February 23rd, 2022



Nantucket: Why Go Now

With Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and other holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start planning a spring getaway to Nantucket. Get a jump start on the season by arriving in time for the reopening of hotels like White Elephant, overlooking the harbor; The Wauwinet, situated between two private beaches; The Cottages, perched on the Boat Basin; and the Jared Coffin House, a former whaling merchant’s home. All properties are enticing guests with the “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” promotion, which offers discounts of up to 25 percent off nightly rates. Many beloved restaurants like Brant Point Grill and TOPPER’s will also reopen, giving visitors the chance to nab reservations before the summer crowds descend.

As the mercury rises and flowers start to bloom, spring is one of the best times to get outdoors and explore the island, experiencing the full range of activities on offer—from golfing and sailing to surfcasting. Guests of White Elephant have complimentary access to Priority Bicycles, which they can use to peddle around the island, as well as a fleet of 2022 BMW vehicles, also available on a complimentary basis. Guests of the hotel are within strolling distance of beaches, the shops on Main Street, and several cultural centers. On April 23 and 24, the Daffodil Festival will take place on the island, kicking off a 2022 season of celebrations, many of which have been paused in recent years due to the pandemic: May 18-22 will see the return of the Nantucket Wine Festival; June 16-19 the Nantucket Book Festival; and June 22-26 the Nantucket Film Festival.

Suite Spotlight

The only bookable accommodation on Nantucket’s Main Street, 32 Main Street Loft is an airy 2,500-square-foot space with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. The light-drenched loft is located on the second floor of a historic brick building and features sleek, contemporary furnishings and large picture windows with views of Main Street. Perfect for large families or big groups, the pied-à-terre-style accommodation has an expansive living space, an open kitchen, and a dining table that seats 8. Guests also have access to the pool and cabana area at White Elephant, a short walk away.

‘Woof There it Is’

The whole family (four-legged members, included) is welcome at the one- and two-bedroom Woof Cottages. Located at the Nantucket Boat Basin, the Cottages give the impression of sleeping on the water, with large decks overlooking the harbor. These cottages give pets the VIP treatment, with beds, a welcome basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls, and personalized pet tags. For recommendations on the island’s most pet-friendly activities—including the best places to run free, play fetch, and settle down for lunch—email local insider Bailey, a black lab/Brittany Spaniel mix, at Nightly rates start at $275.

How to Travel to the Island

JetBlue, United and American Airlines are re-launching direct service to the island beginning in May from east coast cities including Boston, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. and Charlotte. Roundtrip flights from New York start at $140 while nonstop service from Washington D.C. dips as low as $180 roundtrip. Seastreak Ferry’s seasonal service between Manhattan and Nantucket will also return on weekends beginning June 16.


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