Winter here is cozy, calm, and romantic. The Little Grey Lady of the Sea says goodbye to its summer hordes and turns back to its laid-back, small-town roots. It’s exquisitely peaceful and scenic (think mist-shrouded walks on the beach, crashing surf, twinkling street lights, and warm log fires).
“The serenity of the island in winter is incredible,” says Amy Roberts, a year-round resident. “The quiet streets and near-empty beaches provide ideal settings for experiencing the essence of Nantucket — both its heritage and its natural beauty.” Added bonus: Restaurants and shops are blissfully uncrowded and lodging prices plummet. (Visit www.nantucketchamber.org for a list of lodgings and restaurants open in winter.)