Nantucket may be known for its secluded beaches and summertime vibe, but there is something to be said for the quiet, snow-covered streets during the winter months. The quaint town runs a little slower this time of year, and the ferry is a little less crowded. Discover the best of Nantucket in January this winter.
For even more information to plan your perfect winter getaway, be sure to access our exclusive Vacation Guide. Our complimentary guide offers hand-picked recommendations on where to eat and what to do during your visit.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Visiting Nantucket in January
Kick-off January in style. Ring in the new year with the annual week-long celebration from the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. The day of New Year’s Eve brings the Nautical Dinner and Dance Party. This year’s performance features DJ Matty B, and nautical attire is encouraged.
‘Sconset Bluff Walk
Who said the salt and sand were just for the summer? Explore the entrancing coastline in complete serenity this winter. Nantucket in January is as close as you’ll get to enjoying a private beach on the island. And trust us—it’s just as gorgeous blanketed in snow.
Cisco Brewery is an all-season, local favorite. The flagship brew spot offers ten revolving beers on tap within their sea-washed wooden doors. It’s the perfect place to get toasty while escaping the New England chill.
No visit to the island would be complete without diving into some of Nantucket’s rich history. Get your day pass for the renowned Nantucket Whaling Museum and explore what was once a bustling whaling industry. And even though it’s closed for the season, take a stroll past the Jethro Coffin House. You’ll get a glimpse into the past from the oldest home on the island.
Nantucket Culinary Center
Reserve your spot at one of Nantucket Culinary Center’s delicious cooking classes this winter. Learn how to make healthy meals everyone in your family will adore and watch cooking demonstrations from the island’s best chefs.
Chances are you came to Nantucket to indulge in some of the best dishes the world has to offer. And you’re in luck—dining in Nantucket in the winter means all the plates with half the wait. Pop into Lola 41 for some warm Miso Soup and their popular Korean Beef Bulgogi. Pull up a seat at the classic Irish pub, Kitty Murtagh’s. Sip on a pint of Guinness while filling up on Bangers and Mash or a smoked pastrami sandwich.
Nantucket Ice Rink
If the ponds aren’t frozen yet, check out the Nantucket Ice Rink. It’s located just outside of town down Surfside Road. Public skate typically runs from 12-2:20 p.m. during the week, and weekends bring special skating events open to the public. Get their full rink schedule here.
Get Cozy at the Periwinkle Inn
After a chilly day of exploring all that Nantucket has to offer in the winter, you’ll be ready to curl up back at the Periwinkle Inn. Book your stay in the Queequeg Room and experience authentic Nantucket charm without sacrificing any of the luxuries. Enjoy Egyptian cotton linens, plush Turkish towels, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay.
Planning Christmas in Nantucket? Don’t miss the annual Festival of Trees at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The festival runs throughout December and benefits the Nantucket Historical Association. Learn more here and start planning your trip today!