Nantucket is the quintessential New England island. With bluff backed beaches, picturesque shorelines, the smell of the sea in the air, and charming town streets, there is no better destination for those seeking the ideal coastal Massachusetts inn getaway. Plus, there are great Select Registry properties on the island, so you can be sure you’ll have quality accommodations. While the summer season may draw in tourists seeking the pleasures of the beach, the winter is the time of year with the streets of the town are decorated in their holiday finest and visitors delight in participating in the Nantucket Christmas Stroll. This Nantucket tradition is the perfect way to get in the mood for the holidays and will make for a memorable trip for you and someone special.
About the Island of Nantucket
The island of Nantucket is located about 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The town of Nantucket and Nantucket County is actually composed of three islands: Tuckernuck, Muskeget, and the isle of Nantucket itself. It is mostly known as a “summer colony” with tourists and seasonal residents increasing the population during the summer by a substantial amount. The island has been named by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark District because it is one of the best preserved examples of late 18th and early 19th century New England seaport town. It is this authentic historical feel that makes the town so fascinating and charming to residents and visitors alike. Points of interest include Nantucket Harbor, Main Street, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, other museums and galleries, Brant Point Light Station, Nantucket Light, and Sankaty Head Light.
The Nantucket Christmas Stroll
Each December, Nantucket hosts a wonderful Christmas celebration known as the Nantucket Christmas Stroll. Started in 1973, the Nantucket Christmas Stroll was first intended to be a way to keep islanders from going to Cape Cod to do their Christmas shopping and help boost the island’s winter economy. What started out as a shopping experience that lasted a few hours, has now become a three day extravaganza featuring more 160 decorated holiday trees, a “Talking Tree”, costume contests, entertainment, shopping, and tons of Christmas cheer. This year the theme is a “Victorian Christmas” and the 2014 Nantucket Christmas Stroll will take place December 5th-7th.
Where to Stay during the Nantucket Christmas Stroll
While you’re enjoying the festivities of the Nantucket Christmas Stroll, make sure you take advantage of the amazing accommodations at one of the three Select Registry properties on the island. Each have their own distinct flair, but both offer unforgettable Nantucket experiences. The Seven Sea Street Inn has an authentic Nantucket ambience and amazing views of Nantucket Harbor from the building’s Widow’s Walk deck. The Seven Sea Inn is in an ideal location on a quiet tree lined street just a short walk away from the downtown area of Nantucket. Guests are just five minutes from Main Street, Children’s Beach, and Steamboat Wharf. Choose from one of their fifteen rooms, with features including private bathrooms, bathrobes, luxury linens, whirlpools or jacuzzis, private decks, and more. Get the feel of a classic Nantucket Inn while enjoying the modern luxuries you desire in your home away from home. The Union Street Inn is a boutique-style inn located in a one of the many historic whaling captain’s homes that populate coastal New England. The Inn is just off of Main Street and a short walk from the harbor, which makes its location ideal for those who want to enjoy all the charms Nantucket has to offer. The Union Street Inn’s twelve rooms feature designer furniture and fabrics, private baths, luxury linens from Frette Linens and Matouk, and bath amenities by Fresh. Famous for their inn-made breakfasts, guests enjoy cooked to order dishes like Challah French toast. If you have a sweet tooth, then don’t miss out on the afternoon snacks of home baked cookies and cakes. And personalized service comes standard at this Nantucket Inn! The Brass Lantern Inn is also in Nantucket right on North Water Street. This welcoming destination boasts 17 rooms with private baths that come in all sizes. This makes it the ideal place for families or large groups to stay on a trip to Nantucket. The property is divided into the Main Inn and the Garden Wing, as rooms in both parts of the property all feature luxury linens, matelasse coverlets with quilts or duvets that complement the room decor, and flat screen televisions with cable. Guests will also be able to enjoy an immaculate breakfast, as well as afternoon tea.