Don a pair of Nantucket Reds (pink chinos) if you dare and join the gilded and the glamorous for beach town living at it most civilized. Nantucket, “That fine…boisterous…famous old island,” as Ishmael once remarked in “Moby Dick,” continues to revel in its virtues, of which there are many. Some 30 miles from Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, the former whaling capital of the world, Nantucket is now first and foremost a tourist enclave with an air of grandeur and a resolute appreciation for the finer things in life. While Nantucket may be three times larger than Manhattan, it has a snip of the population, though in summer it rises from 10,000 to 50,000. The island’s one and only town, Nantucket, seems to have a veto on bad taste. It’s a glossy tourist vision of gleaming yachts bobbing in the harbor, designer boutiques, hushed bookstores, antique stores, meticulous inns, sleek cocktail bars, and superb restaurants, all lining cobblestone streets. There’s not a golden arch to break the spell. Over 100 miles of Nantucket’s immaculate coastline is open to the public and there’s a beach for every age and inclination; Children’s Beach, Surfside Beach, and the glorious sunsets of wild Madaket Beach. For a culture fix, there’s a smattering of museums, galleries, and historic sights; Nantucket has the largest collection of pre-Civil War architecture in the U.S. and strict planning laws extend to the exterior of the town’s buildings.
Airports within a 50-mile radius of Nantucket:
- Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK)
- Marthas Vineyard Airport (MVY)
- Barnstable Municipal-Boardmanpolando Field Airport (HYA)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Nantucket area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.