When to Go
Nantucket is an island that begs you to slow down and smell the roses . . . and just about every other flower too.
The summer months offer the warmest weather and all of the accommodations and restaurants are open for business, but hotel and dinner reservations can be hard to come by. Shoulder season, in April/May and September/October, offers an island of mostly locals but weather can be unpredictable and seasonal establishments might be closed. Nantucket Noel, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is the island’s best-kept secret and a chance to enjoy Nantucket decked out in its holiday finest.
How to Get There
The island’s main transportation hub is Nantucket Memorial Airport. Major airlines like JetBlue and US Airways serve the island with seasonal flights (connections are available through Boston’s Logan Airport and New York’s JFK International Airport); regional airlines like Nantucket Airlines and Cape Air serve the island with year-round flights from Logan Airport and other regional airports. Year-round ferry service is available through Hy-line Cruises and the Steamship Authority; both leave from Hyannis, Massachusetts and reservations are required with the Steamship Authority if you’re bringing your vehicle.
There’s a lot to do on Nantucket ...
but not too much to do.
Other Places to Stay
The Cottages at Boat Basin offer a choice of 24 cottages, each combining the basic comforts of home with the pampering comforts of a hotel. The 16-room Century House Bed and Breakfast is the oldest operating inn on the islandand they’ve certainly perfected the fine art of hospitality since opening in the 1870s.
Other Places to Eat
Black-Eyed Susan’s (no website) is an island must, and you might be surprised at first glance that this establishment with the “interesting” look is a local favorite, but you’ll know why after one bite of the Huevos Rancheros. Queequeg's (no website) is another great choice, and what its menu lacks in length it makes up for in quality, like the halibut with Parmesan risotto.
Other Places to Play (at Night)
Bar-hopping is a popular evening pastime in Nantucket Town and two of the most popular hop-to-it spots are Rose & Crown, for its casual environment with a side of live music, and local favorite The Atlantic Café, for its welcoming vibe and hearty pub food.