With pristine beaches, well-preserved lighthouses, award-winning restaurants and annual arts and sports festivals, Nantucket is one of the most alluring islands off the East Coast. Offering a slower pace of life amid soft ocean breezes and tranquil shores, you may find you won't be able to get enough of it (well-traveled Nantucket homeowners like Senator John Kerry and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick certainly haven't). For your first visit or your fiftieth, our Nantucket vacation rentals will make your stay on "The Grey Lady" a memorable one.
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Situated 30 miles from the shores of Cape Cod, Nantucket can be reached by air and sea. Cape Air flies direct from Provincetown, Boston, New Bedford, Hyannis and Martha's Vineyard, MA; and White Plains, NY. Charter airlines offer flights as well, and the high-speed ferry from Hyannis and Harwich Port leaves daily. Most Nantucket Island rentals are concentrated in Nantucket Town (or just "Town", to the locals).
Nantucket is a quintessential Massachusetts summer colony and mainlanders flock in droves to the island in July and August. While a stay in a Nantucket summer house is a lovely getaway, if you can swing it, shoulder season is a great time to visit for a more authentic experience. Rent a bike and glide down the island’s 50 miles of well-paved bike path. You’ll spy a 1,000-acre nature preserve full of scrub oak in the Middle Moors, as well as the marshy Pout Ponds and Altar Rock, the fourth-highest elevation on the island.
Nantucket wouldn't be famous if it wasn't for its three lighthouses, two of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated on different corners of the island, guests can visit the well-maintained Brant Point Light, Sankaty Head Light, and Great Point Light - all in one day!
Jethro Coffin House is the oldest residence on the island, and has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The Whaling Museum offers a glimpse into the island's past, and features a restored 19th-century candle factory and a sperm whale skeleton. Stroll down the streets of the Nantucket Historic District to get a sense of how the island transformed from a remote outpost to the tony enclave it is today. On these quiet lanes, it's almost as if time has stood still.
Each of Nantucket's numerous beaches offers a unique experience. The north shore boasts warmer water and smaller waves (on this side of the island, head to Jetties Beach). Surfside on the south shore is popular with locals and tourists alike. The east and west shore beaches suffer from heavy currents and a bit of soil erosion, but Great Point and 'Sconset Beach are the best bets. You can spy seals at play at the former, and the latter began its history as a home to deckhands on furlough from whaling ships.
Duney beaches, outdoor havens, and historic architecture draw visitors back year after year - and you can explore it all from one of our Nantucket vacation rentals.