Travel with Val: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
The competition between the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard allows visitors to take in the best of what both have to offer this summer. YNN's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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There’s a healthy rivalry between fans of either Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. I, for one, am a Vineyard girl at heart. But why choose sides when you can visit both gorgeous Massachusetts islands during the same trip?
Hotelier Mark Snider has it both ways as the owner of the family-friendly Winnetu - steps away from the Vineyard’s South Beach with its lobster bakes, penny candy and vintage fire truck rides - and The Nantucket hotel and resort, an old hotel made new again.
"I think they share so much in common in terms of natural beauty, location off the mainland, everything is a step slower," Snider says.
Originally built as the Point Breeze in 1891, The Nantucket, located downtown, is the last of the grand dame hotels on the historic whaling island.
"This is a wonderful building filled with whimsy and individuality and we wanted to bring this back as much as possible and make this a year round hotel that is really something special," Snider notes.
With the largest ballroom on the island, The Nantucket features indoor/outdoor dining, and an outdoor pool. A lap pool and spa are still in the works.
Visitors choosing the “Two Island Vacation Adventure” can decide which island to visit first while island transfers will be tacked on to the room rate so you can leave your car on the mainland.
The tandem package is available through September 8, when the inter-island ferry stops service. After that you can fly between islands, or choose to stay at just one property.
Each resort has hotel rooms, suites and cottages and depending on when you stay, may have nightly minimums.
Rates drop significantly after Labor Day with extra night specials and breakfast included.
For more information, visit www.vineyardnantucketresorts.com.