Friday, March 16, 2018

Get ready for springtime on Nantucket Island

Springtime on Nantucket is beautiful. Locals know that the island is not as crowded now as it will be during the summer months so make plans to visit Nantucket now.

Built in 1771 as a whaling master’s home, Cliff Lodge is a short stroll from the town center and all the exciting sights and sounds of Nantucket.

If you’re not sure of what to do on Nantucket Island in the spring, let us help you plan your getaway by suggesting a few of our favorite festivals and activities.

Nantucket shore in the sunset

1. 2018 Daffodil Festival: April 27-29

The Nantucket Daffodil Festival is an annual event, started in the 1970s, that marks the start of spring on Nantucket Island. Enjoy tailgate picnics, parades, art shows, and much more - there is fun for the whole family. The Daffodil Festival has a loyal following of repeat visitors who participate in the Antique Car Parade, the Children’s Parade, and cheer on the Pine Woods Morris Dancers. The main event is the 44th Annual Community Daffodil Flower Show - approved by the American Daffodil Society - which will be held at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm.

2. Biking Nantucket Island

Between the beautiful weather, plentiful bike paths, and the readily available bike rentals, Nantucket suits riders of all levels. Nantucket Island offers over 30 miles of bike paths between the Surfside Road Path, Polpis Road Path, Nobadeer Farm Road Path, Eel Point Road Path, Bartlett Road Path, and many more. Explore this interactive map of all available bike paths.

3. Nantucket Wine Festival: May 16-20

Since 1996, The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has been an Island tradition attracting visitors from across the world. The Festival maintains true to its intimate boutique roots while always increasing the family of participating restaurants, chefs, vinters, and wineries. Check the event schedule and buy tickets at the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival website.

4. Endeavor Sailing Adventures

With the warming weather, get the full Nantucket Sound experience aboard the Friendship Sloop, Endeavor. Sail with Captain James Genthner who has over 30 years of experience and is licensed by the United States Coast Guard. Choose from daily sailing cruises or consider a private charter. The Endeavor operates from May through October.

5. Nantucket Restaurant Week: June 4-10

Participating Nantucket restaurants offer three-five course dinners in this semi annual celebration of Nantucket’s culinary tradition. More than 30 restaurants participate in Restaurant Week, giving you the chance to try something completely new or take comfort in old favorites. Just a couple of our personal recommendations include Black-Eyed Susan's, CRU Oyster Bar, The Chanticleer, and Queequeg’s.

Nantucket Island offers plenty of activities for all ages, these are just a few of our favorites. Cliff Lodge is a historical Nantucket Inn with a romantic vantage point, just minutes from downtown. Book your accommodations today and get ready for springtime on Nantucket!