Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, this crescent-shaped island is in a world by itself. Cobblestone streets and an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes reflect Nantucket Town’s history as a prosperous whaling port.
Take time to adjust to the slower pace of life, Nantucket style and explore -- on foot or by bicycle -- the island’s unspoiled beaches, solitary lighthouses, and acres of conservation land. The sea beckons: take a dip in Nantucket Sound, surf cast for bluefish, or head out for a day’s deep-sea fishing. In Nantucket Town, sea captains' houses stand side by side with antique stores and galleries. For a taste of island history, explore the Nantucket Whaling Museum whose collections include a 47-foot sperm whale skeleton, scrimshaw, and the original fabric of the spermaceti candle factory. Cisco Brewers is an obligatory stop for beer lovers who subscribe to the “drink local” tenet. Find out more great info about Nantucket at Nantucket.net.
Two great reasons to visit Nantucket in the off season: In April, the Daffodil Festival features 3 million bright yellow blooms planted by islanders to herald the arrival of spring; winter is celebrated, island-style, with Nantucket Noel and the Christmas Stroll.
Plan your transportation to Nantucket well in advance, particularly if you plan to take a car since auto reservations are limited. Better yet, go car-free and take advantage of the island’s shuttle buses, taxis, bikeways, and pathways.
It's a smooth trip over on the Steamship Authority leaving from Hyannis.
|Win a Prize Package|