Five Reasons to Visit Nantucket in the Spring

Ask any local and they’ll tell you: Nantucket in the spring is one of the best times to visit. The crowds are thin, the prices are lofty, the ice begins to thaw, and the island comes to life. Nantucket in April, when the Gray Lady’s signature yellow daffodils are in full bloom, is particularly magical, but any time before the high season is a great time for a visit. If you’re looking for reasons to book a spring trip to Nantucket, look no further. 

WHAT TO DO IN NANTUCKET IN THE SPRING

When the daffodils start popping up all over town and the thin layer of ice that covers Nantucket Harbor drifts off to see, you know it’s official: Spring is here. Read on to discover the best ways to savor the season during your next visit.  

NANTUCKET DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

One thing is certain on a spring visit to Nantucket: You’ll see a lot of daffodils. The resilient, hardy flowers bloom as early as March, but they’re at their prime at the end of April and into May. On the last weekend in April, Nantucket Daffodil Festival celebrates the arrival of spring with an antique car parade and tailgate picnic, a daffodil hat contest, a window decorating contest, a children’s parade featuring decorated bikes, strollers, wagons, and so much more. It’s a Nantucket tradition not to miss. 

GRAB LUNCH AT BARTLETT’S FARM

Warm weather signals the start of growing season — and there’s lots sprouting at Bartlett’s Farm, the oldest farm on Nantucket. Discover what new seeds have been sown while you savor organic, hand-grown produce. The farm also sells local beer and wine, specialty items like cheese, meats, and ice cream, and hot foods, like scrumptious breakfast sandwiches, making it a prime picnic destination any time of the day.  

NANTUCKET WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Every May, epicureans from near and far gather for the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival, one of the island’s premier events. The five-day fête features wine tastings, opportunities to sample small plates from the country, and seminars hosted by some of the world’s best chefs, winemakers, and culinary experts. Get your tickets here.   

BRUNCH ON NANTUCKET

Spring is the season of brunch, whether it’s for Easter or Mother Day’s or just to celebrate the warm weather with an alfresco spread. Grab a traditional bacon and egg spread from Black-Eyed Susan’s, indulge in stuffed beignets from Straight Wharf, or stop by our very own Via Mare and do brunch like an Italian: a plate of pasta, a few glasses of wine, and a scoop of gelato in the early afternoon.

NANTUCKET RESTAURANT WEEK

For a week in the spring and in the fall, visitors and locals alike are able to discover new restaurants (and indulge in old favorites) for a fraction of the price thanks to Nantucket Restaurant Week. The beloved event spotlights some of the best restaurants on the island, who offer three- to five-course menus ranging from $25 to $50. 

STAY BETWEEN THE BLOOMS AT GREYDON HOUSE     

The cherry on top of a perfect Nantucket spring vacation? A stay at Greydon House in the heart of downtown. Our chic accommodations feature Roman and Williams furnishings, hand-painted Moroccan tiling in the bathrooms, luxurious soaps and lotions, a complimentary breakfast spread each morning, and so much more. Our restaurant, Via Mare, offers innovative, farm-to-fork Italian cuisine with patio seating, making it the perfect place to underwind alfresco on your next Nantucket spring adventure.