Surfing in Nantucket
My husband whisked me away to Nantucket last weekend to celebrate my birthday and our one-year wedding anniversary. Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Mass., and is just a short ferry ride from Boston. It was our first time there!
The first night, we climbed the stairs to Room No. 2.
Our innkeeper, Lyn, and staff member Tabitha had left us a plate of strawberry-covered chocolates! How sweet of them.
Lyn is also a great cook. I couldn’t get enough of the savory cheddar, ham and feta cheese scones! I also enjoyed the fresh cranberry muffins and hearty granola.
The true highlight of this trip (besides chilling with my hubby, of course) was…surfing! I had my very first private surfing lesson at Cisco Beach, through the Nantucket Surf School. Much thanks to my capable teacher, Tatiana, who has been surfing since she was a youngster. Tatiana was patient and encouraging. I was so happy to successfully ride a wave! That 4 to 6 seconds of gliding along the wave gave me such a rush. I definitely want to try surfing again back in New York!
For $75, you get an hour of private one-on-one instruction, plus a wet suit rental. Nantucket Surf School provides SoftTop surfboard rentals, so only the bottom of the board is hard. I think we spent 5-10 minutes on land instruction, and the rest of the time in the ocean. Paddling out was labor-intensive: it requires a lot of upper-body strength and overall endurance, which I wasn’t used to. At times, the rip current also pushed me back. At least I managed not to fall off the board too much!
I noticed Nantucket residents really love their dogs! Folks let their canines roam around the beach. Retrievers seem to be a favorite.
This old-fashioned car is named “Dog.”
For our anniversary dinner, R treated me to a fancy New American meal at Oran Mor.
The Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly appetizer was simply amazing. It came with johnnycake polenta, bourbon caramel glaze and peach salsa. Our entrees were also outstanding.
I like how the lemon rind in my drink looked like an “S” for Sarah! R sipped on the Aperol Spritz (Aperol liquer, Prosecco and lemon zest), while I chose the French 77 (Elderflower Essence, Prosecco, lemon zest). Bring on the bubbly!
We had a private little deck all to ourselves, and surrounded by greenery.
I was amused by the odds and ends at the Museum Shop. Fancy a cane with a rabbit handle?
Spindrift is the ideal fizzy fruit drink to wash down a big sandwich from Provisions.
It’s customary for Nantucket homes to be decked out with bright flowers and plants.
Hydrangeas – in blue, purple and pink – are most popular. This home has a quarterboard tacked over the door with the name ‘Hunky Dory.’ The use of quarterboards as sign boards to designate homes was inspired by New England sailing ship history.
Cobblestone streets and Colonial houses are typical of Nantucket scenery.
As are giant trees and verdant, wide-open green lawns.
Vines climb gnarly trees.
Well, that’s a wrap! Our Nantucket getaway helped me to unwind and appreciate nature. Plus, I got to try surfing and spend quality time with my honeybee. 🙂