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TOPPER’S Travels…

Fruili Region Italy Wineries

One of the things that Nantucket Insiders do best in the off season is travel.
Higor Valle, one of TOPPER’S certified sommeliers, shares with us notes from the road to his latest wine visit to Cantina Jermann, located along the border of Italy and Slovenia.

Cantina Jermann

This winery is often regarded as one of the most important of it locale, largely due to the innovative and passionate approach of its proprietor, Silvio Jermann. His family has been involved in wine-making in the region since 1881, when his great grandfather came over from Slovenia. Cantina Jermann currently holds several Tre Bicchieri Awards (this award is highly coveted, as it singles out a wine as being one of Italy’s best, and a validation of the winemaker’s craftsmanship). Their latest wine to receive this honor was the 2015 Pinot Grigio.

Jermann Vineyard

Higor was hosted by the winery’s Export Manager and her assistant, and greeted with a glass of wine and some small bites of local cheese, prosciutto and polenta- which were wonderful accompaniments to the wines sampled.

Friuli local cheeses

The three top picks for Higor were Vintage Trunia 2014; dry velvety and well balanced, Capo Martino 2012; intense notes of apricot, dried flowers, and honey blossom- great acidity hold it all together in this wine. Capo Martino 2012 also holds some sentimental value to the family as it was produced from the 1991 harvest commemorating the family’s great father Anton who made the journey to the region 110 years earlier. The grapes used are of historic varieties and even the label depicts elements dear to the hearts of agriculturalists; sun, water, grapes, and fish as a symbol of religion.

Cantino Jermann 2014

Higor also enjoyed the Afix Riesling with its brilliant straw color, vibrant acidity and notes of green apple with a touch of residual sugar.

Higor Valle, Toppers Nantucket

A little bit about Higor; though he’s lived in the U.S. for the past ten years, he is orignally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and this will be his second season as a sommelier at TOPPER’S. Since his first summer on Nantucket, nearly five years ago, he’s always had an interest in working at TOPPER’S because of its vast and impressive wine program. In 2017, Higor looks forward to enjoying the beautiful island and of course, opening amazing bottles of wine for the guests!

 

 

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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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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.
TOPPER's dining room

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! 

watermelon mojito

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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Top Nantucket Events this Spring

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While Nantucket is in snowy, sleepy winter mode, it’s nice to look towards the coming months of warmer weather and exciting events that await us Nantucket Insiders this spring. If you’re dreaming of Nantucket getaways during your own winter hibernation, check out our calendar of events to inspire your 2016 vacation and check our list below for the most anticipated events of spring…starting in only 70 days!

Daffodil Weekend, April 29- May 1, 2016

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Each spring over three million daffodils of every color, shape and size bloom throughout the island. The Daffodil Festival is a jubilee featuring an antique car parade, picnic, “Daffy hat” contest, and dog parade. A fun occasion for islanders and visitors alike! 
If you are considering a Nantucket Daffodil Weekend experience this year, Nantucket Insider recommends a stay at The Wauwinet. For the first time in years, this classic inn by the sea will be open for the “Daffy” festivities- and there are some attractive packages for stays and dining to make the most of this very Nantucket spring event!

Nantucket Wine Festival, May 18-22, 2016

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 For nearly two decades, the Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of  the most celebrated wine and food events in the country. Nantucket Insider loves being at the epicenter of this lively event, and for that there is no better place to stay than White Elephant, home of the not to be missed Harborside Gala. If you prefer to have more of a “buffer zone” from the festivities, The Wauwinet offers ultimate relaxation and easy access to some exciting wine dinners during this week in May. 

Figawi Race Weekend, May 27-30, 2016

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Serious fun, camaraderie, and sailing…that’s what Figawi Race Weekend is all about. Over 200 boats and one thousand sailors convene for the Northeast’s first major regatta to kickoff the summer here on Nantucket. With a stay at The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin you will find yourself in the middle of all the excitement, not to mention the unbelievable views of sailboats docked outside your door. Needless to say, Memorial Day Weekend will book up quickly, so act fast to reserve your Nantucket getaway for these dates!

 

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Vacations You and Your Valentine Will Look Forward To

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Nantucket Insider is feeling the love with these hotel packages that would make a sweet gift to for your valentine look forward to this spring…

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The Wauwinet has long been known as Nantucket’s most romantic escape with its serene privacy, sweeping views of Nantucket Bay, and its exclusive beach. The Wauwinet’s Date Night package would make any valentine swoon. The package includes a one night stay in one of the hotels’ cozy guest rooms, dinner for two at the award winning TOPPER’S, a sumptuous breakfast for two and a $100 credit for a signature treatment at The Wauwinet’s Spa by the Sea. The Wauwinet will open for the 2016 season on April 21. 

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Looking for a gift for the valentine who loves to be pampered? White Elephant’s Pampered Elephant package is filled with romantic details both you and your valentine will look forward to, with luxurious accommodations at White Elephant, dinner for two at Brant Point Grill, a raw bar sampler and wine upon arrival, and a couples’ massage at White Elephant Spa – just to name the highlights. White Elephant reopens April 14, 2016.

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The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin are a great option for a getaway made for two. The Romance Package would suit your more adventurous valentine with a two night stay in a classic waterfront cottage, champagne upon arrival, dinner for two overlooking the harbor at Brant Point Grill, and a sunset cruise. Be sure to take advantage of the unique perks that come with staying at The Cottages & Lofts, like complimentary access to bicycles for getting out and exploring the island! The Cottages open April 14 for the 2016 season. 

 

 

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Beyond Christmas Stroll

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Nantucket’s annual Christmas Stroll may be over for this year but the holiday merriment continues on the island with a variety of yuletide events and activities to take you through the new year. Nantucket Insider has tracked the holiday happenings for those on the island from now through New Year’s Day- and don’t forget Jared Coffin House is open year-round for your off season Nantucket visits! 

Holiday Stories at NHA Whaling Museum, December 16 at 6PM

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Head to the Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street for a family-friendly evening of holiday cheer and seasonal stories at the Whaling Museum among the Festival of Trees! Talented community actors will regale the audience with live readings of the following classic stories: Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Mitten, Wish to be a Christmas Tree, Gift of the Magi, Santa Moves to Nantucket, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

Wine Tasting at Epernay , December 17 at 1 North Beach Street from 4-6PM

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Wondering what to imbibe this holiday season? Naughty or nice, everyone deserves to toast loud + clear to spread holiday cheer! Be sure to visit the “Épernay Elves” to partake in a selection of wines that both you and your favorite elves will be caroling about all through the season.


Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play, December 17 & 18, at NHA’s Greater Light, 6PM

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A classic holiday tale retold as a live 1940s radio broadcast! This program will captivate modern audiences just as it did when it first aired on December 10, 1948! Don’t miss this special event featuring talented TWN actors in one of the NHA’s most magical historic settings. 

Ugly Sweater Teen Workshop at Nantucket Atheneum, December 18, 3-5PM

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Join the fun of the quirky holiday tradition of wearing – and in this case- creating your own “ugly sweater”. The Atheneum will provide various holiday glitz and sparkle for teens to embellish a sweater – the they dare you to wear it! No experience necessary, and free for teens age 12-18. 

 

Noon Year’s Eve Parent-Child Art Workshop at AAN, December 31, 12PM

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Ring in a creative 2016 with AAN at the Noon-Years Eve Family Workshop! Enjoy this fun, FREE, glittery workshop complete with a noon-year’s countdown at the AAN’s stunning new space on Amelia Drive. Space is limited; please register today and click here

New Year’s Eve Family Skating Party at Nantucket Ice December 31, 12-2PM

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All ages will love a New Year’s Eve Skating Party with favors, refreshments, fun and festivities at Nantucket Ice. A skating celebration for children and families. Nantucket Ice, 10 Backus Ln. $8 adult/$5 youth. Skate rentals $5.

Nantucket New Years Gala at The Nantucket Hotel from 9PM-1AM

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An interesting combination of nautical themes; Transatlantic Titanic meets “In the Heart of the Sea” reign at this movie-themed New Year’s Ball.  Make plans to ring in 2016 in the hotel’s ballroom with dancing, live music, hors d’oeuvres, dessert buffet, light bites, and a champagne toast at midnight. $120 online  or at  77 Easton St. 

Nantucket Walk About at Gardner Farm, January 1 at 8AM

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Start the new year bright and early among Nantucket’s beautifully preserved open spaces on this 1.5-hour guided hike at the Gardner Farm, within Nantucket’s oldest outwash plain of sandplain grasslands, pitch pine forests and a cattail choked inlet with a small wooden walkway.  The property runs along Hummock Pond.: $40 adult/ $20 child. Pick up/drop off at The Handlebar Café, 15 Washington Street. Make reservations by clicking here or call 508-422-7466.

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Top 5 Reasons to “Thanksgiving” at White Elephant

As White Elephant opens its doors for the next twelve days between Thanksgiving and Christmas Stroll, Nantucket Insider shares our top five reasons for making a stay at the iconic harbor front hotel this weekend. 

1. Welcoming Port & Cheese Service in library at 4pm 

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After checking into the hotel and settling in your room, make a 4pm stop at White Elephant’s welcoming library for a delicious spread of artisanal cheeses served with locally sourced port from Nantucket Vineyards

2. Cold Turkey Plunge 

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The annual Cold Turkey Plunge at Children’s Beach is a Nantucket Thanksgiving tradition where hundreds of brave souls take a dip in the chilly waters to raise funds to  support the local children’s library. If you’re not feeling warm blooded enough to take the plunge, you can still watch from the comfort of White Elephant Hotel as Children’s Beach is just beyond the hotel’s backyard! 

3. Cozy fireplaces 

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Speaking of avoiding a chill, many of White Elephant’s rooms and suites are outfitted with gas fireplaces to add the perfect ambiance and cozy factor to your Thanksgiving getaway. 

4. BPG’s Buffet 

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Skip the hours of prepping and cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving feast and enjoy all of the holiday classic fare at Brant Point Grill. The restaurant serves their famous Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday from 11am – 7pm. 

5. Walk to Main Street for Holiday Festivities and Shopping

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Take a detour from the madness of shopping malls and Black Friday crowds and jump-start your holiday shopping Nantucket style with unique finds and gifts at the island’s one of a kind boutiques and galleries. You won’t want to miss the amazing sight of over 100 Christmas lighting up set to the soundtrack of live caroling on Main Street at 5pm on Friday! 

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