Nantucket Island is full of history, heritage and hours of beachside wandering – 82 miles of pristine coastline to be exact. This former whaling capital of the world once heralded for its pioneering spirit in the 19th century, is a picturesque look into the past. Cobblestoned streets, perfectly manicured gardens, world-class dining and shopping make Nantucket Island the perfect destination. Charming shingled cottages mix with the brick mansions of whale ship owners on Main Street as well as some of the first steepled churches in the United States offering a glimpse into our shared Colonial past.  Nantucket Island is preserved like no other location in the United States.  Along the wharves and in the historic heart of town, high-end boutiques open doors next to world-class Nantucket restaurants. Tourists and locals flock to one-of-a-kind shops and art galleries for their old-world charm and contemporary offerings.

“Far away land” – Nantucket takes its name from the Wampanoag Indians who lived on the island. At that time, traveling to Nantucket from the mainland was quite a journey. Nowadays, the 30 miles from Cape Cod to Nantucket is a short ferry ride away. Yet, Nantucket somehow still feels far away. There are over 800 Colonial era Nantucket homes on the National Historic Register. You won’t find chain restaurants or street lights here. And, 46 percent of the island is held in a land trust. It’s no wonder an escape to Nantucket feels like modern time travel.

And, if you can keep a secret, we’ll direct you down sandy paths to unnamed beaches that only the locals know.

Curated Nantucket Restaurants & Recreation

The Carlisle House Inn is dedicated to helping you create a genuine Nantucket experience. Let us curate a romantic evening to celebrate your special occasion. For example, a boat cruise to dinner with breathtaking harbor views? A beach walk just minutes away from the inn is Brant Point Lighthouse. Want to see a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton? We know where to find it. Have you always wanted to try surfing? We know where to head on the south side of the island. How does a four wheel adventure to view seals at Great Point sound? Or, what about details on the islands concerts and festivals like Nantucket’s annual Wine & Food Festival? We can curate a list based on your interests and vacation dates. Above all, we want our guests to love their entire experience on Nantucket. Let us be your personal concierge.

Nantucket Fine Dining

Company of Cauldron  Nightly Prix fixe menu. Romantic ambiance. Reservations recommended. 

Oran Mor  Innovative menu. Bright, colorful plates of local produce, seafood and naturally raised meats.

Straight Wharf Restaurant Iconic amongst Nantucket restaurants. Great seafood experience overlooking the wharf.

Ventuno Italian plus Nantucket’s freshest catch of the day. In other words, the island’s favorite Italian restaurant.

Nantucket Casual Dining

Dune  The changing menu showcases innovative selection of local produce fish and meats.

Le Languedoc Bistro  Cuisine is based on classic French techniques. The majority of ingredients sourced locally in New England.

Queequeg’s  A small, friendly restaurant that offers eclectic American Cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Boarding House  Farm to table restaurant focused on natural, organic ingredients from Nantucket farms and local fishermen.

Brotherhood of Thieves  Casual food in downstairs historic pub. Chowder, burgers and curly fries make the menu.

Nantucket Waterfront Dining

Galley Beach  Famed for attracting celebrities and Presidents. Unbelievable sunset views.

Millie’s  Madaket restaurant serving sandwiches, salads and tacos. 2nd floor dining room with amazing ocean view sunsets.

Cru  For the oyster lover! Overlooks the marina full of sailboats, yachts and mega-yachts. 

The Sandbar  Located at Jettie’s Beach. Therefore, it’s perfect for beach lunches and casual dinners. 

Nantucket is a true New England treasure.

Its timeless resort town appeal entices history buffs, beach goers and water sport enthusists alike.