Photo Courtesy of Nantucket Chamber of CommerceNantucket is more than just a getaway for Bostonians. It's a great vacation spot for anyone looking to experience rich history, terrific hospitality and excellent food. If you're searching for a place to test out the season's fashionable focus on preppy chic - from Sperry Top-Siders to polo shirts - Nantucket has plenty of perfect venues for showing off your new duds.
Nantucket's roots date back to before the original 13 colonies, first as island populated by Native Americans, then as English settlement, when it became established as a whaling giant. At one point in time, Nantucket was the third largest city in Massachusetts, and the Whaling Capital of the World from 1800 to 1840. These days, Nantucket is a preservationist area, with numerous buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places and more than 800 houses still standing that were built before the Civil War.
After you've strolled along the cobblestone streets soaking in all the early American history, head to the island's 82 miles of pristine beaches or numerous conservation areas where you can enjoy the wilderness in all it's natural glory.
While in Nantucket, you will also want to check out some of the island's festivals, including the Nantucket Wine Festival. It will be celebrating its milestone 15th year from May 18-22, which is part of Spring on Nantucket, a series of events and festivals that kick off the warm weather season. Other events during this time include The Annual Daffodil Festival Weekend, Figawi Race Weekend, Nantucket Restaurant Week and the Nantucket Film Festival.
There are plenty of places to indulge in a gourmet dinner, including American Seasons, one of the island's culinary treasures. American Seasons offers regionally-focused cuisine and hard-to-find wines, overseen by Executive Chef Michael LaScola and General Manager/Sommelier Orla Murphy-LaScola. Menu items to look out for include lamb from Nantucket Conservation, as well as free-range hens and eggs from local farmer Nicole DuPont and house-made goat cheeses using milk from an on-island herd.
If you stay at the Union Street Inn on Nantucket, a beautiful boutique-style inn located in a historic whaling captain's home, not only will you get luxury amenities in the rooms, but you can also enjoy signature gourmet, cooked-to-order breakfasts and homemade carrot cake served afternoons on the garden patio. It was awarded in 2010 by Fodor's Travel as one of the Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S. with the "Fodor's Choice Gold" distinction.
Spring has officially sprung and summer is just around the corner with Nantucket Island's rich history and hospitality just waiting to be explored.