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Jetties Beach is located in the Brant Point neighborhood near Town and is a great attraction year-round on Nantucket. The beach is most obviously named for the jetties that mark the opening of Nantucket Harbor.  The jetties were constructed in the late 1800′s out of New England Granite.  To see the full history, visit the Nantucket Historical Association.

One of the reasons this Nantucket  beach is so popular, is that it boasts the only public tennis courts on island, as well as a family friendly restaurant, beach store, restrooms, playgrounds, parking and a lifeguarded beach. At Jetties Beach you can watch the ferries round Brant Point and come into Nantucket Harbor, and get in your afternoon tennis game. Jetties is also special because it is one of the more handicap accessible of the beaches as it has a boardwalk leading most of the way down to the water.

Since Jetties is a harbor beach, the water is warmer and calm, with little to no waves – except when the tide changes (a word of caution – when the tides are changing the undertow can be quite forceful).

Jetties Beach can easily be accessed by bike, foot or WAVE shuttle .   If you choose to drive and you arrive early in the day, you should have no trouble parking.

Jetties is located just a short distance from Town, The Cliff and Brant Point, all ideal spots for a summer home.  If you are contemplating a purchase or searching for a summer rental, please contact one of our associates for expert advice.







Madaket Sunset -Photo courtesy of Bill Kantor

Madaket Sunset -Photo courtesy of Bill Kantor

The most notable attraction in Madaket is quite simply the stellar sunsets.   Imagine passing the day at the beach and ending it with evening beach picnic while viewing the sun bidding the East Coast adieu in a kaleidoscope of colors. After spending a day relaxing on the beach, you can always pop into Millie’s Restaurant .  In addition to a full dinner menu, Millie’s offers sunset views and a signature drink, that is not to be missed. (In fact, if you find yourself needing anything at all in Madaket, Millie’s  mini market is the only outpost on the western end of the island).

Madaket is also known for several other outdoor activities.  Many enjoy swimming in the surf, beach combing for treasures, taking in the history of Madaket Millie, fishing from the shore for striped bass and  even birding.  Madaket is extremely special because it has both surf beaches and harbor access for those who enjoy calmer waters.

From Smith’s Point and Hither Creek, you can capture a view of Tuckernuck Island.  Tuckernuck is a tiny island off the Madaket coastline that is home to a handful of simple summer homes designed to be fully functional using generators  for power.

Whatever your style,  you are sure to be enchanted by Madaket. If you decide to reserve your vacation rental in another area, be sure to visit Madaket at least one evening for a unforgettable evening display of vivid color.

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On Friday, April 25th the Oates-Euler collection opens to the public at the Nantucket Historical Association. This major exhibition in collaboration with Artists Association of Nantucket chronicles the creative life of Andy Oates and Bill Euler. Amongst the artists and artisans that came to Nantucket in the sixties, collectors Andrew Oates and William Euler were at the heart of  this transformative time. “Andy and Bill’s vision epitomized  by decades of collecting crafts and fine arts—fueled an island lifestyle based on the beauty and simplicity of cottage-style living.” On Thursday, April 24th,  the AAN curator of the exhibit, Bobby Frazier will give a sneak preview of the exhibit as a part of the NHA’s  Food For Thought Series.



10151878_10152779742824689_4345924186319345816_nNantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from  on Friday, April 25, during regular museum hours. But you can get a behind-the-scenes look on Thursday at noon during Food for Thought, when we welcome Bobby Frazier, the curator of the exhibition. Don’t miss this exciting look inside the estate of collectors Andy Oates and Bill Euler!

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Every April since the 1970′s, Nantucket has come alive with roadsides covered in daffodils and thousands of visitors to enjoy the events  and the beauty of the island in spring. Nantucket Daffodil Festival is always a lively time and includes a Vintage Motor Car parade which begins in Town and travels via the Milestone Road to the charming village of Siasconset, where the Annual Daffodil Tailgate Picnic is  held along the roadside leading into the village. Prizes are awarded for the best picnic ranging from elaborate gourmet fare served on fine china to old fashioned box lunches.
Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Nantucket Daffodil Festival-Photo by Quint Waters

During the weekend, you can be treated to a variety of other events including the Annual Daffodil Show which is co-sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and the American Daffodil Society , the Daffy Dog Parade, The Daffy Hat Pageant and the Daffodil Dog Parade.  Other festive Daffy weekend events include wine tastings and art shows.

It is not too late to plan a weekend getaway on the island to enjoy island festivities. Treat yourself to a Nantucket Daffodil weekend  rental -please contact us to reserve a property now!!

Madaket Homes for Sale

This Nantucket summer rental in Madaket is the perfect romantic island-getaway for two.  Have breakfast en plein air, feasting on the ocean views that surround the property.  Enjoy your vacation in style in this imaginative, fresh and chic beach cottage rental just moments from the beach.

Madaket is the ideal island location for swimming, fishing, beach combing, biking and more.  If you love a good sunset, you will find no better location than this westernmost edge of Nantucket Island. Picture yourself winding down after a day at the beach, experiencing pure relaxation.  The details of this cottage include a bedroom with Queen sized bed, separate kitchen, living and dining areas and great bathroom where you can soak luxuriously in the claw foot tub.   This is a unique house on a unique island – come see for yourself!

For more availability click here.  To book this rental or speak with one of our agents please contact us or call 508-228-9117.Is Madaket your ideal vacation location, but this rental isn’t big enough?  Search our entire Madaket rental inventory here.

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March 15th marks yet another fun Nantucket event – the Shamrock Run.  This four mile run begins in Cisco at Cisco Brewery (5 Bartlett Road) and passes by Bartlett Farm, Miacomet Pond, and the Miacomet Golf Course before heading back to Cisco Brewery.

The Shamrock Run ends at Cisco Brewery where everyone is invited to enjoy a lite bite and St Patrick’s Day fun.

Register here.

Spring 2014 pre-season beach cleanup

WHEN:  Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 AM until Noon

WHERE:  We will meet at 8:45AM at the

Wauwinet Gatehouse

RAINDATE:  Saturday, March 29

We hope you can join the Nantucket Committee of the Trustee of the Reservations in co-operation with The Nantucket Clean Team and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in their continuing effort to keep our beaches as clean, safe and inviting as possible for the benefit of beachgoers, anglers and the wildlife that inhabit our refuges. You are encouraged to drive your own 4WD vehicle. Limited transportation to the beaches will be provided by the Trustees’ van leaving from the Wauwinet Gatehouse.

Please dress appropriately; it can be cold and windy.

If bad weather threatens, consult and find “Announcements & Alerts” in the right column.

Organized by the Nantucket Committee ofThe Trustees of Reservations in cooperation with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and The Clean Team508-228-5646


The annual Nantucket Wine Festival will soon be upon us and it is  never too soon to begin securing your accommodations.

Brant Point Rental

Consider this featured vacation rental home in Brant Point.  This classic summer cottage offers several separate living spaces for all to find space to enjoy Nantucket their way.  It is ideal for several couples traveling to Nantucket together and is located  just a short distance to wine festival events.

The Nantucket Wine Festival is one of the first events of  the spring season as the island begins to awaken from winter quiet.  While the real estate wheels keep turning on Nantucket with rentals and early-bird buyers, the rest of the island experiences a bit of a respite over the winter months.  Downtown merchants and restauranteurs welcome the Wine Festival guests to enjoy the shopping and world-class dining our beautiful island has to offer.

There have been a record number of  Snowy Owl sightings this winter on Nantucket.   At the Annual Christmas bird count, 33 of the majestic raptors were sighted, breaking the previous record of just one single owl.  This record number of birds has sent people off in search of these beautiful visitors.  Here are a few tips we heard on NPR from Vern Laux, resident birding expert from the Linda Loring Nature Foundation.

1. Bring Binoculars

Nantucket Snowy Owl Birding Expert

Nantucket Snowy Owl Birding Expert

2. Unlike most who vacation here, they cannot be found in any luxury rental situation, and are feeding off of shore birds – so look to the beaches.

3. The most popular places on Nantucket where they have been sighted are:  Tom Nevers near the playground, Great Point in Wauwinet, Low Beach in Sconset and Cisco Beach.

4. Many of the birds will not survive the winter – so keep your distance and don’t flush them out.

There is so much to see and do all year round on Nantucket.  Nantucket has something to offer any time of year. Sometimes, it is nice to schedule a week to visit Nantucket in the fall and even winter.  Spend the day birding and the evening curled up next to a fireplace.  Have you ever considered an off-season visit?  Let us be your guide – search our vacation rental inventory here.

Snowy Owl at Great Point, Nantucket

Snowy Owl at Great Point, Nantucket

Have you seen a Snowy Owl this winter?  Please tell us where in our comments section.

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