Apr 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard’s Neighbor

Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, Nantucket, a crescent-shaped island is in a world by itself. Cobblestone streets and an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes reflect Nantucket Town’s history as a prosperous whaling port. Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony.  The population of the island soars from about 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months, due to tourists and summer residents. An island of pristine beauty 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, Nantucket is a haven 27 miles out to sea with something to offer every senior visitor.

Take time to adjust to the slower pace of life, Nantucket style and explore — on foot or by bicycle — the island’s unspoiled beaches, solitary lighthouses, and acres of conservation land. The sea beckons: take a dip in Nantucket Sound, surf cast for bluefish, or head out for a day’s deep-sea fishing.

In Nantucket Town, sea captains’ houses stand side by side with antique stores and galleries. For a taste of island history, explore the Nantucket Whaling Museum whose collections include a 47-foot sperm whale skeleton, scrimshaw, and the original fabric of the spermaceti candle factory. Cisco Brewers is an obligatory stop for beer lovers who subscribe to the “drink local” tenet. Nantucket is full of history as this link details.

Nantucket Island, “The Faraway Land” as translated from the language of the native Wampanoag tribe, is a beautiful oasis of over 40% conservation land with plentiful beaches accessible to the public for all to respect and enjoy. The island is nicknamed “The Gray Lady” due to the almost regular fog. Many senior visitors come to the island just to explore and to see what they can find on their own.

Nantucket is easily reachable year round by ferry boat or plane service.  The thirty-mile, two-hour sea crossing to Nantucket may not be an ocean odyssey, but it does set the “Little Gray Lady” apart from her larger, shore-hugging sister, Martha’s Vineyard. During the busy summer season, the Town encourages visitors to limit bringing their cars over by providing a seasonal shuttle system giving the senior visitors an essential transportation option around the Island.

There are miles of town maintained bike paths, town owned beaches and beautiful harbors for moorings all enhancing the experience on the Island. From the beautiful sunsets of Madaket to the charming small village of Siasconset, the public can view the beautiful landscapes, historic homes or wide spread beaches until reaching their special and personal Nantucket destination.

Seniors Find Plenty To Do On the Island will fill in your plans with plenty to see and do. The island is  renown for great shopping, fine cuisine, a plethora of activities, beautiful gardens and of course up-scale real estate. It has expansive beaches that make great sites for picnics, cookouts, surf-casting and swimming. This full interactive guide provides senior visitors with all the fine details.

Plan your transportation to Nantucket well in advance, particularly if you plan to take a car since auto reservations are limited. Better yet, go car-free and take advantage of the island’s shuttle buses, taxis, bikeways, and pathways.  Enjoy “the Grey Lady.”  jeb

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