you. A bike path circles and traverses the island, connecting most of the beaches. On one of our days there, we rode to Madaket and back, taking a much-needed break on our 28-mile excursion for lunch at Millie’s. I ordered the Smith Point tacos made with grilled shrimp in corn tortillas with tomato and sweet corn salad, guacamole, and chili ranch. I’m not kidding when I say I’ll be spending the rest of my summer trying to recreate this dish!
Hydrangea bushes are blooming everywhere on the island right now. The flowers remind me of big bowls of colored popcorn!
Bill took us fishing on our last day on Nantucket. I actually reeled in this five-pound striped bass. Can you believe it? It was not easy work. I’m happy to report that this gorgeous fish is back at sea and that he did not end up on my dinner table.
The Big Reveal: Tim and I are building a house on Nantucket. I can’t wait to show you the kitchen! It’s straight ahead and to the right, and over the coming months, I’ll be sharing insights into my appliance, plumbing fixture, and cabinetry selections. Stay tuned …