The Nantucket Life


Things to do this October on Nantucket

Fall on Nantucket is a terrific time to take advantage of a myriad of activities from the historical to the athletic, from the educational to the just plain fun!Fall on Nantucket

October is still an excellent time to visit, the weather will be on the crisper side, but all the beauty abounds! Of course with fall on Nantucket not only do we get a change in temperature but we get variations in color. Many of the greens start to fade to reds, ambers, and browns, which can make for some fantastic photo opportunities. 

On October 12th the island is hosting the 16th Annual Cranberry Festival at Milestone Cranberry Bog. "The Nantucket Cranberry Festival is a popular event among adults and children alike – the Foundation’s Milestone Cranberry Bog is transformed into the most unique and beautiful of Festival grounds for this special event. Visitors can expect to learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket through educational displays and harvesting demonstrations, participate in family activities, sample delectable cranberry treats, and other New England classics, or simply enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery. And as always, there will be pounds of organic Genuine Nantucket Cranberries available for purchase!"  To find out all the details follow THIS LINK

If you're the more active type and up for a challenge the 9th Annual Nantucket Half Marathon is the very next day! "This race is one of the most scenic Half Marathon courses on the East Coast! Set on charming Nantucket Island, the route travels through wooded dirt roads (some with short sandy sections!), tree-lined bike paths, and lightly traveled streets with beautiful ocean views. The course is gently rolling, but you are never more than a few feet above sea level! Approximately 40% of the course is on dirt roads with a few sandy sections that can be challenging, but there are no significant hills. You may run on roads and see parts of Nantucket you never knew existed!" The course map can be found HERE and more details on how to signup HERE

Did you know Nantucket is home to a vast array of conservation land and walking/hiking trails? This can make for great Fall fun, and many of the trails are easy to access and navigate so they can be perfect for family fun. There is a great online resource called All Trails, and we took the time to sort out the Nantucket trails HERE. If you don't want to take the self-guided route, you can call Nantucket Walkabout. Nantucket Walkabout is Nantucket’s only year-round guided hiking service offering natural history walks on Nantucket’s protected lands all over the island. They lead hikes during all seasons that inform on how, geologically, the island was created by the last glacier, how Nantucket got its unique collection of plants and wildlife, how and when Native Americans and European settlers impacted the island’s natural world, conservation efforts, and what the future may hold for the island. Nantucket Walkabout is not a tour bus or van service driving from sight to sight. They get out and walk into Nantucket’s wilderness to experience life off the road in all seasons. It’s a part bird walk, part botany hike, part geology and all about exploration.

The final pieces to any weekend getaway are transportation and lodging. For ferry schedules head over to The Steamship Authority or Hy-Line's website. For accommodation, you can browse our Nantucket vacation rental listings by clicking here.

Have a great fall!

-The Jordan Real Estate Team




Where to eat in Nantucket?


Where to eat in Nantucket?

You’re planning a vacation to Nantucket; you’ve already called Jordan Real Estate to book your Nantucket vacation rental and now it’s time to plan some dinners. Sure we could simply share a list of a few great places to eat based on popularity, online rating sites but we wanted to offer some on island insight! We asked a few of our brokers where they love to grab a bite to eat on Nantucket and why;

Michael Angelastro: FUSARO’S. According to their site, Fusaro’s is “The perfect gathering place for families and friends, Fusaro’s hearkens back to traditional Italian-American roots of Sunday meals at Nana’s. Just a mile out of town, with plenty of parking, we are proud to offer an affordably-priced, Italian inspired selection of appetizers, salads, pizzas, pasta and seafood in a family-friendly setting.” Michael notes he loves that it is run by owner/operators and offers full meals to pizza. “I really love the enclosed patio and the reasonable prices” states Michael.

Debbie Cleveland:  Languedoc Bistro on Broad St. “In my humble opinion, has THE BEST Cheeseburgers on the Island.  The hamburger is served with Cheddar Cheese and on an English Muffin instead of the usual hamburger bun.  The shoestring garlic fries are a perfect match.” According to their site link in this description “On any given night at the Languedoc, from the balmiest evening in August to the coziest blustery November night, an eclectic mix of locals, visitors, couples, singles, old-timers and newcomers can be found enjoying a perfect night on Nantucket over some of the island’s best food and wine.”

Debbie also mentioned what you will soon see is an island favorite Pi Pizzeria “My tennis girlfriends and I insist on calling the Rustica Pizza at Pi Pizza our “crack pizza” for whenever we return to the Island….we must have it!  Fabulous Italian Cheese, Pancetta and ample Arugula…..we always insist on extra Arugula too.”

Broker/Owner Gloria Grimshaw echos Debbie’s sentiment with a resounding recommendation for Pi Pizzeria as well! “It’s delicious wood-fired oven pizza in a lively casual setting!  The menu offers many other tempting options!”

Joelle Hess Bouchard: “When it’s fancy, I have always loved The Galley but these days with kids we tend to favor The Saltbox and Keepers” Saltbox Tavern & Table is Nantucket’s newest family-friendly spot. They offer a newly renovated dining room and a beautiful outdoor patio and bar. They have the best-frozen drinks and sangria pitchers, Saltbox is the perfect place to unwind with family and friends after a long day or a day at the beach –  according to their website.

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