Nantucket: By Foot
It’s a bit of a misdirection, to say “by foot” because we’ve been covering a lot of ground by foot ever since we arrived. But today we are taking a walking tour of historic downtown. As with all our other guides, today’s Historical Society docent was very interesting and well-informed. We learned a lot more about the interesting citizens of Nantucket (like Macy, Folger and Ben Franklin) and in particular, the substantial role women occupied. We concluded at the old Quaker Meeting House and then continued on our own walk with a stop to see the Tiffany glass in the wonderful Episcopal Church.
This island can be a bit Disneyesque, and if they could eliminate the cars and trucks it would be close to a perfect village. As it was, I felt the vehicles got in the way of some really good pictures, and this is after many visitors have left, and things have slowed down considerably.
Lunched at Cru before getting organized to take the Hy-Line back to Martha’s Vineyard (1hr 10 minutes), and catch our connecting ferry to Quonset, Rhode Island (90 minutes) so we can get to Newport and visit our friends!
Passenger Ferry Notes:
A final commentary about the ferries: These were not auto ferries, and are specifically for passengers. All-in-all, they are pretty good – on time and comfortable, with snack bars, plugs for computers and phones, Wi-Fi (most of the time), and TVs with CNN on the Rhode Island line. The Hy-Line takes your bag(s) on and off the ferry on a luggage cart (RI- you carry-on to a luggage storage area). Be prepared for the fact there are no shelters. Nantucket has a small waiting area, the others have none. All lines to board are out in the open. Take an umbrella and dress accordingly! Schedules vary depending on the time of year and can change at any time (one of ours changed and they did call us to let us know). Bikes and fishing gear are allowed. There are a lot of options, a number of ferry operators and several departure points to get to the islands from Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts; it can be confusing.