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Nantucket is another of New England’s charming little islands, and an excellent addition to your New England holiday. Nantucket has a rich seafaring history as it was once a booming whale port in the 17th century. Since the 17th century Nantucket has changed very little and visitors will get a window into the past when visiting this beautiful, delightful little island off the coast of the New England mainland. Due to its long history, Nantucket is an official National Historic District and is home to more than 800 pre-Civil War buildings, seaside cottages, a whaling museum and much more.
Things to do on Nantucket Island
One of the most photographed spots on Nantucket Island is Bronte Point Lighthouse - this functioning lighthouse has been guiding ships into the Nantucket Harbour since 1746. This Nantucket lighthouse has been the backdrop for many wedding photoshoots, events, Instagram pictures and much more. Bronte Point Lighthouse is located on the Southside of the entrance to Nantucket harbour and is a must see when on the island.
Another popular attraction on Nantucket Island is the Nantucket Whaling Museum. This museum is dedicating to telling the tales of Nantucket’s maritime past, home to various artefacts and memorabilia from Nantucket’s time as a whaling port including whaling tools and a whale oil candle factory, a visit to this whaling museum is not to be missed whilst on Nantucket Island.
Another of New England's famous beaches can be found on Nantucket: Jetties beach. Jetties Beach is a very popular summer destination and has many amenities including changing rooms and water sport rentals, but its main attraction is the beautiful golden sand beach and lovely blue water where you can enjoy the day sunbathing and all paddling in the sea.
Unlike its neighbouring island Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island is actually home to a vineyard, Nantucket Vineyard, where visitors can sample their various wines including Merlots, Chardonnays, Syrahs, and Pinots. Nantucket Island is also home to The Cisco Brewery which offers a variety of bears including Wales Tale Pale Ale, and the next door Triple Eight Distillery makes a variety of vodka, whiskey, rum and gin.
If alcohol tasting and sampling isn't quite your style, then on Nantucket Island you will also find Bartlett Farm - this is Nantucket’s oldest and largest family owned farm that offers freshly and locally grown vegetables, flowers, and other produce alongside a take-out restaurant that serves seasonal cuisine including homemade sandwiches and salads.
Nantucket Island is also home to lovely shops and boutiques that line the cobbled Main Street of Nantucket Island. Spend the day perusing the many art galleries, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops all along Nantucket’s Main Street before enjoying amazing views out over the sea from the island's coastline.
Nantucket Island also has a great family friendly beach: Children’s Beach. Children’s Beach is home to gentle and calm waters, an epic playground, and various picnic facilities by Steamboat Wharf. Throughout the summer Nantucket Island offers various events like live music, children's puppet shows, arts and crafts events for the children to enjoy, and of course you can swim, play in the sand, lounge around and enjoy the sunshine as a family.
Hotels in Nantucket
Nantucket is a small island and not home to many, if at all, chain hotels but rather boutique Inns and Bed and Breakfasts that offer guests an authentic, charming New England experience. Some of our clients favourite Nantucket hotels include: The Faraway Nantucket – for its historical, colonial New England architecture, The White Elephant Nantucket – for its harbour-front location and amenities including a spa and restaurant, and The Brass Lantern Inn – a quaint bed and breakfast set in a 19th century, traditional Nantucket home. Like Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, you could only spend the day exploring Nantucket however, we think this would be a shame as you will not get to see everything the island has to offer. We recommend spending one to two nights on Nantucket Island, or more if you have the time, to really enjoy the small-town New England experience.
Twin Centre Nantucket
Visiting Nantucket Island is a great addition to a larger New England Twin Centre, or Multi-Centre, holiday. Nantucket Island is off the coast of Massachusetts so visiting Martha's Vineyard, Boston & Cape Cod, and Nantucket is all very doable within a fairly small amount of time. Of course, you may want to visit Nantucket as part of a larger New England Road Trip that will take you through other New England areas including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and beyond. Nantucket is a great small, coastal New England community that is the perfect addition to either a family or couple’s New England holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today by calling us on 01635 551011 and speak to a New England Expert or fill out our enquiry form which will send an e-mail directly to our sales team. We can't wait to help you plan your perfect New England holiday.
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