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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Do You Have “That Nantucket Feeling”?

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Nantucket Insiders know that once you visit this island, it stays with you, wherever you go. To us, Nantucket is so much more than a destination, it’s a state of mind. Share a photo on your Instagram or Twitter account sporting a signature hat from one of our favorite hotels (click here for the list) or the Nantucket Boat Basin, whether in your day to day routine, while here on Nantucket, or as you travel the globe! Use the hashtag #ThatNantucketFeeling and you will have a chance to win a two-night stay at White Elephant during Christmas Stroll 2016 (December 2-4, 2016).  The contest will run from June 30- September 6, 2016. Click here for more details on this fun summer contest.

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If you don’t already have a hat from one of our hotels or Nantucket Boat Basin, you can purchase one at any of our hotel gift shops or The Boat Basin Authentic Shop at Straight Wharf during your next Nantucket visit. You can also visit our White Elephant online gift shop by clicking here. 

White Elephant Kids Hat

We can’t wait to see where you take #ThatNantucketFeeling with you this summer! 

 

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6 Can’t-Miss, Classic Nantucket Summer Events

Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week, June 6-12, 2016
A celebration of the superlative culinary tradition on Nantucket Island. Experience exceptional food, wine and hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed restaurants. Brant Point Grill will be offering two course lunches for $22 and three course dinners for $33. TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet will be offering two course lunches for $25 and three course dinners for $45.  

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Nantucket Book Festival, June 17-19, 2016
The Nantucket Book Festival is a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary resources of Nantucket’s past, present and future. The Festival seeks to create and renew enthusiasm for books, connect authors and readers, encourage a love of reading and writing among young people, raise funds for literary causes, and promote Nantucket Island as an oasis and haven for the literary arts. For more information please visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org

Barnaby with kidsThe Nantucket Book Festival is a favorite for both children and adults

Film Summer Preview

Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-27, 2016
Nantucket Film Festival has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on this magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. This year’s opening film will be the much anticipated, family friendly Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. View the full festival schedule here.

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Fourth of July Festivities, July 3 and 4, 2016
Enjoy a quintessential Fourth of July celebration on Nantucket. See the annual fireworks display at Jetties Beach on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy family activities on Main Street, include pie-eating contests, a dunk tank and a parade.

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Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 8-10, 2016
The Nantucket Yoga Festival brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides for a three day event. There are over 40 workshops and something for everyone from the absolute beginner to the more advanced student. For more information click here.  

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Boston Pops on Nantucket, August 13, 2016
The Boston Pops on Nantucket event directly benefits Nantucket Cottage Hospital and is a wonderful fundraising event at Jetties Beach, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. The event is a highlight of the Nantucket summer season with a spellbinding performance of the National Anthem, and a spectacular firework display finale. This year’s 2016 musical celebrity guest will be Kenny Loggins. 

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8 Outdoor Adventures That Get You Out of Town and into Wild Nantucket

This week Nantucket Insider is bringing you to the natural side of Nantucket, with this week’s guest blog post by Peter Brace, highlighting the best activities to get you out of Nantucket town and into the natural world of Nantucket. Peter is the author of “Nantucket: A Natural History” and “Walking Nantucket: A Walker’s Guide to Exploring Nantucket on Foot,” and owner of Nantucket Walkabout. 

Peter shares with us his top picks for outdoor adventures on Nantucket Island this season. 

  1. Explore Gardner Farm and Witness the Return of the Ospreys

In early March, ospreys, return to nesting poles all over the island. Also called fish hawks, ospreys mate for life and usually return to the same nesting pole year after year. Nest building begins early and is as fascinating to watch as the raising and feeding of their young. Getting close to one of their nesting sites, however, can be a challenge without local knowledge. But, not if you can join Nantucket Walkabout at 8 a.m. once a week on its Gardner Farm hike this spring and summer to see an active osprey nest on Hummock Pond.

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  1. Attend Open Night at the Loines Observatory

If you’re lucky, you may actually see some of the stars of the silver screen during the Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-27, but glimpsing the galaxies, stars, planets, meteorites, satellites and the International Space Station above us at night is far easier at Nantucket’s Maria Mitchell Association. The MMA, which maintains the largest public telescope on the East Coast, offers open telescope nights throughout the season, free to members and $10 for non-members. Scheduled open telescope nights on May 16 and 17, 7:30-9 p.m., June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 and equally as many nights in July and August, are subject to cancellation depending on the weather.

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  1. Pick Wild Nantucket Blueberries in the Smooth Hummocks

Wild low bush blueberries are ripe and ready for the picking July and into early August, but you have to know where to look for them. Some people spend hours and hours searching Nantucket and yet barely find enough for one or two muffins. Let Nantucket Walkabout be your guide, $40 for adults/$20 for children, to where these delicious native berries grow.

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  1. Explore Great Point with a Four-Wheel Drive Tour

Until you get out there and experience its extraordinary beauty, Great Point is just another named peninsula on a myriad of Nantucket maps. Walking out there on your own or renting an oversand vehicle are reasonable options, but you’ll learn the most on your trip by taking The Trustees of Reservations’ three-hour Great Point Natural History Tour of its Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge in their four-wheel-drive van. For $65, the TTR tour guide picks you up in their van at the Wauwinet Gatehouse just before the Wauwinet Inn. The tour includes a climb up into the Great Point Lighthouse for an amazing view.

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  1. Participate in Citizen Science Weekend June 10-12

Explore in the boots and waders of biologists studying plants, mammals, birds, insects and marine life on Nantucket with the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative during its Citizen Science Weekend, June 10-12. Registration is free and gets you access to field trips to far-flung Nantucket locales to learn about her natural world through the senses of those conducting biological research on the island. And, don’t miss the keynote speaker Tobias Landberg’s opening night talk on snapping turtles at the Nantucket Atheneum, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Register at http://www.nantucketbiodiversityinitiative.org and keep checking the website for an updated events calendar.

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  1. Discover Smith’s Point

It is a bit of hike out there on soft Nantucket sand with water on three sides and warm southwest winds flowing over you, but the rewards of reaching the end of Nantucket’s westernmost extremity, Smith’s Point, in time for the sun setting into the ocean are well worth the two-mile walk. Along the Nantucket Walkabout’s guided tour hear about piping plovers, least tern and American oystercatchers nesting on the beach along the way, and maybe see some gray seals. Learn more  at www.walknantucket.com.

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  1. Half-Day Marine Wildlife Tour with Shearwater Excursions

Humpback, finback an Minke whales, white-sided dolphins, gray seals, basking sharks, and sea turtles along with seabirds such as storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers are 90 minutes east of Nantucket on a half-day marine wildlife trip guided by naturalist and native Nantucketer Blair Perkins with Shearwater Excursions. Trips run June 21-Oct. 15 and $165/person.

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  1. Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Race for Open Space July 9

If you don’t want your morning run routine to lapse while on vacation, consider running in the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Race for Open Space on July 9. It’s a 5K (3.1 miles) with proceeds supporting the NCF’s Land Fund. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Westmoor Club. Pre-register here

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Guests of The Wauwinet can enjoy a Nantucket Walkabout morning or sunset hike with Peter, one of the many spring and fall activities offered at the hotel. 

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Peter B. Brace is the author of “Nantucket: A Natural History” and “Walking Nantucket: A Walker’s Guide to Exploring Nantucket on Foot.” A Nantucketer for 23 years and counting, he is currently a freelance writer for Sound Magazine, the Nantucket Chronicle and the Nantucket Coastal Conservancy. And he is an adjunct professor for UMass Boston’s School for the Environment teaching the natural history of Nantucket during its “Nantucket Semester” through the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station.

A seasonal kayaker and daily hiker with his dog, Kismet, Peter knows Nantucket’s natural environs from shoreline to shoreline, its multitudes of plant, mammal, bird, fish, insect and reptile/amphibian species. Peter is also certified in Wilderness First Aid by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute.

Contact Peter at Nantucket Walkabout by email at [email protected]. For environmental news and seasonal photos of Nantucket, follow Nantucket Walkabout on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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