It’s not easy being No. 1. There’s a lot of pressure to live up to the hype. Comparisons are always made and disagreements often follow. But, oh does it feel so good to be on top!

Nantucket, the small island off the coast of Massachusetts, was named the “Top Island in the World” by National Geographic in 2012. As a National Historic District, Nantucket has changed little architecturally since the 17th century. From the magnificent beaches and lighthouses, to the beautiful landscape, cobblestone streets, and historic homes, Nantucket is a refreshingly unique island destination.

In the late 1600s whales were found off shore, and between 1750 and 1840 Nantucket was one of the major whaling ports in North America. Today, locals and visitors enjoy whale watching, biking, art galleries, fine dining, and the serene atmosphere of this quaint island. You can discover the beauty of Nantucket (and some delicious wine) at the Nantucket Wine Festival from Wednesday, May 15th through Sunday, May 19th. Celebrated for over 16 years, this event features grand tastings, a harbor gala, wine seminars, and restaurant wine events.

You can round out your wine-infused weekend by staying at a Nantucket bed and breakfast where you can raise a toast courtesy of the inn’s wine collection. The Wauwinet historic inn nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay features 32 luxury rooms and four charming cottages. Each room is decorated with one-of-a-kind furnishings, with hand-stenciled finishes, and fresh Nantucket wildflowers. Before the festival, whet your palate in the award-winning wine cellar, and then enjoy spa treatments that are inspired by local herbs and flowers. Take advantage of the Connoisseur Package and you won’t be disappointed by the gourmet meals at Topper’s, named the No. 1 overall restaurant on Nantucket.

Built in 1838, the Brass Lantern Inn effortlessly combines the ambience of a historic B&B with contemporary rooms and furnishings to make your stay uniquely special. The main inn offers 15 guestrooms with en-suite baths and a two-bedroom family suite. Located in the Old Historic District, you will be just a short walk from the ferry terminals, the Whaling Museum, and the restaurants and shops. Relax and enjoy your tea and home-baked cookies on the garden patio before the wine and cheese reception at the inn, hosted by one of the Wine Festival luminaries.

Aren’t you curious why Nantucket was named “Top Island in the World?” Visit our “Nautical Nantucket” Pinterest board to help you plan your trip now and find out why whale watching, quiet nature walks, and the simpler way of life, are the perfect pairings for a fantastic getaway.

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