What’s the best time to visit White Elephant Village?

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Michelle Doucette

The best time of the year to visit White Elephant Village depends on what you’d like to experience on Nantucket — provided it’s between April and December, because the hotel is closed from mid-December through March. Tourism on the island is at its peak from Memorial Day through Labor Day (and with good reason, given its sunny summer weather and miles of beaches). June is a particularly lovely time to visit; the full-on summer crowds have not yet arrived, but the air is warm, the hydrangeas are blooming and the attractions are adopting longer hours.

For a picturesque New England holiday, visit the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel two weekends after Thanksgiving, when the Nantucket hotel celebrates its last hurrah before closing for winter. This is the island’s annual Christmas Stroll weekend, which kicks off with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a Coast Guard boat to meet with children and enjoy the town’s carolers. Festivities include a Festival of Trees at the Whaling Museum; a European-style Christmas market; a tour of homes; and a “Nantucket sleigh ride” shuttle service to help you see it all.

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