The busiest time of year may be coming to a close, but Nantucket still has so much to offer! From on the farm to on the water, discover more on-island (safely) with these Labor Day Pro Tips.
Get a taste of Nantucket’s off-season views on the famous ‘Sconset Bluff walk. Starting in downtown ‘Sconset, the walk winds along the cliffs with a consistent, stunning view of the Atlantic and ends at the familiar candy-stripes of Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Admire the incredible gardens and quintessential Nantucket designs of the houses along the way and be sure to keep in mind any homes that catch your eye for next summer’s rental!
Sunny Saturday mornings on the Rock are made for the Sustainable Farmers & Artisans Market. Browse rows of local artisanal goods including organic honey, handmade jewelry, and ocean photography in this open-air market. Also, if you’re on island for a multi-day stay, pick up some fresh flowers, fruit, or vegetables from the Bartlett’s Farm stand on Main Street while you’re out and about. For more information, click here.
From drawing to decoupage, foster your budding artistic talent with friends at an art class led by Linda Zola, a local artist and teacher at the Artists Association of Nantucket. All materials will be provided. If you’re still feeling inspired beyond the class (which we know you will be!), swing by Create for some supplies and head to your favorite scenic spot to try your hand at your new skill. Picking up some Prosecco along the way is never a bad idea… For more information, click here.
Learn about Nantucket’s rich history without the hassle of summer crowds this Labor Day weekend with a Historic Walk of Downtown Nantucket. Perfect for an avid or budding historian of any age, this brief walk is only between two and three miles. Finish off your tour at the top of the Whaling Museum to take in the panoramic, rooftop view of Nantucket town and to absorb the impact of “the most important small town in American history.” For more information, click here.
If you stopped by the sustainable farmer’s market and developed a taste for the local honey, Beekeeper Peter Brace’s beekeeping workshop takes a passion for pollen protectors to the next level! The program gives you the chance to suit up and experience the comings and goings of the hive, while also learning how to care for bees. Planning on returning to Nantucket next summer? You can be assigned a mentor and keep your own hive at Sustainable Nantucket’s farm. For more information, click here.
Nothing says “socially distant” like a day off-shore! This #LDW, spend a few hours cruising out of Madaket harbor, past legendary Millie’s Bridge, and across the bay into the fish-infested waters of the Bonito Bar. Keep an eye out for sights like seal-covered Whale Island and a shark buoy that signals when a Great White passes nearby. Captain Tom’s Charters provides an all-inclusive fishing experience that encourages and combines three special ingredients: passion for the sport, a love of Nantucket’s waters, and many years of experience. Call them to set up a charter – they’ll hook you up for sure! For more information, click here.
Finish off a glorious early fall night with a sunset sail through ACK Sunset Sail and Harbor Cruises. Their 30’ sailboat “Weathervane” is perfect for a relaxing family voyage, while their motor launch “Fetch” keeps the party going with room for seventeen guests. Enjoy some cold drinks while watching the fiery red and gold hues of a Nantucket sunset over the water. For more information, click here.