Sunday, August 27, 2017

Where to Rest & Refuel While Biking on Nantucket

Handlebar Cafe 

Bluff Walk

'Sconset Beach

Sankaty Head Lighthouse (see more here)

Steps Beach

Madaket Beach (See more here)

In my previous post about riding around Nantucket with the Schwinn Summer House crew, I shared some of my favorite must-see spots. While biking is hands-down my preferred method of travel on the island (there's numerous trails and bike rental shops that make it safe and easy to get around), it can get a bit arduous for those who don't usually bike long distances— myself included! Luckily Nantucket has numerous spots to rest and refuel throughout your ride, so there's no reason not to "put the pedal to the metal".

As most journeys in Nantucket begin downtown, start your ride with a stop at the appropriately themed Handelebar Cafe for a cup of coffee. The hidden outdoor patio is a perfect secluded spot to sip on one of their lavender lattes as you chart out your course for the day. Skip the baked goods though and instead ride about 1.5 miles to Downyflake for some homemade donuts after. Even the diehard New England Dunkin Donuts loyalists will tell you the chocolate donuts are heavenly. 

Just as your sugar rush begins to kick in, you'll be ready to face the seven mile ride to the quaint village of 'Sconset where you can wander down the Bluff Walk trail, continue riding down to the iconic Sankaty Head Lighthouse, or soak up the sun at Sconset Beach (pictured above). Once your afternoon hunger kicks in again, head west across the island for about 11 miles on Milestone Road to Cisco Brewery. While the 11 mile bike ride might sound daunting, it is well worth the trek to indulge in some local beer, wine, and cider, live music, and gourmet food trucks (think lobster rolls). 

If you're feeling recovered and ambitious post-lunch, you can continue riding out 6.5 miles to Madaket Beach to get a glimpse of the western side of the island. Rolling up to Madaket truly feels like you've come upon the end of the world and offers a spectacular sunset over the ocean that is unmatched by any sunset I've ever experienced. The local favorite Millie's Restaurant is also steps away and serves baja-style dishes like fresh fish tacos. However, if the ride to Madaket feels like too much after a long day of cycling, Steps Beach is another beautiful and often quieter beach three miles away from Cisco Brewery. The large rolling dunes make it my favorite beach on the island by far and nearby Galley Beach is another great dinner spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.

Since there's always room for dessert (especially on vacation), end your journey with a quick ride (less than a mile!) down to Juice Bar in downtown Nantucket to end the day with a scoop or two of ice cream. The lines there can get lengthy in peak summer time, so by the time you'll get to the counter you might even be hungry again!

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*Thank you Schwinn Bikes for partnering on this post

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