There’s no denying that Nantucket is the quintessential summer destination, but true insiders know that fall is when the island really shines. The population drops from 80,000 to 10,000 and lines dissipate at popular shops such as The Juice Bar, the beloved ice cream shop that churns out a homemade Pumpkin Spice flavour only available in this season.

Beachcombers can spread out across the island’s 82 miles of coastline, and food-lovers rejoice at the arrival of autumnal treats such as fresh, local cranberries and Nantucket Bay scallops.

Visitors shouldn’t miss seasonal events like the family-friendly Cranberry Festival, October 12, 2019, which celebrates the island’s 162-year history with cranberry farming; and the Nantucket Half Marathon on October 13, 2019, which takes runners on a scenic route through sandy dirt roads, wooded trails, and ocean-front streets. Plus, rates at popular hotels like the newly renovated Wauwinet are lower than during peak summer months – rooms start at $225 per night.

Photo: The Wauwinet in Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA