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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Cool Off in Nantucket


4. Insider’s Tip

Front Street  

The East Coast village of Siasconset (called “Sconset”) is admired for its centuries-old cottages covered with climbing roses. Less known, though, is the intentionally unmarked Bluff Walk, a neighborhood walking trail that brings you right through the backyards of some of Sconset’s most opulent waterfront homes. The homeowners put up with the occasional strollers, so long as they’re respectful and stay on the walking trail. (By fall, many of the occupants have headed back to the mainland anyway.) The walk starts at the end of Front Street, at the ocean end of Sconset’s town square. Bypass the small sign that says “Footpath Only, No Bikes” and take the path to the left, cutting past some hedges and across the first lawn. Erosion over the past few years has made the last quarter-mile or so unsafe: When the track suddenly disappears among scrub and boulders, you’ll know to turn back.

Published on Jul 5, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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