Sure, most folks’ go-to image of Nantucket is probably its summertime guise: postcard-perfect beaches, inviting surf, and salt-air sunshine in ample quantities.
But autumn on the island has some heavy-duty appeal of its own (as do, in point of fact, both winter and spring). The summer crowds have faded, giving you more elbow room at beach, restaurant table, and everywhere in between. The weather is often all-around perfect, and from hedgerow to woodlot the island foliage is putting on its own version of New England’s famed fall-color spectacle.
And at Greydon House, you’ll have the perfect fall accommodations on Nantucket: a cozy home base for sightseeing, dining, shopping, and nightlife on one of America’s most iconic offshore destinations.
Fall Sightseeing on Nantucket
Given the quieter countryside and the cooperative weather, autumn is an exceptional time to take to Nantucket’s extensive system of bike paths. You’ve got more than 33 miles of them to explore, weaving from Nantucket Town and ‘Sconset to some gorgeous undeveloped landscapes (and some stunning views of Nantucket sea-scapes). We recently profiled bicycling opportunities here at the Greydon House blog, which we encourage you to take a gander at; you can easily conduct your entire Nantucket vacation with us on two wheels.
This is also the perfect season for hiking on Nantucket, the best way to explore its unique habitats. Consider, for example, the properties managed by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Eel Point, for instance, presents a serene and fertile coastal mosaic of beach and lagoons, a birding hotspot that’s productive during fall migration. One of the more diverse walkabouts is available at the foundation’s Squam Swamp and Squam Farm properties, the trail network of which accesses bottomland hardwood forests, meadows, and other habitats. More than six miles of trails, including routes open for running and cycling, await you at Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture, meanwhile.
And you can still soak up Nantucket’s coastal splendor on self-guided or chartered sailing cruises this time of year…
Nantucket Fall Events
The island’s celebrating fall, as usual, with various festivals and other special events. A highly recommended happening is the Nantucket Cranberry Festival taking place on Saturday, October 6th: a showcase for the age-old tradition of cranberry farming on the island as well as an all-ages seasonal soiree put on by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (which manages the island’s two remaining commercial cranberry bogs). The next day, meanwhile, there’s the ever-popular Nantucket Half Marathon, going down for its eighth year on a gorgeous course.
Join Us at Greydon House for a Fall Nantucket Getaway
Come see for yourself how magical Nantucket can be in the fall and treat yourself to the best in boutique hospitality at Greydon House!