I'm planning a weekend trip with my boyfriend and we're hoping to bring along our dog. She's a well behaved labrador retriever. How can I transport her to the island? Also, are there dog friendly B&B's, outdoor parks, and other pet friendly businesses?
Submited by Jennifer from Philadelphia, PA
There are several inns and hotels that not only accept dogs, but welcome them wholeheartedly. Most of these are seasonal, so if you are planning your trip between April and November, call Brass Lantern, White Elephant Hotel, or Wharf (or "Woof") Cottages. If, however, you want to visit during the off-season, we recommend that you inquire before you make your reservation.
Regarding recreation with your pup, there are lots of walking trails and many pet-friendly businesses on the island. You can transport the dog via ferry or fly with her.
This is going back many years, but my husband and I visited Nantucket in 1986 where he purchased a belt buckle. It is a wee bit past the point of "should replace". We have searched for quite some time for another one to meet his requirements, but to no avail. So, I am wondering if you would help, if you can. The name of the shop, I do not remember. What I remember is that the shop owner sold belts, buckles and I also purchased silver and onyx hanging pierced earings, so he sold jewelry as well. It was a small shop. If he is not there, are there any shops that sell belt buckles?
Submited by Madeline from Pennsylvania
A lot has changed on Nantucket since 1986, so this is just a guess, but for handcrafted buckles and jewelry going back 20+ years, we'd recommend you contact Craftmasters of Nantucket: 508-228-0322. Tell them that Nantucket.net sent you!
Did a bit of research on the Opera House and the Skipper. Quite a bit on the Opera house, very little on the Skipper. I still remember sitting on the deck having chowder. If you don’t mind I have another question. Has the area at the end of Brant Point ever dredged or have people recovered the unknown numbers of pennies off the point?
Submited by Dr. Robert Lovell from -
From records obtained from U.S. Coat Guard Station Brant Point, the area around the point hasn't been dredged for the past 5-10 years. Our Coast Guard friends did mention that the current in the channel is so strong that it often carries large shells and other objects rapidly through the water. They doubt that even dredging would be able to produce an accurate number of island visitors' pennies. So the only real answer is that we have no clue, and neither does anyone else!
where I can take contractor license classes
Submited by Jonh Willson from Nantucket
We've heard that the Nantucket Builder's Association will be offering a class in the near future called "Nail It." Dates are still up in the air as all the details are finalized. You can get more information by contacting the NBA directly at 508-228-1600.
My boyfriend used to live on the Island and always speaks about seeing the ocean frozen. I'm trying to obtain a photo for him for his Christmas Present of the ocean frozen in Nantucket, but cant seem to source from anywhere.... any suggestions on where I could find/get one??
Submited by Rebecca Byrne from Dublin Ireland
We bet the Nantucket Historical Association has something for you in their vast photo archives! You can search the archives by going to their website and click on the link for Search Collections.
I was in Nantucket this past weekend and I am looking for the name of a store where the sold round clocks. My husband really wants one for his 50th birthday. Could you tell me the name?
Thanks So Much
Submited by Amy Culross from Worcester Mass
Hello Amy: If it was a store on Centre Street, near Main, then it must be Freedman's of Nantucket.
Hello I am thinking about honeymooning on the Island in March of 2013. How much would it cost for me and my Husban to vacation there and have a good time.
Submited by Mrs. Armstrong from New Jersey
That depends upon what you call a good time. First, you'll need to get here. You can either fly, which is the most expensive way to get here, or come by boat, which will save you some money but will take longer. There are a number of lodging specials offered throughout the off-season, which certainly includes March. Call around to a couple of places that catch your eye, and see what rates they can give you for your time slot. Several island establishments also offer dining specials during the off-season, so you might want to try a few of those. We're not sure if you prefer to eat at fancy restaurants or casual ones; if you like drinks with dinner; if you're the types who enjoy shopping in the pretty stores you see while walking downtown. So while we can't give you a number of how much a trip will cost, we can tell you that between the special prices on food and lodging, a trip to Nantucket in March is bound to be far less pricey than a trip in the heat of the summer!
Also, congrats on getting married! Nantucket is a very romantic place in the silence of winter. Check out our website NantucketWeddings.com
for some good honeymoon ideas. We hope you two fall even more in love on our little island, and that you keep returning for many years to come!
Where can I purchase a Christmas tree and have it delivered and set up inside a residence on Nantucket?
Submited by Kate from Off island
Bartlett's Ocean View Farm and Moor's End Farm both sell and deliver Christmas trees, but they do not offer setup. You could check with the Nantucket Boosters Club as to whether they can accommodate your needs. They are selling trees for $55 each for 6- to 8-foot trees this Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Nantucket High School Parking Lot. All proceeds to benefit Nantucket Booster's Club/tournament play.
My wife found a portrait she loved of a bunch of starfish in a gallery near Slip 14, I can't remember the name of the gallery.
Submited by Joe from Norwell, MA
There are several galleries on Old South Wharf. She may have seen it in Ireland Galleries, which is across from Slip 14, or in Sosebee Studio Galleries, which are a few doors down.
Are their many resturants open on New Year's eve?
Submited by Jane from Boston
Yes, there are! Check out our special holiday restaurant hours guide
for details! And for more information on the Nantucket New Years Celebration, visit their new website.
What day does Santa arrive on island? Where can I find a detailed list of Christmas Stroll activities? Thanks!
Submited by Chris from R.I.
The U.S. Coast Guard brings Santa to Nantucket at 12 noon on Stroll Saturday, December 1. You can see Christmas Stroll activities posted on our Calendar of Events.
My wife and I are going to be in Dennis Port from 11/21-26 and wondering how to get to Nantucket, what to do in a day's trip, how big is the island, do I need to bring a car or rent one? Is Thanksgiving day a good day to visit? Thanks for the help!
Submited by Dr PJ Sierra from Florida
Hello Dr. Sierra: the fastest way to get to Nantucket from the Cape is by air. Flights
depart from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, MA, and take about 15 minutes. You can also get to the island via fast ferry -- both ferry services
also leave from Hyannis, MA.
Thanksgiving Day on Nantucket Island is quiet. We recommend you come over the day after, November 23, and stay for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at dusk on Main Street.
We are coming to Nantucket next weekend. We are renting a jeep and wanted to know any sights you think are worthwhile to visit. Any good afternoon tea places you can recommend? Your sight is really helpful and thank you.
Submited by Linda Ferguson from Stoneham Ma
Since we only have one weekend to work with, we will give you just a few of our top picks. Definitely check out the island's three lighthouses. The drives to see them will introduce you to some of the beauty of the island since they are on three distinct sections of the island. Take Milestone Road out to see the Sankaty Lighthouse, and you will get to enjoy the little village of Siasconset, an old artists colony. (Come back for Daffodil Festival in May to see the tiny village crawling with people and happiness!) In order to see the Great Point Light, you will need to make sure that your rental Jeep has a beach driving permit (ask your rental shop). Also, check with the Trustees of Reservations before you drive out to Great Point to make sure that conditions that day are safe to drive out. And finally, the lighthouse on Brant Point will allow you to take an enjoyable drive through the town area. While you're in town, we think you'll really enjoy afternoon tea at The Bean, located within the mansion at 29 Centre Street. In addition to wonderful loose-leaf tea, The Bean offers delicious gourmet coffee drinks and house-made snacks. Also, if you'd like to educate yourself on Nantucket's lighthouses a bit before seeing them, check out our Lighthouses page
our Lighthouses page.
How did you do with hurricane Sandy? I'm planning a weekend trip & was wondering what is open. Thanks
Submited by lee from MA
Hi Lee: Nantucket Island was very lucky. Some establishments along the harbor experienced flooding from tidal surge and high winds did a bit of damage, but for the most part it is business as usual out here. We'd love to have you visit!
I am thinking about visiting in July 2013. Are there any hospitals or out patient clinics on the island. I will be looking for employment.
Submited by Alice Robertson from Paducah,KY
Hello Alice: Nantucket Cottage Hospital is the main health care facility on Nantucket. In addition, there are a few physicians who see patients during the summertime, and some physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health services.
My husband and I have been invited to,share a house with friends next summer in Nantucket. We have not traveled much out east so we were thinking of driving and seeing some sights along the way. I have read about the ferries over to Nantucket but did not find any information about where to park a car on the mainland and costs of leaving it on the other side. Any suggestions?
Submited by Barb from Peru, IN
You would surely be provided with parking at the rental home, so it may be most convenient to do that. However, if you do not feel you need to have your vehicle on the island, then leave it on the mainland. From cabs to our reliable, clean public transit system,
The WAVE, there really are abundant transportation options on Nantucket during the summer. The Steamship Authority for leaving your car on the mainland.
We're coming over to the Island for a HS football game and was wondering what is within walking distance from the HS for restaurants/shops since we're going to be there most of the day without transportation. Thank you!
Submited by Michelle from Massachusetts
That depends on what you call walking distance. The less-than-one-mile walk from the high school to the downtown area is actually quite a lovely one, complete with tree-lined cobblestone streets and historic significance all around you. Once in town, you will have plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from! If your feet get tired, just call a cab. We recommend Roger's Taxi (508-228-5779) or Autopscot Taxi (508-325-1704). If walking almost a mile is not an option, then you can enjoy Thai takeout from
Siam To Go
(located within Nantucket Ice at 1 Backus Lane). If you'd rather have pizza, subs, and salads, head over to
Sophie T's Pizza, a short walk from the high school.
I live on cape cod year round, but i want to have a summer job for 2013. I'm also 15 so i was wondering if there's housing or something so i could live up there for the summer with another group of teenagers.
Submited by Claire from Yarmouth
Your best option is to find a job that comes with housing, such as being a nanny. There are quite a few postings by families looking for summer nannies in our classified section starting in March.
Is there any camping on Nantucket ?
Submited by Henry Burton from Cleveland, Ohio.
No, camping is not permitted on the island.
we will be there during thanksgiving. are there restaurants open? what would you suggest for thanksgiving dinner? what are other activities for that week?
Submited by connie from memphis
Not many restaurants will be open. But we do know that The Faregrounds Restaurant will be serving up a full Thanksgiving dinner buffet from noon 'til 8 pm! Under $20 per person, and families are always welcome! It's a great place to get a meal, and it's the Thanksgiving dinner location of choice for Joe Biden and his family for many years!
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket will be showing their production of "The Wizard of Oz." Also, the annual Festival of Wreaths will be going on at the Whaling Museum's Peter Foulger Gallery on Broad Street. This exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will re-open on Black Friday at 10 a.m. Another fall island event reserved for the bravest -- or craziest -- on Nantucket is the Thanksgiving morning Cold Turkey Plunge at Children's Beach. Also: the evening after Thanksgiving the annual tree lighting ceremony will be held on Main Street, so head to town at dusk, dress warmly and be ready to sing Christmas carols.
My family and I wish to visit Nantucket during the off season. What time of year is considered the off season when crowds would be lower. Thanks, Bob
Submited by Robert from VA - Virginia
Off season on Nantucket is mid-September through April, with some weeks in May and early June also quite. The exceptions are Columbus Day weekend, Christmas Stroll weekend, and Daffodil Festival weekend, all of which can be very busy.
What is the year round population of Nantucket Island?
Submited by Bob Cannon from Baltimore MD
According to a very reliable source, 18,000 people live on Nantucket year-round.
Hi, I was wondering if there are any colleges or universities on Nantucket where I could go to school after I graduate from high school.
Submited by Emma Gryte from California
The only way to pursue a college degree while living on Nantucket Island is to commute or to attend an online university.
While vacationing on Nantucket in August, we were able to partake of the blueberry vodka that we were told was a product of the Island. There were "eight balls" on the label. How do I get in touch with manufacturer and do they ship outside the Island?
Submited by Leanna Dunaway from Warren, Ohio
Wonderful! You found Nantucket's own Triple Eight Distillery ! It is indeed a product of the island; you can read up on its origins on their website. Unfortunately you're out of luck on the liquor shipping front. Massachusetts state law prohibits it. Guess this mean you'll just have to make it back out to Nantucket as soon as possible!
P.S. This summer, we learned about a drink called the Urban American and we think we're in love: Fill a highball glass with ice, and pour in a shot of Triple Eight Blueberry. Top with Sprite, stir, and enjoy yourself immensely.
I will be staying out in surfside in the middle of october and won't have a car. What is the best way to get around? I assume the bus isn't running, are taxis limited this time of year? Thank you.
Submited by Manuel from Vermont
You are correct: the buses will no longer be running by the time you arrive in mid-October. However, you shouldn't have any trouble at all finding a taxi throughout the month. There are not as many taxis, numerically, as there are during the summer, but there are also far fewer tourists on the island during October than during the summer. You have proportions on your side, and you are more likely to get a cab faster than you would in July. We especially recommend Roger's Taxi (508-228-5779) and Autopscot, (508-325-1704). You could also rent a car from a local car rental store like
Affordable Rentals or Young's Bicycle Shop. There are just a couple of blocks distance between these two establishments, and they both offer a mid-October rate of $59.95 per day.
In season, are there lifeguards on duty at Sconset Beach? Thank you.
Submited by Kathleen Wi from Darien CT
Yes, but only during the summer season.
Is the half marathon event going to take place on 10/7/12?
Submited by Liz from Atlanta
Hello Liz: Yes it will be held the morning of October 7. Registration closing date is October 5. Sponsor is the Nantucket Lighthouse School.
is there a bowling alley on nantucket?
Submited by connie from memphis
Hi Connie: Not any more, we're sorry to report.
Seeing that Nantucket is a small island where community members get to know each other, I am reaching out to see if someone might be able to help me to locate someone I am looking for who lived there for several years. He was a business owner in the community.
I do not want to list his name on-line but am wondering if there is anyone I might be able to reach to ask this question. Could you please return my email to let me know if I can call someone to ask this question and hopefully find my uncle.
(781) 850-6245 cell
Submited by Kathy Frye from Hull
Is it possible to do a house swap with anybody on Nantucket? My friend lives in Glensgeary in South Co. Dublin Ireland. Nice area near sea and mountains.
Submited by Patricia Greene from Dublin Ireland
Try posting a free ad in the Nantucket.net YANKEE SWAP section of our classifieds.
Can you help me understand what hotels may still have availability for Christmas stroll? There are 4 ladies coming for the weekend and we havent had too much luck finding lodging.
Any insights on this would be helpful,
Submited by Kathy from Ct
First, fill out our lodging inquiry form. Then you can peruse the various options on our Lodging Pages, many of these establishments have availability charts on their websites. Word has it there are still rooms available, but you are wise to look now.
My partner and I are looking for a scenic location where we might get married Oct. 6th. It will just be the two of us and a Justice of the Peace for a very brief ceremony. We aren't interested in a venue so much as a vista. Any recommendations? We are looking for an accessible beach-side location, preferably something not too busy.
Submited by Sheryl from Rochester, NH
Congratulations to you and your partner! Take a look at our Beaches page for pictures of Nantucket beaches. During early October, we think you'll find both Madaket Beach and Siasconset Beach to be solitary and lovely. Eel Point, though less accessible, might be your best bet for being all alone and having a wonderful view of the sea as you take your vows. In order to avoid people as much as possible, don't pick a beach in and near town (including Francis Street, Children's, Jetties, Brant Point and Steps). Also, note that by October 6, the chilly oceanside winds will have picked up a bit, so be sure to wear weather-appropriate attire.
And remember to check the legal requirements in Massachusetts to make sure you've got everything in order.
Planning a trip there the end of the month and was interested in whether or not there are any lighthouse tours available? Thanks!
Submited by Roxi Hanson from New York City
You're in luck! Great Point Natural History Tours are offered until October 15 this year, and part of that tour is a trip up into the Great Point Lighthouse! Call the Trustees of Reservations at 508-228-0006 to reserve your spot and pre-pay by credit card.
We will be coming to Nantucket for a day in Sept. Last time we visited we spent a great deal of time in Sconset and found it absolutely beautiful the cottages and roses on the roofs. With only a day to visit what would you suggest as being the best way to use our time.
Thank you, and thank you for such a beautiful Island.
Submited by Ruth from Canada
We agree that Sconset is absolutely beautiful. However, since you only have one day and you have already experienced Sconset, we suggest you spend your day enjoying the downtown area and the west end of the island, Madaket. The quaint and magical little downtown Nantucket area is a must-visit for the day tripper. Simply strolling past all of the little shops and galleries is an experience in itself. Even in the wintertime, when many of these places are closed, walking over the cobblestones in the cool breeze makes you feel like you could be living in the world a hundred years ago! Madaket, the west side of the island, is famous for its incredible sunsets. Plus the harbor and its surrounding houses (including Mr. Rogers' old house) are gorgeous. We suggest you take a cab out, make sure you have cell service, then arrange to be picked up after you've had time to enjoy the sunset in the sand and a jaunt around the harbor front.
Hi Ask Nantucket! I LOVE your website & specifically this column, I read it just about every day & dream of when I can get there. Luckily, that dream is coming true, my husband & I are going on a group tour of Cape Cod & (happily!) one day of it is on Nantucket! We will be there on Thurs. 9/13; included is seeing Brant Point, Sankaty & Lewis Bay lighthouses, a Nantucket Island tour, Nantucket Whaling Museum & lunch/shopping on our own. My questions are: 1. What is the temperature like in mid Sept. so we know how to dress, esp. with the various places/things we'll be doing? & 2. what, in the short free time we have in town for lunch/shopping, do you recommend would the best thing(s) to do to maximize our visit? Thank you very much, you are the best!!
Submited by Marge Fotheringham from Amherst, New York
There is, of course, no way to guarantee the weather, but the temperature in mid-September is typically in the high 60s to mid-70s during the day. For lunch in town during your day here, we recommend you dine outside if the weather permits: try Centre Street Bistro, The Essex Room at the Jared Coffin House,
or Queequegs. All four are in the heart of downtown and have menus online. If the weather is less than ideal, you can dine inside at any of those restaurants or you can try the more casual
Rose & Crown or Easy Street Cantina.
For shopping, well, just walk around the center of town -- we're sure you'll see many shops with items that will catch your eye!
I am on Nantucket this week and want to do the Bluff Walk in Sconset. How long in terms of mileage is the walk? Is the path stroller friendly or is it safe/manageable for a toddler to walk or is it a rocky walk?
Submited by Lisa from Connecticut
We're not sure how long the path is, but we can tell you that we would not consider it safe for a toddler to walk, nor would we suggest a stroller. The ground is uneven, there are some root and rocks to navigate, and it is narrow in places. You could try a baby backpack, but beware of untrimmed branches.
We are arriving in nantucket Labor Day for 2 weeks, my daughter, who has trouble walking, would like to rent an electric scooter to get around town to the shops and restaurants, could you provide me with the name of a rental shop?? thank you very much
Submited by dee from haverford, pa.
We actually could not find any place on the island where electric scooters can be rented. Also note that Nantucket's downtown terrain is not conducive to easy scooter usage and that there are many gaps and crevices in the cobbled downtown streets and in areas on the sidewalks, too. She may experience better mobility with a walker or with a wheelchair and the help of a family member. Dan's Pharmacy offers wheelchairs for rent at $50/week and walkers at $25/week. You can reach them at 508-825-9100.
We are coming to the island October 20 for the week. I have looked at the calendar of events for the week but do not see the chowder fest on the calendar which is usually the Saturday we arrive at The Grand Union parking lot. Will there be a chowder fest this year?
Submited by P. Schultz from Orleans, MA
We're sorry to report that this will be the second year in a row without a Nantucket Chowder Festival, and we are just as disappointed as you are. You can find consolation, however, in knowing that you can get some amazing chowders (otherwise known as chowdahs) on-island all throughout the year! We most highly recommend the chowdah at Fifty-Six Union or find your own favorite by browsing through our Restaurant Pages.
Would like to attend Christmas Stroll 11/30-12/2; however, all hotels sold out on Nantucket. Would it be worth the time to book a hotel on MV and take the ferry? Has anyone done this? Really want to see it!!
Submited by Susan from Connecticut
We are not sure who told you that all the hotels are sold out for this year's Christmas Stroll, but we checked with several local inns and we can assure you that there are still plenty of rooms available on the island during that weekend! Check our Lodging Page and you'll see lists of hotels, inns, and b&bs that you can call and reserve with. We are so glad to hear you are coming for Stroll! The holiday season is a truly magical time on Nantucket that is not to be missed!
We are thinking of coming to Nantucket for the first time the first week in October. I just noticed that is the art festival. Is the island crowded and more expensive that week? Thank you.
Submited by Peggy from Utah
Nantucket is rarely crowded in October. Even during Arts Week, you should have plenty of space to relax and not have to worry about traffic or not getting dinner reservations. During the fall months, prices are often discounted on the island. October really is the ideal time to visit Nantucket!
i am coming on thurday aug 30 for labor day weekend do i need to bring drink over from the main land or the are place to buy drinks is every thing walking distance or i need to rent a bike
Submited by josh fogel from new york city
Nantucket Island does have package stores, take-out shops, and a grocery store downtown where you can purchase beverages.
is there a ferry between nantucket & Martha's vineyard?
Submited by donna from new york
Hy-Line Cruises offers this through September 2. After that date, you'll want to check
air travel options.
We're heading for Nantucket at the end of this month and I was hoping you could tell me if Madaket/Smith Point and Eel Point will be open to vehicles with town beach permits.
Submited by Bob from New York
Although the end of August is generally a time when you are allowed to drive on the beach, there is never any kind of guarantee that a Nantucket beach will be open to vehicles. If an endangered species decides to set up shop on a beach, that beach will be restricted to vehicles and probably also to pedestrians in certain areas. Just make a quick call to the beach manager at 508-325-5248 before you go.
Hi we are visiting MA in about a week. We have 5 kids between ages of 11 and 6. Just checking about things to do. i see prviously was mentioned about turtling and crabbing. can we buy/rent the supplies there or should we bring our own? ie nets, string, chicken? and how far is the place to go turtling and the maria mitchell aquarium from the ships dock? could we do this all in a day?
Submited by Ji from Levittown, pa
There are plenty of activities for families here on Nantucket in August - certainly enough to fill a day! We recommend that you bring your tribe to the Nantucket Whaling Museum, where they have a daily program for children. Also, the Maria Mitchell Association offers a number of fun family events. You can check our
Calendar for details. As far as a meal on Nantucket for a large family, try Easy Street Cantina, which has a wide variety of offerings and patio seating.
Is there any public transportation available between L.I. and Nantucket?
Submited by Geraldine L. from Montclair, NJ
None we are aware of.
Hi, first of, I'd like to compliment you on this site; I've found the information in reading some of the Q&A's very helpful in planning my family's trip to the island. I was wondering though if there are any rental places that rent beach chairs and umbrellas for the beaches. Also my daughter really loves lighthouses, are the lighthouses on Nantucket open to the public to go into? Thanks, JC
Submited by JC from Townsend MA
Thank you! We work hard to bring you the most helpful and most accurate Nantucket information! Check out our Lighthouses page, which we hope will be of help to you and your daughter. Also, we highly recommend you take your daughter to the
Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum to see this year's exhibit, which focuses on lighthouse keepers and their families!
You can rent beach chairs and beach umbrellas for $8 per day ($16 total for both) at
The Jetties Beach Shop
. The Jetties also happens to be a delightful beachside restaurant and bar. It's one of those rare places that transcends age. That is, The Jetties is very family-oriented, and even has a kids menu, but is also cool enough that college kids want to hang out at the bar for a drink. The Jetties Beach Shop offers bathrooms and even changing rooms and showers.
Nous irons à Newport trois jours et pensons prolongez notre voyage chez vous par la suite car votre île est magnifique! Je suis en fauteuil roulant. Est-ce que le bateau est accessible? Est-ce qu'on doit réserver à l'avance le bateau et peut-on traverser en auto? Est-ce qu'il y a des hôtels et des plages accessibles pour les personnes en fauteuil roulant?
Merci de donner suite!
Submited by Danielle Laroche from Laval, Québec, Canada
Nantucket Inn offre cinq chambres accessibles aux handicapés, dont chacune comprend un seul lit king-size et d'une baignoire / douche. Les chambres offrent toutes des portes plus larges et un accès plus spacieuse de toutes les commodités des chambres. Vous pouvez profiter de leur superbe piscine intérieure et un petit déjeuner chaud tous les matins à droite sur le site! Le Inn Nantucket est situé juste à côté de l'aéroport et offre des taux concurrentiels.
Si vous préférez une vue sur le front, essayez de l'Hôtel White Elephant. Lorsque vous arrivez, vous pouvez prendre la belle bordée de fleurs rampe à leur premier étage, où vous serez accueillis avec des portes spacieuses et beaucoup d'espace pour se détendre en guest de l'hôtel les parties communes. L'hôtel dispose de trois chambres accessibles aux handicapés, dont l'un est entièrement accessible aux personnes handicapées et comprend une douche roll-in. Les deux autres rouleau chambres ont une baignoire standard, mais ne proposent de larges portes et commodes accrues. Il n'ya pas de coûts supplémentaires associés à la réservation d'un de ces chambres! Les gens de la réception des réserves nous a dit que l'une de ces chambres est généralement disponible à un moment donné, mais, comme toujours, il est préférable de réserver votre chambre longtemps à l'avance que possible. Propriété adjacente L'Hôtel White Elephant, les Résidences Éléphant Blanc, offrent une atmosphére plus comme à la maison avec une cuisine entièrement équipée, salles de séjour, etc Ceci est votre meilleur choix si vous voulez rester plus que juste un couple des nuits. Il ya trois résidences qui sont entièrement handicap accessible, de sorte que la même histoire se passe: réserver le plus tôt possible pour les meilleures chances à obtenir la chambre!
Hôtel le plus récent de l'île, Le Nantucket, est prêt à vous accueillir dans la salle Islander roi! Avec ses 270 pieds carrés d'espace et toutes les commodités nécessaires pour un accès complet handicap, cette chambre au premier étage est le seul de son genre à La Nantucket. Une rampe nouvelle marque Le Nantucket facile à la fois l'accès et profitez-en! Vous verrez que la plupart des magasins du centre-ville et des boutiques sont au niveau du sol et ne pas avoir n'importe quel genre d'une "lèvre" que vous devez surmonter. Mais bien sûr, il y aura certains qui ne sont pas accessibles aux personnes handicapées, malheureusement.
Tous les restaurants suivants ont deux rampes ainsi que des toilettes accessibles aux personnes handicapées. Si vous aimez la gastronomie, nous vous recommandons Cinquante-six de l'Union, Topper, Galley Beach, La Perle, qui dispose d'un ascenseur à l'arrière si vous en avez besoin, et le Café Sconset. Si vous préférez une ambiance plus décontractée, puis essayez AK Diamond, Faregrounds & Pub Pudley de et Crosswinds, qui est le excellent restaurant qui est en fait situé dans l'aéroport de Nantucket. En outre, un moyen facile pour vous de se rendre à la plage est de manger sur la terrasse au restaurant jetées, où il ya une rampe d'accès à la salle à manger qui est à droite sur la plage!
Désolé qu'aucun d'entre nous parlent le français. Notre réponse vous est présenté par la traduction en ligne, de sorte s'il vous plaît excuser les mots incorrects!
Hello! I am lucky enough to be moving to Nantucket this weekend. I will be living there year-round. I am thinking about purchasing a scooter/moped. Do you recommend this? My thoughts are that it may get a little cool for a scooter/moped during the winter months. Also, I know you can rent on the island, but are there any locations on the island where you can get a reasonable deal to buy a scooter/moped?
Submited by Danny from New Hampshire
Congratulations! Whether a moped will be practical for you depends on where you will be living and working here -- you might be able to walk everywhere. We suggest that you rent a moped for a few days once you arrive to test if it will suffice. As far as purchasing one on the island: inquire at one of the rental shops. They may sell some inventory at the end of the season.
I use a walker with wheels - is it difficult to maneuver around the streets of nantucket- also is it a long way to the store from the dock and are most of the shops and restaurants handicapped assessible- thank you
Submited by peg from ma
Although getting around on Nantucket may not be as easy as it is for you on most smoothly paved sidewalks, many people who use walkers are able to maneuver Nantucket's walkways.
Regarding the distance from the dock to the store, that has several answers. If you are coming in on the Steamship Authority, then you are about four blocks away from the nearest grocery store. If you are coming in on the Hy-Line, then you are only about one block from the nearest grocery.
You'll find that most downtown shops and boutiques are at ground level and do not have any kind of a "lip" that you must get over. But of course, there will be some that are not handicapped-accessible unfortunately.
All of the following restaurants have both ramps as well as handicapped-accessible restrooms. If you love fine dining, we recommend Fifty-Six Union, TOPPER'S, Galley Beach, The Pearl, which has a lift in the back if you need it, and Sconset Cafe. If you prefer a more casual atmosphere, then try AK Diamond's, Faregrounds & Pudley's Pub, and Crosswinds, which is the excellent eatery that is actually located within the Nantucket Airport. Also, an easy way for you to make it to the beach is by dining on the patio at The Jetties Restaurant, where there is a ramp into the dining area.
Again, navigating your way through Nantucket will definitely take some extra effort on your part, but we promise that Nantucket is well worth a visit!
We are visiting the island in August and have always enjoyed driving on Smith Point, Tom Nevers and many of the beaches in Nantucket. Are the town beaches all open for driving or are most of them closed this season?
Submited by Mike from Vermont
Each beach is on a case by case basis. The only way to know for sure is to call the beach manager on the day you are planning to go out. The Nantucket beach manager can be reached at 508-325-5348. However, as of right now, we do know that there are currently restrictions on driving at Smith's Point as endangered birds, piping plovers, have decided to set up camp there. ("Peep-peep-peep! Please don't drive over our nests!")
Hello, I am starting to compile a fly/drive trip to Boston in the fall/October? while near I should like to visit Nantucket and Martha's vineyard. Unfortunately I do not know how large these islands are, how long it takes to get to them and how much time I should allow to do them justice.
So lots of information please.
Submited by Veronica Stevens from England
Nantucket is pretty small, approximately 50 square miles of land area. You can fly to here in 20 minutes from the airport in the mainland town of Hyannis. (You can get connecting flights from Boston to Hyannis, no problem. That flight only takes about 35 minutes.) Click here to see our favorite air travel options. Nantucket deserves at least three full days, especially in the beautiful fall weather of October!
Hi there, we are planning a day trip to Nantucket and are really interested in getting to Surfside/ and or Children's beach. We are travelling with young ones on the ferry and won't have a car. What is the easiest way to do this? is it possible on a day trip? help! thanks!
Submited by Vin from Ottawa, Canada
If you arrive on the first boat and leave on the last boat, then yes, it is possible. Children's Beach is within walking distance of both ferries (Steamship and Hy-Line). To get to Surfside Beach, you can take The Wave shuttle bus.
Does anyone remember the year that the Harbor House Hotel closed? Thanks.
Submited by Angela from Gladwyne, PA
The Harbor House Hotel closed in 2007, and the White Elephant Hotel Residences were built in 2009.
I've never been to Nantucket before but am extremely interested in visiting this august. What is the best town to stay in for a girls mid week vacation? Any hotels / room rental suggestions?
Submited by Laura McCarthy from New York
Nantucket is a town, county, and island; there are no other towns on the island, though there are some villages. For tips on a mid-week girls getaway, go to our Girlfriends Getaway page.
We are planning a trip to Nantucket the first week in October. I have been to MV years ago and enjoyed it as well, but Nantucket is my dream Birthday Vacation. I saw a utube video of a fast boat, not the Grey Lady Ferry, but another on the Freedom line leaving the Island in 6 to 8 foot seas and it was terrifying how the waves went over the wheel room. I wonder how typical this is and I don't want to worry about it so much that I spoil my fabulous visit. We are staying at the Centerboard and so exited. So which is better for smooth ride, the fast Cat or the fast ferry?
Submited by Lynn from Florida
There is a reason someone took a video of this occurrence and put it on Youtube: it's extreme. It is highly unlikely that the boat will run if the seas are this high. You actually might do better on the slow ferry as it does not hit the waves so hard. Go with Steamship Authority or Hy-Line.
Hi, I am excited to be coming to the island to live/work for the summer. I arrive next week. I have always wanted to do this and it is working out. Yeah! I wanted to know what kinds of groups, clubs, events that I could attend where I could meet other people...or even perhaps volunteer?
Thank you so much!
Submited by Shannon from Charleston, SC
How exciting! You don't give us anything to go on about your specific types of interests, so we'll just give you some general items. Keep an eye on the events calendar at the Nantucket Atheneum. The library always has fun activities going on. The island has a number of religious organizations, including a Unitarian congregation that welcomes people from all belief systems. If you're an animal lover, you can make some friends both furry and human by volunteering at the local shelter or another animal rescue organization. Nantucket Cat Rescue can be reached at 508-825-CATS. The ACK Clean Team meets every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and picks up trash for just one hour. Check our calendar of events for each week's meeting location. It's amazing how working alongside others brings you together! And of course, it's always easy to make friends out at the local brewery.
I have two questions:
1. Is grilling with a small portable grill allowed on the beaches?
2. Can we get a beach permit for Great Point?
We are so excited for our visit next weekend!
Submited by Amy from Rhode Island
1. Yes, although permits are required for any grill, whether charcoal or gas, and are available through the Nantucket Fire Department. And although our cavewoman ancestors might be rolling in their fossilized graves, no open fires are allowed on any Nantucket beach.
2. The Trustees of Reservations sell beach sticker permits at the gatehouse to Great Point from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Cost is $140. Your vehicle must be 4 wheel drive.
Also, if you have a canine friend, please note that Fido will unfortunately not be allowed to accompany you to Great Point.
Are there tours of Nantucket? If so, where are they listed
Submited by Ed from Mechanicsburg, Pa.
You can find tours of Nantucket listed here.
We are flying in Wed afternoon and very excited to to observe local customs etc...I was wondering if the CLEAN TEAM will be in action this saturday 6/30...and how can I volunteer and where should I report?...I will be in Sconset...Thankyou
Submited by Jack Williams from Londonderry N.H.
The Clean Team works to keep Nantucket free of litter and trash every Saturday in-season. You can see their schedule at their website.
My wife and I would like to visit Nantucket for a day in late July. Is there transportation to/from any of the beaches?
Submited by Steve from Hanson, MA
Yes, the WAVE operated by the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority runs shuttle buses to Jetties Beach and to Surfside Beach. You can see their schedules and routes at their website.
My husband & I are planning a long weekend to Boston (12/28-01/01/13) this winter. While in your area we would like to visit Nantucket but am worried that too many places will be closed and that the ferry will not be running. Please advise.
Submited by Diane Melohn from Brandon, Mississippi
During the last few days of the year, many restaurants and shops on Nantucket will be closed. In addition, all museums will be closed except for the Nantucket Whaling Museum, which will be open for its Festival of Trees display from 1 to 4 pm December 27-31.
But, of course, Nantucket beaches will still be open, and, depending on the weather, you can go for long walks. Several of the inns that will be open have fireplaces in their common rooms and offer afternoon tea. If the two of you are interested in a romantic escape, Nantucket could be the right choice!
Whether or not the ferry will be running depends on the weather. The ferry does run year-round, as do the airplanes of Nantucket Air and Island Air. You can look on the Nantucket Transportation page to help decide how to get here.
Do I need my passport to take the ferry from cape cod to Nantucket or Martha's vineyard?
Submited by Katie from Boston
Although some on Nantucket might consider America a different country, no you do not need a passport to travel from the mainland (Cape Cod) to the islands.
We are flying to Nantucket for the week with our under 2 year old twins. What are the rules for car seats for a cab ride from the airport to the home we are renting? We are not sure what to do since we can not travel with our car seats. Also, is there a crib or pack and play rental system on the Island?
Submited by Kristine from New York
Massachusetts Law requires children to ride in child safety seats until they are 5 years old and weigh 40 pounds. So you'l need to find a cab company that has built-in baby seats. We recommend calling Val's Cab Service at 508-228-9410. They do day-before reservations, so just give them a call the day before you need service and let them know when and where to pick you up, and that you will need TWO baby seats.
There are several baby equipment rental companies on the island, and you can find a complete list of them by doing a search on the Nantucket Directory.
Have fun on the island with your little ones!!
My finacee and I are eloping on the island next week. :) We will be staying at the Wauwinet and getting married on their private beach. We would like a local's opinion on clothing choices this time of year. We see that the weather hovers around hi 70 and low 50s. Since we have not been to island before, we were wondering what everyone typically wears this time of year. Thank you!
Submited by Kimberley from Houston, Texas
Congratulations! We're sure the Wauwinet will make your day a joy to remember. Don't forget to share your story and your photos with our Nantucket Weddings website; we have a contest for wedding photos and one for engagement stories.
As to your question about weather...well, Nantucket weather can be unpredictable. And since you are from Houston, it will probably seem cool here to you no matter what! We recommend that you wear layers. Mornings can be cool and foggy, so sweaters are handy. Mid-day you can probably wear typical summer clothing: sundress or shorts and short sleeves. Evenings can be cool, so bring the cashmere and you should be all set! For up-to-date and accurate weather reports, visit our Nantucket.net Weather page.
I am making my first trip to Nantucket in a few weeks and am staying at the hostel. I'm bringing my bike and want to know if it is safe to ride my bike to/from town at night, with a head lamp of course.
Submited by Amy Barr from Canton, Ohio
Hello Amy: If you stay on the bicycle paths and follow the rules of the road, you should be safe riding with a headlight. Please do wear a bike helmet any time you are riding your bike, and it would also help to wear light and/or reflective clothing.
Hi. What day will the 4th of July fireworks be in 2012? The actual holiday falls on a Wednesday (7/4/2012) so I'm wondering if they might do the fireworks on that Saturday (7/6/12)...? Please confirm. Thanks!
Submited by Anna from Boston
The fireworks will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 9 pm. They are shot from a barge anchored 1 mile off of Jetties Beach. If there is fog, the fireworks might be delayed until it clears. If there is extreme bad weather on the Fourth a postponement will be made by 6 pm. You can find out by calling Nantucket Visitor Services at 508-228-0925. If they are postponed, then the fireworks will then be held the next evening Thursday, July 5, at 9 pm.
The barge will be located about 1,000 feet west off the west jetty at Jetties Beach. A roped off section of the beach will be closed due to the nesting Piping Plovers but other parts of the beach will be open to the public for watching the event. The Charles Street public way will be closed the evening of the event. It is suggested that people enter through the main entrance near the Jetties Pavilion building.
Ride the Wave to get to the Fireworks Show. Beginning at 6 pm, buses will leave the Whaling Museum on Broad Street approximately every 10-15 minutes and stop at the corner of Bathing Beach Road and Hulbert Avenue. We recommend you use this bus to get to the fireworks. After the event buses will leave from this same location approximately every 20 to 30 minutes until 11 pm The fare is $1.00 each way, half-price for seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans and active military personnel. Get real time bus information from your smartphone at http://live.nrtawave.com. Remember patience if you have any waiting time.
I am visiting a sister in Boston - this will be my first trip to MA with my family. One of my "kids" is an artist and I thought we could take an overnight to Nantucket. We would want to see all the art-related places as well as experience the beach and any other must-sees. What would you recommend for arriving a.m. June 7 and leaving p.m. june 8: where to stay, what to do? we will not have a car. thanks :)
Submited by susan from newmarket, on, canada
We created a suggested itinerary that you may very well find helpful as far as activities: The Art Lovers' Getaway. Since you'll only be here for one day and you won't have a car, we suggest finding a nice B&B in the downtown area. That way, you can experience the rich art culture of the island without needing transportation other than your own feet! Check out our Lodging Map. The closer you are to Main Street, the better. Do call around and make your lodging reservation ASAP as the busy season is kicking into full swing! And speaking of our maps, you will benefit from looking at our Arts Map, which shows you once again that you should try to stay as close to Main Street as possible!
Regarding transportation: if you are flying to the island, you'll need to take a cab (you'll find a line of them parked right outside the airport) or the public transit system, The Wave , into town. If you are coming in on a boat, then you'll already be in town. There are several waterfront locations within walking distance of the town area. We suggest Francis St. Beach, Brant Point, Jetties Beach, and Steps Beach if you don't mind a little walking. (Trust us, Steps is worth the walk!!)
If you find you have a few extra hours, you might enjoy a jaunt to 'Sconset, where many members of the old artists colony lived in the early- and mid-20th century. 'Sconset is a picturesque little village where everything looks miniature! You can ride The Wave and get out there for only two bucks a ride.
I am summering in Nantucket and am a new mom to an 8 month old little boy. I am looking to either form or join a mom's group/young children's play group and am wondering what the best way to go about this is. I hope you can help!
Submited by Kristal from Nantucket
Congratulations! The local library, the Nantucket Atheneum, has a children's room where you might meet some other moms of young kids. The Atheneum offers is a free "creative movement" program taught by a local yoga and dance instructor called Dance(sing) Movement. It is split into age groups, one of which is open to kids from 10-24 months. You might also enjoy taking him to Children's Beach, where there are facilities and there is a lifeguard on duty. There is no surf, so it is a good place to let him enjoy some splashing around time with Mom! You'll meet plenty of other moms and families at the beach. Enjoy your time on the island with your son!
How much is daily parking at Surfside Beach, Jetties Beach and Madaket Beach in early September?
Submited by Lisa from Connecticut
There is no charge to park at these beaches.
Hope you can help me! I have thousand of Honey Bees
at one location of the house. It looks like they are setting up "house" in the wall. Who can I call to have them removed without hurting them? A BeeKeeper? Thank you! Elisabeth
Submited by Elisabeth Provo from Nantucket
Try contacting Jim Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know about your situation. If he is unable to help you, then there are several Pest Control professionals here on the island. You can find them in the Nantucket Directory
Hi, I am visiting Nantucket next month and need a good recommended place to board my 2 small dogs. My husband booked a place that is not pet friendly : ( Is it possible to get a list of the places available near the Martin House? I've looked online and haven't been able to find anything.
Thank you in advance,
Submited by Samantha Dvorak from Washington DC
We recommend the
Offshore Animal Hospital, which offers boarding services. It is just a smidgen more than one mile away from The Martin House!
I am planning on visiting the island in 2013. I was wondering when the Boston Pops concert will be.
Submited by Patti Abbuhl from Stillwater, Ohio
The date of the concert has not yet been officially released. The Pops traditionally falls on the second Saturday in August; however, if you are planning your trip to Nantucket around this wonderful event, don't guess -- you should contact Nantucket Cottage Hospital for the 2013 date.
Years ago, I believe in the late 50s, the Cigar Store Indian was stolen from in front of the cigar shop. I remember riding my bike all over thinking I might find it. Was it ever recovered?
Submited by Dr. Robert D. Lovett from America
The cigar store Indian sat in front of the Opera House on South Water Street for years before it was stolen. It was never recovered! Wonder where it is today. This sounds like a great story in the making...
We are planning a trip to Nantucket the second weekend in June. We would like to take the Ferry from Hyannis and book the reservations in advance to ensure we will get the time/ferry we want. However, the inn we are staying at on the cape offers a discount on the ferry tickets. Should we book in advance w/o the discount and guarantee our choice of ferry or should we wait? What are the odds that the ferry we want will sell out at this time of year (we are traveling without a car).
Submited by Rachel from Ct
In early June, you should be able to come over on the ferry without reservations, especially if you are flexible on which boat you'll take. Only the ferry companies could tell you the risk of a particular ferry selling out.
Good morning. My son has been awarded a paid internship at the Maria Mitchell Foundation. he is currently still away at college. He did receive information at school. I will move him to Nantucket Memorial Day weekend. My question is what would be the most important items to bring from home. Ex. Should I purchase a bike at home or on the island.? MAC machines? Thank you.
Submited by Beth. Flannery from Ashland, PA
That's wonderful news! Your son has a great summer of learning and enriching work ahead of him!
He ought to do just fine without a car as there is seasonal public transportation. And he should definitely buy a bike here on-island since there are a few places where he can get a 2011 bike at a reduced price! He should call to see if he can rent a used bike for a day or a week to make sure it's exactly what he wants, then buy it. For an experience with a family-owned shop that has brought up bike experts since the early 1900s, visit Young's Bicycle Shop right on Straight Wharf. Island Bike Company has a complete selection of their fleet from the previous year, and Nantucket Bike Company sells used bikes, too. His best bet is to visit each place and shop around.
Anything he took to summer camp when he was a kid, he should also take to Nantucket. Bug spray, a good pair of sneakers, some heavy-duty clothes for any field work he might do with the Maria Mitchell Association, and also light clothing that'll allow him to comfortable play sports or hike on a hot summer day. He'll have some down time, so he should bring a couple of good books or movies or a laptop or anything else he might want to use to fill his free time. You didn't say what his living situation will be, but be sure he also remembers to bring bedding, etc. if necessary. He can pick up toiletries here on-island from the grocery store or one of our local pharmacies.
There are 10 ATMs on-island and plenty more places where he can get cash back with a purchase. No worries, Mom! The Maria Mitchell Association provides a wonderful internship experience! Oh, and do make sure you come out and visit him while he's here! Nantucket summers are beautiful.
I will be there next week May 16 to 17, just one night, we are planning to drive to Hyannis and leave the car there and travel to Nantucket with out our car, is there any places for us to leave the car parked in Hyannis and how much will it be? Also, are be able to find a last minute one night stay for my husband, my 3 year old daughter and me. Thank you.
Submited by Alba from Lawrence, MA
The Nantucket Wine Festival starts on May 16, so we recommend that you call ahead for a lodging reservation. You can peruse options here or use our Lodging Inquiry Form.
There is parking at the Steamship Authority ferry and at the Airport.
Is there a campground with ammenities on Nantucket? If so can you provide details. Thanks
Submited by Kiwi from Vermont
There are no campgrounds on Nantucket Island. There is a Youth Hostel in the Surfside area of Nantucket. 1 (508) 228-0433
I am planning a visit to Nantucket in July and was wondering if you may know which B&B's offer no minimum night requirement during the peak season? We would only like to stay for one night but do not want to have to call each B&B to find out which ones do and dont require a 2-night stay. Thanks in advance for your help. also, My daughter is 6 - any suggestions you have on where best to stay would be great. Thanks - Jennifer
Submited by Jennifer from Boston
Hello Jennifer: We suggest you use our Lodging Inquiry
form. If you do this, you can ask once and potentially get answers from many inns and hotels.
How far in advance should lodging and dinner reservations be booked prior to visiting Nantucket in May 2013?
Submited by Krystal from South Carolina
As long as you are not planning your trip during the 2013 Nantucket Wine Festival, you should be fine making your dinner and lodging reservations in 2013. We'd recommend two to three months in advance for lodging and two to three weeks in advance for dinner reservations (though, in most cases during May you will be able to dine at the restaurant of your choice with a few days notice).
If you are coming during Wine Fest, the situation is quite different. We recommend you make your lodging reservations up to a year in advance, and call the restaurants where you'd like to dine this season to ask how far in advance they accept reservations.
My husband and I are planning a much needed weekend getaway to Nantucket in August and are not sure which hotel or inn would best suite our preferences. We would like to be on the beach or as close to the beach as possible and at the same town close enough to walk to town. We would probably rent bikes but not a car. We would like a suite or a small cottage that offers the extra living space and a small kitchenette .... We love to pack our own picnics and such. We are interested in the higher end accommodations. I have read wonderful things about the Cliffside ,Wauwinet and White Elephant but am not sure which would best suit us for this trip? I look forward to your feedback, much appreciated!
Submited by Ann from Ga
The Wauwinet is a gorgeous inn with the beach a short walk across a manicured lawn. Great Point Lighthouse is a short over-sand trip from the inn, and a stellar restaurant is attached to the inn, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is a terrific choice for a quiet romantic couples getaway, but it is about as far from Town as you can get and still be on Nantucket.
White Elephant, another luxury accommodation you are considering, fits your wish to be close to a beach and within walking distance to town, as does Cliffside Beach Club. White Elephant is closer to town than Cliffside, but Cliffside has a nicer beach. You might want to add Inn at the White Elephant Village, which is very near the White Elephant, and has options with kitchenettes.
If you'd like to consider other lodging options based on their locations, check our Lodging Map.
My husband and I are considering visiting Nantucket and would like to bring our dog. Woof Cottages seems to be a good choice, but I would like to make sure this is walking distance to dog-friendly restaurants and dog-friendly beaches. The Cottages seem too far from dog-friendly hiking/walking trails and Cisco Brewery... is this correct? If so, do you recommend we bring our car in the ferry or rent a car there?
Submited by L from New York
Nantucket is a wonderful place to vacation with your dog, and the Woof Cottages are the perfect place to do just that. It is a few minutes' stroll from The Boat Basin to the downtown area, where you will often come upon water dishes sitting outside local shops. To get as close to Tupancy Links Tupancy Links as possible, book a dog-friendly room at The Beachside . If you'd like to shop around a little more before you decide which inn will suit you best, check out our Lodging Map , which gives you a great perspective on the locations of many of Nantucket's best inns. And regarding Cisco Brewery (which is definitely a must for a dog owner visiting Nantucket!), please note that you will probably want to drive out there no matter where you stay on the island as there is no walking path (yet!) alongside the road. It is quite expensive to bring your own car to Nantucket on the ferry. And since you may not want to be bringing your dog into different cabs all the time, renting a car here is probably your best bet. We highly recommend going with Affordable Rentals, Young's Bike Shop (there's a resident black lab at Young's, too, who loves saying hello to other dogs!), Nantucket Island Rent-A-Car, or Windmill Auto Rental.
As far as the dining situation goes, at both Easy Street Cantina and The Starlight , you can dine on outdoor patios. And the entire dining room at The Jetties is on an outdoor deck at Jetties Beach! You're actually also welcome to bring your own food to Cisco Brewery, so grab some take-out from one of these places and enjoy it at a picnic table at the brewery!
Overall, we think you'll be very pleased with the amount of dog-friendly services available on Nantucket. And if you feel like spoiling your favorite pooch at any point throughout the trip, head to Geronimo's or Cold Noses or get a special memento collar from Nantucket Knotworks !
Our family will be visiting Natucket Mid May to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. The house we have rented has a fully equipped kitchen. Is there anywhere on the island where we can purchase food staples for preparing our own meals
Submited by Debbie Green from North Carolina
There are two supermarkets: Grand Union and Stop-n-Shop; there is a natural food Market called Annye's; and Bartlett's Ocean View Farm also sells groceries.
What month are hydrangea in full bloom to visit the gardens?
Submited by Heather Condon from NJ
Most species of hydrangea begin to bloom by the beginning of July and stay gorgeous well into August. So you have a good two months from which to choose! The pinnacle blooming period will probably be the end of July.
We are planning a trip in early May and are wondering how and if we would be able to get from Hyannis to Nantucket as well as Martha's Vineyard and end up back in Hyannis all in the same day. As well if we can then how long would we have in Martha's Vineyard and how long in Nantucket? I believe we would want more time in Martha's Vineyard. Thanking you in advance for any information
Submited by Sandy from Canada
I'm sorely tempted to suggest you take the tunnel.
Seriously, it would be very difficult to visit both islands in a single day, unless you only want to see the airports on each. We suggest you spend an entire day on Nantucket (flying here from Hyannis takes about 20 min), and enjoy the beauty of our island. The Vineyard you can leave for another time. (Go Whalers -- Squash Those Grapes!)
We are driving from Boston to Hyannis to catch the ferry to Nantucket. Do you recommend leaving our car in Hyannis or bringing it to Nantucket?
Submited by Linda from Texas
If you are going to be on Nantucket for a few days, then do not bring your car. If you are staying longer, perhaps you should. If you do decide to bring a car, remember: you need to make advance ferry reservations for the auto, and you should plan to spend several hundred dollars to get the car over and back.
Please, where is the World War Two stone memorial located? The one with the list of names of the sons and daughters of Nantucket who served. Thank you.
Submited by Borte from Boston
Just a few blocks from Main Street, you'll find the Nantucket Town & County building at 22 Federal Street. In front of it, you will see two monuments, one of which is dedicated to those Nantucketers who served in both World Wars as well as the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
If you have any interest in the Civil War, you might check out the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which honors the 73 Nantucketers who died in the Civil War. It is located at Monument Square, which is at what islanders call "Four Corners." (That is, the intersection of Main, Upper Main, Milk and Gardner Streets!) Also, to get a genuine taste of Nantucket's part in the Civil War, we suggest a fantastic book called The Civil War: The Nantucket Experience. It was co-written by two island residents, Richard F. Miller and Robert F. Mooney and contains actual excerpts from of the journal of a real soldier from the island.
I have just finished geneology on my Mothers side of Nantucket family going way back. My Great Great Grandfather Amaziah Fisher Sr, built homes on Nantucket that still stand today. one of the homes is 37 Pine Street. My Mothers whole family are buried in the Fisher Plot Cemetary.My Grandmother taught at the one room Polpis Schoolhouse. Is their a place I could submit the stories and pictures I have of the Fisher Family history.
Submited by Valerie A.Forman from Utah
Hello Valerie: You could contact the Nantucket publication called Yesterday's Island.
Please suggest handicap accomodations in Nantucket. (first floor wide enough for a walker) Thank you!
Submited by Diane Mugford from Virginia
Nantucket Inn offers five handicap-accessible rooms, each of which includes a single king-sized bed and a tub/shower combination. The rooms all offer wider doors and more spacious access to all the rooms amenities. You can enjoy their lovely indoor pool and a hot breakfast every morning right on-site! The Nantucket Inn is located right next to the airport and offers competitive rates.
If you prefer a waterfront view, try the White Elephant Hotel. When you arrive, you can take the beautiful flower-lined ramp to their first floor, where you will be met with spacious doorways and plenty of room to relax in the hotel's guest common areas. The hotel offers three handicap-accessible rooms, one of which is fully handicap accessible and includes a roll-in shower. The other two rooms roll have a standard tub but do offer wide doors and heightened commodes. There are no additional costs associated with booking any of these rooms! The folks at the reservations desk told us that one of these rooms is usually available at a given time but, as always, it is best to book your room as far ahead of time as possible. The White Elephant Hotel's adjacent property, the White Elephant Residences, offer a more home-like atmosphere with full kitchens, living rooms, etc. This is your best bet if you want to stay for more than just a couple of nights. There are three residences that are fully handicap-accessible, so the same story goes: book as soon as possible for the best chances at getting the room!
The island's newest hotel, The Nantucket, is ready to welcome you into the Islander King room! With 270 square feet of space and all the necessary amenities for full handicap access, this first floor room is the only one of its kind at The Nantucket. A brand new ramp makes The Nantucket easy to both access and enjoy!
I would like to know if Nantucket is part of Canada or if it's US.
Do we need our passports if we're Canadian?
Submited by Nany from Gander, NL
Nantucket Island is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S.A. Nantucket was part of the state of New York until 1691, when it was transferred to Massachusetts.
Can someone recommend a B &B. We are going memorial day weekend and will not have a car so would like to be in walking distance to the action (restaurants, shops etc). I stayed at the White Elephant and loved it but too pricey this time around. Any suggestions? Something with charm.
Submited by Rachel from Connecticut
There is a wonderfully comfortable and attractively-priced B&B called Anchor Inn on Centre Street that is less than 2 blocks from downtown Nantucket with its restaurants, shops, and museums, and it is a short walk or bike ride to several beaches.
We are visiting Nantucket May 4-9. We are looking for things to do. It is just me and my husband along with another married couple. So we are looking for things geared towards adults. Any suggestions would be great! Thank you!
Submited by Erica S from The Woodlands,TX
For a complete listing of events on Nantucket Island, check our calendar. Many are listed for May already, and more will be added as plans are finalized. This calendar of events is updated several times a week.
To find more activities, peruse our Recreation pages.
When will the NRTA start service for the 2012 season?
Submited by Jason from Nantucket
Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) bus service begins on May 21, and expands in June. For complete information on the NRTA, visit their website.
Is there a taxi or other car service from Providence to Nantucket? We will be arriving in Providence June 21.
Submited by Mary Ellen Vieth from Evansville, IN
You cannot drive to Nantucket -- we are an island approx. 29 miles at sea. You can, however, fly from Providence, RI to Nantucket. Try Cape Air.
we are going to a wedding on september 8th at the white elephant. which section of nantucket is this place and what hotels would you suggest that are within walking distance. also does the ferry drop off near the white elephant. thank you
Submited by cynthia from swampscott, ma
The White Elephant is a lovely hotel on Nantucket Harbor near Brant Point and Brant Point Lighthouse. The White Elephant is near the Steamship Authority dock, but the walk is several blocks long so you might want to take a cab. You can stay at the White Elephant . Inns nearby include Brass Lantern, Brant Point Inn, Carlisle House, and Seven Sea Street Inn. If you are traveling with several couples or a family, you might want to consider the White Elephant Hotel Residences.
can you please advise the quickest ferry available to nantucket in April 2012 and how long it takes and where it leaves the mainland from. Also very interested in going to the whaling museum but understand it will be closed at that time- is there someone we can contact to see if there is any possibility that the museum might be opened for us if we make a donation. Many thanks, looking forward to hearing from you, regards,
Submited by joanne wastle from australia
The speediest ferries from Hyannis, MA to Nantucket Island are the Fast Ferries operated by Hy-Line Cruises and by the Steamship Authority. Each takes about one hour to cross the water. The Nantucket Whaling Museum is open in April on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.
a friend told me about a night each summer in Nantucket that people put out lanterns in their porches? If so, when is that? and where on the island could we rent a cottage that participates in that?
Submited by Janet Cohlmia from Wichita KS
We suspect your friend is confusing Nantucket with Martha's Vineyard, a larger island that is considerably closer to mainland Massachusetts than we are. Martha's Vineyard has a Grand Illumination night in August. Nantucket has a grand illumination every night in the beautiful night skies above our island.
There are 6 of us coming to the island in early June for a week and I have been reading up on the tours available. We went on a Segway tour of Savannah and had a ball. Does the island offer Segway tours? Thank you!
Submited by Terri Brandt from Germantown WI
There are no national tour bus companies operating on Nantucket Island, however there are a number of local tour guides. Among the best are: Gail's Tours and Barrett's Tours. Both operate vehicles that can accommodate 6 people.
We are traveling to Boston in July. We would like to visit Nantucket for a day. Is it worth it to take the ferry for one day? Would that give us enough time to check out the island or should be try to stay the night or fly? Trying to do and see as much as possible in one week!
Submited by Pamela Petit from Fort Wayne, IN
To maximize your time on Nantucket for a day-trip, you should fly in. Cape Air offers a number of flights from BOS to ACK every day in July, and the flight is just about 45 minutes. Make reservations well in advance, as these planes accommodate just 9 passengers each.
If you'd prefer not to fly, then you should drive or take the bus from Boston to Hyannis and hop on a ferry. If you do that, we definitely recommend that you stay overnight.
We were in Cape Cod last year and absolutely loved it, but we regrettably did not make it to Nantucket. We are coming in August of this year for the Boston Pops weekend. Since we are totally unfamiliar with logistics, etc. is there any info you can give us as to the areas(s) we should stay that would give us close proximity to where we need to be for the Pops weekend? Thanks!
Submited by Joe & Rita from Florence, Alabama
Nantucket is only approx. 7 miles by 14 miles, so anywhere you stay is close to Jetties Beach. That said, the very closest inns and hotels are: Cliffside Beach Club, The Beachside, Brant Point Inn & Atlantic Mainstay, Brant Point Courtyard. Check our Lodging section for more options and for maps showing exact locations.
I will be visiting Nantucket, MA the week of May 14-18 2012. My husband, my 3 year old daughter and me. We have never been there, is there any suggestions of what to do, I need a plan? Thank you.
Submited by alba from Lawrence, MA
First, a practical suggestion: because that week in May is the Nantucket Wine Festival, you should make dinner reservations in advance.
For family activities, go to the beach ! Children's Beach has a playground that your daughter might enjoy, and our other beaches are wonderful for beachcombing and building sandcastles. But note: May can be cool on Nantucket, so don't count on going swimming and bring windbreakers or jackets to the beach.
We also recommend a visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The Nantucket Historical Association operates a Discovery Room that is designed for children. Your family might enjoy a walk down Straight Wharf to see the working boats and the yachts that are tied up there. Check with The Endeavor to see if one of their sailing trips is suitable for a 3-year-old, and visit The Toy Boat, where you can let your daughter choose a special toy.
Your daughter might enjoy a Story Hour at the Nantucket Atheneum. See our Events for their schedule.
Later in the day, you can head out to Cisco Brewery, where they frequently have live music early in the evening. You can enjoy a local brew while your daughter dances to the music.
Check our Events frequently. More activities will be posted as your trip draws near.
When are the list of book signing, lectures, and short plays for June and July made available.
Submited by Wellington Roarck from Montreal, QC
Events and activities are constantly added to our Calendar of Events as they are scheduled. If you look at our Events frequently, you will find what you need.
our extended family will be on the island in june and we want an affordable photographer to take family pictures. suggestions?
Submited by connie lewis lensing from memphis tn
You can find a listing of photographers here: http://www.nantucket.net/art/photo.php You say you want an "affordable" photographer, but "affordable" is a relative term. We suggest you peruse this listing, find a photographer or two whose work you like and contact them. If their rates are too high, you can always post a request in our classifieds but know that you will get replies from photographers with a wide range of talent, and you should choose carefully since you will be capturing a moment that you could treasure forever.
Are there any beaches within walking distance of the airport? if not any idea on taxi costs? What is the nicest beach with lots of waves to go to?
Submited by bill sargent from worcester,ma
You can walk to Nobadeer Beach from the airport. Here is a beach listing: http://www.nantucket.net/beaches/index.php
We will be in Nantucket in October. I have heard not to bring a car to the island. We thought we would rent a car at the Boston airport and bring it on the ferry. Thoughts, please.
Submited by Mary from Michigan
You do not need a car on Nantucket, particularly if you are visiting for just a few days. If you do decide that you want to travel around the island, it would be less expensive to rent a car here on-island for a day or two than to rent one in Boston and pay a round-trip ticket on the SSA ferry.
Is a permit needed to bring a truck onto Nobadeer beach?
Submited by Mo from Mass
Yes, you must have a permit to drive on any Nantucket beach. You can obtain the permit from the Nantucket Police Department.
how do I get a list of nantucket bed and breakfasts?
Submited by colleen kkenyon from saugerties neew york
When is the daffodil festival? How long do they bloom? I am thinking of coming the 1st weekend in May. Will things be open? Will I have things to do then?
Submited by Marlene from Needham, MA
The Nantucket Daffodil Festival is held the last full weekend in April -- this year, April 27, 28, and 29, with the antique car parade, Main Street festivities, and tailgate picnic in Sconset on Saturday, April 28.
The daffodils on Nantucket are in bloom now! This is the earliest in recent memory, but we're told by the island's daffodil expert that there will still be daffodils blooming on Nantucket for the festival, they will just be the later blooming varieties that we often don't see until May.
I was planning to visit Nantucket either at the end of April or the first weekend in May 2012. Is one better than the other? I know in other New England places the beginning of May seems to bring the start of tourism--shops and restaurants open.
Submited by Tim from White Plains, NY
The end of April is when Nantucket celebrates Spring with our annual Daffodil Festival (April 27-28-29 for 2012). So that is the idea time to visit! The first weekend in May, most shops and eateries are open, but the island is quiet until the Wine Festival, which is held mid-May.
My wife and I have been in love with Nantucket's history, people and stlye for years and have introduced the island to our family and relatives. They are now hooked on Nantucket as we are! We are planning a family vacation with cousins and in-laws August 5th of 2012. Will the Dreamland Theatre be completed by then? I would like to plan a movie night for that week for the kids. Can we find out what movies will be playing? Is it possible to purchase tickets in advance to avoid a sell out?
Submited by Ben Adams from Buffalo, NY
Yes, The Dreamland will be completed by August, and their movies will be posted. You will be able to purchase tickets online.
We visit Nantucket twice a year and always rent a jeep so we can go out to Great Point on the beach. This year we are bringing our own vehicle which is a four wheel drive explorer. Do we have to purchase the full year round permit from the police dept. or can a day permit be purchased at the guard gate at the entrance to Great Point?
Submited by Jim from New York
Great Point & Coatue Wildlife Refuge gives vehicle access by separate permit issued only at the Wauwinet Gate House. Access to this area is not controlled by the Town of Nantucket. The Trustees of Reservations protects this fragile environment on Nantucket.
You can find lots of information about the area and on purchasing your 2012 permit here: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/cape-cod-islands/coskata-coatue.html
It's been about 20 years since I was last on Nantucket. Is there still a retriction on the number of cars on the island?
I am interested in taking sailing lessons for a few weeks. When would you suggest coming and where on the island would you suggest I stay? Am also planning to visit Martha's Vineyard.. Where can I find the daily Ferry schedule from Nantucket to the Vineyard? Thanks for your help.
Submited by Aly from Louisiana
For all information on sailing, we recommend you contact Nantucket Community Sailing. This wonderful organization offer classes, rentals, and is a member of US Sailing and licensed by the Commonwealth of Mass.http://www.nantucketcommunitysailing.org/
For info on transportation between Nantucket and MV, visit
We are planning to spend a couple days in early March - if we fly in to the island, what are the transportation options on the island? It seems to be the off season - Will the shuttle bus be running? Can we find either car or bike rental (umm, what's the weather like?) Or is taxi our only option? Please advise, thanks!
Submited by Ellen from Georgia
During the month of March on Nantucket, the only options for transportation are to rent a car, take a taxi, or ride a bike. The NRTA Shuttle only runs during the season. For information on bike rentals, car rentals, walking, and the NRTA, visit our Transportation section: http://www.nantucket.net/trans/on.php
I am interested in visiting Nantucket. I've been to Cape Cod but never been to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. I need to know what is the quickest way to get to either if I am traveling by car. I'm also coming with one other person, and I'm having a hard time finding lodging for two. Any recommendations? Our travel dates are June 9-15. Neither of us have traveled to either destination and we want to see the most while also getting a chance to relax. Where would you recommend we stay and what activities would you recommend for two 40 somethings on a romantic getaway? Love bike riding and beach activities.
Submited by Angela from Alabama
From Alabama during the summer months, you have several choices: you can drive to Providence, RI and take a 45-min flight to Nantucket on Cape Air; you can drive to Boston, MA and take a 45-min. flight to Nantucket on Cape Air; or you can drive to Hyannis, MA and either take a 18-min. flight or a 1-hour high speed ferry ride or a 2.5 hour traditional ferry ride to get to our island.
To research accommodations and activities, please see our Lodging pages here: http://www.nantucket.net/lodging/index.php And for ideas on a romantic getaway, look here: http://www.nantucket.net/itineraries/romantic.php
My husband and I love Nantucket and vacation on the Island every year, we especially appreciate all of the fine dinning. This year is our 40th and we are renting a house in Brant Point so that our adult children can join us. The party will include our first grandchild who will be one. Will we be able to include the baby in our dinner parties or is that frowned upon. Do you have suggestions of restaurants that are child friendly that aren't fast food like? Obviously we would remove the baby if she were fussy.
Submited by Angela Carr from New York
Most mid-level and several fine dining restaurants on Nantucket welcome families who responsibly handle their children. Among the eateries where families will be most comfortable are A.K. Diamonds, Fifty-Six Union, Brant Point Grill, and DeMarco. Others that could be considered are American Seasons, Dune, and Boarding House -- those three have sheltered outdoor patios that tend to be better for families with young children (less worry over small spills). Do check on availability of high chairs when you make your reservation because not all listed have them. And good for you for including the little ones in your trips to restaurants; starting children early on dining out etiquette is always a good idea, even if it means sometimes the adults must take turns with "time-outs" during the entree service until the etiquette is learned.
We are thinking about a day trip over to Nantucket from Hyannis sometime during the week of 15 April, 2012. In your opinion, is a single day in Nantucket worth the expense of the ferry ride and what would you recommend we see (we really like history) given our limited time? What can we expect in terms of weather that time of year? One last thing. Can you recommend a good seafood restaurant?
Submited by Tom West from Gloucester, VA
April can be beautiful on Nantucket. The annual Daffodil Festival is at the end of April, but many of the pretty yellow blooms should adorn the island by the 15th. The Nantucket Whaling Museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm that time of year, and it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the history of the island.
April weather is unpredictable, so bring a jacket and, if you have "thin blood" then a scarf and gloves might be wise.
Good restaurants that serve seafood and are open here in April include The Sea Grille, Fifty-Six Union, Dune, and Centre Street Bistro. For sushi try Yoshi's or LoLa 41.
We want to visit in October for our anniversary. Is October still a viable time to visit Nantucket? We don't want to be there with things feeling "closed". Suggestions?
Submited by Mary from Michigan
October is one of the best months to visit Nantucket! The weather is still warm and so is the water, if you like you can swim at the island beaches. All the island restaurants, inns, and shops will be open through Columbus Day weekend (mid-October), and many will stay open through the entire month. A number of them will even start offering specials.
In October you can enjoy the Cranberry Festival and harvest, gallery openings, local theatre, and more. If you come at the end of the month, Main Street is closed for the annual Halloween parade, where adults have as much fun dressing in costume as the children.
I have my permit now and in August when I'm on Nantucket, I will be able to get my license. Is there somewhere on island that I would be able to take the road test to get my license?
Submited by Trish from Boston
When you arrive on the island, check in with the Nantucket Police Department at 4 Fairgrounds Road.
We will be in nantucket next fall and will need a babysitter for two nights while we attend a function. When the time comes, how do I go about finding a reliable and reputable babysitter?
Submited by allison from midwest
Hello Allison: You can check the Nantucket.net Babysitting classifieds here:
I'm planning a bicycle tour in July 2012 that includes a visit to Nantucket ~ a destination I've wanted to come to for a long time. I'm retired Coast Guard and looking for a possible place to setup a tent on Nantucket during my visit in the second week or so of July 2012. Thanks, Keith
Submited by KEITH SPANGLER, USCGR from MECHANICSBURG, PA
Camping is not permitted on Nantucket, but may who enjoy camping like to stay at the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel in Surfside.
When is the best time to visit Nantucket for swimming at the beaches but not swarming with tourists?
Submited by Set from California
Waters around Nantucket are usually warm enough for swimming through the Fall, so if you are looking for quiet beaches, then September and October are prime times to go to the beach.
Dear Nantucket friends:
I'm planning to visit Nantucket the first week of May, to spend some days of my Honeymoon there. I have never been there, but many friends had recommended the island for a beautiful and romantic stay. I wanted to ask you if it is worthy to visit Nantucket in this period of the year. Is there any activities to do or everything is closed? How is the weather? It is still too cold to go to the beach?
I would like to know if there are exiting walks and places to visit, and if it possible to enjoy the beach during this time of the year...
Submited by Bernardita from Chile
May on Nantucket is beautiful but it is chilly in the evenings. You can certainly visit the beaches, but the water may also be a bit cold for swimming (usually in the mid-50s to low 60s), depending on what you are accustomed to. You can take a charter sail or go out fishing in May. Most restaurants are open and so are the shops. There will be lectures and tours, live musical performances and theatre, stargazing and nature walks.
When does the Steamship Authority typically start taking car ferry reservations to Nantucket for the summer? I have be checking on the Steamship Authority web site but can't find any info on this. Many thanks!
Submited by Kelly from New York
According to their website, The Steamship Authority is now taking reservations for travel from April 18 to May 20, 2012. As of Tuesday, January 17, 2012, they will accept reservations for travel from May 21 through October 14, 2012. If you set up an account, you can reserve online; otherwise, you can call 1-508-477-8600
I seem to remember during some of my visits to Nantucket that there is a Macy house am I correct?
Submited by Lorraine Wright from Long Island NY
There is a Macy-Christian house, which is a historic site on Liberty Street owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association, and there is a Macy Warehouse which is commercial space on lower Broad Street.
Hello! I am seeking the name of a noctural beach critter for a travel essay on Nantucket Island. I have lived in MA all my life but I have only seen this unusual seaside sight on the beach, only at night, and only in Nantucket. Being dark, it was difficult to see them clearly, but it looked very much like hundreds of large spiders crawling across the sand. They seemed to move forward, and much too fast to be crabs. Any ideas? Thanks!
Submited by Holly from Norton, MA
To find an answer to your question, we turned to the experts at the Maria Mitchell Association here on Nantucket! Here's what Cheryl Comeau Beaton had to say: "Your own observations are what tipped me off. You said you saw hundreds of these critters and although TV still portays spiders as sinister hunters, you are very unlikely to see spiders moving in "packs." Fiddler crabs, on the other hand, burrow into the sand in places like Harbor Flats, Eel Point, Coatue and other similar beaches. These burrows can number into the thousands, and when the tide, the phase of the moon, and time of the year are right you might easily see them by the hundreds."
And she has a few questions for you..."What island beach were you on? Where in relation to the high tide line did you see the critters? What month was it?"
Hi, I am an Australian and plan to visit the USA at Christmas and during January - though I have visited many places in the USA I have never been to Nantucket and have long wanted to visit. My question is what is it like in early January? I have checked the weather and so on and I don't mind the cold, wind and even snow, but will I be able to do long walks and will most places be open (museums, restaurants, etc)? Any ideas for a single traveller in winter would be much appreciated!! Mary
Submited by Mary from Sydeny, Australia
Nantucket is very quiet in January, so if you're looking for Nantucket when goes back to its small town feel, that is the time to visit.
Some inns and shops are open. For restaurants, usually Fifty-Six Union is open, along with LoLa 41, A.K. Diamonds, Fusaro's, Crosswinds, Pazzo, Sophie Ts, Faregrounds, Queequeg's, The SeaGrille, the Rose & Crown, and perhaps a few more. The Whaling Museum Festival of Trees continues on January 2 and 3, but after that the museum closes for the season. The Skating Rink is open, there are usually Winter Conservation Walks and lectures to attend.
I have relatives coming from Wyoming and they would like to visit Nantucket in December after the Christmas stroll. They would also like to do some shopping. What times are the stores generally open downtown.
Submited by Gil Silva from Plymouth, MA
After Christmas Stroll weekend, some shops and restaurants close for the season and hours of the onews that remain open do vary. In general, the shops downtown and in the mid-island area are open most days from 10 to 5. Several on Straight Wharf remain open, but most of Old South Wharf is closed for the season.
When I was a young girl, I had the opportunity to visit my Great Aunt on Nantucket and I remember visiting Miss Pope's Doll House and the Whaling Museum. My great Aunt lived on Lowell Place. She has long since passed away and I am talking
approximately 50 years ago. We visited the Old
Mill and the Oldest House and numerous other locations, can you shed any light on these places.
Submited by Joyce Daugherty from Odessa, Delaware
The Whaling Museum, Old Mill, and Nantucket's Oldest House are owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association. Both are open to the public during the season, and you can find more information about them at http://www.nha.org
Margaret Pope's Enchanted Doll House, just off Main Street, is now a private home. It is for sale for just under $1.3 million.
In early August, I was down at Tom Nevers beach one night, and I noticed that when you splash the water around, a bunch of tiny, green, glowing dots appeared and disappeared before my very eyes! How would you explain this?
Submited by Brian from Tom Nevers
What you saw is often called "ocean phosphorescence," but is actually bioluminescence. Commonly seen here (and elsewhere) at night when the water is disturbed, this light is probably from dinoflagellates (plankton) that react to stimulation when the water is disturbed by emitting brief bright light. Some creatures use bioluminescence as a warning, some as a trap to catch prey, and some use it for communication. Fireflies are a more commonly known example of critters with bioluminescence.
Looking to take my husband way November 11 -13 and love to take him to Nantucket. I know it is off season but wanted to know about places to stay, are stores still opened, any event for that weekend, car rental, ferry still run during this time?
Submited by Sheila from Lancaster MA
Hi Sheila: November is a great month for quiet romance on Nantucket. You can find a lovely inn by looking here: http://www.nantucket.net/lodging/index.php Several will probably have special rates for that weekend.
Yes, shops are still open, though their hours will be shorter. The Nantucket Whaling Museum will be open from 11 am to 4 pm, and you can check our calendar of events http://www.yesterdaysisland.com/events/index.php for other activities.
this summer we stay 1 days on the island ,next summer we want to stay 1 week can you tell me if I cant ride with my bmw motorcycle very quiet bike.what the rules on the island for motorcycle.thank you
Submited by paul goupil from quebec city canada
We could find no laws prohibiting the riding of a motorcycle on Nantucket, however, we would all appreciate it if you did not ride between 9 pm or before 7 am. The Nantucket Conservation Foundation does reserve the right to prohibit use of motorcycles on their properties. You can read over Massachusetts Laws here: http://www.mass.gov/rmv/mcmanual/index.htm
We will be on the Island October 15 to October 22. Where might I find a scrimshaw artist?
Submited by susan phillips from Louisville, ohio
The Scrimshander Gallery at 38 Centre Street is owned and operated by a scrimshander who has been working his craft here for several decades. And don't forget to visit the Scrimshaw Room in the Nantucket Whaling Museum to see many exquisite examples from our island's past.
Plannning on a Nantucket stay early spring (April/May)---any music, wine tastings, or what goes on during that time? Thanks for your help.
Submited by suzanne stauffer from allentown, pa
Highlights of Nantucket during April and May are the annual Daffodil Festival (held every year during the last full weekend of April) and the Nantucket Wine Festival (held in mid-May, but we have not been given the 2012 dates yet).
If you go to our calendar of events http://www.yesterdaysisland.com/events/index.php and check what was going on during April and May of 2011, you can get a sense of what goes on here during those springtime weeks. Do check dates for 2012 with the sponsoring organizations.
Does Nantucket have lodging to accomodate pets too?
Submited by Miche Baker from Connecticut
There are several pet-friendly inns and hotels on Nantucket. Check out http://www.brasslanternnantucket.com or http://www.thecottagesnantucket.com
We will be coming to Nantucket for a day the first week of October - coming over by ferry from Hyannis. We would like to visit the lighthouses and wonder how we can get transportation - is there mopeds we can rent or a golf cart at the dock?
Submited by Donna from Ohio
You can walk to Brant Point Lighthouse from town, but if you want to visit the others, your best option is probably an organized tour. You can see Sankaty Head Lighthouse if you take a tour with Ara's Tours. But Great Point Lighthouse is too far out unless you want to take your entire day to see it.
While watching the Nate show recently, he mentioned a place to eat...he says the pancakes were the best....I couldn't quite get the name but it's like Downy flake??? I know that's not it but I listened to it over and over and couldn't understand the name. Can you help me?? thank you. Barbara
Submited by barbara broadley from toronto canada
Nate could have said Downyflake...The Downyflake is an island classic that serves breakfast and lunch. It's located mid-island.
Other great choices for breakfast are The Hen House (also located mid-island, not far from The Downyflake), Crosswinds Restaurant at the airport, Arno's at 41 Main Street, and Black-Eyed Susan's in town on India Street.
Are there guided tours of the island? we really enjoyed the tour we took last year when we visited last year. thank you
Submited by susan from penna
We recommend the Nantucket Historical Association's walking tour of downtown and tours offered by the Nantucket Walking Tours. In season, both offer tours daily, but this time of year you should call (NHA: 508-228-1894 and 508-332-0953 for Nantucket Walking Tours).
There are also some good van tours: Gails Tours http://www.nantucket.net/tours/gails and Ara's Tours http://www.arastours.com are two.
Or you could take tours that will introduce you to specific aspects of Nantucket, including:
Harbor Tours with http://www.explorenantucket.com and a Brewery Tour http://www.ciscobrewers.com
While watching the "Nate" show, a lady showed where she found treasures at a place there called "Love it or Leave it". I cannot find any information on this place and am very interested in how it works and getting in touch with them.
Submited by Elaine Phillips from Jacksonville, Florida
If you are speaking of Mariellen Scannell, then what she was referring to is a section of the Nantucket Town Dump that is called "The Take It Or Leave It" section. Some locals also call it "Love It or Leave It" and others call it "The Madaket Mall." It is a small building next to the recycling section of The Dump where townspeople can drop off items in good shape that others can take at no charge. There you can find books, clothes, small furniture, housewares, shoes, and more.
I'm visiting Nantucket the week of 9/24 and want to bring my Nantucket basket to be fixed (a hinge has disintegrated). Is there a basket hospital on island? I can leave it if necessary. Thanks!
Submited by wendy from loudonville, new york
Check with John Sylvia at Four Winds Craft Guild at the bottom of Main Street.
Would like to visit Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket during the week of 10/10/11. Is this a good time to visit? How long should I visit each of the islands? Are autos allowed there? Is there any activity and/or points of interest to visit during this time?
Submited by Josephine from New York
Hi Josephine: We only speak for Nantucket...
Early October is beautiful on our island, the weather is usually still warm and most shops and restaurants are still open.
Yes, you can bring a car over, but you will need advance auto reservations with the Steamship Authority. Nantucket is only 7 miles by 14 miles, so in most cases you don't really need a car.
Do not miss the Nantucket Whaling Museum, there are several van tours available and if you have the time, this is a good way to see more of the island than you might on foot.
We are looking to come to stay in Nantucket on 9/23-9/26. Three questions please:
Is the climate decent during this time?
Also, which ferry companies can take us to MV for the day? ( I assume this is a service, if not please let me know:)
Where is a good place to stay in Nantucket for a married couple in the mid 30's. Thanks!
Submited by Corey from Chicago
Some say that September on Nantucket is the best time of the year here! The water is still warm, but the crowds of summer are gone! You'll still need a jacket on most evenings, which can get chilly and breezy, but it's very likely that you'll also enjoy some great beachgoing days.
Your best bet for traveling directly from Nantucket to the Vineyard is to fly. (Some ferries offer island-to-island service during the busiest summer weeks, but come September, that service is no longer offered.) Cape Air offers direct flights between the islands. However, bear in mind that you would not have much time at all to spend on the Vineyard unless you plan to book a hotel there for the night www.winnetu.com. With your time frame, you may want to just stay on Nantucket and fully embrace the experience of our island during your weekend getaway!
The good news: Nantucket has some really spectacular accommodations that might be just right for you and your spouse. For a complete listing of some of the island's best B&Bs, click here www.nantucket.net/lodging/inns.php. If you'd like to be right downtown but maintain a private atmosphere, consider the romantic Anchor Inn or Cobblestone Inn. You'll get a real taste of old-timey Nantucket will all the amenities of the modern day. Also, it puts you within easy walking distance of the harbor as well as any downtown restaurant, bar, boutique or museum.
coming for our second visit next week...where can we get a good latte near our rental on School St? Do islanders have a favorite spot?
Submited by Debbie Jones from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Once you've tasted the sweetness of Nantucket, it's hard to stay away, isn't it? So glad you're coming back! The Bean has quickly become an island favorite -- it's run by Nantucket Coffee Roasters, who roast their own beans right here on Nantucket. It's not unusual for islanders to walk in and bump into good friends! Their lattes are steaming and delicious, crafted perfectly by experienced baristas. The Bean is tucked inside the building at 29 Centre Street. For a place that is slightly closer to you, try Even Keel Cafe on Main Street, just a few blocks from School Street. Their specialty lattes are wonderful!
Where in ack can I get my glasses fixed?
Submited by Lynn from Ack
Dr. Ruby operates ACKEye out of a new office on Old South Road.
Our plans are/were to visit during when is says that Hurricane Irene is passing through. What should we do? If it continues to be a hurricane (and not downgrade to a lower level storm) as it progresses, will we be evacuated from the island? Is there a shelter on the island?
Submited by Nantucket Visitor from New Jersey
Nantucket has never been evacuated during a hurricane -- where would we go?
We shelter in place, we do not evacuate. If you are in need of shelter, go to Nantucket High School, 10 Surfside Road with your favorite pillow, a book to read, your cellphone and your charger. If you have children with you, bring snacks if you have some and items to comfort and occupy them. Necessities will be provided (food, medical care, water).
I am visiting Nantucket from Sept 17th to the 25th. I am interested in driving my jeep on the beach - what do I need to do to do this
Submited by Bill gerhardt from Berwyn PA
You will need to purchase a beach driving permit from the Town of Nantucket. You can obtain this at the Nantucket Police Station on Fairgrounds Road. The cost is $150. AND there are rules you must follow to preserve the delicate beach environment -- these rules will be given to you when you purchase your permit. Please note that if you intend to drive out to Great Point, then you need an additional permit from The Trustees of Reservations. This you can purchase at their Wauwinet Gatehouse.
I am a photo researcher for two cooking shows on PBS. I am looking for a photo of the Morning Glory Cafe and I was hoping someone could give me some sources to find a picture?
Submited by Debby Paddock from Hopkinton MA
Try the Nantucket Historical Association: they have an extensive photo library. If that does not work, try posting a call for photos in the Nantucket.net classifieds.
Could you give me directions to where I need to go to get to the Light House on Brandt Point
Submited by Mary from Salem NH
The easiest way to get to Brant Point Lighthouse from downtown Nantucket is to head down South Beach Street, past the Yacht Club and LoLa 41. Turn right onto Easton Street, and keep going past The White Elephant, past the Brant Point Coast Guard Station, and onto the beach. Brant Point Lighthouse is straight ahead. It's a great place for a picnic, but please clean up and take all your trash with you -- leave only your footprints!
Hi, we are traveling to Nantucket next week for a week's vacation. I am not bringing a car but we are depending on cabs and buses. For my 5 month old we are definitely planning on bringing her car seat but I really don't want to bring my 2 year old's car seat, its huge and clunky and will not be great for hoping in and out of taxis and during our site seeing adventures. Will taxis pick us up and take us places with my two year old not in a car seat?
Submited by Mike from Tewksbury, MA
Even though you probably won't be traveling far, it is still a very good idea to properly secure your children for safety. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration & the American Academy of Pediatrics advise parents to keep children in rear-facing seats until age two. Massachusetts law require child safety seats until they turn 7 years old.
I wanted to bring my husband to nantucket for his birthday and would like to travel by motorcycle.How would we get to nantucket?
Submited by claudia from maryland
You can take the Steamship Authority traditional ferry to travel to Nantucket Island with a motorcycle. To make reservations go to www.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/index.cfm
I am heading up to Nantucket for my familys annual vacation that we take every year for the whole month of August. I was wondering if there were any new events this month?
Submited by Charlie McDaniel from North Carolina
There are frequently new events on Nantucket, particularly if you like gallery openings, concerts, and lectures. Even annual events vary from year-to-year, for example, this year the Pops Concert at Jetties Beach features Carly Simon. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket has several new productions opening in August. And fishing trips or whale watches are never the same. The Greater Light has reopened and the NHA is offering tours of this stunning historic site, and different homes are featured on the 2011 Nantucket Garden Club House tour on August 10. There are new shops to visit and new restaurants to try this season!
For more August events, check our Events Calendar www.yesterdaysisland.com/main_pages .
Are there any hotels or guest houses that allow pets?
Submited by Stacy from Baltimore
Yes, Stacy, there are several accommodations that allow and even encourage visitors to bring their dogs (you'll have to check about other pets -- you don't specify what you have!). Try Wharf (or "Woof") Cottages and The Brass Lantern Inn. Both are in town and lovely. For a listing of accommodations of all types, visit www.nantucket.net/lodging/index.php
We are contemplating a trip to Nantucket sometime in October. Are most restaurants,stores and other activities still open and active? Are you aware of any specials available? Suggestions on where to stay, how to find out about specials, things to see and do are MOST welcome and appreciated!
Thanks and have a happy day,
Submited by Catherine L. Marcotte from western Massachusetts
October is a beautiful time of year to visit Nantucket: the weather and water temperature are warm, most shops and restaurants are still open (though some begin to close at the end of October), and some inns either reduce their minimum stay requirements and/or offer special rates.
The Nantucket Maritime Festival is October 1; the annual Cranberry Festival is October 8; the annual Chowder Contest is October 15; and Halloween on Nantucket is as much fun for adults as it is for the little ones!
For more events, check our Events Calendar www.yesterdaysisland.com/main_pages which is frequently updated.
Heard that Tuppency, the conservation area is a good place to walk dogs...could you please tell me if it is in walking range from the center of town? Thank You!
Submited by Peggy Schmidt from Provincetown, MA
Tuppency is indeed an ideal spot for dog walking. You and your dog will almost definitely find some friends there! From the center of town, (let's say the Atheneum at 1 India Street) it is approximately 1.7 miles out to Tuppency by road. There is only a small stretch of road without a walking/bike path beside it, but the rest of the trek has a nice, wide path. So you can walk as quickly or as leisurely as you and your canine friend prefer!
I have been to ACK many many times and am bringing my car for the first time this July. Do I need any special permits to have a car on island, or am I good to go once I drive it off the ferry? Additionally, what is the cost/process for getting an oversand vehicle permit?
Submited by Lori from Boston
You do not need a permit to have a car on Nantucket, but do watch where you park. Many of the downtown parking spaces are 30 minutes, and you will get ticketed if you go over that time. General Over-sand Vehicle Permits are available at the Nantucket Police Department between 8 am and 3 pm and cost $150 for a non-resident vehicle.
Oversand Vehicle Permits to drive in the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (Great Point) may be obtained from The Trustees of Reservations Wauwinet Gatehouse daily from 9 am to 6 pm for $140.
We have a Sprinter van RV that is 24' long. Are we able to bring the RV to Nantucket and where can we park overnight?
Submited by Louis from Amelia Island, FL
You can bring almost any size vehicle over to Nantucket on the Steamship Authority ferry, the only ferry company that carries vehicles. You'll have to reserve space in advance and the cost in-season will be more than $400 round trip. You can find details here: www.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/index.cfm
However, there are no public campgrounds on Nantucket, so you might want to park on the cape and visit Nantucket without your RV.
We are planning an RV trip, with a dog, around mid-september. Are dogs allowed on the ferry and around the island including hotels/motels?
Submited by Sue from Wisconsin
Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the ferry and around Nantucket, and you'll see them everywhere. Several island hotels specifically advertise that they accept dogs, including
The Brass Lantern www.brasslanternnantucket.com
and at the Wharf (or "Woof") Cottages www.thecottagesnantucket.com/pet
We are coming to the Island for 1 night. We have a 2 year old and a 3 year old. How can we get from the ferry to town and back again without having to haul 2 huge car seats??
Submited by Chrissy Gagliard from Norwood Ma.
Both ferry lines dock within walking distance of town, so it really depends on where your lodging is located. You can probably get by with a good, solid stroller (extra light weight strollers might be difficult to navigate on our brick sidewalks and stone crosswalks).
I will be on nantucket at the end of august. I would like to dock my 21 foot motor boat on the island. Are thetre slips available for short term rental. Thank You Warren
Submited by warren from nj
You can inquire about slip rentals by contacting the Nantucket Boat Basin www.nantucketboatbasin.com
my friend and I are coming Aug. 10 for a visit. It has been many years since I have been further than NYC. what will the weather be and what kind of clothing. I remember when we lived in Conn. it was cool in Aug.
Submited by Cleda Murray from Az.
This is New England, so the weather is unpredictable. That said, August on Nantucket has average high temperatures around 76 and lows around 63. You should be fine with sweaters or light jackets in the evenings.
What are the best kid friendly restaurant's? Which restaurants have take out near Surf side area of Nantucket?
Submited by Christine Omarra from new jersey
Our favorite kid-friendly restaurants include Easy Street Cantina, A.K. Diamonds, and Sophie T's Pizza. For takeout in the Surfside area, try A.K. Diamond's or Crosswinds at the Airport. For a listing of Casual Dining Restaurants, go to
What is the best way to visit Nantucket for the day from Martha's Vineyard.
Submited by Diane from P.A.
Flying is the quickest way to get from one island to the other. Try Cape Air.
Also, Hy-Line Cruises
hylinecruises.com runs ferry service between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Or, you could just come and stay on Nantucket!
Is there anywhere to park for free during most of the day? I have work in town and it's really hard to park without getting a ticket.
Submited by Brittany from Nantucket, MA
The Town Parking Lot on Washington Street is free parking, but you have to get there early to find a spot. Have you considered using the park & ride lots the NRTA offers and taking their shuttle bus into town?
R.H. Macy was born on Nantucket Island - do you know where on the Island the Macy's lived?
Submited by Diane from New Jersey
Rowland Hussey Macy is well known for founding Macy's Department store chain in the 1800s. He went on only one whaling voyage before deciding to enter retailing. His first shop was in his father's home at the corner of Main & Fair streets (where Murray's Toggery Shop now stands).
Your other question was on the origins of the name of Hussey Street. "Hussey" was a common surname on Nantucket.
Does it make sense to rent a car when visiting for 10 days in July? I have a 13 yr old and a 6 yr old so we want to make sure we can ALL easily get around in July when we come visit. Thanks!!
Submited by Perry from Texas
The answer to your question depends somewhat on where you are staying. Nantucket Island is only 7 miles wide and 14 miles long, so it is easy to get around. Also, there is a shuttle bus www.nrtawave.com
If you are staying in or near town, then you probably do not need a vehicle. You might, however, want to rent one for just a day or two to explore Siasconset, Madaket (great for kids), and a few of the other areas of Nantucket.
My grandparents and great grans had summer homes in mid- late 1800's to at least 1925. William P Hubbard,from Wheeling WVa [home, Marinear moved from 'town' to 'moors']. A Hinkley Lane is mentioned. and near it a 1908 home called Sunnyacre was built for William and Louise Hubbard Hudson.I have wonderful photos of life as it was then.Would this be Siasconset?
I wonder if you can locate this area and are the homes still there?
Any contact for more information would be greatly appreciated.
Submited by Sharon Privett from Norfolk va
Hi Sharon: For your question, we asked an expert: Daryl Westbrook of Westbrook Real Estate. Here is her answer...
It sounds to me as if you are talking about the cliff rd area and Hinckley Ln near the WESTMOOR CLUB - Sunnyacre was certainly a popular name for that time - because many of the houses were on an acre - but it is not Sconset - from the intersection of N. Liberty out was moors and some farms - and of course Tuppancy Links.
Does Nantucket pretty much close down for the winter? We're looking for a Feb/March 'getaway'and have always fancied going to Nantucket, but the more research we do, the more it seems that winter/early spring is not the best time to trial it! Can you confirm?with thanks,Gale
Submited by Gale from London
Winter on Nantucket is a quiet time, but if you're looking for a peaceful getaway to reconnect and relax, a visit here in February or March may be just what you're seeking. Nantucket does not shut down. There are a dozen or so restaurants & bars open. Activities include lectures, live music by local bands, winter conservation walks & bird walks, movies, trivia night, and more. You can check our Calendar of Events for those months to see what was going on this past winter.
If you are looking for more activity but still want to avoid the summertime crowds, then come to Nantucket in springtime (in April we hold an annual Daffodil Festival) or in the autumn. In September and October the weather is gorgeous, all the restaurants and shops are open, it's still warm enough to go to the beach and to swim, and more activities are happening.
Approximately how many one-day trippers visit nantucket in any given summer?
Submited by Jane Alpers c/o Denneen & Company from Cambridge, MA
No one really keeps track of who is here for just one day, but we can tell you that during most summers our population swells from 12,000+ to 50,000+. We also know that the public ferries and airplanes can bring more than 3,000 people a day.
What does Figawi mean and what does it have to do with Nantucket?
Submited by Renee C. from Philadelphia, PA
Figawi is arguably THE Cape Cod weekend sailboat race event of the year! It all began in 1972 when four friends decided to race their boats from Hyannis to Nantucket. The tradition stuck, and today Figawi fills an entire weekend with fun and camaraderie for family, friends, and community. Also, each year's event brings with it the Figawi Charity Ball, which raises over $200,000 for Cape Cod charities!
Regarding the name itself, imagine a group of seafarers with heavy Boston accents caught in the fog...so Figawi is a nice way to say, "Where the #@!$ ahhh we?"