The Cape and Islands aren’t just for summer loving fun – the fall season is hands down my favorite time to visit our neighboring island of Nantucket and today I’m sharing a Fall Getaway Guide to Nantucket. Packed with where to stay, what to eat, and where to get the best Instagram shots!
Thanks to 21 Broad Hotel for providing us with complimentary accommodations.
As a resident of Martha’s Vineyard, island hopping to Nantucket is a quick getaway that even though is only an 11 minute flight on Cape Air, it seems like a different world once you land. While both islands are located on Cape Cod, they each hold their own little bit of magic. Today I’m sharing why I love getting away to Nantucket when I live year round on Martha’s Vineyard.
Like I mentioned, getting there is quite easy – whether you take a Cape Air flight from Martha’s Vineyard or one of the many flights provided from Boston. If you’re traveling from out of MA, you’ll probably fly into Boston and then either fly to Nantucket or you can take a bus down to Hyannis or Woodshole, where the ferries will get you to the right island.
Once there, I recommend you stay at 21 Broad Hotel by Lark Hotels. Conveniently located on 21 Broad Street, it’s a short walk from the ferry or a quick taxi ride from the airport. Arriving at 21 Broad, I fell instantly in love because most of the decor is yellow and if you know me, you KNOW yellow is hands down my favorite color. The modern decor with splashes of bright colors made for an energetic welcoming.
Checking in was a breeze and walking into the rooms, we understood why Lark was so good at what they do. Modern rooms with comfy, super soft lines I jumped on right away and while on the bed, noticed the blackout shades – an essential amenity for those that like sleeping in. The bathroom is stocked with Lather products, which are focused on natural and holistic ingredients – I appreciate that! Oh and the showers? They include Vitamin C shower heads that make your skin super smooth after every shower!
At check-in, they handed us an iPad, fully loaded with guides around the island – this was incredibly useful in figuring out what to do, where to eat, drink, and shop! Honestly, I wish all hotels did this. Once you’re settled into your 21 Broad Hotel room, it’s time to explore!
My first stop and recommendation is The Corner Table, literally right across the street from the hotel and THE place to stop in for coffee, lunch, or a quick treat. It’s located under the Nantucket Culinary Center, an endeavor led by Greg Margolis and his wife. The Culinary Center is a year round spot on island that serves as a retreat, cooking class, and overall dining experience and with the Corner Table a few steps away, it’s the culinary corner of Nantucket.
Open daily from 7AM – 9PM and offering a family-friendly ‘third Place’ – outside of work and home – with great wi-fi, and comfortable nooks to eat, work, & play. The Corner Table Cafe provides delicious and nutritious snacks, meals, & treats inspired by our love of seasonal ingredients & local products.
As you walk around town, you’ll notice all the boutique and independent shops scattered between the red brick buildings and cobblestone streets. Walk up Washington Street and stop into Parchment Fine Papers, a stationary and paper store that will have you swooning at everything. Their selection of greeting cards, pens, planners, gift wrapping paper, and so much more means I can spend a good hour in this tiny shop and still not be able to take everything in.
Where on Nantucket can you see a 46 foot skeleton of a Sperm Whale that washed ashore on New Year’s Day in 1998? The Nantucket Whaling Museum, that’s where. Every trip to Nantucket is a chance to explore the offerings of this museum and every time it teaches us something new! On this trip, we decided to take a historical walking tour of downtown Nantucket (departs from the museum at 11:15am daily) and can I just tell you how incredibly educational and interesting it was?! We learned about Nantucket life during the whaling era, as well as important women of Nantucket like Maria Mitchell and others. For the $10 it costs, it’s well worth your time. Just make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as the sidewalks on island are uneven, plus you’ll be walking on cobblestones as well.
Last, but certainly not least – a stop at Cisco Brewers is a must while on island! It’s actually a winery, brewery and distillery all in one, plus they normally have tasty food trucks parked up and ready to serve you food. To get there, take the complimentary shuttle that departs from the visitor’s center downtown – it’s a free ride to the brewery and best way to come back after a few drinks. Close by is also Bartlett’s Farm, which is perfect to walk over on a crisp fall day for treats and goodies. Grab a bottle of their cider to take home – it’s so good!
In any case, whatever season you choose to check out Nantucket is always worth it – even during the dead of winter, it’s gorgeous to just relax and enjoy the snow. They are known for their Christmas Stroll, which is also a fantastic time to visit, as well as in May when the Nantucket Food & Wine Festival takes place. So go forth and explore Nantucket, it’s waiting for you.
Disclaimer: 21 Broad Hotel graciously provided us with hotel accommodations, but the rest of the trip was paid by us. Opinions, as always, are 100% my own.