This historic New England island on the Atlantic Ocean is famous for its whaling culture, fishing, sprawling harbor, and hotspots like the Chicken Box and Cisco Brewers. While made up of localities with their own unique qualities—like Sconset, Cisco, Polpis, Madaket, and Wauwinet—the island is characterized by an all-American feel, with shingle-style homes, blooming Hydrangeas, and charming lighthouses. Restaurants are open for outdoor dining, and Nantucket’s iconic resorts—the White Elephant, the Wauwinet, Jared Coffin House, and the Cottages at the Boat Basin—opened for visitors mid-June. The resorts are sanitized and clean, and encourage all travelers considering a stay to call ahead with any concerns. As more restrictions are lifted, glimmers of optimism can be seen throughout the island. The windows of the Nantucket Whaling read, “One Day This Too Will Be History.” 

Chris Fraker with help from his grandson Jackson Agnello stand the wooden letters spelling “hope” wrapped in lights on the roof of their home. (Courtesy of Nicole Harnishfeger/I&M Photo)
The Cottages at the Boat Basin.
The Nantucket Whaling Museum. (Courtesy of Nicole Harnishfeger/I&M Photo)
Jared Coffin House.
The lawn at the Wauwinet.
A view of the White Elephant resort.