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Surfing in Nantucket

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by in Eat & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel | 6 comments

 

"She sells seashells by the seashore." Photo by Sarah Tung.

“She sells seashells by the seashore.” Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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!

 

Regatta Inn seaside decor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Regatta Inn seaside decor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

We stayed at the immaculately furnished Regatta Inn, one of the top-rated bed & breakfast inns in Nantucket. Its sister inn, the more traditional Centerboard Inn, is located right across the street.

 

Regatta Inn stairs. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Regatta Inn stairs. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

The first night, we climbed the stairs to Room No. 2.

 

"Happy Anniversary & Birthday." Chocolate-covered strawberries from Lyn & Tabitha of Regatta Inn. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Happy Anniversary & Birthday.” Chocolate-covered strawberries from Lyn & Tabitha of Regatta Inn. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Our innkeeper, Lyn, and staff member Tabitha had left us a plate of strawberry-covered chocolates! How sweet of them.

 

Breakfast at the Regatta Inn. L-R, front: granola, chocolate croissant, cranberry muffin, wild hibiscus tea. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Breakfast at the Regatta Inn. L-R, front: granola, chocolate croissant, cranberry muffin, wild hibiscus tea. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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.

 

Surfing my very first wave! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Surfing my very first wave!

 

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!

 

Unleashed dog roaming around Cisco Beach. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Unleashed dog roaming around Cisco Beach. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

I noticed Nantucket residents really love their dogs! Folks let their canines roam around the beach. Retrievers seem to be a favorite.

 

"DOG" old-fashioned vehicle. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“DOG” old-fashioned vehicle. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

This old-fashioned car is named “Dog.”

The weather was a comfortable 70 degrees and sunny – perfect for biking around town! We hit up Brant Point Lighthouse and Jetties Beach.

 

Sunshine over Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sunshine over Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Monkeying around Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Monkeying around Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

"Originally Established 1746...U.S. Government Property." Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Originally Established 1746…U.S. Government Property.” Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Fishing by Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Fishing by Brant Point Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Oran Mor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Oran Mor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

For our anniversary dinner, R treated me to a fancy New American meal at Oran Mor.

 

Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly appetizer. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly appetizer. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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.

 

L-R: Aperol Spritz, butter with sea salt, French 77. Photo by Sarah Tung.

L-R: Aperol Spritz, butter with sea salt, French 77. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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!

 

Oran Mor greenery. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Oran Mor greenery. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

We had a private little deck all to ourselves, and surrounded by greenery.

 

Assortment of canes for sale at the Museum Shop. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Assortment of canes for sale at the Museum Shop. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

I was amused by the odds and ends at the Museum Shop. Fancy a cane with a rabbit handle?

 

"Spindrift: a fresh take on soda." Sparkling cranberry raspberry flavor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Spindrift: a fresh take on soda.” Sparkling cranberry raspberry flavor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Spindrift is the ideal fizzy fruit drink to wash down a big sandwich from Provisions.

 

Blooming flowers at Regatta Inn. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Blooming flowers at Regatta Inn. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

It’s customary for Nantucket homes to be decked out with bright flowers and plants.

 

"Hunky Dory" house with American flag and hydrangeas. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Hunky Dory” house with American flag and hydrangeas. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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 house. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Cobblestone streets and Colonial house. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Cobblestone streets and Colonial houses are typical of Nantucket scenery.

 

Picturesque view of classic Nantucket house framed by giant trees. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Picturesque view of classic Nantucket house framed by giant trees. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

As are giant trees and verdant, wide-open green lawns.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk, minus Jack. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jack and the Beanstalk, minus Jack. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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. 🙂

 

6 Comments

  1. Sarah & Roland,
    We are happy that you enjoyed your trip.
    Say Goal….! Goal…..! Goal….! for catching your first wave.
    Thank you for all the Beautiful pictures
    Pops

    • Thanks Pops! Your surfing stories inspire me. 🙂

  2. Love the photos – especially the one of you surfing! Happy anniversary and belated birthday!

  3. Happy Belated birthday and anniversary! Just caught up with your blog while I procrastinate on my final portfolio 😛 T_T

    • Aw, thanks Carmen! I hope your final portfolio turns out well — finish strong, my friend! 😀

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