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Nantucket Off-Season Travel: Discovering the Island’s Hidden Charms

Nantucket Off-Season Travel: Discovering the Island’s Hidden Charms

Nantucket Off-Season Travel: Discovering the Island’s Hidden Charms

Vintage school bus from The Nantucket Hotel picking up guests.

Nantucket, a gem of an island off the coast of Massachusetts, is often celebrated for its summer allure. But let me spill a little secret: Nantucket off-season travel is where the real magic happens. Imagine the same picturesque streets, minus the bustling crowds. Sounds fabulous, right?

Now, summer in Nantucket is undeniably gorgeous. The sun kisses the island, and the population swells, making every corner lively. But with that charm comes the throngs of tourists. That’s why when The Nantucket Hotel beckoned me for an April visit, I was all in. April is that swoon-worthy time just before the summer rush. The island awakens from her winter slumber, with restaurants and boutiques throwing open their doors, yet without the summer crowd. It’s honestly the best of both worlds.

Exterior of The Nantucket Hotel.
Vintage school bus from The Nantucket Hotel

Speaking of The Nantucket Hotel, it’s a mere 10-minute stroll from the ferry port and the heart of downtown. And while I could’ve easily walked, they sent over their vintage school bus for a pick-up. Talk about making an entrance!

The hotel itself is a blend of modern comforts and Nantucket’s signature nautical charm. From the iconic red fire truck greeting you at the entrance to the maritime-themed interiors, it’s an experience in itself. My room? A delightful mix of vibrant colors, nautical decor, and sheer style. The loft-style space boasted a cozy sitting area, a handy kitchenette, and a dreamy four-post bed. And oh, that bed! It wasn’t just about the sleep; the sliding barn door, the Nantucket-inspired pillow details, and the perfectly chosen chandelier added to its charm.

Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Exterior of The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.

But, let’s talk food. Breeze, the hotel’s restaurant, became my go-to spot. Breakfast, dinner, you name it. If you ever find yourself there, the brick chicken is a must-try. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, literally.

Nautical-themed room decor at The Nantucket Hotel.
Nautical-themed restaurant decor at Breeze at The Nantucket Hotel.
A table full of food from Breeze restaurant.
A plate of the must-try brick chicken from Breeze restaurant.
A plate of the must-try brick chicken from Breeze restaurant.

During my stay, the hotel had a few surprises up its sleeve. A cooking class at the Nantucket Culinary Center was first on the list. The delightful duo, Joy and Greg, showcased their state-of-the-art facilities and their in-house restaurant, The Corner Table. We whipped up a light spring dish with cherry tomatoes, shishito peppers, and salmon filets. If you’re on the island, their event calendar is worth a peek.

The exterior of the Nantucket Culinary Center.
Cooking class in action at the Nantucket Culinary Center.
Freshly prepared salmon dish with cherry tomatoes and shishito peppers.

The next day was all about photography with Eleanor from Capture Nantucket. We toured the island, capturing its landscapes, iconic lighthouses, and charming homes. Whether you’re a photography newbie or a pro, Capture Nantucket has something for everyone.

Lighthouse view captured during the Capture Nantucket photography tour.
Sconset walkways captured during the Capture Nantucket photography tour.

My Nantucket off-season travel was a reminder of the island’s heart – its community. From the warm hotel staff to the locals I met, every interaction was memorable. And as I bid goodbye, I knew I’d be back, hopefully for another off-season adventure at The Nantucket Hotel.

Meaghan Murray with the vintage school bus from The Nantucket Hotel.

A million thank yous to The Nantucket Hotel and Resort in Nantucket, Massachusetts for generously hosting me! If you’re interested in staying at The Nantucket Hotel, visit their website at www.thenantuckethotel.com. All opinions and images are my own.

If you want to check out my other hotel adventures, head over to my Hotels section.

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