Day 1- Nantucket here we come!

Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
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Trip End Jul 21, 2011


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Jared coffin inn

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

           We arrived on the beautiful island just after 11am. We had a great ferry ride over (hy-line) I got a coupon online from eversave, round trip for two in first class for $50! we enjoyed first class: private, air conditioned, lots of seats and tables.

           Megan & Greyson met us at the dock. Megan's smile and big wave caught my eye as I stepped off the gangplank. Big hugs followed. Greyson was quite the chatterbox. Collected our stuff and headed for the inn. I was surprised at how crowded it was here. Our one other trip here a few years back was in April, so the number of people here took me by surprise. Ate our lunch from home on a bench off Main St. then checked in. We are staying at the Jared Coffin Inn, a beautiful inn where we had stayed previously. They upgraded us to an air conditioned room which was great since it was very hot & humid. We left our bags since the room wasn't ready and waited outside on a bench for Megan who had brought Greyson home. I bought tickets to a walking tour of historic homes while we waited. Megan arrived fresh As a daisy and off we went to do some window shopping. Lots of shops, all overpriced! It's a small downtown area with plenty of benches. The cobblestone/ brick streets are lovely. We had refreshing lemonades at a pharmacy with a fountain counter! Very nostalgic, I could have sat there for hours people watching.

        Off we went to catch our tour. We saw 3 houses not too far apart. They were from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Our tour guide brought us into 2 homes, the third will be re-opened tomorrow and we can check it out. The Hadwen house was 19th century and gorgeous. I loved the furnishings, wallpaper, architectural features, the layout of rooms and grandness of it all. A wealthy whaling merchant had it built. Across the street were three brick homes built by the Starbuck family. House # 2 was 18th century and much different. It was very plain & functional. It was dark, low ceilings, huge open fireplaces for warmth and sparse furnishings. Megan liked this one best. House # 3 opens Wednesday after being renovated. We saw the beautiful gardens in back with wrought iron gates and can't wait to see inside tomorrow. This was the end of the tour. We checked out the inside of the First Congregational Church. It is very plain inside. The pews were boxed in (a la the Old North Church in Boston). No crucifix at the alter - this suprised me. The Catholics certainly love their elaborate churches compared to the Congregationalists!

       Back to the inn to rest up. Marty stretched out and rested and we cooled off. Then we headed out for dinner at a respectable 5pm! We went to the Rose and Crown, nice veggie burger!
Next Megan showed us the yachts on the pier. Unbelievable! So big and over the top, lots were registered to the Caymen Islands (that's how you avoid paying taxes on them) more window shopping and strolling followed. Megan really knows the lay of the land. She knew where all the good spots were to take us. She seems very at home here! We capped the day off with delicious ice creams from the juice bar. I had key lime sherbet, very refreshing! We said good night to our little peach and headed for the inn for a good night's sleep.
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