The Colors of Autumn in Nantucket


Visit Nantucket this autumn and experience the festivities and charm of the island.

As the heat of the summer slips away and the days become crisp in New England, the leaves turn from green to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. As each tree bursts with a fire of color, bright leaves flutter to the ground, carpeting the streets. Some of the best months to visit New England are September, October, and November, and one of the best places to visit in fall is Nantucket.

A splendid place to spend your summers, Nantucket is also a wonderful autumn retreat. After the busy summer season dwindles down, the fall lets you enjoy Nantucket at a slower pace, giving you time to savor each moment on the charming New England island. Throughout the fall, Nantucket offers special events that are sure to make your New England vacation special.


Fall Restaurant Week September 27 through October 3

Start with a preview of what’s to come during Taste Nantucket! at the Great Harbor Yacht Club on September 26th. Sit by the harbor, sip champagne, and taste some of the finest samplings from Nantucket’s most renowned restaurants. Tickets are $100 and proceeds benefit The Nantucket Culinary Arts Foundation.

During the week, experience some of Nantucket’s best restaurants, and enjoy delectable entrees and exquisite wines served with Nantucket hospitality. Each participating restaurant will offer a special menu with three course dinners offered at $25 and $45.

The culinary week culminates on October 3rd at Cisco Brewery with the Junior Chef Competition, in which culinary students from the island compete to create the best three course meal for a panel of judges.

For more information, visit Nantucket Restaurant Week or call 508-228-1700.


Nantucket Cranberry Harvest Festival October 10 Milestone Cranberry Bog

Enjoy the unique experience of watching a cranberry bog harvest as acres of bog are flooded and the bright berries float to the top of the water for collecting. Join in all the festivities which include hay rides, culinary classes, and music.

For more information, call 508-228-2884.


Christmas Stroll Weekend December 3 though 5

Nantucket during the holiday season is absolutely enchanting. Throughout the month of December, the island dresses up in its holiday finest, with magnificent tree and light displays. The Friday after Thanksgiving kicks off the month-long Nantucket Noel Celebration with the Chamber’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling. The highlight of the month-long celebration is the annual Christmas Stroll Weekend, sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive via Coast Guard vessel as carolers dressed in Victorian garb and musicians stroll down the cobblestone streets. Visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum as it is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than 70 trees decorated by local merchants, non-profit organizations, artists, and school children. Shop the charming store fronts and feel the warmth of holiday cheer.

For more information, visit Christmas Stroll Weekend or call 508-228-1700.


The fiery orange of the autumn leaves, the sparking white of wines, the brilliant reds of cranberry bogs, and the glowing green of the Christmas trees, autumn in Nantucket is a swirl of color and beauty. Discover the colors of Nantucket this autumn.


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