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A Nantucket Vacation in Summer

Updated June 2022. When the days get longer and the breezes balmy, the island’s streets and cottages fill with seasonal residents and visitors. The sun seems brighter, the air fresher, and the blooming hydrangea more fragrant on a Nantucket vacation in summer. It’s time for lazy days at the beach, afternoons spent out on the water, and dining on fresh seafood come evening. Here at our bed and breakfast on Nantucket, we look forward to guiding you to everything you can see and do on our island paradise.

Each day brings a new opportunity to get outside and marvel at the natural beauty of this tiny island so far from the mainland. It’s almost as if time stands still here. The cobbled streets, stately mansions, and weathered cottages evoke images of a bygone era when Nantucket was in its heyday as a prominent whaling hub.

Today Nantucket welcomes visitors from across the globe. Its charm lies in its humble beginnings and its storied past, but the vibe here is laidback and carefree. Respect its history, but revel in the plentiful ways to relax and enjoy some leisure time.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
—Henry James

 

Beaches

Feast your eyes on some of the most pristine beaches found anywhere in the world. Head to the south side for heavy surf and endless waves. But be aware of the strong currents. For calmer water, the beaches on the north shore offer gentle waves ideal for small children. On the island’s east end, Sconset Beach presents a wide swath of sand but requires a bit of jaunt from town. With dozens of beaches to choose from, you can try a new one every day of your stay.

4th of July

Independence Day is the “big daddy” of summer celebrations. And Nantucket knows how to throw a party. Water contests, parades, food trucks, entertainment, and more fill the day with fun for the whole family. Cap off the day with a fantastic fireworks display at Jetties Beach.

Dining

Fresh seafood and creative cuisine define the food vibe on the island. But with so many choices, you’ll need a little guidance to find the ideal spot for a casual supper or romantic fine dining experience. So, check out our two-part series on where to find the latest hot spots on your Nantucket vacation.

Museums

While you might not want to visit a museum on a sparkling summer day on Nantucket, a visit to one of the charming museums on the island does make for an excellent way to spend a rainy day. Check out the Nantucket Whaling Museum for insight on its whaling days. Or visit one of the other half dozen or so museums that honor the island’s unique history.

Biking

If you brought a bike with you, you’re in for a treat when you pedal along the back roads and bike paths that crisscross the island. But if you left your bike at home, there are plenty of rental shops that will be happy to outfit the whole family. Ride through the undulating hills along the Polpis Road on a paved bike path. Or follow one of the recommended bike routes from a local bike shop.

Boating, Fishing, and Watersports

Getting out on the water when you’re staying on an island seems like the most natural thing to do on a glorious summer day. Sailboat, power boat, kayak, or fishing charter will all get you out there on the ocean. Outfitters galore are just waiting for you to get out on the water and have some fun.

Festivals and Events

We welcome summer and all its fun festivals and events. Here’s what’s coming up this summer.

  • Plein Air Festival June 14-20
  • Nantucket Book Festival June 16-19
  • Nantucket Film Festival June 22-27
  • Nantucket Garden Festival July 12-14
  • Nantucket Comedy Festival July 14-16
  • Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival July 18-23
  • Nantucket by Design August 3-6
  • Nantucket Summer Antiques Show August 5-8
  • Boston Pops at Jetties Beach August 13

Find a complete list of annual festivals held on the island year-round. Remember, when you go on a Nantucket vacation in summer, it’s bound to be packed full of amazing memorable moments.

 

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