Nantucket Makes Waves In Travel
As the price of travel rises, many are choosing to travel in the US more than usual. Prices to visit European destinations continue to soar with the price of flying in addition to wavering exchange rates. Saving money on travel does not have to mean making your vacations suffer, just being creative. Get to know any of the thousands of great destinations for a less expensive vacation right here in the US. Travel with Tradewinds Vacations as we make a visit to the town of Nantucket, a wonderful place for vacation this summer.
Part of the state of Massachusetts, Nantucket is an island located 30 miles south of Cape Cod. As a popular summer destination, the population of the island of Nantucket varies greatly during the seasons going from 10,000 to over 50,000 residents in the summer. A wonderful place to enjoy the weather and the great outdoors, Nantucket is also great for exploring the historical aspect of the region as well. Historical sites of interests that range from the pre-Civil War, a high concentration of Civil War and post Civil War structures.
Whaling brought many Europeans to the area in later years. The native American populations had been aware of the whales in the area, but were not active whale hunters, instead, choosing to utilize those which simply washed ashore. The industry of whaling became so ingrained in this culture of Nantucket with European arrival, that Herman Melville wrote the infamous novel “Moby Dick” and based the main characters from the island of Nantucket. As the whaling industry waned, so to did the populations of the island until the mid 20th century. Today, this isolation and abandonment of the area for years, preserved structures from eras that had mostly been destroyed in other areas, increasing the popularity of the area today as a site of historical and cultural importance.
Visiting Nantucket Today With Tradewinds Vacations
Visitors to Nantucket today have a variety of sites of interest spanning hundreds of years of history. Sites and festivals of interest in Nantucket include:
Egan Maritime Institute
Lightship Basket Museum
Maria Mitchell Association
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
U.S. Live-Saving Service Heritage Association
Nantucket Arts Week – A celebration of the arts on Nantucket – Labor Day Weekend – the first week of September.
Nantucket Christmas Stroll – Strolling costumed carolers, bell ringers, and all historic Nantucket
Nantucket Comedy Festival – July 28th – Founded in 2008
Nantucket Daffodil Festival – April
Nantucket Film Festival – June, the Nantucket Film Festival focuses on the art of screen writing.
Nantucket Wine Festival – May 18-22nd – Celebrate spring at our bacchanalia.
Tradewinds Vacations invites you to the beautiful island of Nantucket Explore the wonderful US east coast on a great historical vacation. Enjoy the arts, culture, history, as well as shopping and dining in one of the most well known sites for vacationing in the east with Tradewinds Vacations.