Located just 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a destination where life moves at a slower pace. Have an island adventure, including playing fetch on the beach or relaxing on the dock with your pup by your side.
Places to Stay
Stay in one of The Cottages & Lofts at Boat Basin’s dog-friendly “Woof Cottages.” Located by Straight Wharf, these cottages open their doors to dogs and cats from mid-April through October for an additional $45 fee per pet, per night. Fido will be given a personalized collar tag with their name and the hotel information, a squeaky lobster toy (this is New England, after all), poop bags, and a bag of gourmet dog treats. They are also welcome on The Cottages & Lofts at Boat Basin’s complimentary beach shuttle. If you prefer to stay in a bed and breakfast, book a room at The Brass Lantern Inn located in Nantucket’s Old Historic District. Your dog will be welcomed with a treat, dog bed and crate, food and water bowls, a beach towel, and a guide for pup-friendly restaurants and stores. A modest pet fee of $25 per pet will be added to each night of your stay. If you want to be within walking distance to Jetties Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island that welcomes dogs before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. during the summer season, reserve a room at The Beachside at Nantucket. The hotel has six pet-friendly cliffside rooms and has an additional $65 fee per dog, per stay.
Places to Eat
Stop by just about any restaurant with outdoor seating and you’re likely to see a few canine companions. One such place is Sandbar at Jetties Beach, which offers beachside dining at dog-friendly picnic tables. Sip on a frozen cocktail while you browse the menu featuring oysters and clams from the raw bar, fish tacos, hot dogs, burgers, and lobster dinners. Your dog will be treated to a bowl of local tap water while you enjoy the food and the view. On Broad Street, Easy Street Cantina is home to Joe’s Grill & Tacos Tacos. Sit with your dog at one of the several outdoor tables shaded by umbrellas and make the tough decision between American and Tex-Mex fare on the menu. Whether you choose the bean burrito, fried scallops platter, or cheesesteak sandwich, your pup will beg for your leftovers here! If you’re looking for something light, head over to Something Natural for a healthy lunch. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area while you dine on sandwiches made with freshly-baked bread or you can get your order to-go for a picnic at Tupancy Links, a grassland conservancy area with trails that is popular with dogs and their owners.
Start off your adventure with a flight from Hyannis on Cape Air with your dog for a modest $10 fee. Only one pet is allowed per aircraft, so advance preparations are key. If your pup would rather float than fly, dogs ride free on the Steamship Authority’s high-speed ferry. Once your dog’s paws are on the ground, catch The Wave (the island’s pet-friendly public bus service) as a responsible way to get to and from Cisco Brewers for a couple of Whale’s Tale Pale Ales with your pup on the patio. After 5 p.m., make your way to catch the sunset at Nobadeer Beach—just keep Fido on a leash at all times. During your stay, you and your dog will want to grab your life vests, head to Straight Wharf, and charter a boat with Endeavor Sailing Excursions. Captain Jim Genthner will take you out for a 1- to 1.5-hour cruise and share his knowledge of the area. Dogs are always welcome on private charters and it’s the perfect way to experience the Cape.
For the perfect souvenir for your pet, check out Cold Noses. Located on Straight Wharf, this boutique specializes in Nantucket-themed collars, leashes, and distinctive pet accessories. Dogs are welcome inside, too, so your dog can try on a few different colored collars before you buy. If your dog’s treat and food supplies are running low, make a trip to Cold Noses’ sister store, Geronimo’s of Nantucket. This pet boutique sells pet food, supplies, beds, toys, and keepsakes like Christmas ornaments. It will probably be your dog’s favorite store on the island!
If your dog needs to be scrubbed and fluffed after a day of swim and play, look no further than these Nantucket groomers: Nantucket Creature Care or Julie’s Grooming Corner. And if you need to go somewhere in Nantucket where you can’t bring your pup, book a daycare session at Caesar’s Pet Palace, which offers a home environment while you’re away. If you have to visit a veterinarian during your stay on the island, call the experienced Offshore Animal Hospital or Holt Veterinarian Services.
Travel destination descriptions are provided by BringFido.