Travel & Leisure just released its annual list of the most charming towns to spend Christmas in America and Newport and Nantucket are right there!
Here’s what they had to say.
No. 4 Nantucket, MA
Nantucket’s annual Christmas Stroll is its banner holiday event. The tradition started in the 1970s — shopkeepers would stay open later in the evening so locals wouldn’t have to travel to Cape Cod to buy gifts. Now, on the first weekend in December, you can shop downtown amid dozens of Christmas trees, take part in wine and cocktail tastings, and go on organized walking tours. Pick up some gifts at Murray’s Toggery Shop (the mothership for holiday-ready Nantucket reds) and Jessica Hicks, the boutique of a local jewelry designer. And don’t miss the many Christmas trees, all uniquely decorated by community members, at the Whaling Museum‘s annual Festival of Trees.
No. 14 Newport, RI
If flashing neon holiday lights make you cringe a little, head to classy Newport, where only white lights are encouraged to conjure an old-fashioned candlelit vibe. Touching on its upscale history, tours of the Mansions of Newport take you through Gilded Age architectural icons like The Breakers, The Elms, and The Marbles, all decked out with sumptuous trees, fine china, and decorations. Since crowds are lighter, it’s a good time to try Newport’s most in-demand restaurants, like The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn.
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