Nantucket Highlights

nantucket highlights via Quintessence

As I prepare for my annual summer trip to Nantucket, I was reviewing some of my past posts of island favorites. I thought I would share a few Nantucket highlights here and ask you readers what you might enjoy seeing this year. For the past two summers I created Friday Favorite Finds that included a variety of places to stay, eat, visit and shop as well as events and a few house tours. If you are new to Quintessence or perhaps missed a few, you can always find them in the search bar.

British-woolies-at-Greydon-HouseIf you’re planning on visiting Nantucket and are looking for a stylish place to stay, you can’t beat Greydon House with its convenient in-town location and Roman & Williams designed interiors, above.

Wauwinet Inn via Quintessence-1If you’d rather be on the water with beach, tennis and sailing at your door, then the out-of-town Wauwinet Inn might be a viable option. Their lawn is a great place to read, relax and enjoy the view and spectacular sunsets. Their restaurant Toppers (ask to sit outside in the more casual section) offers delicious menus for all three meals (I’m  partial to the crab cakes for lunch, below)

Toppers at Wauwinet Innand a great place for a special event – you may remember the fabulous dinner I attended that Ralph Lauren Home hosted there last year, below, that you can see more about in this month’s Veranda.

Ralph Lauren dinner at the Wauwinet Inn-1

Would you like to see more restaurants, like one of my favorites, Chanticleer, below, with its charming Sconset location?


Chanticleer Nantucket via Quintessence-1

Do you prefer more shopping like my friend Elise Gura’s stylish outpost, SPACE, on the wharf, with its carefully curated artisanal global finds,



Colleen Darby’s design and fashion emporium Atlantic


or friend Darcy Creech’s Nantucket classic Peter Beaton?

Peter-Beaton-on-Nantucket via Quintessence

Or perhaps you’d like to see (or rewatch) Odd Mom Out star Jill Kargman’s island picks.

Would you like to learn more about Nantucket and how it retains its very special character? Like how Remain Nantucket is protecting the island’s history, culture and the vitality of the downtown,


or how organizations such as Sustainable Nantucket are supporting local family farms and small growers to help build a more self-reliant Nantucket food economy?


Would like to tour around and see the different parts of the island from the rose covered cottages in Sconset to the cobblestone streets near town or the more wild eastern tip of the island?

Sconset rose covered cottage via Quintessence-1

Or are you just dying to see inside and have me share some more house tours, like designer Trudy Dujardin’s charming Madaket cottage

Trudy Dujardin Nantucket home via Quintessence-1

my friend Cynthia Everets’ chic home on the Cliff

Nantucket-house-kitchen-via Quintessence

or my friends’ stylish family home in Sconset.

Nantucket Sconset home via Quintessence -1

And a special treat coming very soon is an At Home With video visit at designer Gary McBournie’s charming Nantucket home!

Nantucket highlights - Gary McBournie homeall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

So stay tuned and do let me know! These are but a few Nantucket highlights – it may be a small island but it’s big on charm and visual appeal with always something new on the horizon. To stay current you can always follow along on Instagram where I will be posting more frequent quintessential Nantucket inspiration!






14 thoughts on “Nantucket Highlights

  1. Thanks for asking…and including all the options for getting to know your marvelous island better. As one who lives on another island, I was very impressed with the successful efforts to conserve so much land on Nantucket. Perhaps a bit of chat about Remain Nantucket…and of course, shopping spots are always welcome! Enjoy your summer, Bettie

  2. Stacey,
    My vote would be for more Friday Favorite Finds Simply more. I have a folder for all the Quintessence posts and under that file I have one for Friday Favorite Finds, in case I ever get up to Nantucket. Right after the New Year I pulled one of your former blog posts about New Preston & Washington, CT, and the wonderful shops you wrote about. My husband and I spent the day up there, made several purchases and let them know how we found them ~ through you.
    Having your recommendations on these fabulous little finds is valuable; whether that be for places to eat, shop, or travel to for inspiration or relaxation. All are relevant and appreciated.

  3. Love the summer because it means Stacey’s Nantucket instagrams and posts! We love it all but especially house tours (interiors and exteriors!) all so charming! xx

  4. All of the above, especially home tours. I am looking forward to your visit with GaryMcBournie!

  5. Love Nantucket and all your pictures! I would love to see a mermaid I could buy for Ginger!

  6. As many have said, I would love to see as many home tours as you can fit in! You and your posse just have the best taste and it is so fun to see it in action! That said, general tours of the island, both developed and un-developed, are especially interesting. I would love to see some beach or farm trips!

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