My Grandmother grew up in Massachusetts and often reminisces of the beauty of autumn in New England. She speaks of the gorgeous orange, red and gold leaves floating to the ground like snowflakes while sitting by a cozy fire. The leaves, like a carpet crunching under her feet as she would take a walk around town.
Nantucket Fall Specials
Fall is the perfect time of year to visit Nantucket. The weather in Nantucket in the fall is cool, with daily highs decreasing from 65 to 56 over the course of October. The crisp, cool air, combined with the absence of humidity, makes for a perfect fall day.
Since most visitors are leaving the island to head back to work and school, those visiting during the fall can enjoy less crowded beaches and value deals. At the Nantucket Island Resorts there are “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” deals starting at $135 a night. You can choose between the Jared Coffin House, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, White Elephant, White Elephant Village and The Wauwinet. You can enjoy first-class amenities, which vary depending upon which resort you choose. The availability is limited, so call 800.475.2637 soon to make your reservation.
If you choose, the Wauwinet resort, you can enjoy many complimentary activities that are offered after Labor Day. From surfcasting at Great Point to cooking demonstrations at Toppers to a lobstering outing, there is something for the whole family.
While you are visiting Nantucket, you can enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating on the marina and the many wonderful Nantucket Restaurants. If you visit in the fall you can even sample the best food Nantucket has to offer because Nantucket Restaurant Week is held September 30 – October 6. Nantucket Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for foodies (like myself) to enjoy the delicious cuisine of the island.
As my Grandmother remembers fondly, walking around town is truly the best way to take in the sites. Consider attending a walking tour offered from the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. There are morning two-three mile walks that allow guests to take in the beauty of the wildlife and natural habitats. The Mornings for Members Guided Walks are available for members of the Foundation. You can visit the Nantucket Conservation website to enroll.
The annual Cranberry Festival is held on October 5 and is truly a fun family event. Cranberries have a rich 200-year history on the island and The Nantucket Conservation Foundation is keeping the tradition of cranberry harvesting alive as they own and operate the last two remaining commercial cranberry bogs on Nantucket. The Cranberry Festival is a family event full of games, music and food. The festival also offers an educational experience for kids, as they can learn more about cranberries, which are one of only three native fruits that are commercially grown in North America.
The natural beauty of the island makes for a wonderful vacation setting and there is so much to do in Nantucket in the fall. From simply enjoying the view of water to experiencing all of the activities, shopping and dining on the island, there is something for the entire family.
Have you ever visited Nantucket? Is there a vacation destination you would like to visit based on an experience a family member has had? I’d love to hear from you!