Bike to Madaket Beach, Nantucket
Biking is my favorite mode of travel on Nantucket. If I’m craving a long ride by myself, I head east from old Nantucket town (where the ferries arrive) through the moors and cranberry bogs until I arrive at the rose-trellised cottages of Sconset. If I’m with the family, we choose an easy 3-mile bike trail to the waves of Surfside Beach. Child-free, my wife and I relish a late afternoon pedal to Madaket Beach. On the westernmost tip of the island, the beach has a narrow, wild feel to it as the white sand quickly drops down to the waters of the Atlantic. We bring a backpack full of provisions, say fresh sushi from Yoshii (2 East Chestnut St.) and sinfully good truffles from the Nantucket Chocolatier (One (1 Cambridge St.), plop ourselves on the beach (preferably after 6 p.m., when most families have vanished), and get ready to savor the sunset. Wine could help bring on that blissful “From Here to Eternity’’ moment of rolling in the waves, but we know full well that it’s a 5-mile jaunt on a rolling path back into town. So a bottle of seltzer water with lime is the more pragmatic choice.