After today’s blizzard conditions and 65 MPH winds one might wonder what’s to love about Nantucket in the winter. While the weather has been a bit chilly lately – Nantucket can be quite beautiful in the winter. The island is calm and quiet – a great place to escape to with that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day. Cozy up by a fire and then indulge in some delicious gourmet chocolates and sip on some bubbly. Sounds like a perfect Valentine’s day right? The since you probably have President’s day off – wake up early Monday morning – get a delicious pastry or two, some hot coffee before heading out to see how beautiful the island is in the winter. While many businesses close down for the winter months there are some restaurants that are open year round. Here are a few images we snapped while exploring the island last week.
Indian Summer on Nantucket
The weather here on Nantucket has simply been beautiful, crisp fall air, and brilliant blue skies. October is a great time to visit Nantucket and truly enjoy the natural beauty without the crowds. Shop the local stores and dine out to meet some of the locals and find out why they love Nantucket so much. Have you ever visited Nantucket after Labor Day? What did you think? Do you like visiting the island when it’s hopping with visitors during the summer months or do you enjoy visiting the island when it’s less crowded and more relaxed?
Christopher Starbuck House, Built ca. 1690-1757
The Christopher Starbuck House located at
105 Main Street was originally built facing the south before orientation to the street was
necessary. Located across from the Civil War Monument – it has become a popular historical attraction. The homes down this street have come to symbolize the island’s whaling era. During the summer months the Nantucket Preservation Trust offers a 75 minute walking tour called, “A Walk Down Main Street.”
The Three Bricks
I have to say one of the best times to visit Nantucket is after the 4th of July. The heart of Nantucket is clad in an onslaught of red, white and blue which makes for a spirited summer celebration with friends and family. A stroll up the cobblestone Main Street will lead you to these beautiful brick houses that there were built by whaling merchant Joseph Starbuck in 1837 (completed in 1839) for his three sons. They are fondly known as “The Three Bricks” by locals and if you wish to read up on the history of these dwellings you may want to visit the Nantucket Historical Association via www.nha.org
photo copywrite: heartofnantucket.com
Old South Wharf
Old South Wharf is one of our favorite places to take an early morning walk. It’s a lovely place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and a delicious almond crescent. In our college days this was our morning ritual before starting a days work of maintaining the landscaping along the wharfs, the White Elephant and the Harbor House. While July can be a little crazy with lots of college students and summer visitors coming to the island – it gives the island a vibrant pulse of energy that makes it that much more fun to work and live there.
Nantucket has some of the most beautiful gardens in New England. The blue hydrangea is a popular flower on the island and can be found pretty much anywhere on the island.