When the invitation arrived in the mail that two of my good friends were getting hitched over Nantucket over Labor Day Weekend, flights were immediately booked. Though I had never been to Nantucket before, I had heard incredible things and was beyond excited to explore one of America’s greatest summer islands.
We were able to find flights on Iceland Air with a short stopover (not long enough to leave the airport) for around $250 round trip, per person (insane, I know). It was around 3 hours from Stockholm to Reykjavik and 5 hours 30 min to Boston Logan International.
But first, Boston:
We had 3 nights in Boston where I was to collaborate with Yotel Boston. I had heard about Yotel through an article that a blogger wrote about when working at trivago, and knew I had to stay at this ‘smart hotel’ in the near future.
The concept of Yotel is made for travelers looking for the necessities. A million outlets, USB plugs, a comfortable bed, great pillows, centrally located and something ‘extra’ like a great rooftop, or a co-working lobby with fast wifi. The hotel had it all, in all of its simplicity it was exactly what we needed. There were even meeting rooms in the lobby if you had to step in to a meeting room for a call.
They even started hosting a 30 minute mindfullness meditation class every Monday morning, complimentary for guests, and $15 for everyone else from 8-8:30am on the rooftop. What better day to start the week?
After checking in, we wandered to their very spacious rooftop for a cold beverage in the sun with downtown Boston to look at. It seems to be a popular happy hour spot, and if you are in Boston I highly recommend going there before heading out.
The days started with an early jog down by the water, mornings were spent working and wandering down Newburry street, followed by a casual stroll around Cambridge. There was plenty of coffee shop hopping and eating (what else is there to do in the US?).
getting to the cape:
While there are direct flights to Nantucket (they can be rather overpriced) so I booked a Peter Pan Bus from Boston Central to Hyannis which takes 1.5 hours, with wifi on board which made it very easy to work while on the way. After getting to Hyannis, it is a 10 minute walk to the Hy-line Ferry station. From here, it is a 1 hour speed ferry to sunny ACK. We met up with Sydney & Max (fellow friends from Germany) who were already on their 3rd lobster tail of the day.
Max & Jill had the perfect wedding weekend with a clam bake on Saturday night, shucked lobster for her and a smores bar for him. Sunday was their wedding day, though a rainy start the clouds cleared for the most beautiful ceremony with not one dry eye in the room.
Afterwards, we headed back to the golf club for the perfect wedding ceremony. I couldn't be more happy for these two :)
Labor Day Monday was absolutely perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, we decided to rent a VW beetle convertible and drove around the island to explore some of Jill’s favorite spots around the island. We frolicked through hydrangeas to the Sankaty Head light house, passing beautiful homes down beachy dirt roads, got a sandwich nearby, felt the sand between my toes on the beach, wandered to the fresh market, ate burgers and enjoyed a day off in the US.
Our ferry and bus back to Boston was later that afternoon (taking the same route as the way here). We met up with one of my good friends from college at the train station before sleeping at the Residence Inn by Marriott (a great place to spend reward points). The next day was a working day, we met up with my brother for a quick bite to eat and then were on our way back to the airport. Overall, It was such a magical weekend, and was a pleasure to see friends, family and celebrate the marriage of some of my favorite people <3
Until next time,