To say Nantucket has a rich maritime heritage is a serious understatement. Once, the island's thriving whaling industry sent ships around the world. Today, Nantucket is a popular destination for ships of all sizes, and a charter yacht is the perfect base for adventure. Downtown's cobblestone streets lead to fine shops, galleries, and especially restaurants, which rival any metropolis for quality and variety. If weather permits, I try to get to Topper's at the Wauwinet: The view from the lawn tables and the food are always a highlight. The restaurant offers the Wauwinet Lady boat service and a harbor cruise before dinner, with cocktails served on board, and you feel like Gatsby when arriving on this restored launch. Other dining favorites include Brotherhood and the Rope Walk. Besides good food, Nantucket boasts stunning beaches. I'm a fan of Madaket, despite winter-storm erosion. Bike paths wind all the way from town to Madaket, making for serene exercise and a great way to get around. Arrange your charter after Labor Day-you'll find it less crowded, yet no less delightful.-George Sass, Jr.