Ahhh, the fall on Nantucket. The island lets out a big sigh of relief after a busy summer season. The days stay warm with beach worthy afternoons and the nights are crisp as it quickly becomes sweater season. This is by far our favorite time on the island. You’re truly able to relax and enjoy the sweet serenity of September and October. And while many may think the island slows down, they are mistaken! There are always a plethora of great things going on during autumn on ACK and here we give you four reasons to come bACK in the fall!
Plan A Girls Weekend Away
In search of a fresh way to get your friends together? Plan a girls weekend to Nantucket! It’s the ideal time to kick back and relax and catch up after the craziness of the summer passes. Find a place to stay like the White Elephant Villages that has hotel like amenities in one, two and three bedroom residences! Grab bikes and enjoy some fresh air as you cycle out to Sconset or just relax by the pool and hang in one of the White Elephant cabanas as you relax, read, and laugh about old times. There are always great summer sales going on and you won’t have trouble getting a reservation last minute if you just want to wing it!
September 26th through the 28th
Looking for a weekend escape where you can really learn something and open your eyes to big concepts and grand ideas? Look no further than the 4th annual Nantucket Project which goes beyond simply the presentation of compelling thoughts. Their mission is “To bring together a select group of eminent and accomplished visionaries, thinkers, innovators and performers to one of the most storied places in the United States. To invite them to share what’s foremost on their considerable minds. And to see what happens. The result, and the impact, have been nothing short of stunning.” This year's theme is “Art and Commerce” and is sure to be an amazing weekend with over 30 inspirational and intellectual presenters who each bring something different to this extraordinary three day event.
September 29th through October 5th
Love to eat out? Always looking for something delicious and new when it comes to dining and drinking out on Nantucket? You’re in luck! The biannual Nantucket Restaurant Week runs the last weekend of September into October and is a great time to check over 25 fantastic restaurants around ACK! For just $25 at lunch and $45 at dinner, you get three courses and the best part is every restaurant does the special differently. Want to dine outside? Check out Galley Beach. Looking for romance? A two top at Ventuno and Straight Wharf makes for a great date spot. And love innovative menus? The Proprietors and The Pearl have many unique dishes that you won’t find anywhere else!
Saturday October 11th
Nothing says Nantucket like the Cranberry Festival! And this one day event is fun for the whole family in a gorgeous and super unique setting that will have you taking picture after picture! Plan for a day away down at the Milestone Bog where you can learn about the history and harvesting of Cranberries on the island. Enjoy live music for local bands, sheep sheering, a petting zoo, hay rides, face painting, BBQ food, sweet desserts, cranberry bread and so much more at this fun for everyone festival!
Holly Finigan is the founder of the Nantucket blACKbook, the online guide to all things hip + fresh on Nantucket. From where to sip, where to shop, where to stay, restaurants, retails, real estate, she keeps ACK lovers in the know of what's haute and cool around the island, wherever they may be. Follow along on www.nantucketblACKbook.com