If you follow me on Instagram you know that David and I spent 5 days in Nantucket over the 4th of July weekend. Nantucket embodies the quintessential American summer for me and has been a favorite escape since I first started visiting my junior year of college. I love how over the past 9 years very little about the island has changed.
Part of the timelessness of Nantucket comes from the distinctive dress code many adhere to on the island. Preppy staples such as seersucker, sailor stripes and madras abound, and I can’t visit Nantucket without stopping by one of my favorite local shops – Peter Beaton Hat Studio – to stock up on summer essentials.
I discovered Peter Beaton while in college and first became obsessed with their elegant hats. I remember long evening walks around town with my friend, Christine, modeling hats borrowed from the shop in exchange for store credit. We’d stroll the streets and chat for hours, and when people inevitably stopped us and asked where our hats were from we’d happily divulge our secret source. Even though owner, Darcy Creech’s, hats have been carried by the likes of Henri Bendel and Barney’s she maintains a small town charm at her shop on Federal Street, where almost everything she designs is made in America.
This trip I picked up a new hula hat to add to my collection as well as several striped sailor shirts. Other favorites include these espadrilles which Darcy designed with a grippy sole to help you keep your footing while navigating Nantucket’s cobblestone streets, and a bright tunic that’s slightly sheer and drapes just-so, for beach days.
During our visit we spent most days taking long walks or lounging on the beach, punctuated by trips to fill up on lobster rolls or ice cream from the Juice Bar. One of our favorite places to to wander is the little rose-covered fishing village of ‘Sconset on the far east end of the island. We especially love walking the Sconset Bluff Walk, an unmarked public path that winds through the backyards of some of Nantucket’s best shingle-style masterpieces, where homeowners share their marvelous views of the ocean with a parade of strangers. Last year the wind picked up my straw hat and carried it over the bluff – never to be seen again – so if you visit be sure to hold on to your hat!
Thank you Peter Beaton for partnering on this post!