Nantucket, an island about thirty miles south of the Cape Cod, is an incredibly special place. The island boasts a truly special community, gorgeous scenic views, and an array of fun and interesting sites. Here are a few of the best that help make Nantucket such a fantastic summer destination.

The Nantucket Atheneum. This is this Nantucket’s library and it serves as a great family activity for a rainy day on the island. The beautiful architecture and congenial staff are just as impressive as the extensive and unique book collection.

Rosehip and  Beach Plum Jelly: Beach plums and Rosehips actually grow on the island and tend to ripen towards the latter months of summer. If you are more the adventurous type, you can actually make a jam or jelly yourself. You can also purchase these delicious concoctions from an number of place on Nantucket. Be sure to check it out.

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge: If you love the outdoors, you should certainly visit the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. The refuge boasts a gorgeous coastal views, and a diverse and thriving wildlife with such animals as raptors, deer, shoe birds. In fact, the 16 miles of the refuge is home to New England’s largest red cedar woodland.

Sankaty Head Lightouse: This lighthouse which was constructed in the middle of the nineteenth century stands at nearly 100 feet above sea-level. If you have time, take a nice and relaxing bicycle ride to the lighthouse.

Quahog Chowder: This is a staple of Nantucket cuisine. Quahog is actually derived from the Wampanoags (the Native American Tribe that originally inhabited the island) language, and refers to the hard-shell clams found in local waters. The Club Car is a great place to enjoy such chowder, but you will find this dish at most eateries on the island. Each restaurant has a unique version so try as many as you can and determine which you like best!