Though its sweeping beaches and weather-beaten, shingled facades recall Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket has a blustery island spirit all its own. Its colonial heritage is still far more evident than on the mainland, just 30 miles away. Over the past decade the island has become a favored destination for sea and scene-loving urbanites, who travel to Nantucket for the promise of swanky retailers and restaurateurs. But outside of "town" (such as it is), the island's windblown, starkly beautiful dunes and moors feel almost as remote as they must have a century or four ago. Let Travel + Leisure's Nantucket travel guide give you a taste of both sides.
Things Not to Miss in Nantucket
• Get out on Nantucket's wild Great Point by jeep or fishing boat
• Browse through madras and Nantucket Reds at the island's preppy retailers
• Enjoy a sunset picnic on Madaket Beach
• Take in panoramic views from atop Altar Rock
When to Go to Nantucket
During its high traffic season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Nantucket travel pricing becomes competitive and can become cost prohibitive. And, its position in the Northern Atlantic means frigid winters. Many visitors opt for spring and autumn trips to capitalize on moderate weather and fewer crowds.