Massachusetts Island Named Among Best in Continental U.S.
Travel + Leisure magazine has released its list of the best islands in the continental United States (meaning Hawaii can't factor in), and only one Massachusetts isle made the cut this year.
Last year, both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard were among the Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S., but this year only Nantucket cracked the top 10.
And even then, they dropped hard.
On 2017's list Nantucket was No. 2 and Martha's Vineyard was No. 8.
For the 2018 list, Nantucket dropped to No. 8, and Martha's Vineyard was bumped completely.
Southern Islands seemed to be where Travel + Leisure wanted to be this year. Between Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, seven on the 10 spots were taken up.
That left one spot for each for Maine's Mount Desert Island, Nantucket and the San Juan Islands out in Washington State as the only non-Southern islands to factor in.
South Carolina's Hilton Head was the No. 1 island among Travel + Leisure readers for the second year in a row, scoring an 85.99 out of 100 with voters.
Nantucket was voted in for it's "quaintness" as well as the stunning views from the red clay cliffs. The food offerings helped them crack the top 10 as well.
So if you don't have the time for a big vacation this summer, know that one of the best island getaways is just a quick trip away from the SouthCoast.