While it is starting to feel like summer is coming to an end, there is so much to look forward to on Nantucket. Fall might well be the best time to plan a getaway to the island, especially for those who are a bit crowd-averse.
After Labor Day, the on-island population shrinks to a fraction of what it is during summertime, the water is still warm enough for a dip at any time of day, and the breeze picks up just enough to offer enjoyable days at the beach or walking through town. Hotel stays are more affordable and dinner reservations are easier to secure. Traffic has subsided, making it easier for everyone to take a leisurely bike (or car) ride to Great Point to watch the seals. We also recommend taking a stroll on the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk to take in the stunning scenery, pick up late summer/fall vegetables and fruits at Bartlett’s Farm for an impromptu picnic, or browse books and gifts at the island’s stores on cobblestoned Main Street.
The months of September and October are also full of festivals and events for foodies, art enthusiasts and curious visitors. The Nantucket Project (Sept 19-22) gathers a group of bright and curious people to explore ideas and share stories about what truly matters. The four-day event features marquee presenters, change makers, artists and more – all in a beautiful and inspiring location. The festival is the perfect excuse for a quick Nantucket jaunt for those seeking engaging conversation, enlightening dinners, evening socials, and island-wide morning activities.
The Nantucket Arts Festival (October 4-13) showcases the breadth of talent cultivated by island artists during this one-week celebration. Literary talent and heritage are honored with readings by authors at the Atheneum and local bookstores. For those who prefer to take in diverse shows, the local stages feature performances by theater groups and musicians, and the visual arts are well represented everywhere you turn during this weeklong celebration on Nantucket.
Culinary explorations abound during Nantucket’s Fall Restaurant Week (Sept 30-Oct 6) as diners can take advantage of delicious prix-fixe menus at the island’s most coveted dining establishments. Visitors and locals alike can discover island favorites, seasonal dishes and fresh seafood. With high season behind them, Chefs tend to use the late summer/early fall to experiment with new ingredients and different preparations, providing creative and innovative dishes for curious diners. At Hotel Pippa, guests can delight in Chefs Jeff and Nina Bachinsky Gimmel’s seasonal menu, which includes Crab and Bartlett Corn Risotto and Local Tomato Toast with Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Vinaigrette.
There is no shortage of reasons to visit Nantucket in the fall, including a 20% discount on midweek stays during the months of September and October (use code DINING for a midweek stay during Restaurant Week and ARTS for a midweek stay during the Nantucket Arts Festival). Don’t wait, contact our front desk team to book your Nantucket getaway!