Indians named it Nantucket, meaning “faraway land.”
And that is what it still is.
In winter, the population drops down to 7,000; sometimes to 3,000. The little summer roses that cross the tops of cottages are gone.
The wind blows the waves back.
In winter, you breathe the lost sea smell.
Winter is the time to come, I think.
Try a small hotel. Bring books, good walking shoes. Give the fire in the fireplace the attention it deserves. Read… drink a little wine, eat thick chowder. Wander 15 miles up one side of the island and 15 miles back down the other side.
I did exactly those things 19 years ago.
Bought a good sweater there. I’d say it’s got another 19 years in it. Just located somebody to duplicate it; same uncomplicated cotton. Same fresh sea smell. Same odd construction, same mood as the original. Made without shortcuts. People often ask me where I got it. They're probably going to ask you too.
Nantucket Sweater (No. 1126).
Women’s sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.
Length ranges from 23 1/2” to 25 1/2”. Varies by size.
Colors: Red, Navy and Natural.
Care Instructions: Machine Washable.
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