Whether it’sÂ for a long weekend or the entire summer, Nantucket is ready to roll out the red carpet for you.
You don’t have to be the owner of a 200-foot yacht or an international playboy to enjoy the summer on Nantucket, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Grab your bathing suit, pack the car (or the helicopter), and whisk yourself away to this getaway for the rich and famous.
The 15th Annual Nantucket Film Festival comes to the island June 17-20. Take in one or all of the films with big names like as Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels and enjoy a slice of Hollywood on the East Coast. nantucketfilmfestival.org. The Nantucket Race Week is slated for early August and is a must-see for any island visitor. Following the racing events will be the 38th Annual Opera House Cup Regatta. 508-228-6600, nantucketraceweek.org. Take a walk on the wild side at Nantucket’s Demolition Derby but don’t bother wearing your Sunday whites. Jeans and sneakers only. 508-228-4347.
Middle Eastern flair in the heart of Nantucket is what makes Town Restaurant stylish and its food delicious. The kitchen staff here is passionate about its menu and it shows with memorable dishes like Tandoori Spiced Lobster and Moroccan Style Lamb. 4 Chestnut St., 508 325-8696. Located in beautiful downtown Nantucket, 21 Federal is a progressive eatery that couples a professional staff with an award-winning menu. The trendy summer spread includes Five-Onion Bisque, Seared Scallops, and more. 21 Federal St., 508-228-2121, 21.com. Time-honored tradition and simple style is what separates Sfoglia from the competition. A warm setting, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Italy and combined with hearty Italian meals like Chicken al Mattone, should put Sfoglia at the top of your social calendar. 130 Pleasant St., 508 325-4500, sfolgiarestuarant.com.
Home to one of the most beautiful and admired beaches on the island, The Cliff Side Beach Club makes it easy to relax. The stunning rooms have great views combined with an extravagant onsite spa, making this resort a top choice on the island for comfort and luxury. 46 Jefferson Ave., 508-228-2272, cliffsidebeach.com. The White Elephant offers all the amenities of home while letting guests enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor. Lavish rooms as well as private cottage rentals are available to make this island getaway that much more personal. 50 Easton St., 508-228-2500, whiteelephanthotel.com. There is never a shortage of seaside views at the Wauwinet Inn. Vintage-style rooms offer a relaxing feel for all guests and help shape that wonderful escape-for-the-weekend feeling. Just steps from peaceful beachfronts, the Wauwinet is a staple of Nantucket’s beauty and is not to be missed. 120 Wauwinet Rd., 508-228-0145, wauwinet.com. -By Andrew Christoffels