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Summer Islands

Nothing signifies getting away from it all quite like an island visit

By Timothy Jacob

ShermansTravel.com

June 2nd, 2008

Nothing signifies getting away from it all quite like an island visit. Whether it requires a five-hour ferry ride or a quick trip over a causeway, the very act of separating from the mainland is also a separation from the everyday and an invitation to explore. We’ve gathered together our favorites—both classic destinations and little-known treasures—in the continental U.S. and Canada (plus a few in Europe for good measure). All offer the possibility of an idyllic summer retreat distinguished by natural beauty, alluring beaches, historic charm, and above all, the chance to recharge.

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