Nantucket vs. Martha's Vineyard
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The Case for Nantucket - by Laura Begley Bloom
Nantucket is the Marilyn to Martha’s Vineyard’s Jackie (even though the Kennedys are over in Hyannis — but you get the point). The island has become a playground for the hyper-wealthy, with probably more billionaires per square mile than many other places on the planet. And even though the shingled gray “cottages” that give the island its nickname (The Little Grey Lady) may be charmingly discreet, people here aren’t afraid to flaunt their wealth. Note all the Gulfstreams parked at the airport. Set 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, this 14-mile-long island is a bit harder to reach than the Vineyard — and everyone here likes it that way. It is also smaller, with one main town and little settlements scattered about, like the rose-clad enclave of Siasconset (Sconset to locals). Now that summer has arrived, so have the multiple-home-owners who you’ll find in Aspen and Palm Beach the rest of the year.
Population: 10,000 year-round; 56,000 in summer
Famous Faces: Politicians like John Kerry; fashion designers like Tommy Hilfiger; and business tycoons like Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
How to Get Around Town: Cars aren’t easy to come by (summer residents reserve ferries well in advance to bring their Range Rovers on island), and gridlock is notorious in town. So do like the down-to-earth locals — and they do exist — and rent a set of wheels at Easy Riders Bicycle Rentals. Nantucket is covered in cycling-friendly bike paths.
(Courtesy: Easy Riders Bicycle Rentals)