This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Nantucket for the very first time! You might be wondering why you should visit Nantucket in the fall. It might be a tad too chilly to go for a swim, but it’s still beautiful, with leaves changing and pumpkins decorating the traditionally seaside town. With the summer crowds long gone, it’s easy to explore all of the great shops and try out all of the foodie hot spots without long waits or reservations.
I know it’s crazy that I’ve spent every summer of my life on Cape Cod and yet never ventured to the crescent shaped island just an hour off shore, but as a kid my own summer neighborhood held endless adventures and then, as an adult, summer would fly by and there was somehow never enough time! When the team at Nantucket Island Retail invited me to spend a fall weekend at the iconic White Elephant Hotel with ample time to explore the island, I immediately said yes and cleared my schedule!
When you disembark the ferry at Straight Wharf, stop in at Ship to Shore for a Nantucket red sweatshirt or hat so you’ll fit right in with the locals, then walk over to Nantucket Perfume Company‘s little shop (12 Straight Wharf) for natural oil recreations of your favorite scents.
The White Elephant (50 Easton St) is a bit of a Nantucket Island icon. Island obsessed friends of mine have said it’s the only place they stay so I was pretty excited to be checking in! Guests can choose from traditional hotel rooms, private cottages, downtown lofts, or a community of condos so there is an accommodation for any travel style! The main hotel is a luxurious waterfront retreat with a sprawling green yard and just a quick walk into town. My jaw literally dropped when, at check-in, the concierge directed me to my “room”: the charming, three-bedroom Honeysuckle Cottage located in the main hotel’s manicured garden.