Nantucket Island is simply stunning and trendy. The air is thick and fragrant like the ocean, the people walk around in trendy beach ensembles and it is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Center Street is a great place to shop in chic boutiques, as well as stroll past art galleries and antique shops. Immaculate service, yachting, cultural events and many more luxuries of an upscale island vacation is what Nantucket offers.

WHERE TO STAY: The Cottages at the Boat Basin. These are peaceful cottages located beside an idyllic boat basin where the setting is tranquil and the view is spectacular.

WHERE TO EAT: Queequegs. This is the perfect place to get luxurious food in a relaxed and family friendly setting.

WHAT TO DO: Go shopping at Murrays Toggery Shop. It is the birthplace of Nantucket Reds, an established preppy look of red chinos in every rendition (from pants to skirts) for the whole family.

HOW TO GET THERE: You can get to Nantucket Island by bus, ferry and airline.

Insider Tip: Getting to Nantucket can be an adventure . With delay-prone air or sea approaches, travel requires more planning and patience than other local island destinations.


Read the Massachusetts vacation guide for The Berkshires, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Cape Ann.

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