A second year always makes the use of the term 'annual' official; so, here I am to tell you all of our recent getaway during our 2nd annual Griffin/Craig Family trip to Nantucket. Last year's trip lasted 4 days and Byron had chiggers, so this year's week long vacation with no chiggers was bound to be 1000% better, and it was!
In summary, we shopped, we ate, we biked, (we "ate it" on the bike), we walked, we beached, we shopped, we ate, we played Head's Up (thank you, Ellen!).
PART I: WE BIKED
On our first full day, we opted to rent bikes for the week to get around the island. Byron was voted safest and best bike rider, so he got to tow Lil' Miss Chatterbox around with him. We had such a great time, and a little bit of exercise on vacation goes a long way! I had not ridden a bike in YEARS and I was happy to be back on, though I did suffer one minor bike wreck. We were able to bike to the beaches and lighthouses and restaurants, so many new places we didn't go last year!
PART II: WE ATE
Most mornings, our brother-in-law Ryan would rise before the rest of us and bring back some delicious treats from Downyflake or Provisions--two great shops in ACK. (That was his high of the trip...introverts, unite!) One morning when we all went out to Downy, a tiny pup named Millie was outside just waiting for us to play with and love her. This helped our homesick puppy hearts and was a great start to an already delicious morning!
PART III: WE SHOPPED & PLAYED
So many dog shops. Seriously considering bringing our baby pup next year. Nantucket has tons of touristy stuff (which I love), but it also has great things by the locals. I loved this paper cut artwork above and tons of other home goods I found. A local gem stone jewelry maker had a gorgeous citrine necklace that matches my engagement ring--beautiful! But my favorite place we picked up some treasures was the dump--literally, the landfill. As the door below reads, there is a "Take it or Leave it" section at the dump that people can peruse before the trash gets thrown out for good. 3 family members enjoyed this. A majority found it un-fun. Byron and I scored some glassware, a cool Nantucket ashtray that is a fun decorative piece, an Anne Klein 80's blazer that I vow to make the envy of fashion bloggers everywhere, and a Woolrich ballcap!
Exploring on bikes was fun, but Byron and I wanted to venture out to the water, so we signed up for a sailing tour led by a former U.S. Coast Guard Captain. I had never been on a sailboat before, but once we hit the jackpot, I want to get one and learn. It was a perfect morning for a sail, especially with the mimosas we had packed! Our captain pointed out Paul Mitchell's and John Kerry's boats, name Shear Madness and Isabel, respectively. We also learned the price of fuel for a gigantic yacht--whoa, richy rich! Sailing was definitely a highlight for us!
PART IV: BEING AUNT & UNCLE, FAMILY TIME
Byron and I absolutely adore our roles as Aunt and Uncle. Charlotte is the cutest and coolest 3 and 3/4 kid in the world, and we were thrilled to have a week with her ...and everyone else. We had another little one the journey with us, but she has yet to make her way into the world...we will be so excited to have 2 little babes to play with next year! Trips are always a blast, but it is the company and the people that make a place extra special. It is such a gift to have time like this and we all look forward to making more memories each year as our family grows and changes!
The silliest times we had were family game time every night. Head's Up was the favorite this year, and I am sure it will be a staple for all future gatherings. Favorite category: "act it out." Watching 3 grown people try to do the same thing is always so funny. Hardest category: "Hey Mr. DJ." Ugh...it is super hard to recognize songs with no American Idol worthy singers in the bunch. That category always received a groan if chosen. We tried other games...Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. That didn't go so well after I went first with the question "I find my partner most romantic when he is adventurous, erotic, or sweet...yikes. We did not like thinking about each other in those ways. Definitely a game for friends, not family. We also tried a taboo like game for iPad, but there was more joy found in buzzing out your partner if they said something on the card then if your team got it right. Head's Up, forever!
PART V: ME & B
I love traveling with this guy! This was a really great trip for us. We ended up having lots of time to go out exploring by ourselves and it was fun to have this be a getaway for us as well as a family trip. Best moment of the trip was when I fell off my bike and Byron came to my rescue. He is the sweetest man of all time and cares for me so much. He didn't even get upset when I was being huge baby about riding one day. He just slowed down for me and led the way. xoxo. There was such a great joy between us this trip and I cannot wait to keep spending everyday with this husband of mine.
If you get the chance, GO TO NANTUCKET. Thanks for another amazing trip Griffin/Craigs! We can't wait for next year!