Festivals, Historic Sites, bike paths, what to do while you are there?

Nantucket activities during the summer months are nothing but extraordinary. They include several of the best festivals in the north east, such as, Daffodil Festival, the official opening of the summer season every 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 dinners from $25 to $50. It is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine at an old favorite.

The Nantucket Book Festival, June 14-16, 2019 which is a celebration of literary luminaries, but it's also a time to reflect on the power of reading and writing. During the festival you will enjoy talks, panels, and have the opportunity to mingle with your favorite upcoming Daffodil Festival, cars, ladies, and lots of funauthors. Most events are free to the public. This year brings together several well know authors such as Nathaniel Philbrick  author of the New York Times bestsellers “In the Heart of the Sea”, and Jill Abramson, known for her political  bi-weekly column for The Guardian about US politics. 

The Nantucket Film Festival, June 19-24, 2019, which has become well known through the film community, and highlighted both “Mr. Rogers neighborhood”, and “The Wife”, Hollywood’s Oscar contenders over the last two years.

In addition, while vacationing in Nantucket you will enjoy many of Nantucket’s nature walks offered by an island where more than 55% of the land area is conservation land. Bird watching is also in the agenda, especially at Eel Point Preserve, an approximately 100 acre property known for its picturesque landscapes, and the Eel Point’s shoreline ecosystem, one of the best locations on the island for seeing shorebirds, and my personal favorite. You will enjoy the more than 33 miles of bike paths that take you from Sconset in the East to Madaket in the west while touching several of the Conservation Foundation most interesting landscapes.

Finally, the island offers all other activities as well, sailing (the Nantucket Sailing Club, which offers Kayaks, Paddles boards, Wind-Surfing, and sail boats equipment for rent), live music every day at Cisco Brewers, where you can enjoy food, live music, and your favorite brew after spending the day at the beach,  and let’s not forget the three live theatres in Nantucket, as well as the Whaling Museum, a truly world-class museum where you will learn the historical facts surrounding the whaling industry in Nantucket during the 1800’s, when Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world, and served as inspiration to Melville’s Moby Dick.