Nantucket is a lovely family destination and you can, believe it or not, still catch all the fun with a last-minute getaway as summer turns to fall. Enjoy the many kid-friendly beaches, the miles and miles of cycling trails and the wealth of educational museums.
The White Elephant on Nantucket is an enjoyable luxury property that gives you a home-y feel alongside all the must-have amenities you crave. Complimentary bicycles are provided so you can zip around town at your leisure, all with the family in tow. If you book an in-town, three-bedroom loft, your family will also have access to a BMW hybrid for the duration of your entire stay. For families with younger children, request the in-room camp-out bundle, which comes with your own in-room teepee and a faux campfire for a fun little camping experience without all the mess.
In September, you can save 25 percent on your stay at the White Elephant if you stay three consecutive nights with the Summer for Less promotion.
If your traveling troupe includes a furry friend, book a stay at The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin. This accommodation option is renowned for its pet-friendly service. Dogs on the go can expect to be greeted with their own bed for the stay, a gift basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls and personalized pet tags. There are even dog-walking services available and a pet concierge.
Nantucket boasts an array of modern dining options with new eateries opening nearly every season. This year, you have a whole host of new choices to pick through. There’s Pizzeria Gemelle, for pizza featuring local ingredients; or The Whale, an American bistro; and Saltbox Tavern & Table for comfort food with some updates.
Take your complimentary bicycle out on the cobblestone streets and explore all the shopping right at your fingertips. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive just in time to catch the Goop pop-up MRKT shop, filled with Paltrow-approved items fit for a luxury New England beach vacay.
Even if you’re not looking for a little retail indulgence, cycling is still a great way to see the island. There are plenty of short cycling loops suitable for the entire family.
Another great way to see Nantucket? Take to the water with a boat tour.
Make sure to take the kids to the Whaling Museum in downtown Nantucket to uncover the destination’s long relationship with the industry and animals.
Of course, you can’t visit Nantucket without spending some quality time on the beaches. Beyond searching for shells and building sand castles, families can enjoy fishing from the shore or your very own clam bake.
The sister properties of the Park Royal Golden Cancun and the Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort, also in Cancun, offer families a vacation full of beach fun in a style personalized for your tribe’s vibe. Both properties, located two miles apart, open to the crystal-blue ocean, are framed by the fine white sand for which Cancun is famous, and are family-friendly, but that’s where their resemblance ends.
There’s not much spookier than getting lost in a maze cut through tall stalks of corn — especially in the dark. The first corn maze is attributed to a farm in Annville, Pennsylvania. Since then, mazes have become huge autumn attractions. Many of today’s larger mazes are cut with the help of Global Positioning Satellite technology, allowing maze makers to create intricate shapes that add to navigational challenges.
The National Museum of American Jewish History showcases a special exhibition based on a book of the same name: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
By Hainan Airlines
It’s the time of year that the creak of a door sounds sharper in the silence, that the footsteps in the hall seem foreign and the voices talking in the next room sound unfamiliar. This is the season we fear and celebrate the dead and they seem to know it. Here are the places that do both right: