from “mainstream” New England, is truly a unique experience at any time of year. Apart from its natural gifts, the island’s
arts, cultural, culinary and historical nuances will greatly appeal to gay and
lesbian travelers (and, by phrase, include bisexual, transgender and
Let’s admit it.
Nantucket is not initially on
one’s “gaydar”, but especially since
marriage equality took effect
here in Massachusetts, many gay and lesbian couples are happily visiting (and
even getting married on) Nantucket. And
they are seeing more and more LGBT brothers and sisters all over the island.
always marched to their own drummers.
Undue hardships and social dissonance
have always been dealt with directly and with characteristic Nantucket
pragmatism. This social stance prevails
today, and LGBTQ travelers are welcome at hotels, restaurants, shops, events
and festivals across the island.
So genteel and
steeped in “the good life”, the
island draws many gay and lesbian
travelers due to their affluence, disposable incomes and love of highbrow
cuisine, art and culture. Many gay and
lesbian visitors find Nantucket’s serenity, architecture, quintessential New
England lodging, outstanding shopping, world-class dining, cultural events and
plenitude of recreation reason enough to make the trip. And there are certainly gay-owned and
operated establishments across the island.
In fact, the Nantucket Chamber is reaching out to the gay
and lesbian community, inviting them to visit, stay, dine, shop and even get
married on this idyllic island. Here’s a step-by-step guide
http://www.lgbtmassvacation.com/marriage to getting married on Nantucket, whose Town
Clerk has welcomed many same-sex couples’nuptials. There is a growing resource
directory of purveyors who offer
services to couples of any sexual orientation, but the directory is decidedly
for gay and lesbian couples. Check out www.thefabulousweddingdirectory.com.
Whether coming for a day, a week or a month—whether gay,
straight, or any other orientation—every visit to this enchanting island will
be far too short.