Island-Hopping in the Off-Season

Make a Quick Getaway

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Your island fantasy has a pink-sand beach, orange frozen drinks, and a cocoa-colored tan. But your financial reality is deep in the red.

Don’t blanch in despair; a waterlogged escape is but a ferry ride away. In the deep winter months, both Nantucket and the Vineyard offer hidden pleasures that come at a fraction of their high-season prices.

Bed down: Make like a whaling baron inside the brick-mansioned walls of Jared Coffin House. Or set up a Scrabble board (a.k.a. that analog Words with Friends thingy) in front of your private fireplace at Martin House Inn.

Refuel: Grab a bottle of wine at Murray’s (23 Main Street) and turn the corner to Centre Street Bistro for a BYOB lunch of goat cheese tart and tofu stir-fry (Wednesday-Saturday only). The always-mobbed Lola 41 now offers dinner reservations a month out (count down to bacon, arugula, and truffle-crumbed mac ‘n’ cheese).

Head out: Saturday tours at Cisco Brewers (by appointment) culminate in live bluegrass and tastings. Get your grade-school geekdom on at the Whaling Museum (reopens February 4), then marvel at the winter harbor view from its glass cupola.

Chill out: Snuggle up by the fire with a craft beer at The Brotherhood of Thieves (reopens February 9); relative newcomer Dune slings cocktails like Ivy’s Poison (St-Germain, prosecco, muddled strawberries and mint).

Martha’s Vineyard
Bed down: Luxuriate with sumptuous linens, private fireplaces, and four-poster beds at The Charlotte Inn. The newly year-round Kelley House Hotel seduces with a large common hearth, dog-friendly rooms, and rates starting at $89 per night.

Refuel: Take your tropical vacay by way of fajitas and margaritas at Sharky’s Cantina. Chase your bangers and mash with a pint of lager at The Newes from America Pub.

Head out: The island’s celebrated bird-watching becomes easier in winter months (fewer crowds, bigger birds). Take the ferry over the Chappaquiddick to spot snowy owls and bufflehead ducks.

Chill out: Year-rounders gather en masse at Offshore Ale Co. for the on-site brews.

Color us excited.

Photo: Colin Matthew Chan / Getty Images

The Charlotte Inn
27 S Summer St
Edgartown, MA 02539
Centre Street Bistro
29 Centre St
Nantucket, MA 02554
Sharky's Cantina
266 Upper Main St
Edgartown, MA 02539
The Brotherhood of Thieves
23 Broad St
Nantucket, MA 02554
Lola 41
15 S Beach St
Nantucket, MA 02554
Kelley House Hotel
23 Kelley St
Edgartown, MA 02539
20 Broad St
Nantucket, MA 02554
The Newes from America Pub
23 Kelley St
Edgartown, MA 02539
Whaling Museum
13 Broad St
Nantucket, MA 02554
Martin House Inn
61 Centre St
Nantucket, MA 02554
Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Rd
29 Broad St
Nantucket, MA 02554