Nowadays, everyone’s favorite travel souvenir is a feed’s worth of stunning vacation photos. Luckily, Nantucket is at no loss for breathtaking photo ops, from dreamy deserted beaches to postcard-worthy lighthouses. Whether you’re a photographer or just like taking in the scenery, read on for the top 7 Instagram-worthy spots you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the island.
THE MOST INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOPS ON NANTUCKET
The cobblestone streets. The quaint window boxes. The commanding lighthouses. The engulfing Atlantic. There’s plenty on Nantucket to catch your eye. Read on for the best snap-worthy spots the Grey Lady has to offer.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed symbols on Nantucket. And for good reason. The timeless red and white structure, built in 1850, was the first lighthouse in the United States to receive a specialized fresnel lens, which helps focus light far out to sea. Any lens will do when photographing it, though, so all you really need is a nice outfit (may we suggest some complementary Nantucket reds) for the perfect snap.
Main Street, Downtown Nantucket
The photo-ops start the moment you step off the ferry and onto Main Street in Downtown Nantucket. Lining its age old cobblestone streets, you’ll find a slew of overflowing window boxes from the island’s many local vendors. Starting at the pier, journey down past Quidley & Company to the white picket houses of South Main—something is bound to catch your eye.
Steps Beach is famous for its picturesque set of long wooden steps, which snake down to the ocean past floral-filled bushes and sugary sand dunes. Get the shot from the top of the steps, but don’t stop there: The beach itself is scenic and perfect for strolling, camera in-hand. Come in the morning when the fog rolls in and take in the mysterious setting, or head there in the afternoon to enjoy golden hour with the waves crashing in the background.
The historic farm, which began production in the early 1800s, runs its own farmers market, garden center, farm-to-table kitchen, and even ice cream truck. In the summer, the sunflower fields look straight out of a storybook.
‘Sconset Bluff Walk
Perhaps the most scenic trail on the island, the cliff walk starts in Siasconset and traces its way past the backyards of homes along the bluff, ending at Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Look out for small fishing cottages covered in roses, luxurious homes, and breathtaking bluff views along the way.
There are dozens of Insta-worthy restaurants on Nantucket, but one of our favorites is Cru, home to some of the best seafood—and ocean views—on the island. The restaurant overlooks the Nantucket ferry wharf and boat basin, which provide scenic backdrops for all your brunch and cocktails shots.
Madaket Beach is an untouched paradise on the southside of the island, lined with some of the most stunning beach cottages you’ll ever see. The best time to capture the scenic shoreline is at golden hour, or at sunrise in the winter.
The last spot on your list is our very own Anchor Inn, the perfect home base for any snap-happy traveler. Book a stay in one of our thirteen nautically inspired rooms and you’ll have everything you need for a memorable Nantucket vacation: a queen bed decked out in 100% cotton linens, a complimentary, house-made breakfast each morning, and a prime location well within reach of all Nantucket has to offer.