nantucket fall sail: the best is ‘yacht’ to come

August 30th, 2011

Fall on Nantucket means dwindling crowds, exciting fishing tournaments, festive seasonal events, and great deals, making the Nantucket Boat Basin the perfect spot for boaters who aren’t quite ready for the end of the season.  Check out these top off-season reasons to plan a late summer or fall getaway at the Nantucket Boat Basin:


The Boat Basin greatly reduces dockage fees during the late summer and early fall. From  September 6-22 rates start at $3.50 per square feet, and from September 23-October 31, rates are as low as $2.00 per foot. Minimum footage requirements are waived completely during this period so that all boats, big or small, can enjoy savings of up to 42%!

Blue Fin Tuna Fishing with Two-Hour Cruise

The waters surrounding the Boat Basin are host to the highly sought-after and mouth-watering Blue Fin Tuna. Head out from the Boat Basin on a two-hour cruise to catch as many Blue Fin as you can!

Slip 14 Blue Fin Tuna Blast, September  10-12

Fishing, sharing stories, and enjoying the beauty of Nantucket is what has made this tournament such a blast for years. Not to mention, the weather on Nantucket in September is close to perfect!

Nantucket Slam, Cystic Fibrosis Benefit, September 11-13

This all-inclusive, competitive catch-and-release tournament is two days of fishing for Bluefish, Bonito, Striped Bass, and Atlantic Bonito/False Albacore. To get a “Slam,” one must catch three of a designated species in the same day. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Nantucket Restaurant Week , September 26-October 2

For a small island, Nantucket has a wide variety of renowned culinary establishments that include the new Brick Bistro, award-winning TOPPER’S, and the harborside Brant Point Grill, home to the Lobster Bloody. During restaurant week, three course dinners will be offered at these and other top Nantucket eateries from $25 – $45.

Family Scalloping Kick-Off, October 1

October 1 marks the start of the family scallop season on Nantucket. Bring your push rakes, waders, snorkel masks, flippers, and wetsuits for a day full of scalloping fun. At night, feast on your fresh and delicious findings!

Thanksgiving and Christmas Stroll Weekend

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to return to the island. The cobblestone streets and festive decorations that fill this quaint New England town are the perfect start to your holiday season.  Nantucket Island celebrates with Nantucket Noel, a month-long festival organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce that runs November 25-December 31. The highlight event is the Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend.  Stores, shops, and restaurants open their doors for holidays shoppers, carolers sing favorite holiday tunes, and Santa Claus arrives via a Coast Guard Vessel.


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