A crescent-shaped spit of sand and glacial till thirty miles south of Cape Cod, this small Atlantic island washed by the waters of the Gulf Stream has had an outsized influence on American literature. No less a masterwork than Melville’s Moby Dick was inspired by Nantucket whaling history and is, in part, set here. The island has served as a sanctuary for some of America’s greatest writers, including Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Cheever, Melville, Hemingway, and Steinbeck.
But Nantucket’s distinguished literary history is only one reason to come here. The island is renowned for its deserted beaches and picturesque towns, its starkly beautiful marine landscapes and its unique quality of light. It serves as a home base and an unending source of inspiration for numerous artists, as evidenced by the many galleries lining the streets of its historic downtown. The island possesses one of the highest concentrations of historic architecture in America, and has been named a National Historic District.
Clean ocean waters, a colorful seafaring history, abundant acres of ecologically important conservation land, and an eclectic array of special boutiques and restaurants further set the island apart. Its proximity to the Gulf Stream means that the climate is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than mainland New England, and the surrounding waters abound with marine life. Nantucket offers a timeless, quiet, invigorating refuge, where it’s easy to see the world from a completely new vantage point. It’s the perfect place for writers, artists, and and lovers of art and literature seeking inspiration in history and the sea.
We don’t currently have any programs scheduled in Nantucket; however, it’s a location we know extremely well. If you’re interested in exploring the possibilities for a customized travel experience on the island, please get in touch!