Photo Courtesy of Jen Lake.
Places to Bike on Nantucket Pt 2
Welcome to Biking on Nantucket Part 2! You can also check out some of my previous adventures with the Schwinn Ambassadors in Part 1.
The weather on Nantucket became increasingly unpredictable, so we had to adapt our riding schedule slightly. At one moment the weather was bright and sunny and the next windy and rainy. However, there was no shortage of beautiful locations to ride to and explore.
Not all of Nantucket is bike accessible, but with parking being scarce, it made sense to bike to as many places as possible and then travel further by foot.
The ambassadors met with some members of the media to talk about our personal experiences with biking and the Schwinn brand. Everyone’s story was unique, and illustrated that biking is for everyone, not just road riders in spandex. After sharing our stories it was time for the media to test out the bikes and helmets and off they went into the fog, while the ambassadors decided to do some in town exploration.
With the day starting off extremely foggy, we decided to venture into town to check out some of the local sites. We came upon The Handlebar Cafe, a bike themed coffee shop, where we grabbed a latte. There’s so many little nooks around Nantucket, and behind the Handlebar cafe was a beautiful little garden patio.
Downtown Nantucket was very unique with the historic cobblestone streets, endless window boxes overflowing with flowers, and quaint shops. Traffic was heavy and parking scarce, so biking to the downtown area and then enjoying the sites further by foot was a good idea.
Dining on Nantucket
The food on Nantucket was exceptional. We enjoyed a variety of food and almost anything you could want, they have it. Be prepared to have a dining backup plan to your dining backup plan since reservations were difficult to make, and some places had long wait times. We had to stay flexible with our dinner plans, but I can’t say I had a bad meal while I was there.
While all of the food we enjoyed on Nantucket was amazing, my absolute favorite meal we had was at Nantucket Culinary. The ambassadors took a cooking class in this stunning kitchen where the wine and cooking expertise flowed. Although our instructor made everything look effortless, I managed to pick up some much needed new cooking skills to take home.
Since the ambassadors were from all over the country, I learned how everyone’s experience with biking was unique. From riding for exercise to enjoying a leisurely excursion, each ambassador had their own personal journeys that we shared with each other. It was an absolute honor to be invited to the Schwinn Summer house this year and to hear how each ambassador used biking in their daily lives.
This post was written in collaboration with Schwinn Bicycles. As always, all opinions are my own.
Nicole is a curious, vivacious graphic and web designer who recently moved to Chattanooga, TN. As a designer, she loves the vintage styles and lines of a bygone era. She is an avid cyclist who spends her summers cruising around on a classic Schwinn her dad restored for her. Now it’s time for a new city and a new Schwinn! Chattanooga, known as “The Scenic City,” is a well-hidden gem in southeastern Tennessee twice awarded as Outside magazine’s coveted “Best Town Ever.” Because of its access to trails and urban cycling, Nicole plans to spend her second year as a Schwinn Ambassador touring Chattanooga’s many paved trails with her husband on their matching Schwinn Circuits.