Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # Introduction

May 2, 2018 by Just Call Me Ishmael

9 Things You Need To Know Before Booking Your Nantucket Vacation Rental
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Nantucket, Massachusetts -- The island of Nantucket has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Northeast, and its architecture has earned Nantucket the designation of a National Historic Site due to its uniquely preserved New England seaport buildings, houses and downtown. Due to its old-world charm and natural beauty, it is almost impossible to go wrong by staying in any one of the island’s 15 well-known communities. Nevertheless every area of Nantucket is different, and you would be well served to become familiar with each community before making a decision on your rental.

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 1, Location

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

#1: Location, Location, Location
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From Madaket in the West to Wauwinet in the East, each one of Nantucket's 15 communities offers something different.. Let's explore what each one has to offer.
Downtown, Cliff, Brant Point: Most people familiar with Nantucket usually lump these three areas together. They are the heart of the island, where most restaurants and shops are located. Renting in one of these three areas allows you to walk to dinner, shopping areas and several well-known beaches, such as Jetties, Children’s Beach, and Steps Beach.

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 2 - Price

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

#2: Price
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By all accounts Nantucket island is one of the most exclusive vacation destinations in the Northeast of the United States, attracting celebrities and visitors from around the globe. It is not unusual during the summer months to bump into John Shea (writer and director of “The Grey Lady” – a romantic comedy filmed in Nantucket), Bill Belichick (New England Patriots coach), Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, (who this past year made Nantucket their summer home), as well as other celebrities. This is especially true during one of the many summer festivals that make Nantucket such a

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 3 - when to rent?

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

# 3: When is the ideal time to rent in Nantucket?
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The definition of ideal varies from family to family. However, Nantucket is a favorite summer vacation spot for families with young children, who, unbridled from the school calendar, can go anytime during the summer. For such families, I strongly recommend the months of June and September. In June, especially the last two weeks, summer is in full bloom with average temperatures of 69 F (22 C) during the day. During this month, the island hosts lots of activities (such as the Book & Film Festival), and all of the restaurants, theaters and shops are open. In addition, the beaches provide endless

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 4 - how to get there?

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

#4: How do I get to Nantucket?
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Getting to Nantucket is easy, as there are many modes of transportation to get you there. Fundamentally, you get to Nantucket by either ferries or plane. Depending on your point of origin, and especially during the summer months, multiple airlines have direct flights from such cities as Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and others. American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue all service Nantucket during the summer, with JetBlue having the most complete schedule of non-Stop flights. In addition, Nantucket is readily accessible from Hyannis by both air and ferries, with hourly flights

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 5 - what is included in your rental?

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

# 5: What is and is not included in your vacation rental?
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Often when I am discussing a potential rental with a customer they askd – what else do I have to bring for my rental, do they provide sheets, etc? Be assured, every rental in Nantucket is fully furnished with pillows, sheets, towels, kitchen equipment (including a lobster pot), and all other comforts found in a hotel room. Do not worry, you are covered Further, and often, rentals do come with additional amenities like beach chairs and beach towels, bicycles, canoes, beach toys, and other such goodies. As a renter, you should always ask what other amenities the property has.

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 6 - Festivals, Historic Sites

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

#6: Festivals, Historic Sites, bike paths, what to do while you are there?
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Nantucket activities during the summer months are extraordinary. They include several of the best festivals in the Northeast, such as, Daffodil Festival, the official opening of the summer season the last weekend of April; the Nantucket Wine Festival, May 15-19, 2019, showcasing wines from around the world, great cuisine, and great tastings (my favorite event is the Junior Chef Competition, the last day of the festival, great food, great tastings, and at $10 pp a great bargain; Nantucket Restaurant week taking place both Spring and Fall, when participating Nantucket restaurants offer three to five course

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 7 - Restaurants and Enterntainment

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

# 7: Restaurants, Entertainment, the Nantucket Theatre Scene
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With each new season, a new restaurant (or two, or three) opens to rave reviews on the island of Nantucket, sending foodies to scramble for the next hot, and “in” spot. Most of the new restaurants can be found in town clustering between Federal and Broad streets: Cru, which opened in 2012, boasts a spectacular raw bar; the Proprietor’s Bar & Table (opened in 2013) serves sophisticated small plates; mainstays Straight Wharf and the Boarding House offer outstanding seafood and farm-to-table fare.


Although Nantucket offers a variety of fare, in the last few years, restaurants have become almost out of reach for the typical . . .

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 8 - Pets and other 4 legged animals

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

# 8: Dogs, Pets, and other four legged animals
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Nantucket is one of the most dog friendly vacation spots in the United States. Dogs are welcomed everywhere, including in restaurants with outside tables, the beach, and all of the parks on island. Dogs always travel for free both on the ferries to the island, and on commuter airplanes from Hyannis.

When our dog, Buck, was still alive, we really enjoyed his company on the flight from Hyannis to Nantucket. He will sit in the back and put his nose to the window and enjoy the ride. It was truly wonderful to know that he was always welcomed,

Nantucket Vacation rentals: 9 things you should know before renting, # 9 - Leaving the Island

Facts you should know before booking your Nantucket vacation rental

# 9: Parting is such sweet sorrow
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In the words of William Shakespeare, “Parting is such Sweet Sorrow”. Leaving Nantucket can be traumatic and hectic. Your summer vacation is over, catching the ferry or airplane for your return home is taxing, leaving your rental home by 9:00 AM is almost impossible. In Nantucket during the summer months, most homes have a check out time of 9:00 AM on your turnover day. Please, be understanding of the check out time, and please remember that the 9:00 AM is selected so the home can be ready for the next renter..Remember, you would not appreciate arriving on Nantucket on the

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