Summer Fun in Nantucket

Purple FlowerOvernight, it seems, with the flip of the calendar from Memorial Day to early June, Nantucket has switched the summer button to on.With Nantucket, spring typically lags behind the rest of the country about a month. Summer, that most anticipated of seasons, on Nantucket just happens without warning.

Lucky for us, though, that we never get the searing, oppressive heat and humidity of the mainland during the summer because of the cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream makes the ocean, harbors and Nantucket Sound delightful to swim in this time of year. With its warm waters to swim, fish and boat in and air temperatures typically 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the continent, Nantucket, named by National Geographic last year as the number one island in the world to visit, truly is the place to be in during the summer.

As the island is busting out in green leaf and colorful flowers, so too are all the activities, events and festivals.

In the coming weeks, Nantucketers and their visitors can choose from the spring Restaurant Week, now through June 9, which features three-course meals from special menus for $25-$45 at the following eateries:
American Seasons
Black-Eyed Susans
Boarding House
Brant Point Grill
The Chanticleer
Company of the Cauldron
Corazon del Mar, Cru
Fifty Six Union
Galley Beach
Òran Mór Bistro
The Pearl, Queequeg’s
Straight Wharf

The wildly successful Nantucket Book Festival only in its second year and featuring such authors as Amy Brill, Rosie Schaap, David Kirby and Margaret Wrinkle, and local authors Nat Philbrick, Elin Hinderbrand and Charles Graeber, runs June 21-23.

Finally, there’s the Nantucket Film Festival, June 26-30, which this year pays tribute to Screenwriter David O. Russell. Also, unrelated to the film festival but definitely a rare chance to have a drink with film royalty, the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation’s Evening with the Stars Gala on July 13 welcomes honored guests Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas to Nantucket. Tickets are $500

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