Though you may associate Nantucket with the fun of summer, fall on island is what locals would consider the best kept seasonal secret. After a busy season of visitors and events, we embrace the opportunity to return to routine, and spend our days enjoying the more natural elements of the island. From brisk walks on the beach to weekends spent scouring the harbors for scallops, it’s a time that feels reminiscent of Nantucket’s storied past.If you plan to visit Nantucket in the fall, here are a few must-do activities only found during this picturesque season.
This time of year we trade our swimsuits and beach chairs for waders and rakes. Scour the Madaket Harbor waters at low tide and collect the ultimate dinnertime bounty. Nantucket Bay Scallops are known the world around for their smaller size and unique flavor. Try one of our favorite recipes for your next dinner party and serve them up in island style.
Nantucket Culinary Center
Get out of the cold and into the warm kitchens of the Nantucket Culinary Center where they host classes and special events for kids and adults alike. Their aim is to "leave you feeling, full, informed and inspired as we explore techniques, flavors and what is in season." Grab a group of friends or a few family members and learn how to prepare a new dish while drinking and sampling along the way.
Historic Walks in Downtown Nantucket
Wander the iconic cobblestone streets of downtown Nantucket, but this time set against a magnificent backdrop of autumnal foliage. Take in the historic landmarks and immerse yourself in tales of the island's storied past with a hot cider in hand and a soft scarf tied snuggly.
Enjoy the Nantucket Historical Association’s world class Whaling Museum without the crowds. Spend the afternoon learning about Nantucket’s past then wander over to the Brotherhood of Thieves for bowl of chowder and pint of your favorite beverage next to the fire.
Visit Bartlett’s Farm
Experience the island's festive spirit in full swing with a trip to the farm - Bartlett’s Farm! With a greenhouse full of seasonal goodies like pumpkins, gourds, mums, and other autumnal decor, there’s no where that feels more like fall than Bartlett’s. Stop inside for a pumpkin pastry or a seasonal dessert; the perfect accompaniment for an evening of pumpkin carving.
From strolling through downtown to learning about the island’s history or how to prepare a new dish, the island in autumn offers a magical blend of nature and culture. Embrace fall on Nantucket and create memories to cherish for a lifetime.