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Winter on Nantucket: A Local’s Guide

Winter on Nantucket: A Local’s Guide

Snow-dusted Nantucket may have a slower pace, but there’s still a lot to do and discover during the off season. Here’s a tried and true guide by Annabelle Giletti, Press Director for entertainment marketing agency Walker Drawas. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Nantucket, where her family has lived for 25 years.

For Baked Goods: Born & Bread

My favorite scones of all time can be found at Born & Bread. This bakery makes excellent loaves of bread, coffee, sandwiches, you name it. The store has such great energy and it’s always buzzing with locals.

35 N Centre St

Photo via Born & Bread

For a Special Evening Out: Sister Ship

Sister Ship’s whimsical decor gives the impression you’ve stepped into the home of a maritime traveler. I love coming here for a delicious evening cocktail and dinner (they source locally!). My go-to is the Faraway Mermaid, with mezcal, Curaçao, lime, & jalapeño infused agave.

29 Centre St

Photo by Matt Kisiday

For Neapolitan Style Pizza: Pizzeria Gemelle

Gemelle is open year round for takeout and it’s my absolute favorite pizza on island. Gemelle, Via Mare, and Ventuno (the latter two are open in the warmer seasons) are all run by the same owner so you know the food is going to be deliziosa.

2 E Chestnut St

For Locally Sourced Groceries: Pip & Anchor

If you feel like cooking at home, you should stop by Pip & Anchor for the most delicious and fresh, locally sourced produce. The watermelon radishes are insane - I eat them by the bag. They also sell an assortment of yummy natural wines to pair.

14 Amelia Dr

Photo via Pip & Anchor

For Surfboards & Cool Finds: Stoke ACK

Home to colorful surfboards, vintage clothing, coffee table books and more, this store has quickly become my favorite in town. I always seem to walk out with a new purchase when I visit and you probably will too!

48 Centre St

For High Times: The Green Lady Dispensary

For those who partake, I recommend stopping by The Green Lady. It’s female and minority-owned and everything is locally grown. The Chocolate Firecracker Bar is delicious and guarantees good times.

11 Amelia Dr

Photo via The Green Lady Dispensary

For a Scenic Walk: Sanford Farm

This is one of my favorite nature walks on the island. I usually go with my family and walk all the way until you eventually hit the ocean. It’s gorgeous no matter what season. Insider tip - the ACKTrails app by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation lists all of Nantucket’s amazing trails.

118 Madaket Rd

For Shopping in Town: Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is one of the only fashion stores that remain open year round and I have to recommend it, not only because I used to work there, but they always have gorgeous finds and the storefronts are such a delight. Make sure you check out the glass case of vintage Native American jewelry.

16 Main St

Photo by Meg Dunn

For a Cultural Experience: African Meeting House

A National Historic Landmark, the African Meeting House is the only public building constructed and occupied by African Americans in the 19th century still standing on Nantucket. The building is the island’s most vivid reminder of a thriving 19th-century Black community. The Museum presents cultural programs and interpretive exhibits on the history of African Americans on Nantucket.

29 York St

For Drinks with Friends: Cisco Brewers

Cisco Brewers is like an island institution at this point - it’s been around for years and everyone’s a fan. Some of my favorite memories were made at Cisco and I can’t recommend it enough. Make sure to check out the live music line up on their site. Their drinks are fantastic and made on island!

5 Bartlett Farm Rd

Photo via Cisco Brewers

For a Rejuvenating Yoga Class: Supta Yoga

Supta Yoga’s studio is spacious, high-ceilinged and filled with plenty of natural light. They teach a variety of transformative yoga styles and offer donation based community classes and meditation, in effort to make yoga & meditation more accessible on island.

9 Amelia Dr

Photo via Supta Yoga

See Annabelle on Instagram at @annabellegiletti.

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