Monday, March 11, 2019

Best Beaches and Water Activities in Nantucket

Since Nantucket is an island, you might expect it to have a wealth of activities which center around the water, and that is definitely the case. There really is water-based fun for the whole family, and if you're planning a visit with your partner, there are just as many things to do that will enhance your romantic getaway together.

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There are numerous providers on the island offering boat charters and fishing charters, so visitors can get a complete view of the island, as well as enjoy the refreshing ocean breezes which abound. If you are so inclined, you can take a whale tour, a seal tour, or even go clamming with some of the different packages offered by island boating experts.

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As with boating tours, there are many fishing tours offered by island providers, and there are some terrific fish just waiting to be caught off the shores of the Island. Whether your preference is for albacore, striped bass, bluefish, tuna, or cod, the Island sea captains will be able to put you right on the fish - and then it's all up to you!

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There are several beaches where the surf is powerful and challenging for visitors, just as there are some relatively quieter beaches for novices. If you want to maximize your surfing experience on Nantucket, you can attend the Nantucket Island Surf School, where people of all ages can take either private or group lessons to hone their skills before taking them out to the big waves. Mini-camps are also available for youngsters wishing to take a whole week of instruction to become proficient at this exciting sport.

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What would a visit to Nantucket be without taking in some of the island's historic lighthouses? There are three which still remain on the island, Brant Point Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, and Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Between them, these sentinels of the sea have witnessed somewhere around 800 shipwrecks which are known to have occurred in the vicinity of Nantucket Island. Both Great Point and Sankaty still operate as navigational aids to mariners, while Sankaty and Brant Point are listed in the National Historic Register. Great Point would have that honor also, if not for having twice undergone rebuilds.

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Two of the best family beaches are on the North Shore, and they feature smaller-sized waves, with wonderful sandy shores to walk along. Both Children's Beach and Jetties Beach have playgrounds, but Jetties Beach also has tennis courts and a skateboard park. Beaches along the south shore tend to have very heavy surf and strong currents, so only more experienced swimmers should try Surfside Beach or Miacomet Beach. Eel Point Beach is situated on the northwest edge of the island, and is often subject to tidal flooding, which leaves numerous eels in its wake (hence the name). It's also the best beach on the island for collecting seashells, and filling up a bucket of reminders from your visit.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Best Beach, Boating, and Fishing Activities in Nantucket

When in Nantucket, there are so many great activities that it can be difficult to choose how to spend your time. Let us help you investigate some of the most popular activities on and off the beach. Don’t just enjoy the view from Cliff Lodge, go out and take advantage of some of these amazing (and cost-effective) activities:

woman and baby at the beach

For the Family - Children’s Beach

Our B&B creates a unique setting for families to enjoy the beauty of Nantucket Island. Bring your children on a historic journey through the best amenities in the area in a personalized setting that brings out the curiosity in even the youngest travelers. Take a walk to Children’s Beach—popular for their engaging summer activities including everything from youth yoga to an entire concert series. Famous for its shallow kid-friendly waters, Children’s Beach offers a wonderful place to swim and relax with your little ones. Turn our bed and breakfast into a tradition that brings everyone together to make new memories year after year.

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Calling All Extreme Adventurers - Cisco Beach

Even if you’re enjoying the calm surroundings of our 1771 architecture, you may feel the need to get out and cut loose a bit. Cisco is a world-renowned surfer’s paradise that houses one of the best surf schools and shops anywhere. Not only does it have the goods, it also produces some waves that can challenge even the most seasoned board-balancer. While it’s definitely not an area for small children, it’s a magical spot for those who crave extreme sports and new adventures.

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Experience the Island from the Water - Endeavor Sailing

Have you ever dreamed of a romantic getaway that featured a total view of one of the most beautiful spots in the world? Well, Endeavor Sailing offers just that. Experience one of the longest running charters in Nantucket on an informative and scenic excursion led by a U.S. Coast Guard Captain. The level of expertise doesn’t get much better than this, and the journey allows you to get more out of your stay in Nantucket.

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Something for Everyone - Nantucket Community Sailing

Whether you’re staying at the Cliff Lodge for a business convention or a family gathering, Nantucket Community Sailing allows you to choose a program that teaches people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy life on the water. This is an excellent team building exercise and a great way to bring you closer to those you care about.

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Reel in Something Memorable - Topspin Fishing

Let’s talk fishing. Not just the quiet, nightcrawler, small pond fishing many of us are accustomed to. But, the open ocean, competing with whales, chartered, once in a lifetime experience that is Topspin Fishing. This is the best way to bring both novice and expert fishermen together in one place to enjoy a truly personalized fishing trip. Charter a boat and see what the fuss is all about!

When you make the choice to stay with us at the historic Cliff Lodge, you’re making the choice to get more out of your stay. Talk to us about our variety of amenities and about activities in the area that can enhance your experience!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Best Nightlife Spots in Nantucket

When visiting Nantucket Island, you can make the best use of your time by knowing all about the nightlife spots before you arrive, and the information here will get you off to a good start in that regard. Whether you're looking for a rowdy rocking night, an enjoyable theater experience, or just a great dinner, you'll find exactly what you want in Nantucket.

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The Chicken Box

Highly recommended by both locals and visitors, The Chicken Box is a no-frills establishment at 16 Daves St. which features live music, pool, darts, and shuffle board to keep patrons entertained and engaged.

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The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown is located at 23 S. Water St. in Nantucket, and for those who appreciate a nautical theme, you'll love the decor at this bar and eatery. It is recognized as a venue which is very comfortable and casual, where good food and drink can be enjoyed in surroundings evocative of the long maritime flavor of the area.

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The Muse

This fun bar is situated just outside of Nantucket, at 44 Surfside Road, and if you like live music, you'll love what The Muse has to offer, because there is music for every taste to be found here. Known for its Keno, ping-pong, pool, beer, and fabulous local and national entertainment, The Muse has been a staple of Nantucket night life for a long time, and continues to please all kinds of crowds.

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Slip 14

Situated at 14 Old South Wharf, Slip 14 has been called a Massachusetts institution, claiming the freshest seafood in the region, as well as the finest libations. Its terrific location on Old South Wharf gives it the added appeal of seaside atmosphere and wonderful views, and for late-night action, it provides a great setting for singles and couples to make the most of an evening out on the town.

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The Club Car

Known as a piano music bar, and famous for its Mediterranean fare, The Club Car is located at 1 Main St. in Nantucket, and it's a place you should really try to include during your stay on the island. The venue has recently been completely refurbished, and everything has a sparkling new aspect that adds to its overall appeal. Both visitors to the area and long-time residents have been impressed with the outstanding food served at the new Club Car, and it seems even better when enjoying music from some of the great piano artists, offering their personal style.

To maximize your Nantucket enjoyment

While you're staying in Nantucket, why not treat yourself to the best B&B lodging for a romantic getaway, as well as the best nightlife spots? At Cliff Lodge Bed & Breakfast, you'll enjoy the historical mystique of a dwelling originally built by a sea captain in 1771 for his family, and which retains that character to this day. Of course, it has since been modernized, but its spectacular location on the hills above Nantucket provides a breath-taking view of the surroundings, and you'll love the friendly service as well. Contact us with any inquiries, or to discuss lodging for your next stay in the area.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Best Spas and Massage in Nantucket

You probably already know about the excellent beaches and rich history to experience in Nantucket but you may not know how great Nantucket is for a romantic, relaxing getaway. Thanks to numerous spa and massage options close to Cliff Lodge, Nantucket is great for an exciting or relaxing vacation, or both!

Darya Salon & Spa

Darya Salon & Spa is a full-service salon and spa that is open throughout the year in downtown Nantucket. Their services include the latest techniques and trends, and they offer a variety of services such as hair styling, nails, waxing, and massage. Darya Salon & Spa is also a leading salon in the Nantucket wedding scene, having received recognition from some of the top bridal magazines in the country.

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Sisters' Salon & Spa

Sisters' Salon & Spa offers a wide range of advanced services to care for both hair and body. The staff is known for paying attention to the smallest details to make sure that all of their clients look and feel their best. They also offer full spa treatments for those who really want to pamper themselves during their Nantucket vacation. Sisters’ is definitely one of the more modern spas on the Island, and it is perfect for those with more sophisticated tastes.

RJ Miller Salon & Spa

Said to be " of Nantucket's true island treasures," RJ Miller Salon & Spa is known for its experienced staff of stylists and specialists. Some of their services include hair styling, spa treatments, bridal services, and their Fantasy Tan services, which can help you achieve your ideal tan with no sun exposure at all.

masseuse giving a massage in an open-air spa

This smaller spa located at 19A Surfside Road specializes in hair styling for men, women, and children as well as a high-quality manicure and pedicures and waxing. They may be a smaller spa, but it is still ideal for anyone who wants to stop in for an affordable haircut or manicure.

Those who are more interested in a massage as opposed to a beauty treatment can check out Life Massage at 13C Amelia Drive. Some of the services offered include Swedish massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, and even a "mother-to-be" massage to ease the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy.

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These are just a few of the many spas and beauty salons that you can find in downtown Nantucket, and they are easily accessible from the Cliff Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Cliff Lodge is only a short walk from downtown Nantucket, so you will be able to explore all that the island has to offer during your stay.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Best Shopping Locations in Nantucket - 2018

The first thing you'll notice about shopping on Nantucket Island is that there's no Walmart, no Target, and in fact, no chain stores at all. All chain stores are banned from the island, so every shop in business on Nantucket has the charm and character of a pleasant boutique. Some people visit the island just for this kind of Old World experience because there are precious few locations in the country where this kind of atmosphere prevails. If you're planning a visit to the Island, make sure to include plenty of time for browsing these wonderful shops, and for exchanging pleasantries with the locals and other appreciative shoppers.

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This shop is located at 29 Centre Street and features herbs and spices, some of which are grown locally, as well as hand-made chocolate treats and a wide variety of teas to sample. You'll love the retro look of wood shelving built into the wall from the floor to the ceiling, and the conscious effort to retain the appeal of an old-time shop. In the summertime, you can purchase hand-picked Rosa Rugosa petals, which contain Wild Rose Sea Salt to add zest to your favorite foods.

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The Lion's Paw

You might come to consider The Lion's Paw to be your one-stop shop for any kind of furnishings you need on the Island, or you can consider it the single best place to find a memorable home furnishing to adorn your residence back on the mainland. Here, you'll find chinaware and flatware, day beds, farmhouse tables, throw pillows, and textiles from Walter G.

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Mitchell's Book Corner

For those with a literary bent, Mitchell's Book Corner is sure to fill the bill. Located at the corner of Orange Street and Main Street, the store has a 48-year history and numerous books which detail the Island's own remarkable history. The shop is host to the annual Nantucket Book Festival and during the summer months, you can always count on notable authors to be present for book signings and for engaging conversation with patrons.

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Milly and Grace

Named for the owner's two grandmothers, this store exudes charm both inside and out, with its ivy-covered exterior and vintage-style interior. All kinds of home decor items can be purchased here, for instance, candles, pillows, and gifts, as well as jewelry for almost any occasion and any taste. Located at 2 Washington Street, Milly and Grace is known for its shabby-chic appeal and very friendly hosts, who are anxious to please everyone walking through their doors.

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The Hub

Situated at 31 Main Street, The Hub is one of those buildings which can hardly be overlooked, even though it has been around throughout all living memory of Island residents. It's the best place to secure your morning newspaper, and while you're at it, you can shop around for magazines and all the other sundry items typically available at a newsstand. Now that the establishment also offers coffee and bagels, it has become quite common to see people out in front of the shop, sitting on benches and reading their newspapers, while sipping coffee and munching on a bagel.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Best Historical Tours and Museums in Nantucket

Nantucket is a community with a rich history, one that can be experienced through its many museums and historical tours. The Cliff Lodge Nantucket Bed and Breakfast puts you right in the middle of some of the most fascinating historical attractions on the Island such as the Jethro Coffin House, the Old Mill, and the Old Gaol. Built in 1771 as a whaling master's home, the Cliff Lodge is only a short walk away from downtown Nantucket and all that it has to offer.

There is no question that our bed and breakfast is a great place for a romantic getaway, but while you're here, why not take the time to better acquaint yourself with this Massachusetts island and its history? There are plenty of historical tours and museums to choose from, but here are some of the best:

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Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum

Whaling is a major part of Nantucket's history, and the famous Whaling Museum located at 13 Broad Street reflects that. The museum was restored in 2005 and features top-quality tours, galleries, and exhibits, including a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton and a restored 1847 oil and candle factory. There is also a fully accessible rooftop observation deck that offers a beautiful view of Nantucket Harbor. The Whaling Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and is a must-see for anybody interested in Massachusetts history.

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Nantucket Historical Association Walking Tours

The Nantucket Historical Association offers walking tours in the summer and fall every year. The hour-long downtown walking tour begins at the Whaling Museum and goes to the Quaker Meeting House, and the Historic House & Garden Walking Tour starts at the beautiful Hadwen House and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of those who have lived in Nantucket over the years. Both tours provide an excellent opportunity to experience some of Nantucket's rich history.

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Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Hundreds of ships sailed passed Nantucket during the 19th Century, all without the benefit of modern navigational technology. While many of these ships navigated the island without any trouble, there were over 700 shipwrecks during that time due to treacherous shoals and severe weather. The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those who have risked their lives to save the shipwrecked mariners. This is a great place to visit for anybody interested in the history of what would eventually become the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Barrett's Tours

For those who would rather experience Nantucket's history from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, there is always Barrett's Tours. The tour guides will provide you with an excellent view of Nantucket's past and present. If you're only just arriving in Nantucket and want a great introduction to all that it has to offer, this is a fantastic way to start your vacation and decide what else you want to experience on the island.

These are just a few of the many tours and museums that provide a glimpse into Nantucket's past. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or you want to take a historical tour with your family, contact Cliff Lodge today to ask about availability and reservations.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Nantucket Events That Make it Worth a Visit

If you've never been to the charming island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts, you've been missing out on something really special. Situated at the southern edge of the Nantucket Sound in the Atlantic Ocean, there could hardly be a more picturesque place to spend some time with your family, or to arrange a romantic getaway in an idyllic setting.

To make sure everything goes perfectly, you can stay at the Cliff Lodge Bed and Breakfast and add a special touch to your visit. This gorgeous facility was originally built by a sea captain in 1771 as a home for his family, and even after some restorations, it retains the original appeal of the historic colonial era.

Apart from the beauty of the natural surroundings, you can also enjoy some of the exciting annual events which take place on the island, for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors.

Daffodil Festival 

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Every year at springtime, the annual 3-day Daffodil Festival is held in celebration of the beautiful daffodils which adorn the island. As part of the festivities, a classic car and antique car parade is also held, many of which are decorated with colorful daffodils.

Figawi Race

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One of the largest sailboat races on the East Coast, the annual Figawi Race covers a course from Hyannis to Nantucket, with a post-race party and clambake. In 2018, the race will be staged from May 26-28 and will include both a sailboat race and a powerboat race.

Nantucket Film Festival 

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This film festival was begun in 1996 by a brother and sister team who are natives of the island, and who have a deep love of films. From its humble origins, this festival has grown every year to become one of the biggest events of its kind. The 2018 festival will be held from June 20-25 and will include signature films, preview screenings, and a huge helping of hospitality for all.

Boston Pops 

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For the 22nd consecutive summer, the Boston Pops Orchestra will be performing on the island (this year on August 11th), and because it has grown into one of the most popular events on the island, crowds are now limited to 800, so the beach area does not become overcrowded.

Christmas Stroll through Nantucket

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Even though this is a bit beyond the typical tourist season, it's well worth the off-season visit, to experience the snow-covered streets (which are closed to traffic), and the warmth of community shops during the early part of the winter season. In 2018, the Christmas Stroll will be held on December 1-2, and as always, a number of special events are planned to accompany the Stroll itself.

Enjoy the events, enjoy your lodging 

Contact historical Cliff Lodge B&B on Nantucket Island to arrange for the best way to enjoy your stay. In a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, you'll love the views, the accommodations, the great food and beverage, and the connection to a time when America was young and full of promise for the future.