7 New Things to Look Forward to in 2017…

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Hot Dates, Cool Rates 2017…
Get a jump start on planning your favorite time of year- summer on Nantucket! Nantucket Island Resorts’ Hot Dates Cool Rates guarantee the lowest rates of the season at all five hotels. And Nantucket Insiders know to get those reservations booked early for the dates you want and your favorite room!
Spring rates start as low as $195 per night.

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Mini Mixers and Makers…
White Elephant and White Elephant Village are known for their incredible kid friendly amenities and Nantucket is known for its delicious cuisine, so White Elephant’s new  mini- chef program is a perfect activity for Nantucket’s youngest foodies. Little guests of the hotel and the Village will have the opportunity to don aprons, sprinkle and stir with our professionals at Brant Point Grill this summer. Stay tuned for more info on this adorable activity here on Nantucket Insider.

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3.  The Keys to Your Own BMW…
Now in its fifth year, White Elephant and White Elephant Village‘s amazing partnership with BMW continues to offer a very special guest drive amenity –  your own exclusive BMW vehicle for the duration of your stay. 2017 models include the sporty XDrive40e, a 650i xDrive Convertible, and a i3 REX.
These vehicles are available for select accommodations. Click here for more details.

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Raising the Bar at TOPPER’S…
TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet has long been a favorite spot for sipping sundowner cocktails on the hotel’s lush lawn overlooking the bay. Now there will be a few new reasons to enjoy a toast at TOPPER’S. The elegant Saturday and Sunday brunch service will  feature a Bloody Mary bar, complete with delicious fixings for creating your own personalized brunch beverage, and maybe a baker’s dozen of local Retsyo Oysters to go with it.
While TOPPER’S cocktail menu may has many tempting creations to choose from, the 2017 menu is set to include a few mini versions of cocktails highlighting local Triple Eight vodka, so you can sample more than one (or two!).

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Join the Crew at Nantucket Boat Basin…
Nantucket Boat Basin really caters to boaters’ children with fun amenities and friendly staffers often armed with little surprises to hand out to mini mariners along the docks. For 2017 look for a few enhancements to the Boat Basin’s kid friendly offerings, like an interactive calendar loaded with events and Nantucket happenings for children and families, scavenger hunt prizes like tokens for free ice cream cones at nearby Stars Ice Cream. And don’t forgot to check in with the Boat Basin concierge office to borrow fishing gear for the Boat Basin’s ‘Rock the Dock Scup Cup’!

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Summer on Nantucket for More Nights, Less Money…
Who doesn’t want to spend at least three nights on Nantucket this summer? Get the best rates for any three consecutive night stay at Jared Coffin House, White Elephant, White Elephant Village or The Wauwinet by booking dates included in Nantucket Island Resorts “Summer for Less” promotion. To learn more click here.

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Annual Nantucket Island Resorts Kids’ Party

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Each year around the holidays, Nantucket Island Resorts hosts a fun filled fest for their employees’ children at Brant Point Grill. Human Resources Director, Sally Remick has long been the company’s go-to party planner for this event-and several other employee events throughout the year! Nantucket Insider caught up with Sally to find out what goes into making an amazing kids party.

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She’s definitely not new at this, as a mom of two children one can assume Sally’s had her share of organizing birthday parties and other activities for her own family, but she’s also been at the helm of ten company kids’ parties- and counting! There are about 25 to 3o children at these events, so a fair amount of prep work goes into the party.

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Each year’s party features a different theme which requires some planning and ‘research’, as Sally puts it; “I love having new themes every year to brainstorm and come up with a great WOW factor for the kids!”

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The planning starts at least six weeks out from the date of the event. But all of the decorating in the Brant Point Grill takes place one day ahead of the event, with the help of many other Nantucket Island Resorts team members.

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This year’s theme for the kids party featured “Kung Fu Panda”, which incorporated lots of Chinese decorative elements, like parasols, bamboo accents, dragon decals, and plenty of adorable “Po” stuffed pandas atop the tables.

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Activities and entertainment were in strong supply with a bouncy house, face painting, arts and crafts tables, and Nantucket’s party-essential Bobby Lamb of Last Minute Productions on hand for balloon twisting!

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Parties like this are a wonderful opportunity for co workers to get together before holiday vacations and watch the little ones have such a great time!

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 *All photos were taken by Lisa Getter of Nantucket Event Media

 

 

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Christmas Stroll Recap from Jared Coffin House

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Nantucket has been recovering this week from a very busy and very successful annual Christmas Stroll weekend. With Jared Coffin House‘s prime location at the top of Centre and Broad Streets, the energy was fun and festive all weekend long!

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With its nostalgic, old New England charm, the hotel has been a long time fan favorite for Nantucket Christmas Stroll- all 43 rooms nearly sold out by the end of October for this highly anticipated holiday celebration.

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For the past several years, an added element of holiday spirit is the official stroll visit of Santa Claus. Santa himself arrived at Jared Coffin House this year aboard a vintage style fire truck following his Coast Guard vessel’s docking at Straight Wharf and a cheerful journey up the cobblestones of Main Street.

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Jared Coffin House General Manager Michael Sharlet reported that an estimated 200+ children waited in line at the hotel to meet Santa and have a photo taken by Nantucket photographer Ron Lynch. An added bonus for the kids this year was sent by Nantucket’s favorite storybook character, Barnaby Bear. Barnaby provided adorable canvas gift bags with crayons and a Barnaby Bear coloring book (all images hand drawn by author and illustrator,Wendy Rouillard).

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To relieve any fatigue of waiting in line to see Santa Claus, a few holiday elves were on hand, passing out hot cocoa!

 

 

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Late Fall Nantucket Weekends

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One of our own Nantucket Insiders, Christina Hall, has the enviable job of showing some of Nantucket’s visitors- namely those in the media and tourism industry- the best the island has to offer. This would seem an easy task in the summer and even early fall, but as the season progresses towards less beach and boating weather, it takes a bit more effort to pack a weekend itinerary with enough activity to keep world-class travelers entertained. Thankfully, Christina rises to the challenge,  and she has shared with us a sampling of some of her favorite stops along the way to a late fall weekend on Nantucket.

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Where to stay: Choose your hotel stay based on the kind of Nantucket experience you’re looking for. If you seek a location in easy walking distance to Nantucket’s center, with shops and dining just steps away, White Elephant, White Elephant Village, or Jared Coffin House are fantastic options and all are open (though some are at reduced schedules) throughout the fall.

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For more of an experience that lets you feel away from it all, The Wauwinet’s unique location, at about nine miles from town, will set you at ease. For added privacy and quiet, try to book a cottage (as pictured below), situated just across the drive from The Wauwinet’s main building. The hotel is open through the last weekend in October.

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Step Oustide: Regardless of season, Nantucket visitors should always embrace the outdoors. There’s so much spectacular scenery to take in if you come out in the fall. 

If you opt for an in-town hotel stay, take advantage of strolling the charming streets of Nantucket town in the morning. Don’t miss a walk along the docks of Straight Wharf and Old South Wharf, dotted with iconic Nantucket shingle cottages perched along the wharves.

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To make the most of walking the streets of town sign up for  a guided downtown walking tour with Nantucket Historical Association. The tour is 90 minutes and covers the people, places, and events that transformed Nantucket from a remote island outpost, to the whaling capital of the world, to a resort destination of international acclaim.  Tickets are available at the Whaling Museum on Broad Street.

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Rain, or shine, a trip to Cisco Brewers is a must for Nantucket visitors; it’s such an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. And if the weather is mild enough, biking is a great way to get there from town! Packing a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables on site is ideal and several cafes like Lemon Press, The Corner Table, or even Brant Point Grill, offer wholesome and delicious food to go.

Dining: While it’s true that some of Nantucket’s eateries do shutter after Columbus Day Weekend, on an island as food-centric as Nantucket, there are still plenty of dining options in late fall. A few fall favorites include, Brant Point Grill, TOPPER’S (open through October 29), and Ventuno on Federal Street for a cozy ambiance and relaxed Italian fare.

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Shopping: The island has long been known for its unique shops with hardly a chain store establishment in sight along the streets of town. And a Nantucket insiders know that another great perk to visiting Nantucket later in the fall (or even in winter), are the sometimes steep discounts on merchandise once the busier end of the retail season is past.

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TOPPER’S 2016 Spooky Season Finale

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For their last dinner service of the 2016 season, TOPPER’S pops the cork on a special and spooky evening with the second annual “Trick-Or-Treat Dinner”.

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The dining room at TOPPER’S was completely sold out to a combination of house guests staying at the hotel, and guests who came out for dinner only. As the hotel and the restaurant are closed as of October 30 until April 20, 2017; this was the last chance until spring to enjoy the cozy, yet elegant ambiance of TOPPER’S Dining Room and the exceptional cuisine prepared by Chef Kyle Zachary , with favorites like Lobster Pasta and Tarte Flambe on the menu.

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Dinner guests were treated to discounts of 30, 40, or even 50%, determined by picking a ticket from TOPPER’S Magic Cauldron. From TOPPER’S renown wine cellar, all Peter Michael wine was enjoyed at discounts of 25%.

With end of The Wauwinet’s season typically falling on or around Halloween, and the popularity of the Trick or Treat Dinner, this is a tradition that is sure to continue.

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Yoga for PASCON at White Elephant Village

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In recognition of breast cancer awareness this month, and in support of PASCON Nantucket, White Elephant Village‘s new ballroom was the venue for a morning yoga session with Nantucket yoga instructor and breast cancer survivor, Caitlin Marcoux.

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During a recent event at the new Ballroom & Conference Center, Marcoux connected with Nantucket Island Resorts Business Development Manager, Christina Hall to inquire about uses of the new space in relation to her course, “Grace + Fire”, which teaches mindfulness through yoga to navigate cancer treatment . With White Elephant’s long time support of local cancer care charities, it seemed a perfect tie in to work with Caitlin on an event for the hotel’s annual October breast cancer awareness initiative.

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The class was filled with members of the local community to practice yoga and to support PASCON (Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket), a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation is dedicated to funding all of PASCON’s programs and services so that they may be provided free to the community without insurance reimbursement and to educating the community and raising awareness about palliative and supportive care issues.

 

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Fall Back in Time on Nantucket

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With bountiful pumpkin displays and fall temperatures just starting to take a dip later in October, it’s a great time to experience Nantucket’s quieter side, especially if you’re a history buff.

Just steps from Jared Coffin House, Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum is always a must see sight on any Nantucket visit, but the organization has several other fun and fascinating events to check out in the later part of fall.

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If you’re a fan of Moby-Dick, (and really, is there a Nantucket Insider who isn’t?!), be sure to mark at least two upcoming NHA events on your calendar. As part the NHA’s popular ‘Food for Thought’ lecture series, writer Christine Harding shares her limericks inspired by the great American novel, accompanied by Susan Boardman‘s exquisite embroidered narratives, which are based on the story. This event takes place on October 20 from 12-1pm at the Whaling Museum and is free to the public.

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From October 21-23, the NHA will host a Moby-Dick Reading Marathon, which will take place over the span of three days, with a break each evening. Approximately ninety participants will take turns reading aloud all 135 chapters plus the epilogue from Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale.

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The reading will begin at the Atheneum at 1 India Street on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Noon and move to the Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street at 6 P.M. on that same evening, concluding at 10 P.M. It will reconvene at the Atheneum on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10 A.M. and last until 9 P.M. that day. The final day of the reading will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 10 A.M. to approximately 2 P.M.

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Nantucket Insiders know Halloween on Nantucket is a special highlight of the fall season. To celebrate Halloween, NHA in partnership with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) presents a night of themed storytelling by costumed actors with the evocative Old Gaol property as the backdrop. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm at 15R Vestal Street.

The Old Gaol (old English, pronounced “jail”), an iconic historic landmark, is one of the oldest extant jails in America, and the oldest remaining intact jailhouse on Nantucket. Beginning in 1676, several Nantucket locations were used to hold miscreants, but in 1768, in response to Nantucket’s emerging status as an international seaport, which brought with it an increase in the number of transients, a dedicated structure went up on High Street.

“In the crisp fall air, these ghostly tales take hold of the Old Goal as the NHA and TWN collaborate a night of Halloween magic, says Justin Cerne, TWN Artistic Director. “This is another fantastic moment when two wonderful organizations come together to bring a fun night of spookiness to the Nantucket community!”

Admission to this program is $5 per person.

For more information, about the programs and events at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call 508-228-1894.

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White Elephant Village’s New Ballroom & Conference Center’s First Event

nantucket ballroomWhite Elephant Village‘s new Ballroom & Conference Center experienced its first two events this past week. Nantucket Insider was on site to enjoy both, the first of which was
a fabulous end of season employee celebration for Nantucket Island Resorts, with a Caribbean twist.

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Nantucket Island Resorts’ employee party is an annual event that the company’s 300+ team members look forward to all season long. It is an evening to have fun with co-workers but also to celebrate and recognize the hard work and stellar performance of some truly exceptional employees as the season winds down.

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The Human Resources team spends many hours planning, decorating, and preparing for the annual employee party; from choosing a theme to organizing prizes, contracting entertainment, and of course being on hand to give special honors to exemplary staff members.

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This year’s “Caribbean Nights” theme was fun and cheerful and gave an opportunity to showcase the versatility of the Ballroom, which looked festive but still sophisticated with the space’s modern finishes.

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Glowing bar set ups, traditional Caribbean cuisine and Mystic Nights band, complete with a steel drum band, set the atmosphere, and a great time was had in this amazing new event venue.

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Mark Your Calendars This Fall for Nantucket Events

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To welcome in the beginning of fall, Nantucket Insider shares our list of ‘can’t miss’ fall happenings on the island. With so many reasons to visit Nantucket this season, it’s easy to forget about the added factors of great weather, less crowded roads- not to mention great rates at our favorite hotels

Fall Restaurant Week, September 26- October 2, 2016
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A celebration of the superlative culinary tradition on Nantucket Island. Experience exceptional food, wine and hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed restaurants. Participating restaurants will be offering three-course menus from $25 to $45.
Brant Point Grill and TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet will both offer special menu pricing. 

Nantucket Half Marathon- Sunday, October 9, 2016 (8:00am)
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This race is one of the most scenic half marathon courses on the East Coast! The route travels through wooded dirt roads, tree-lined bike paths, and lightly traveled streets with beautiful ocean views. The course is gently rolling but you are never more than a few feet above sea level. Approximately 40% of the course is on dirt roads with a few sandy sections that can be challenging but there are no significant hills, so it’s a nice choice for beginner runners. You may run on roads and see parts of Nantucket you never knew existed!
Click here to register for this race.

Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Saturday October 8, 2016
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This festival is held each year over Columbus Day weekend, and allows for many Nantucket visitors and residents alike to make the most of their time on the island; viewing the gorgeous hues of reds and pinks that the flooded cranberry bogs display at this time of year. Visitors to the festival will love walking through the festival tent and sampling the native cranberries, local honey, and even wool products made from the farm’s own flock of sheep. Food and beverages are also sold at the event and live music makes it easy to spend the entire afternoon at the cranberry bog. 

Wauwinet Fall Actvities, September- October 2016
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Surrounded by beautiful beaches, historic attractions and the charm of downtown, The Wauwinet offers fun things to do on Nantucket, from tours of ‘Sconset Villlage in the hotel’s own antique car, and bay cruises to fishing and cooking classes. Guests at the hotel receive a schedule of the activities for any given day upon arrival. 

Family Scalloping, October 2016
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Family Scalloping is a unique Nantucket tradition. Also known as recreational scalloping; commercial scalloping is not permitted until November. To take advantage of the October recreational scalloping season , you need a recreational shellfish license from the town. Permits are available at the Public Safety Building at 4 Fairgrounds Road. You’ll also need waders or a wet suit, a push rake, an inner tube and a bushel basket, plastic or wire, and for some, waterproof gloves to ward off the chill.  If you plan to open the scallops yourself, you’ll need an opening knife as well.   

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Get Hooked on Fall at Nantucket Boat Basin

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The end summer does not mean the end of good times at Nantucket Boat Basin. September and early October can be ideal times to visit, as the days are sunny and serene, seas are following and calm; and space is available!

The Nantucket Boat Basin hosted the Bluefin blast this past weekend. Below is a photo of the crew of Eskimo, with their 490 pound fish.

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A total of 42 fish were hooked, most ranging between 50-60 inches overall.  Fall is a great time for tuna fishing off the East coast, as the fish are moving south towards the Carolinas.

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 The Cystic Fibrosis Slam Tournament has been underway this week.  And Nantucket’s weather has been the best in years for anglers; two “slams” have already been reported.  A “Grand Slam” is when an angler catches four species of fish: a bluefish, striped bass, false albacore and bonito.  All proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

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 The Nantucket Classic Fishing Tournament will also be held later this month, as the inaugural Sounding’s Nantucket Classic, sponsored by Soundings Magazine, Cisco Brewery, Southport Boats, Angler’s Journal and the Ocearch vessel.  The tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th.  The event will include a welcome cocktail reception on the Ocearch research vessel on Friday night, after fishing the afternoon.  Additional information can be found by clicking here

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