Spring on Nantucket
Many people think of Nantucket as a summertime destination, but to be able to spend some time in the spring and the fall on the island of Nantucket is just very special. Not so crowded, beautiful beaches and conservation land to explore, fishing, shopping, fine dining, and just wide open lovely spaces, sea and sky.
Springtime on Nantucket is kicked off with the Annual Daffodil Festival at the end of April, and this is its 40th year! This daffodil weekend of events signals the arrival of spring, and includes a wonderful antique car parade, flower show, and tailgate picnic in Sconset, a historic village on the eastern end of the island. There is even the cutest children's parade of bikes and wagons. You can catch a show at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. In April, the Theatre Workshop is presenting "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," by Nora and Delia Ephron. Wearever saw it performed off Broadway in NYC, and it is a completely entertaining monologue of what various women wore during momentous occasions in their lives, and how fashion complements and triggers memories. In May, Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" is on the calendar. And, for the athletic type, there is a 5K run through the village of Sconset hosted by the Nantucket Triathlon Club.
A spring kick-off for the summer season, the Nantucket Wine Festival is being held this year May 14-18, and is in its 18th year! With over 50 events, including tastings, seminars, a culinary marketplace, and a gala. Scheduled for the long weekend, this top-notch experience of world class wines and food is one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
If you can, try to catch a view of all the sailboats competing in the Figawi Race Weekend competition, May 24-25. Grab a spot on Jetties Beach, even though it is still spring. It is quite a sight to see all the sailboats coming and going from Nantucket Harbor. It is the unofficial kick-off to the Cape's and Nantucket's sailing season. And, of course, another parade, Nantucket's Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 25. If you are into planning ahead, in June, get ready for the Nantucket Film Festival, June 25-30, this year honoring Aaron Sorkin.
A favorite place to stay is Cliffside Beach Club (see photo above) right on Jettie's Beach. Open the door to your hotel room, and put your toes right in the sand. Nothing like a front row seat to the beach. Some favorite restaurants to try are Cru right on the wharf, especially good for lunch and drinks, or Lola for the freshest sushi ever, or American Seasons, with its exciting seasonal menus. Ready to catch the ferry?
So now, what to wear?
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