3. Nantuckett, Massachusetts
Where to Stay in Nantucket, Massachusetts
As if the cliffside location and long history as an inn (since the early 1870s) were not enough, Century House invites artists in residence to schmooze with the guests and leave behind enough examples of their work to make the inn seem like a small museum of island plein-air painting.
Where to Eat in Nantucket, Massachusetts
If Nantucket were an Italian island, the food might taste something like what Ventuno serves every night. Cape Cod clams become spaghetti alla vongele with the addition of enough garlic. Wild halibut meets locally grown green spring veggies to become merluzzo alla vignarola.
Great Attraction in Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Historic District. Technically speaking, all of Nantucket is a historical district, recognized on the national registry since 1966. With more than 800 buildings built before 1850, history surrounds you in Nantucket, but the downtown area, replete with cobblestone streets and gaslights, will truly take you back in time. www.nha.org
The Nantucket Whaling Museum. The impressive collection of scrimshaw, housed in a former spermaceti candle factory, recalls the gritty days when Nantucket whalers roamed the world. www.nha.org/sites
More information: www.nantucketchamber.org