It's never too late for a summer trip. And Nantucket, an island just off Hyannis in Cape Cod, is a relaxing, entertaining and picturesque getaway easily accessible from NYC. Flights from JFK to ACK leave every day and last less than an hour, making Nantucket an excellent overnight getaway.
Beach eats: Prepare for a day on the beach by picking up fresh sandwiches from island staple Something Natural (50 Cliff Rd., 508-228-0504). And don't forget to grab Nantucket Nectars!
Lobsta: Enjoy a traditional New England seafood feast at The Lobster Trap (23 Washington St., 508-228- 4200). Kick off your dinner with some bites from the raw bar, followed by boiled, broiled or baked lobster served with all the traditional sides. For a more DIY approach, head to Sayle's Seafood (99 Washington Street Extension, 508-228-4599), where you can buy pre-steamed lobster dinners with sides.
Dinner time: Make reservations for a night out at Lola 41 (15 S. Beach St., 508- 325-4001), which has an Asian- and European-inspired menu serving popular picks such as fries with foie gras gravy, an Asian-inspired tuna burger and broiled crab legs with miso uni butter. Corazon del Mar (21 S. Water St., 508-228-0815) also serves a fantastic Nantucket meal.
Brunch it up: In the morning, enjoy a walk around town as you wait for a table at Arno's (41 Main St., 508-228-7001). Lobster Benedict made with organic eggs is a favorite here. For an equally long wait, but a more extensive menu, sit down to your morning meal at Fog Island (7 S. Water St., 508-228-1818), where breakfast sandwiches and make-your-own-omelettes are highlights.
Savory cocktails: The Brant Point Grill (50 Easton St., 508-325-1320) in the White Elephant Hotel offers the infamous lobster Bloody Mary, available at brunch or really any time you crave a meaty cocktail. For a cocktail outdoors, stop by the tree bar at Queequeg's (6 Oak St., 508-325-0992) or share a bottle of wine with harbor views at Cru (1 Straight Wharf, 508-228-9278)
Beer and more: Catch a ride to Cisco Brewery (5 Bartlett Farm Rd., 508-325-5929), where you can enjoy local microbrews like Whale's Tale Pale Ale. On premises, you can also grab a bottle of blueberry vodka from the Triple Eight Distillery and take home wine from Nantucket Vineyard.
Water sports: Jetties Beach is Nantucket's best swimming beach. For snacks and frozen cocktails, head to The Jetties restaurant (4 Bathing Beach Rd., 508-228-2279). To go on the water, Nantucket Community Sail (4 Winter St., 508-228-6600) offers sailboat rentals by the hour, as well as lessons.
Pedal the island: Nantucket Bike Shop (various locations, 800-770-3088) rents bikes by the day. Take a guided bike tour, or head out on the Sconset Bike Trail, which leads through nature reserves to the Atlantic Ocean.
Shop for souvenirs: Nantucket Bookworks (25 Broad St., 508-228-400) carries an excellent stock of beach reads. Find beachy women's wear, including plenty of Lily Pulitzer designs, at In the Pink (5 S. Water St., 508-228-0569). Pick up a bottle of local wine at Epernay (1 N. Beach St., 508-228-2755).
The historic White Elephant Hotel (50 Easton St., 508-228-2500) is a quick walk to both downtown and the beach. Check for booking specials or promotions. September and October offer the lowest rates.