Explore This!: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Filed in Explore This , featured , The Quirky Lover Posted on April 2, 2012 @ 2:58 pm 3 comments

Today, we’re taking a trip to the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. I started my search at Stella’s request, who wanted to see what this area looked like after reading Barbara Wallace’s Weekend Agreement. Once I had found a few pictures though, it began to feel familiar to me, so I went in search of more info.

I went looking for movies that were filmed there, but it turns out the ones I thought were filmed in Nantucket were filmed elsewhere. I did discover it to be the setting for the ’90’s TV series Wings.

Then I looked for other books set in Nantucket. I couldn’t find a large list of those either, though I did find one reference to Elin Hilderbrand as “Queen of the Beach [or Summer] Novel” and that her books are (almost) all set on Nantucket Island.

Nantucket is close, geographically speaking, to other well known vacation spots, like Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. And like those places, sits  in the Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a prestigious settlement and lots of famous names that have or do call it home. Let’s see why:

Of course, a lighthouse is necessary anywhere that ocean meets land.

Talk about waterfront property!

A quaint home with the bountiful flowers of summer.

I could envision spending many days reading here...

I love the contrast of the red boat here.

Shopping that would (hopefully) differ greatly from the malls back home 🙂

A perfect way to spend the day, if the beach ever got boring (as if!)

The seafood couldn't possibly get any fresher, could it? (These are bay scallops. Yum!)

What a peaceful twilight view!

Though the book is a couple of years old, I’m including a trailer in this post, so you can see a little bit of why Nantucket is so gorgeous, complete with crashing waves and all!:

What do you think? It seemed many of the books and movies I researched took place in Wilmington, North Carolina but I think maybe the lack of Hollywood or bookish attention gives Nantucket a more exclusive feel, don’t you? So, if I were taking names for a beach house rental, who’d be with me?!

About Jackie


Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Stella April 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for this virtual sightseeing Jackie, I enjoyed it a lot! I LOVE lighthouses and that beach photo, looks exactly how I pictured the scene where Daniel and Charlotte are walking/talking on the beach, beautiful!

    And those little streets and shops, doesn’t it remind you of Avonlea? I was looking for Anne in their long skirts and carriages 😀

    Anyway thanks again for giving me a tour of Nantucket, beautiful place!

  • aurian April 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have once read a dutch children’s book, where Nantucked was the place where they kept building the old fashioned wooden ships, when everything became metal. But those pictures are very lovely, thank you for taking me on this virtual tour.

  • Darline Stewart April 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I loved the tour, thanks so much, Beautiful. I went through there once as a young bride, but husband was not interested in the area at all. He was in the Marine Corps and wanted somewhere out west. I would have loved to have seen the area. It looks so enticing.

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