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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The Nantucket Project in its Sixth Year at White Elephant

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The sixth annual Nantucket Project will take place at White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket Island, September 23-25. The ideas conference brings together a select group of accomplished visionaries and innovators across different fields. The overarching theme of this year’s event is “Walls: within us between us, and around us.” Indeed an intriguing concept for discussion in the current political and social climate. 

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Deepak Chopra, Billy Corgan, Krista Tippet, and Christy Turlington Burns are just a handful of the 36 presenters who will engage attendees through exclusive conversations, forums and performances. 

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White Elephant, the official host hotel, serves as the ideal base for The Nantucket Project. The program takes place on the lawn, offering stunning views of Nantucket Harbor to inspire creativity and imagination. Recipient of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice” and Travel + Leisure’s “Worlds Best Hotel” awards, White Elephant is known for its waterfront location and personalized service.

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For the second year, the Karp family has very generously underwritten the “Islander Pass” which serves as an amazing opportunity for members of the Nantucket community to apply for admission to the event. To learn more about this unique opportunity for Nantucket Islanders click here.

The full roster of presenters at The Nantucket Project has been released on the event’s website. Tickets are also available for purchase by clicking here

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Finishing Touches at White Elephant Village Ballroom & Conference Center

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As Nantucket Insider announced at the start of the year, White Elephant Village will be home to a stunning new ballroom and conference center. The 4,000+ square feet of space is set to officially open later this month and the finishing touches are being put in place. 

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The White Elephant Village Ballroom & Conference Center is comprised of several spaces all of which provide well planned flexibility for a wide variety of events, key features include folding doors to make spaces larger or smaller depending on needs, flat screen TVs, and even a state of the art catering kitchen on site.

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To introduce the new Ballroom & Conference Center, Nantucket Island Resorts has been hosting a handful of open house events for hotel guests, event planners and members of the local business community. Several media guests have also recently toured the spaces. 

Christina Hall, Business Development Manager for Nantucket Island Resorts, has been personally meeting with those parties interested in taking a tour of the Ballroom & Conference Center, and has informed Nantucket Insider that the tours have been popular and very well received. Jenny from Brant Point Grill has also been on hand to serve up some delicious ice cream sundaes for the tours!

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“There is a lot of interest in the new Ballroom & Conference and those taking tours have been really quite impressed with the size of the space and the sophisticated style used in the overall design elements”, reports Hall.  

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Throughout the fall, the new Ballroom & Conference Center will be open for tours and several upcoming open houses, all of which will be announced through private invitation and publicly announced through social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter. To follow White Elephant Village on Facebook, click here

Private tours are of course possible to arrange through Christina Hall or the Nantucket Island Resorts Sales Office at [email protected] 

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These BMW E-Bikes Are Going Fast…!

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Putting a new spin on White Elephant‘s partnership with BMW, White Elephant Village has recently acquired a small fleet of BMW’s innovative new BMW E-Cruise Bikes. The bikes are in hot demand with in-house guests at White Elephant and available for guest use on a first come first serve basis at the property’s front desk. 

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It’s no wonder that Nantucket Insider had a hard time getting a few photos of these E-Bikes – they are almost constantly being used by guests out on Nantucket’s bike paths! But thankfully, we were able to catch a few of the E-Bikes early enough today and learned a little more about the unique features. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • sleek black and white design
  • on-board computer provides cues for shifting gears
  • four levels of ‘pedal support’ from “Eco” to “Turbo”
  • 250 W Bosch Performance Line electric motor
  • 400 Wh frame-mounted battery (pedal support of up to 15.5 mph!)

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Not only can guests at White Elephant Village take the E-Bikes out for test rides, but anyone can register in the online sweepstakes to win their own BMW Cruise E-Bike. To find out more about the sweepstakes’ rules and regulations and of course- to register- click here.  

 

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Test Drives for the Road and the Bikepath by BMW…

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August is full of excitement on Nantucket, and Nantucket Race Week is no exception. This 9-day event encompassing, regattas, award ceremonies, and parties is for many, a highlight of the summer season.

With all of this activity on the island, Nantucket Insiders will admit; it can require some extra patience to get where you’re going! To make your driving experience so much more comfortable this week, BMW is offering test drives out of four locations as a Presenting Sponsor and the Official Vehicle of Nantucket Race Week. In addition to providing a luxurious ride through Nantucket, BMW is also sponsoring some key events of Nantucket Race Week, including a special dinner with a presentation of the America’s Cup Trophy by Tucker Thompson. 

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White Elephant Hotel (from Wednesday- Saturday) and The Wauwinet (on Friday) are two of the home bases where you can test drive one of the vehicles- including several models of the revolutionary iSeries. 

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In conjunction with the vehicle test drives, BMW also has four BMW Cruise E-Bikes for guests to take for a spin. Among other appealing features (like its sporty, sleek design and comfortable seat) this bike boasts a 250 W electric motor to power pedal support up to 15.5 mph! And an on-board computer provides shift cues for maximum performance. 

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Making Tracks on ACK…

nantucket aerial viewNantucket Insider knows that some ways of getting around this bustling island are easier than others. We’re sharing with you the inside track on how we prefer to traverse the island from the home base of some of our favorite hotels during these busy summer months… 

The Wauwinet Lady
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The best way to head to TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet for lunch or dinner is aboard The Wauwinet Lady. Reservations are required for this once daily lunch and once daily dinner cruise, departing from White Elephant and sailing across Nantucket Bay to TOPPER’S, for more information on The Wauwinet Lady, click here.

The Beach Bus at The Cottages at The Boat Basin
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Complimentary chauffeured service to the beach for guests at The Cottages makes beach days a breeze. The shuttle bus operates during summer months and on a first come first served basis. 

Behind the Wheel of a New BMW
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Guests at White Elephant Village staying in a luxurious three-bedroom Residence receive the keys to a 2016 BMW to enjoy during their visit. The hotel property has offered designated guests the use of BMWs for the past several years and new this season are a fleet of BMW X5 XDrive4oe vehicles, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid, designed to save energy. 

Cruising Nantucket on a Priority Bicycle
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With over 30 miles of bike path on Nantucket, taking a spin on a bicycle, is a long-time favorite mode of transportation here! Priority Bicycles have outfitted The Cottages, The Wauwinet and White Elephant Village with their stylish, high quality, easy to ride bikes. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the bicycles during their stay. 

White Elephant BMW Courtesy Car 
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You could hire a taxi or walk to your dinner reservation, but White Elephant and White Elephant Village offer guests the luxury of traveling to in-town destinations in one of their BMW 7 Series Courtesy Cars. Courtesy Cars are reserved on a first come first served basis through the hotels’ front desk agents. 

The Wauwinet Jitney Service
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With a location meant to get away from it all, The Wauwinet provides hourly shuttle service for the 10 mile drive between the hotel and Federal Street in downtown Nantucket. This way, guests can have the peace and tranquility of Wauwinet while still feeling easily connected to the lively scene Nantucket town is known for. The Wauwinet Jitney is also a great way to travel to TOPPER’S!

Ride the WAVE! 
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Nantucket’s own public transit system, The WAVE, is an ever popular way to get around the island and for good reasons- the buses are clean, prompt, and offer many routes for access to Nantucket’s most beloved destinations and beaches with fares ranging from just $1 to $2. White Elephant Village and White Elephant hotel guests can request complimentary passes to ride the WAVE. 

 

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Olympic Fever at Brant Point Grill

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Like Nantucket Insider, you may be enjoying the excitement of the summer Olympic games without a trip to Rio, and we’ve decided that a great place to cheer on the U.S. teams is from the bar at Brant Point Grill where the BPG team has crafted a trio of celebratory cocktails in honor of the summer games. 

As seen on Town & Countrys round up “21 Cocktails to Get You in the Olympic Spirit“, Going for the Gold, is a sparkling cocktail creation made with Bols Orange Curacao and Prosecco. 

1 oz Bols Orange Curacao
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz honey
Prosecco to fill 

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Team USA Tequila Fizz 

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Olmeca Altos Plata Tequilla 
Raspberries
Lime to garnish

First Place Finish 

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1 oz Captain Morgan 
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Bols Orange Liquor
3/4 oz lemon juice
Orange to garnish
Cinnamon sugar rim

 

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Summer at TOPPER’S

The Wauwinet is home to one of the nation’s most acclaimed restaurants, TOPPER’S, a favorite foodie destination set alongside the waters of Nantucket Bay. This Nantucket Insider favorite taps into the island’s rich supply of fresh regional ingredients, from land and sea. TOPPER’S dining room offers a uniquely Nantucket feeling of elegant fine dining.
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If you seek more casual fare, you will love TOPPER’s deck, where you can dine under a heated awning with views of the bay.

Nantucket Insider has sampled the summer menu this season at TOPPER’S, and it does not disappoint! See below for a few of our favorite picks from both the dining room and the deck menus. 

Summer Harvest Salad
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Various seasonal vegetables (may include and are not limited to heirloom tomatoes, squash, eggplant, beans, peppers, fennel, beets and carrots) are served raw, pickled, roasted or pureed along with seasonal berries, stone fruits, herbs and herb blossoms.  TOPPER’S adds a crispy quinoa tuile (best described as a “cracker”) for texture. The dish is rounded out with Stracciatella cheese, a fresh cow’s milk cheese, made of small shreds of curd mixed with cream.  This is the filling that you find inside of Burrata.
*Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free with modification, Vegetarian

Seaweed Butter Poached Lobster
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 The 1 ¼ pound lobster is first partially poached and the meat is removed from the shell and then poached in nori flavored emulsified butter.  The lobster is served with an heirloom tomato tart (puff pastry topped with tomatoes cooked down to jam consistency and finished with sherry vinegar, topped with African blue basil, chive tips and thyme blossoms), glazed baby squash, pickled baby squash, marinated shaved baby zucchini, a fried squash blossom and a rich lobster bisque flavored with tomato and finished with Pedro Ximénez sherry. The dish is garnished with a dehydrated Kalamata olive crumble.
*Gluten Free with modification, Dairy Free with modification.

Shrimp & Grits
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White gulf shrimp are sautéed and served over Anson Mills white grits flavored with cheddar cheese.  There is also a slowly poached egg, sautéed oyster mushrooms and country ham gravy (Edward’s country ham, tomatoes, green onions, coffee, cream and butter).

Roasted King Salmon
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Roasted king salmon is served on English pea risotto with glazed white asparagus, marinated pea tendrils and a charred ramp butter sauce.

To reserve your table at TOPPER’S call 508-228-8768 or click here

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Three Cocktails to Beat the Heat

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Hot sunny days inevitably make us thirsty and what better way to beat the heat than heading to White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill, overlooking the cool blue water of the harbor? 

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New BPG bar tender, Jesse, served Nantucket Insider three of the best beverages to sip in the shade. 

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One of the most popular cocktails on the menu is the Watermelon Mojito. This drink is as enjoyable to sip as it is to look at. Made with Cruzen rum, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, a house made watermelon juice and a hint house grown mint- Jesse literally plucked the mint from a crop growing just beyond the edge of the bar! This mojito is unique in its’ preparation; the mint leaves are shaken with the liquids and strained over ice, so there are no clumps of mint leaf in the cocktail and it also makes the drink a bit quicker to produce! 

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If you’re seeking a cocktail that’s cool as a cucumber, the BPG’s Coolcumber will surely do the trick. This perfect summer sipper is made with house-made basil-infused cucumber syrup, Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice and is then shaken and strained over ice. It is of course garnished with a fresh slice of cucumber. 

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Nantucket Insider always likes a good go-to mocktail in the summertime and the BPG’s signature version is ideal for hot weather, with just the right amount of fruit flavor and a hint of cinnamon for a little kick. The house made syrup for this beverage includes ginger, pineapple, orange peel and cinnamon, and is mixed with fresh lime juice and two ounces of ginger ale. To make this mocktail a cocktail simply add Domaine de Canton ginger liquor. 

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Cocktails & Cruises at White Elephant

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White Elephant Hotel‘s harbor side lawn was awash in pinks and greens yesterday, as friends from In the Pink came out to celebrate the launch of several newly outfitted Hinckley Yachts from Barton & Gray Mariners Club. The three seriously stylish ships feature signature upholstery and decor designed by Lilly Pulitzer, Nantucket based design maven Audrey Sterk, and of course Nantucket Insider’s favorite- White Elephant.

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Guests enjoyed an afternoon of light bites and libations courtesy of Brant Point Grill, with delicious snacks of lobster rolls, beef sliders and an assortment of beers and rose from Cisco Brewers.

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Barton & Gray Mariners Club hosted party-goers aboard the yachts for half hour cruises to sample the luxurious Barton & Gray experience, which many White Elephant guests are no stranger to, as they have access to book exclusive excursions on the boats throughout the season.  We hope to see these beautiful boats out on the harbor often this summer!

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These three ladies definitely have #thatNantucketfeeling!

 

 

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