DON'T SPIN YOUR WHEELS!
It's August and the traffic is approaching apocalyptic proportions, particularly in the Downtown. To alleviate "summer stress", consider riding the Wave, the NRTA's convenient public transit service, with air-conditioned shuttle buses traversing convenient routes island-wide--departing from the Greenhound Building on Washington Street to mid-island, Madaket and 'Sconset. Buses to Jetties and Surfside are also available. With reasonable fares and a variety of available passes, riding the Wave is a no-brainer! Click here for details. Or, you can beat the traffic (and go "green" as well) by hopping on a bike! Nantucket has 32 miles of designated paths to take you hither and yon island-wide without losing your cool! And with many of our lodgings, restaurants and historic sites located in the Core area of town, walking is also a preferred method of travel in the busy summer months.
SUMMERTIME: A FLURRY OF FESTIVALS & FETES
Don't miss "A Day on Darling" (8/5)
the Nantucket Garden Club's 61st Annual House and Garden Tour. Celebrate
the historic architecture of Madaket at this years Nantucket Preservation Trust August Fete (8.6) Tour unique Massachusetts Avenue properties
followed by a silent auction and live music! Pack a picnic and bring a blanket to the 19th Annual Boston Pops Concert (8.8). Outstanding music and stunning fireworks will captivate you and your guests. The 43rd Opera House Cup Regatta attracts some of the finest all-wooden, single-hulled sailboats in the country. Celebrate the grand finale of Nantucket Race Week Sunday evening (8.16) at Jetties' Beach.
"Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days"- a major exhibit exploring the sinking of the Nantucket whaleship Essex by a rogue whale in 1820 is currently holding court--and receiving rave reviews--at the Whaling Museum on Broad Street.
Uniquely interactive, the exhibit allows
visitors to follow the 20 crewmen on their fateful journey. A tiny piece of twine fashioned by crewman Benjamin Lawrence while he awaited rescue--as well as historic paintings, scrimshaw and ceremonial objects from the Marquesas--are also on display.
A number of summer activities relevant to the island's rich whaling history and the riveting Essex tale-including an official "In the Heart of the Sea" daily walking tour--are also on tap.