Nantucket is the quintessential coastal New England destination. As a remote outpost 30 miles from the nearest landmass, Nantucket and its people are self-reliant and creative. This is evidenced by its preeminence as former whaling capital of the world from the 18th to 19th centuries; its foresight in land and resource conservation; its ascendancy in architecture, building and preservation; and its association with equality and simplicity as a result of its former long association with Quakerism.
This spring, the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce kicks off this year’s spring season with its 44th Annual Daffodil Festival Weekend on April 29. Also, new this year is Spring ArtWeek 2018, which celebrates the Nantucket Cultural District and all the cultural institutions and participating businesses that support creativity and culture, April 27–May 6. Other popular spring festivals on Nantucket include: Nantucket Food & Wine Festival May 16–20, Nantucket Book Festival June 15–17, and the Nantucket Film Festival June 20–25.
Nantucket has reached a pinnacle in its desirability as a spectacular three-season destination. While it sits 30 miles at sea astride Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic, a dependable year-round (and supplemental seasonal) ferry and air transportation system makes it readily accessible to travelers. With so many pillars of interest — nature, recreation, historic, arts and culture, culinary, conservation, shopping, fishing, boating and kayaking, cycling, and festivals — Nantucket is an unforgettable destination.