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.

motorboat on calm waters


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.

fishing pole bending in the sunset


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!

surfer riding a wave in a wetsuit


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.

lighthouse overlooking the water
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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.

woman holding her child on the beach


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.

surfers in the water on an overcast day

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.

sailboat on the water with blue skies

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.

ship's steering wheel in the sunset

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.

deep-sea fishing boat in the sunset

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.

drum cymbals and flickering lights

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.

lobster roll with french fries

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.

band playing in a bar under green lighting

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.

tomahawk steak with carrots

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.

broccoli salad with tomatoes and nuts

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.