Discover Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
(photo: The Trustees of Reservations; info thetrustees.org
Discover this 1,117 ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads. What makes Coskata-Coatue a special place? Comprising a pair of long, fingery peninsulas, Coskata Coatue (“co-skate-uh coat-oo”) Wildlife Refuge is both a popular vacation destination and a fragile, wild and semi-remote coastscape. Most easily accessible by boat or oversand vehicle, the refuge also draws trampers and naturalists eager to observe shorebirds, raptors, and Great Point Light.
A Haven for Wildlife on Nantucket. The greater coastscape, which includes the federally owned Great Point Lighthouse and Nantucket Conservation Foundation land, remains a popular destination for saltwater anglers in search of striped bass and bluefish. Yet this double-fingered peninsula jutting northward between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sounds is so much more: a blend of sandy beach, rolling dunes, and forest uplands both rugged and serene.
The refuge provides multiple habitats for an array of coastal plant and animal species, including heather and beach plum, a maritime oak forest and savannah of red cedar – the largest of its kind in New England – which offer shelter to deer. At the beachfront, watch for horseshoe crabs advancing in extremely slow motion, seals basking in the sun, and shorebirds skittering above the surf line.
And a trip to Great Point at the extreme northwest tip of the refuge is recommended, as is a visit to the lighthouse (open seasonally), which has been aiding mariners across three centuries.
Trails . 16 miles of oversand vehicle routes and walking trails – including the popular Beach Trail, Inside Trail, and Coskata Woods Trail – plus miles of beach front. Strenuous hiking (walking across soft sand for long periods can be arduous). Free to pedestrians.
When to Visit Open year-round, daily, 24 hours (10PM – 5AM, fishing access only). Property is patrolled from April through October. Sections of the refuge may be closed seasonally to protect endangered nesting shorebirds. Allow a minimum of three hours. Available from the Trustees of Reservations are these great guided tours (or you can do it all by yourself).
Natural History Tours. Join an experienced guide on a 2.5-hour 4x4 over-sand vehicle tour and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna that call the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge home. Daily departures again at 1:30 pm. For details and tickets: 508-228-6799. www.thetrustees.org/ccwr
Tours of Nantucket. What to do? What to do? On vacation that is. Walking tours are the easiet and the perfect way to explore Nantucket, especially in the off-season. Crowds are gone; and you may or may not know, but Green is in. And it is pretty inexpensive and stress free. No need to find parking, just you and your map, exploring, learning, enjoying the true beauty of Nantucket. You will learn the rich history of Nantucket through the guided, or self-guided tours.Here are some options in September/October:
Historic House Walking Tour
"Visit three NHA Historic Houses from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries: Hadwen House, Macy - Christian House, and Greater Light. $10 adults, $4 ages 6-17, free for NHA members. Rain or shine every day. For details, call 508-228-1894. Departs daily from the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street." (source YesterdaysIsland.com; photo Nantucket Historical Association)
Outdoor walking tour of downtown. 'Walk the Old Historic District with a guide from the Nantucket Historical Association and learn about the people, places, and events that transformed Nantucket from a remote island outpost to the whaling capital of the world, then on to a resort destination of international acclaim. Hour-long tours depart Mon-Sat, rain or shine, from the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. www.nha.org'
Greater Light and Fire Hose-Cart House. Explore Greater Light at 8 Howard Street, the remarkable historic summer home of Quaker sisters Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, and the gateway to the Nantucket art colony era. Tickets: $6/$3. The garden is open daily for self-guided tours. The Fire Hose-Cart House, 8 Gardner Street, is available for self-guided tours. For details, call 508-228-1894. (source YesterdaysIsland.com; photo Nantucket Historical Association)
UMass Nantucket Winter Program
A full environmental studies program is being planned by University of Massachusetts-Boston on Nantucket Island. This is an exciting time for Nantucket community.
"Nantucket is a lot more valuable today as a scientific resource than anyone figured. We said there really is an opportunity to create a bit of a satellite campus on Nantucket, and have more of a link between the academic community in the off-season."
David Poor, President, Conservation Foundation
in the Inquirer and Mirror, August 9, 2012
Rooms start at $195.
Call for dates & availability. Limited. Call 508.228.0530
Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week is September 24-30, 2012
Some participating Restaurants: Brant-Point Grill, American Seasons, Dune, Galley Beach. To see all please visit their website. The restaurant week on Nantucket provides specials for lunch and dinner typically at a fabulous price!
Best of New England 2012, Yankee Magazine
Anne Sutherland a Nantucket artist is doing a painting Workshop September and October. Learn all the how to techniques of painting. What a better place to paint and a better time to devote yourself to painting!
Daily and weekly painting workshops on Nantucket are available. For more information visit http://www.annesutherlandart.com or call 508 228 4515 For reservations on Nantucket and room availability call 508.228.0530
Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today. According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. www.centuryhouse.com