Sunday, March 1, 2020

Celebrate the beauty and serenity of March in Nantucket!

(And use the 25% you save on your room rate to pamper yourself!)

It has been said that one of the best times to visit Nantucket is during the shoulder months of March, April, September and October.  In the pre and early spring, the island glows with a tranquil beauty, a walk on our cobbled streets may lead you to unexpected retail treasures, and you may feel as though you have stepped back in time to a haven where lines at restaurants, museums and movies are nonexistent and where you can quietly read a novel or the newspaper in one of our quaint coffee shops or the wonderful Nantucket Athenaeum.  There is no shortage of natural beauty, historical sites, restorative activities or fine food.  Paris has nothing on Nantucket in the spring!  Why not treat yourself to a relaxing, restorative stay at Martin House Inn  and feel your spirits soar as the temperatures rise, the buds of hyacinths peek out of the earth, the waves caress our quiet shores, and the island welcomes you and spring?


Nantucket Conservation offers an array of hiking trails. Observe and marvel at variety of habitats native to Nantucket -- barrier beaches and dunes that shelter the island from the open waters of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.  Gaze at the myriad of colors found within the salt marshes many plant species and perennial grasses.  Look for white-tailed deer and black-crowned night herons, snowy owls, ospreys, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, Canada geese, mallards and many other species of birds along the ponds and bogs.  Nantucket is one of the last remaining sites of grasslands and heathlands.   Visit the famed Nantucket cranberry bogs – a glorious 234 acres of trails off Milestone Road.  View the panorama of Nantucket’s Serengeti.  The sandplain grasslands found on the southern side of the island are not unlike prairies found in the Midwest.  Coastal heathlands – known locally as “moors” – contain black huckleberry, lowbush blueberry, bayberry and pasture rose. Visitors dating back to the 1700’s found the island to be nearly treeless.  While hardwood forest areas remain relatively rare, they do exist in limited areas, most notably in our verdant Hidden Forest. The early 1900’s, following the elimination of livestock grazing, brought the gradual return of tall shrubs.  

For those of you who prefer to pamper yourself, book a spa treatment or massage, a manicure or a pedicure.  Lavender Farm Wellness offers deep-tissue massage, Cranial Sacral therapy and Zen Body (Rolfing).  Darya’s Salon + Spa offers a vast array of pampering treatments, and you always emerge feeling younger and more beautiful than you felt upon entry.  Brooke Tejada Restorative Bodywork offers wonderful massages, biofrequency therapy, and a soothing “feet treat” option.  Monarch Face & Body provides facials, massage, reiki and reflexology.  Visit the Graceline Institute for meditation, yoga and sculpting, Tai Chi, spiropathix sound and whaling, a cleanse, and the restorative effects of a half hour in its far infrared sauna and magnesium chamber where you immerse yourself in its many health benefits (including improved circulation and heart function, stress reduction, and skin rejuvenation). Take a Pilates or Melt class with Lisalates or a restorative or flow yoga class at the Yoga Room or Supta Yoga

Following your day of adventures, return to the Inn for a sweet treat and hot cup of tea.  Or perhaps enjoy a complimentary cordial, and relax while perusing your dinner options!

There are many decadent and delightful restaurants on Nantucket, from the more formal venues to the casual pubs.  Most are within walking distance.  Queequegs’ cozy and intimate dining room is the perfect backdrop for its eclectic American Cuisine that employs fresh seasonal ingredients.  Dune has three distinct dining rooms that combine ‘a blend of sophisticated elegance and soothing comfort’.  Its menu is ever changing and features some of the finest local produce, fish, and meats from regional farms.  The meals tantalize your senses of taste, touch, and sight and the desserts can only be described as decadent!  Town offers dining that is both inspired and playful, combining sumptuous flavors and Asian, Indian and mouth-watering entrees that span the seafood (including Sushi), steak, and chicken varieties – there is something for everyone.  For a more casual but cozy environment, saunter around the corner to Brotherhood of Thieves. Whether you order the lobster bisque, burger or seafood linguini, you will not be disappointed.  The Charlie Noble is also a great place to kick back and enjoy the local’s scene.  The ambiance may be simple but the meals are not.  From the all-day raw bar and house made Chorizo Stuffies to the local Bluefish pate and tacos, the lobster quesadilla and
the chicken wings, The Charlie Noble will not disappoint.

At the end of each day, melt into the warmth and comfort of our beds and many pillows, perhaps build a fire and snuggle with someone you love, or laugh sharing stories with your best friend until you can no longer keep your eyes open.  Wake refreshed to the aroma of home-made scones and rich coffee.  And feel the resurgence of energy and hope that spring embodies.  We promise, you will go home with spring in your steps!

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