A Romantic Winter Getaway

A Romantic Winter Getaway

Winter is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway to Nantucket. The island is an ideal and idyllic escape for couples or partners looking to relax and spend some quality time with one another for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Nantucket is the ultimate destination to fully unplug, enjoy the cobblestone streets, stroll the island’s empty yet stunning beaches and pay a visit to the many businesses open year-round. With daily flights on Cape Air and ferries running from/to Hyannis multiple times a day, the island is easily accessible yet peacefully quiet and exceptionally affordable.

Hotel Pippa is the perfect home base for those looking to linger on the island for a few days and enjoy some much-needed relaxation. There are also countless local activities to explore during the off-season: visiting Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket’s largest and oldest family-owned farm, for its exceptional on-site vegetable and fruit market, or spending time at Nantucket’s very own Cisco Brewers to listen to live music and taste the latest seasonal brews.

For the most adventurous couples, driving tours are available to discover the island’s famed lighthouses, windmill and beaches. Head out to Cisco Beach for a stroll after a snowfall as the paths resemble a white carpet and the landscape is absolutely stunning. Visit nearby Siasconset (or as the locals call it ‘Sconset), one of the most charming places on island with beautiful cottages, large mansions and winding roads. No trip to ACK is complete without a visit to the Brant Point Lighthouse, one of the four Nantucket attractions on the National Register of Historic Places. Admire the stunning panoramic views and beautiful private homes from the top of Steps Beach and take a walk on the empty beach (if the temperatures allow) to find shells.

As you make your way downtown, enjoy a romantic stroll through the inviting cobblestone streets of Nantucket and explore Main Street through the quaint yet stylish shops that remain open year-round. You can scour Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks for books to read up in your warm, comfortable suite at Hotel Pippa. Cozy up by the windows with a good book, cup of tea or warm cocoa. If you want another dose of culture but prefer to stay inside, the Dreamland Theatre offers movies, plays or shows/concerts year-round.

For those looking to plan a getaway when winter transitions into spring, it is never too early to book your stay at Hotel Pippa for Daffodil Weekend. By reserving now, guests will secure the best rooms and rates for this true Nantucket tradition – a weekend full of festivities, complete with art shows, an antique car parade and community tailgate picnic.

Don’t wait, book your romantic getaway to Hotel Pippa now!

Holiday Season on Nantucket

Holiday Season on Nantucket

The holiday season is special anywhere – but it’s particularly beautiful on Nantucket. While the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be stressful, there is no better time to escape to Hotel Pippa for a cozy stay and holiday shopping jaunt. The seasonal celebrations and festive atmosphere are the perfect occasion to create memories that will last a lifetime… and get a head start on holiday shopping in a merry environment.

Nantucket is the perfect Christmas shopping destination. You can find selections of fine art and great books, world-class wines or fantastic jewelry at the shops downtown. You can also browse some of the best gifts from New England designers and support local businesses while finding the best presents for your family and friends. All just a short walk away from Hotel Pippa!

Main Street and the downtown area glow with some of the most beautiful holiday décor. Hundreds of decorated seven-foot Christmas trees line downtown streets and are illuminated throughout the season. The massive 20-foot tree at the top of Main Street is decorated by a local artist and watches over locals and visitors running their seasonal errands during the busy Christmas season.

The Nantucket Whaling Museum, steps away from Hotel Pippa, is transformed into a sumptuous winter wonderland by the Nantucket Historical Association. We highly recommend checking out their Annual Festival of Trees, showcasing more than 80 Christmas trees designed and adorned with unique decorations – a must-visit for those on island during the holidays.

Throughout the season, you can also enjoy the island’s environment through nature walks, eat your way through the island’s best restaurants and explore the miles and miles of trails open all year, perfect for long reinvigorating walks.

Our seasonal favorites also include Cisco Brewery, where you can enjoy live music and seasonal brews, or The Pierce Gallery which features a large collection of art, including original works from Norman Rockwell and Gertrude Fiske.

From the enormous wreath on Brant Point Lighthouse, to the cozy, small town feel of Main Street, Nantucket during the holidays is an atmospheric treat to behold! Join us this holiday season and retreat to Hotel Pippa for an exciting season getaway!

Pre-Holiday Season on Nantucket

Pre-Holiday Season on Nantucket

With Thanksgiving approaching, the festive spirit of the holiday season is upon us, ushering in a new atmosphere on Nantucket. The first signs of winter are starting to show around the cobblestone-paved Main Street, and fall decorations adorn the beautiful shingle style homes and residences on the island. As locals and visitors start planning for Thanksgiving, Hotel Pippa is getting ready to kick off the holiday season and welcome guests to retreat in its cozy quarters as the brisk fall air gets cooler and cooler.

Steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nantucket, Hotel Pippa offers a comfortable reprieve to travelers and locals looking to make the most of the last autumn weekends and enjoy the many activities keeping Nantucket residents and visitors busy during the off-season. They can join family scalloping season, giving them a glimpse of the seasonal harvests that make Nantucket unique and special. At low tide, they can join locals raking and catching this local delicacy.

For those planning to be on island for Thanksgiving, they can join the annual Turkey Plunge, another seasonal tradition that is not to be missed. Hundreds of residents gather and sprint into the freezing cold ocean on Thanksgiving, a unique moment in the morning of the special holiday aimed at raising money for the Weezie Library for Children.

Back at Hotel Pippa, the front desk team can assist with reservations in anticipation of the Thanksgiving weekend. Countless restaurants on island offer Thanksgiving dinner but reservations are recommended. Menus blend local produce, freshly fished seafood and high-quality meat with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, promising a memorable dinner in a cozy environment.

The day after Thanksgiving also marks the start of the holiday season, a magical time on the island. Nantucket Noël kicks off with the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling ceremony. Locals and visitors alike gather on Main Street and anxiously wait for the Town Crier to start the traditional countdown. All of a sudden, 100 Christmas trees magically illuminate the central cobblestone thoroughfare, bathing islanders in a blaze of colored lights. Traditional holiday carols resonate through the streets, led by talented local a cappella groups. The event kicks off a busy holiday season full of festivities and activities, giving visitors and locals alike reasons to come back over and over again before the year wraps up.

Hotel Pippa still has availability for Thanksgiving so don’t wait and book your stay with us soon!

Reasons to Visit Nantucket This Fall

Reasons to Visit Nantucket This Fall

As the leaves start changing and the brisk autumn breeze starts to make its way to the island, Nantucket becomes the perfect retreat for anyone looking to relax and escape to cozy New England. There is still plenty to do on the island – so pack a few sweaters and a light jacket and come enjoy a side of Nantucket that few people get to see!

The perfect way to fully enjoy fall on Nantucket entails seasonal outdoor activities, long walks on the beach and taking in some of the cultural events happening throughout the season. Our best suggestions include art walks to explore the nearby art galleries, roaming through the books on a rainy day at Mitchell’s Book Corner, or attending one of the talks or speaker series hosted by Nantucket’s various cultural institutions.

Another key fall event is Nantucket’s annual Halloween Parade, which starts at 4:30pm on October 31. The parade makes its way down Main Street, just a 3-minute walk from the hotel! If you want to pick up a costume, stop by Dan’s Pharmacy, and if you have an adventurous eye, pop into Island Treasures, a trendy consignment store that will have just the unique costume piece you’re looking for. For those who want to explore the spooky side of Nantucket, we recommend Notorious Nantucket, an 80-minute ghost walking tour in the heart of the island, as well as the ORIGINAL Nantucket Ghost Walk, a 90-minute tour of Nantucket’s most haunted destinations at night. Hear the tales of the whaling era from the tour’s original guide and embrace the eerie history of the island.

For those looking to make the most of outdoor activities, they can participate in nature walks – the best way to explore the vibrant eco-system of the island – or birding field trips to find the 120 bird species that call Nantucket home. Active travelers can also mingle with the locals through yoga classes, group runs and bike rides.

These are just a few events that are taking place on the island this fall. For the ultimate relaxing getaway, we encourage you to book a midweek stay and enjoy a 20% discount on our seasonal rates. Use code FALL20 for a 20% discount on midweek stays – this offer is valid for stays booked between October 10, 2019 and November 30, 2019. For guests with pre-existing reservations at Hotel Pippa, the 20% discount can apply to any additional nights booked during the previously mentioned booking period.

Don’t wait – we cannot wait to be the host of your perfect autumn retreat!

Fall on Nantucket

Fall on Nantucket

While it is starting to feel like summer is coming to an end, there is so much to look forward to on Nantucket. Fall might well be the best time to plan a getaway to the island, especially for those who are a bit crowd-averse.

After Labor Day, the on-island population shrinks to a fraction of what it is during summertime, the water is still warm enough for a dip at any time of day, and the breeze picks up just enough to offer enjoyable days at the beach or walking through town. Hotel stays are more affordable and dinner reservations are easier to secure. Traffic has subsided, making it easier for everyone to take a leisurely bike (or car) ride to Great Point to watch the seals. We also recommend taking a stroll on the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk to take in the stunning scenery, pick up late summer/fall vegetables and fruits at Bartlett’s Farm for an impromptu picnic, or browse books and gifts at the island’s stores on cobblestoned Main Street.

The months of September and October are also full of festivals and events for foodies, art enthusiasts and curious visitors. The Nantucket Project (Sept 19-22) gathers a group of bright and curious people to explore ideas and share stories about what truly matters. The four-day event features marquee presenters, change makers, artists and more – all in a beautiful and inspiring location. The festival is the perfect excuse for a quick Nantucket jaunt for those seeking engaging conversation, enlightening dinners, evening socials, and island-wide morning activities.

The Nantucket Arts Festival (October 4-13) showcases the breadth of talent cultivated by island artists during this one-week celebration. Literary talent and heritage are honored with readings by authors at the Atheneum and local bookstores. For those who prefer to take in diverse shows, the local stages feature performances by theater groups and musicians, and the visual arts are well represented everywhere you turn during this weeklong celebration on Nantucket.

Culinary explorations abound during Nantucket’s Fall Restaurant Week (Sept 30-Oct 6) as diners can take advantage of delicious prix-fixe menus at the island’s most coveted dining establishments. Visitors and locals alike can discover island favorites, seasonal dishes and fresh seafood. With high season behind them, Chefs tend to use the late summer/early fall to experiment with new ingredients and different preparations, providing creative and innovative dishes for curious diners. At Hotel Pippa, guests can delight in Chefs Jeff and Nina Bachinsky Gimmel’s seasonal menu, which includes Crab and Bartlett Corn Risotto and Local Tomato Toast with Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Vinaigrette.

There is no shortage of reasons to visit Nantucket in the fall, including a 20% discount on midweek stays during the months of September and October (use code DINING for a midweek stay during Restaurant Week and ARTS for a midweek stay during the Nantucket Arts Festival). Don’t wait, contact our front desk team to book your Nantucket getaway!

The Best Way to Summer on Nantucket: Midweek Stays & Exploring The Island’s Best Beaches

The Best Way to Summer on Nantucket: Midweek Stays & Exploring The Island’s Best Beaches

It’s officially peak season on Nantucket, which means the island is bustling with visitors and weekenders coming from all corners of the Northeast and beyond. We at Hotel Pippa love the vibrant atmosphere of summer on Nantucket, walking the busy Main Street or seeing guests enjoy the island’s many stunning beaches and dreamy sunsets.

If you haven’t made plans to escape to Nantucket this season, we wanted to let you in on a little secret: the best way to summer on the island (and to avoid the crowds) is to plan a midweek getaway here. You will find that Nantucket is as exciting as ever on weekdays (and weeknights!) but plane fares and hotel rates are more affordable, and the crowds thin out during the week.

The other secret we like to share with our guests is an exhaustive list of our favorite beaches. The island boasts 82 miles of picture-perfect, freely-accessible, and highly-acclaimed beaches. The team at Hotel Pippa can outfit guests with towels and beach chairs for a relaxing day at the beach; water games and sunscreen for the family; or snacks and a bottle of wine for a picnic by the ocean. Here are some of our favorite spots we recommend exploring this summer:

Steps Beach

The water is usually calm and a bit warmer on the Nantucket Sound side of the island. Steps Beach is off Cliff Road about two miles from town, sandwiched between Dionis and Jetties, and is not on most people’s radar. As you approach its signature set of stairs leading down, enjoy the view of harbor and the sound. Steps Beach offers protected shores with gentle waves washing onto the sandy beach, and gray-shingled mansions dotting the surrounding sand dunes.

Jetties Beach

The most popular spot on the calm North Shore, Jetties Beach is where locals and visitors mingle. Sandbar at Jetties Beach offers the quintessential beachfront experience – a low-key atmosphere paired with a view of Nantucket Sound. The Jetties Sailing Center, a nonprofit that promotes access to watersports on the island, offers sailboat rentals and lessons for those looking to venture out on the water.

Cisco Beach

After a big storm, experienced surfers on the island rush to Cisco Beach – this spot has a loyal following and is popular with young adults and surfers. It’s also home to Nantucket’s best surf school and visitors can rent surfboards, wetsuits, and stand-up paddleboards. On your way home, be sure to visit local brewery Cisco Brewers and try some of the select beers they brew onsite, which can only be found at the brewery.

‘Sconset Beach

No trip to Sconset Beach is complete without a refueling stop at the Sconset Market to pick up the shop’s famous brownies. The enchanting bluff walk leads to the beautiful and peaceful beach where you can see seals swimming close to the shore. A hidden gem, the beach is never extremely crowded and lends itself perfectly to a romantic walk at sunset.

Great Point

The pristine beach and Great Point Lighthouse (also known as Nantucket Lighthouse) make the long journey to the area worthwhile. The lighthouse sits on the end of a seven-mile strip of sand overlooking Nantucket Sound and Coatue. Here you will find windswept dunes, waving marsh grasses, miles of golden sand, and clear blue waves. Great Point is home to the island’s best fishing, which means you will find a crowd of passionate fishermen and plenty of bluefish (you can sometimes spot harbor seals fighting over them!). The only condition to experience this dreamy setting: four-wheel drive and a beach permit are required.

Brant Point Beach

Technically a swimming beach, Brant Point is much more suited for sitting and watching the harbor traffic. A scenic viewpoint that features Brant Point Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in the US, this spot is ideal to go wave goodbye to friends and family departing the island. One of the most photographed spots on Nantucket, it is also a special favorite for wedding photos. You can also stumble upon an actual ceremony taking place at Brant Point Beach, making it a locals’ favorite for people watching!

So pack up your towel and sunscreen – we hope to see you at the beach or at Hotel Pippa this summer!

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