Can’t Afford Nantucket? Off Season Travel is A Better Option!
Can’t Afford Nantucket? Off Season Travel is More Affordable!
Let’s be honest: Nantucket can be an off-the-charts expensive destination. Especially during the summer.
In fact, the island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, just was named “the most expensive beach destination in the world,” according to a recent survey by TravelMag.com
But here’s the deal.
People are getting wise to this and are planning trips during the off-season.
Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard flight searches for October through December are up 9 percent from last year.
Some hotels are catering to the off-season jet-set.
After all, winter is the perfect time to enjoy off-season deals, including more affordable rates on airfare and ferries, and unique travel packages.
For example, Greydon House has noticed a sharp increase in off-season bookings in recent years.
And they’re responding with some fun specials.
Wellness is Where It’s At
Greydon House is continuing their partnership with local wellness center, Lavender Farm Wellness to offer their Seasonal Wellness Retreats – now featuring cold plunges!
Weather the winter with wellness retreats that include massages, private yoga, and functional medicine consultations on-site at Greydon House; a two-day juice and veggie cleanse from The Green; and a guided mindfulness meditation at the far-flung Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.
Long Stay Package:
Greydon House is also offering their Long Stay Package, where guests staying 14+ days from November 1 – April 1 can check their phone at the front desk and pick it up when they check out.
Talk about leaving it all behind!
The package includes flexible check-in and check-out times, a complimentary bottle of Prosecco each week of residency, once weekly complimentary laundry service, and a waived pet fee.
Guests also have the option of booking the package at 52 Union, Greydon House’s standalone three-bedroom Craftsman-style property designed by Boston-based Lianne Leventhal, Founder of Beyond the Common.
Other things to do on-island include:
Nantucket Stroll (December 1-3, 2023):
Hosted the first weekend in December since the 1970s, Nantucket Stroll is an annual winter tradition transforming Nantucket into a holiday wonderland. Restaurants closed for the season reopen for one weekend, so travelers can enjoy strolling the Nantucket Downtown Historic District, small-town shopping, and the annual Christmas tree lighting on Main Street.
Stargazing at the Maria Mitchell Association / The Geminids meteor shower peak (December 13-14)
With its notable lack of light pollution 30 miles at sea, Nantucket offers some of the best stargazing in the United States. The Loines Observatory, part of the Maria Mitchell Association (named after the world’s first female astronomer who discovered a comet on Nantucket in 1847), offers MMA telescopes that are free and open to the public on select evenings. Greydon House can arrange private viewings.
Curl up with a book at Greydon House’s Library
The library at Greydon House brings to life a time when the island was the center of the global whaling industry. While perusing titles ranging from Jacques Cousteau’s ocean adventures to beautiful coffee table books packed with glossy photos of America’s most famous gardens, guests can relax on low-slung vintage sofas, a sure reminder that there is plenty to do indoors.
How to get there:
Travelers can fly directly to Nantucket from Boston or New York via Delta, Jet Blue, Tradewind, and Cape Air with Jet Blue flights dropping by at least $200 in the offseason, or take the 1-hour ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis on Cape Cod.