A Day in Nantucket


I hadn’t been to Nantucket in years, so when our family decided to spend a day there, I jumped at the chance. I was excited to tour this famous whaling town with its rose-covered cottages and seashell paths.

nantucket cape cod house hydrangeas beach roses white picket fence trellis

With beach roses and hydrangeas in full bloom, the island was decorated in red, white and blue,
just in time for the 4th of July.

nantucket sidewalk blue hydrangeas window boxes cobblestone
nantucket cape code house pink roses trellis

Island Ferry

It was a beautiful morning as we sailed out of Harwich Port on an early ferry to Nantucket. The thick fog that usually clouds the island was nowhere to be found, giving us a clear view on the one hour and 15 minute boat ride.

nantucket harbor boats blue sky sunrise


Since we were there for only one day, we tried to fit in as much sightseeing as possible. I loved exploring the quant cobblestone streets, stopping to smell the roses and admiring all the stunning houses and ocean views.

We slowly made our way to town, just in time to grab lunch at Cru. Besides great food, the restaurant also offers a beautiful view of the harbor. We enjoyed lunch but made sure to save room for a signature waffle ice cream cone from the famous Juice Bar.

nantucket harbor lobster boats outdoor seating ocean view


After lunch we went window shopping and visited my favorite hat maker, Peter Beaton. They make custom hats of finely braided straw, adorned with a beautiful ribbon fastened with a hat pin. Mine was a gift from my niece and sister in law. Either way, a true treat to have one ...especially on hot, sunny days.

nantucket shops bluestone alley gardens peter beaton hats straw bag sandra sigman lesfleurs andover

flowers in a pinch

As the day unwinded, we were fortunate to have an invitation to a friend’s home for dinner. Being a floral designer, I thought that bringing flowers would be a good idea. But where would one find a quick beautiful bouquet? Of course... I ducked into a flower friend’s shop and whipped it up myself. Thank you Flowers On Chestnut for letting me create this beauty. It’s nice to know that my flower friends and I can always count on each other. 🌸 💕

sandra sigman fresh floral arrangement nantucket flowers on chestnut garden rose astilbe thistle peony


To round out the day, we made a quick pit stop at Cisco Brewery, which featured an outdoor beer garden of sorts with live music, yummy food trucks and of course a slew of different types of homemade brews made on the property. We tried the blueberry vodka and their signature grey lady beer. I wish we had a little more time to spend there... next trip!

nantucket island lighthouse beach

Au revoir

Our evening ended with a stroll back through town to meet the ferry. Before we said our goodbyes, we had a chance to snap a few more photos to remember this beautiful island. Until next time.


I found out that there will be an upcoming NANTUCKET GARDEN FESTIVAL on July 16-18th with private parties, garden tours and floral workshops. If you’re going to be on the island, check out ackgardenfestival.org

quick guide

Freedom Ferry
731 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA

Cru Restaurant
1 Straight Wharf
Nantucket, MA

The Juice Bar
12 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA

Peter Beaton
16 1/2 Federal Street
Nantucket, MA

Flowers on Chestnut
1 Chestnut Street
Nantucket, MA

Cisco Brewery
5 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, MA