Edge of Summer
A NANTUCKET ROAD TRIP IN THE ATS COUPE INAUGURATES THE BEST OF ALL SEASONS.
It’s time for Bostonians to start the southward pilgrimage to Provincetown or the Vineyard. I’ve been to both, loved both, but this time I enlist my friend David for an early jaunt to Nantucket in the ATS Coupe. It’s only around 90 minutes to the ferry in Hyan-nis, and the ATS, aided by its low, I-mean-business stance, aerodynamic lines, and lightweight frame, helps us cruise right out of the city on 93.
We turn onto Route 3 around Braintree and stop for coffee in Plymouth. I check the time and miles to the ferry on the Cadillac CUE1 screen and we push on, cutting across the Lower Cape. We pull into Hyannis 10 minutes before the ferry is about to launch. We’re guided to one of the last vehicle slots, the ferryman waving his hand—telling us to move closer in the narrow lane between other vehicles as the car’s Safety Alert Seat protectively pulses.
The trip takes a bit more than two hours, but then the island’s distinctive shingle-style houses come into view. Within minutes we’re tooling through Nantucket’s historic district until we see the sign for White Elephant Village, where we’ve booked a two-bedroom residence. With its gray shingles and crisp white trim, the place oozes New England charm.