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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Dog Heaven in Nantucket


5. Oddball Day

The country club-like Wauwinet is a great place to have a drink on the waterfront.  

Have a pet-free day by arranging daytime walks with Nantucket Pet Sitter (from $50 per day) before heading off to dog-free Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge ($25 entrance fee), composed of two fingerlike peninsulas jutting off Nantucket’s northeastern coast. Rent a two- or four-door jeep from Affordable Rentals ($129.99 per day), whose vehicles have permit stickers that allow you to drive on the beach, to explore the protected area’s windswept dunes, red cedars, and grey seals. Fuel up first with sugar-and-cinnamon-coated doughnut muffins ($2) at Provisions (3 Harbor Square, 508-228-3258), where you should also pick up curried-chicken-salad sandwiches ($8.75) or Italian subs ($8.75) for later in the day. (Coskata-Coatue has public restrooms, but not much else in the way of facilities.) Once there, you’ll likely have the vast expanse of sand and sea to yourself, aside from the occasional local fishermen. Unlike other parts of the island, you don’t need a license to fish in the reserve, so pick up eleven-foot spinning rods from Bill Fisher Tackle (14 New Lane, 508-228-2261) in advance if you’re game. First-time fishers can sign up for surfcasting lessons ($75) at the Wauwinet Gatehouse (508-228-6799), which is also the departure point for naturalist-led tours of the preserve ($40) and birding walks ($40). On your way back to town, stop by Topper’s, the restaurant at the Wauwinet, for a mint-and-pineapple-spiked Green Pony ($11) on the deck, but end the day at Brotherhood of Thieves, a whaling bar and local hangout with island-inspired pub fare, like lobster corn dogs ($18), and an extensive whiskey selection.

Published on Jun 16, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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