• Summer with The Grey Lady


    Maybe it's the therapeutic outdoor morning showers, or the privilege of getting the sunrise before anybody else on the east coast, or the simple fact that it is devoid of a tether to whatever "real world" you left behind at Hyannis. Nantucket is magical in the summer. Worry seems to roll off your shoulders, like beads of sweat erratically migrating down your cocktail.

    The island, aside from its locals, is home to an inherently preppy summer colony. It is beloved in part for the geographical fact that it's a pain in the ass to get to. The harder the trek, the preppier the locale. And Nantucket is perhaps the preppiest (edging out Martha's Vineyard and its trailer parks). If you're not flying into ACK, you have to cross the moat to the WASP kingdom via an hour long ferry.

    Despite the inconveniences, The Grey lady more than quadruples in size come June. Frankly, it gets crazy around the Fourth. But that's not to say you can't get alone. This secluded beach I photographed Alise Shoemaker* on a couple years ago is on the South Shore somewhere between Nobadeer and Tom Nevers. It's a great spot if you can find it. Odds are good that you'll have it all to yourself for a picnic, skinny dipping, or whatever else bakes your (crab) cake. As for how to get there exactly, well, it wouldn’t be preppy if I made it that easy.

    *click on the image above to download a wallpaper version

    May 17, 2013 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Kelly left a comment on 6/6/2013 at 6:17 PM:

    that’s my beach! I’m not telling…. ;)

    howie left a comment on 5/27/2013 at 9:12 PM:

    George - it’s a Sankaty Light.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/26/2013 at 11:51 AM:

    @Victoria—It’s more like a “family campground.”

    Victoria left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 10:54 PM:

    I’ve been going to the Vineyard my whole life, where is this trailer park you speak of, because I’ve yet to find one?

    Alex left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 5:59 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry do you know what model year it is? I believe I saw one around my neighborhood the other day, I assumed it was some sort of old Jeep.

    Josh left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 2:21 PM:

    This photograph is your new calling card.

    George left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 7:51 PM:

    Please tell me that is NOT a Schlitz on the dash…

    Alexander left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 2:46 PM:

    @MGM - Agreed! Love the photography FE but it’d be great to see (even more) creative writing.

    MGM left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 9:33 AM:

    Great writing, FEC.  You should write more!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 5:49 PM:

    @Sam—This is a Chevy Silverado.

    @Alexander—Nice insider tip.

    Sam left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 4:19 PM:

    I love that truck. Does anyone know what it is?

    Alexander left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 3:59 PM:

    One of my favorite things to do on ACK is a late evening BBQ at Great Point. You can only get to it with a beach vehicle permit, so it’s definitely off the beaten path.

    Technically you’re not supposed to be there after sundown if you’re not a fisherman, but the cops will give you a break if you drop a pole in the sand and let the lure bob around in the Atlantic. The late night ride back is the best part.