A flyby over Nantucket

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Stopping by Sankaty Head Light, a Nantucket icon, operated by the Coast Guard since 1850.

The Nantucket Summer Antique Show began with a preview party on August 3rd, and the accessory of choice — the Nantucket lightship basket handbag — was ubiquitous.

The show featured a special lecture on the history of the purse, which has become a preppy icon of the island.

The bag was on the arm of Coco Kopelman and other attendees of the party, which supports the Nantucket Historical Association.

Niles Parker, Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Lucinda Ballard, Lucinda Ballard May, and Michael Kovner, seated at Nantucket Antiques Show.
L. to r.: Coco Kopelman sporting her Nantucket lightship basket handbag; Royal remnants from Nantucket Antiques Show.
Nantucket lightship baskets on display at Nantucket Antiques Show.
Off to the beach …

I arrived on Nantucket the day before — my first time here since 2019 — and stayed at the Summer House hotel in Sconset. Sconset is like an old friend. You can be separated for years, but once you are reunited you pick up exactly where you left off.

The Summer House in Sconset, operated by Danielle deBenedictis. The hotel has a restaurant, beachside bistro, and Nantucket-style cottages within walking distance of the sea.
Stopping by my cottage before a cocktail at the newly renovated beachside bar at the Summer House.

Claudette’s in Sconset.

Every morning I crossed the foot bridge to the Sconset market for my obligatory blueberry muffin before embarking on my favorite Nantucket adventure — the Sconset Bluff Walk.

The foot path meanders through two miles of vast green lawns, under vines and arches, and provides the best vistas of New England seascapes.

‘Weather or Not.’
Stopping by Brant Point Lighthouse.

The sounds accompanying the walk include the flapping of American flags in the ocean breezes, the crunch of shells under your feet, and the cheerful call of a seagull.

You end up at Sankaty Head Light, another Nantucket icon, operated by the Coast Guard since 1850.

‘I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.’ — Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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