Enjoy the Island like the locals do!
Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you don’t have plenty of reasons to plan a winter weekend on Nantucket! The winter season is a quiet, beautiful time to stroll the empty beaches, unplug and curl up with a book, and (perhaps best of all) grab a bed, meal, and souvenir at bargain off-season prices. Nantucket is the perfect place for couples who want quiet time together to reconnect with fine dining Holiday shopping and scenic views that rival any winter wonderland in northern climes.
With beautiful coastal views, historic lighthouses, and colorful foliage, Nantucket Island is a place of great beauty and charm. On the local scale, many coastal communities in New England have already begun working to understand their risk and vulnerability due to climate change and what the next steps are.
Nantucket Island, as a community, has been doing this work since January 2019 when they completed the MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and created the Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee. Working with experienced consultants – Nantucket is in the midst of developing an island-wide coastal resilience plan. That protects the natural beauty and quiet peace of the area The plan has analyzed risk and vulnerability to climate change impacts across the island and will provide a roadmap for the Town to adapt in the future.
Staying engaged in local initiatives and working to understand climate change in your community is one of the best ways to gain hope for how we will face climate change impacts.So while we have the opportunity to enjoy the best nature has to offer we should grab it and hold on creating memories for a lifetime. For the third year in a row, Nantucket Island officially recognized September 2022 as Climate Change Awareness Month. Organizations across Nantucket presented many different events from walks to coffee roundtables to presentations and more. A full calendar of Climate Change Awareness events can be found on the ACKlimate website. But that is nothing compared to the Holiday Yule experience on the island
The Fall season started with two different events to share our expertise: Climate Change Walks at Folger’s Marsh and Climate, Coffee and Conversation: Resilience in Landscapes in partnership with ReMain and Envision Resilience Nantucket Challenge. The holiday season begins with Nantucket Noel 2022 on November 25 at dusk with the celebratory Tree Lighting on Main Street. The dozens of decorated Christmas Trees that line downtown streets will be illuminated this Friday after Thanksgiving.
Christmas Stroll Weekend will be held December 2, 3, and 4th, featuring a visit by Santa Claus, Santa’s Village Marketplace, live entertainment, craft shows, tours, and local specials. Many Nantucket inns and Nantucket bed & breakfasts offer in-town locations and appealing amenities. Some are converted whaling-era mansions with modern conveniences and others are brand new. Discover authentic Nantucket in an historic brick mansion, the Jared Coffin House 508-228-2400 once home to a whaling captain. Wonderfully restored with sophisticated amenities–HD flat-screen TVs, free Internet, AC, morning coffee & pastries and ACK Prime restaurant. In the center of town, near boutiques, galleries, restaurants, museums & charming side streets with historic homes & lovely gardens. For a family event The White Heron Theatre Company is presenting a Nantucket version of A Christmas Carol. A Nantucket Christmas Carols’ half-price ticket program is supported by the ReMain Nantucket Fund
The spirit of the island meets the spirits of the holidays! The whale oil trade has made Ebenezer Scrooge a wealthy man, but islanders know him better for his hard heart and miserly ways. The play will be presented Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM November 25 through December 3rd with Sunday Matinees at 4:00.There’s a fine dining restaurant on every street in downtown Nantucket, making the island a destination for people who love food. There are restaurants on the beach where sunsets get a round of applause; restaurants where every course is a sensory experience; and restaurants who have earned international accolades. A few of the island’s fine dining restaurants are open year-round, offering culinary treats during the deep winter months, but most open for Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend and close between Columbus Day and Christmas Stroll. Nantucket is the perfect place for photographers. The scenic views afforded by lighthouses are unique to the island bask in the luxury of beach side panoramas and immortalize the most ruthless island winters. Nantucket has three lighthouses, each with its own distinctive look, personality and history.