Island Time

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Boston coverage to bring you the following information: Uh, hello. It’s summer. Get out of the city and on to the beach already.

Which means you’ll probably wind up on one of the two big islands. But which? And what the heck’s the difference between them, anyway? Before you book a ferry, here’s an update of the corresponding essentials at each:

Celeb ogling
Nantucket: Ben Stiller, Jack Welch
Vineyard: The Clintons, Ted Danson, Carly Simon

Nantucket: Gypsy, 47 Main Street, Nantucket Town (508-228-4404).
Vineyard: Midnight Farm, 18 Water-Cromwell Lane, Vineyard Haven (508-693-1997).

Proper dress
Nantucket: Plaid (irony-free)
Vineyard: Jane Fox florals

Big-deal restaurant
Nantucket: Topper’s, The Wauwinet, 120 Wauwinet Road (508-228-0145).
Vineyard: Atria, 137 Main Street, Edgartown (508-627-5850).

Local sauce
Nantucket: Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road (508-325-5929).
Vineyard: Chicama Vineyards, Stoney Hill Road, West Tisbury (508-693-0309).

Cult restaurant
Nantucket: Black Eyed Susan’s, 10 India Street, Nantucket Town (508-325-0308).
Vineyard: Lure, 31 Dunes Road , Edgartown (978-443-1733).

Pickup scene
Nantucket: The Gazebo, 1 Harbor Square, Nantucket Town (508-228-1266).
Vineyard: South Beach, Atlantic Drive, Edgartown (508-693-0085).

Lobster fix
Nantucket: Straight Wharf Fish, 4 Harbor Square, Nantucket Town (508-228-1095).
Vineyard: The Bite, 29 Basin Road, Menemsha (508-645-9239).

Watering hole
Nantucket: Brant Point Grill Bar, 50 Easton Street, Nantucket Town (508-228-2500).
Vineyard: Offshore Ale, Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs (508-693-2626).