Located at the westernmost part of Nantucket, Madaket is a quiet village with a laid-back vibe. The area is almost all residential, with only one restaurant, a small general store, and a marina. This area of the island evokes thoughts of how Nantucket was decades ago, as no major development has taken place in the area. One of the most famous islanders, Mildred Jewett, took residence in Madaket, hence the moniker Madaket Millie. Millie was a colorful character and volunteer Coast Guardsman for over 75 years. For more than a few of these decades, Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was her neighbor.
Because of its unobstructed view to the west, Madaket is well known as the best place on island to see the sunset. The end of Madaket Road gives way to soft sand – a perfect place to put down a blanket and watch the sun sink below the cresting waves of the Atlantic. Another great spot to catch the sunset is from the deck of Madaket’s only restaurant, Millie’s. Enjoy delicious Baja-style tacos, quesadillas, salads, and po’ boys. Take in the fresh ocean air as you sit, sip, and ponder: what ingredients are actually in this Madaket Mystery?
A few other favorite activities in the Madaket area are fishing, crabbing, boating, and navigating the miles of curvy bike paths that lead to town. For those looking to get out of town and enjoy the quiet charm of the West End, consider renting or buying in Madaket. The 15-minute drive into the sunset is totally worth it.