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Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day. Read more…

By Plane, By Ferry, By Sleigh

More than 10,000 people flock to Nantucket for the three-day-long 39th Annual Christmas Stroll, the highlight of Nantucket Noel, a month-long celebration of the holiday season hosted by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. The festivities begin the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, but the stroll, which begins on Friday, November 30, is the main event.

By Plane, By Ferry, By Sleigh

Elaborately decorated Christmas trees and storefronts illuminate the cobblestone street, while carolers enchant all within earshot. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on Saturday to everyone’s delight via a coast guard vessel.  “It’s all very Charles Dickens-y,” said Jean Cawley of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. New this year is the Nantucket Sleighride, a bus service that brings pedestrians to must-see destinations outside the town center, including Bartlett Farms and Arrowhead Nursery. Call the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce at (508) 228-3643 or visit www.nantucketchamber.org for more information.

Open Hearts and Open Homes

When local animal shelters fill up, foster families welcome abandoned pets—and often enjoy life-changing experiences.

What most people don’t realize,” Cassie Marischen says, “is how many animals we actually take in.” Marischen is the manager of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Cape Cod Adoption Center, a Centerville shelter that cares for all kinds of animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners, including cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and even chinchillas. When other shelters turn animals away because of old age, aggressive behavior, or because they’re full, animals need to go somewhere else. “We are the somewhere else,” says Marischen.’ Read more…

Where Fairy Tales Are True

A spectacular almost century-old child's "playhouse" is a treasure for artists, nature lovers - or fairy tale fans of all ages.

Where Fairy Tales Are True

The house  is hard to see from the road, camouflaged amidst the shrubbery along Centerville River, but it’s there, up on a wooded rise. It transports all who see it back in time, to an era when technology didn’t rule the world, when life moved as slowly as the tidal river that winds its way around marshes surrounding the house, like a moat around a castle. Read more…

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Mosaic Moments

Sandwich tile artist Susan Davies turns treasured seaside memories into timeless decorative murals for homeowners.

Susan Davies takes comfort in knowing her artwork, unlike other artists’ more movable mediums, isn’t going to end up at a yard sale—at least not without some heavy machinery. “If someone wants to move my artwork, they need a chainsaw to take it out,” says the Sandwich artist. Read more…

Provincetown Population Swells

Provincetown Population Swells

On any given summer day, Provincetown’s year-round population of 3,000 swells to more than 10 times the size. During the Carnival Parade on the third Thursday in August, it’s as much as 30 times that number, according to Char Priolo, concierge at the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce—and Commercial Street is undoubtedly where you’ll find the center of the crowd. Formerly known as Front Street because the rowboats in the harbor faced residents’ front doors, this three-mile stretch is home to some of the most eclectic mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, and galleries found anywhere.

And while the rest of Cape Cod tends to go to bed early, Commercial Street remains ripe past midnight, with a thriving LGBT community and host of sun-soaked tourists keeping things moving until the wee hours. It is the perfect place to meander amongst the foot traffic when the sun goes down.