New York vs. New England. Brady vs. Manning. Jeep vs. G-Wagon. Cabana vs. beach chairs. It’s Nantucket vs. the Hamptons. The tiny Atlantic island and the jutted peninsula that is the Hamptons both offer a lifestyle fit for royalty while keeping to their classic roots. Each has a unique style and ambiance. Take a walk with us around both spots and discover which is the place for you.
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The Hamptons draw city-goers out to sea, so naturally, the peninsula is scattered with brown loafers, dark blazers, and swanky Dior shades. Easily accessible by car, most visitors ride over in their Mercedes or are chauffeured in blacked-out Escalades. The town is brimming with Colonial Revival-esque mansions, which caters to the rich and famous.
Nantucket boasts a slightly more laid-back vibe with small, cliff-side cottages and a cobblestone-lined downtown. Most visitors leave their cars at the Cape and opt for walking, biking, or Jeeping. A visit to Nantucket warrants Panama Jack sunhats, RayBans, and sundresses. The entire island is effortlessly chic.
It’s no surprise that both beach destinations offer a diversely competitive culinary scene. The Hamptons takes five-star NYC dining to the front steps of the Atlantic with restaurants such as TBar and Brooklyn Chop House in Southhampton.
Nantucket is a strictly local island. You won’t find any chain spots here—it’s entirely authentic. From farm-to-table to expert eateries, there is something for all palates on the island. Grab a drink at Via Mare and try some tapas at The Proprietors or pull up a seat at the waterfront Cru and enjoy Nantucket’s freshest catches.
The Hamptons is the place to go to sip on a mimosa with a good book in a reclined, teak lawn chair surrounded by the neatly trimmed hedges of your backyard oasis. It’s the place people escape to for a staycation when you’re searching for relief over recreation.
Nantucket, while still free and easy, offers a variety of things to do and see during your visit. Explore the history of the island at the Whaling Museum or the Jethro Coffin House. Shop the quaint boutique shops on the cobblestone streets. Or hop on a bike and explore the coastline.
Plan Your Stay at Greydon House
If Nantucket is the place for you, you’ll want to plan your stay in the heart of downtown at Greydon House. Our stylish Deluxe Rooms range from 160 to 280 square feet and provide plush king or queen-sized beds, elegant furnishings, hand-painted tiled showers, luxurious hair and body products, Sony 4K TVs, and a Bose Bluetooth speaker to use in your room or at the beach.
There are only three ways to get around Nantucket—by Jeep, by bike, or by walking. However you choose to embark on the island, we know you won’t be disappointed. Discover our favorite spots to get hooked up with the best transportation right here. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!