Lighthouse on Nantucket — Photo courtesy of petersbarSpring in New England is gorgeous! The Boston area literally comes into bloom and the Cape and the Islands are not quite in full swing, but are gearing up for it. Making a springtime trip to Nantucket is a dream; the ocean may be too cold for your comfort, but the beaches are ideal for walking, playing and picnicking. And with so much shopping on the narrow streets of this small island town, you'll have your pick of places to peruse without feeling rushed or, worse, ignored.
This quaint island town is a playground for the wealthy, preppy set all summer long, but during the spring, before the tourists flock, you'll enjoy a bit of the peace that has kept locals living on the island for generations. Leave your car behind because these narrow roads can easily leave you sitting in traffic rather than enjoying the destination (off season or not). Once you exit the ferry, make your first stop at Summer Shades for a pair of quality sunglasses that will see you through the season.
Then, rent a bike and be sure to visit two beaches: one harbor-side and one ocean-side. This will allow you a sampling of the calm bay waters as well as the heavy surf of the open ocean. Jetties Beach offers many amenities. Ideal for families, Jetties has changing rooms, a playground and public tennis courts, giving you plenty to do when the spring breeze is blowing a bit too strong to dive in.
Later that day, you may want to go west and check out Madakat Beach. After traveling 5.5 miles on the scenic bike path, you won't be able to go any further, but you'll be able to enjoy the sunsets that have made this beach famous. After your active day, rest your head at the luxurious White Elephant Hotel.