Nantucket

Nantucket Travel Guide

Credit :

Jennifer Lamb

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.

DON'T MISS

RECOMMENDED LINKS

  • For more >restaurants in Nantucket, visit NileGuide

Articles about Nantucket

Related:More Travel Tip VideosAmerica’s Best Beach HotelsBest Secret Islands on Earth
Top 10 Hotels Overall: City 1. Park Hyatt, Milan 98.95 2. Stafford London by Kempinski 98.40 3. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 98.07 4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 97.50 5. Milestone Hotel, London 97.39 6. Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbo...
Top 10 Hotels: Overall 1. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia 100.002. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedar Mountains, South Africa 99.173. The Goring, London 98.684. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya 98.614. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserv...
See our list of 20 Great American Beaches. It’s no surprise that this summertime, American travelers are planning to stick close to home. But that’s no cause for disappointment: the United States has 95,000 miles of shoreline, including plenty of...
8 A.M. I wake up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the kitchen at the Sherburne Inn (10 Gay St.; 508/228-4425; www.sherburneinn.com). My room ($105) at the bed-and-breakfast is simple, breezy, and right in the center of town. Though it’s on...
Read the article (PDF) Having problems downloading the file? Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
“I first started visiting ’Sconset with my family when I was about eight years old. We rented a place near the Summer House Cottages, on Ocean Avenue, every August. Most days we’d bike the five miles from our front lawn to the town’s general store...
Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, now co-chefs at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, California, remember the first time they worked together to perfect a recipe. It was years ago, in the kitchen of another eatery. "We suddenly just looked up at each...
Summer guests at Massachusetts coastal inns are always disappearing: off to bodysurf at Manchester's Singing Beach; to feast at one of Provincetown's colorful outdoor fish-and-chips joints; to browse Rockport's galleries, many of which close come ...
Everyone sighs To see the maples turn, but when you head to Vermont or New Hampshire in October, entire urban populations drive with you. Slip down to the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, on the other hand, and the world is your Wellfleet oy...