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Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards

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The White Elephant, White Elephant Village, and The Wauwinet have received the highly-coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating, which was announced on February 22, 2017. TOPPER’s has also been recognized as one of the top-rated restaurants. The two properties and restaurant, part of the Nantucket Island Resorts collection, were the only hotels on island to receive this distinction. For the full list of winners, visit http://www.forbestravelguide.com/.

 

Forbes Travel Guide provides the travel industry’s most comprehensive reviews of hotels and restaurants, and has defined the highest standard for excellence in hospitality for more than 50 years. Each property is anonymously tested and rated on an annual basis by Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. There are 800 rigorous standards which each hotels is tested on, ranging from distinctive and memorable dining, luxurious beds, attentive service, impeccable housekeeping, and genuine interest.

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“We are honored to have received these coveted awards,” said Khaled Hashem, Managing Director of Nantucket Island Resorts. “Our newest ratings are a continuous testament to our luxurious accommodations and dedicated staff who consistently deliver outstanding guest experiences.”

The White Elephant will re-open this spring on April 13, and the White Elephant Village and The Wauwinet will re-open on April 20.  New this season, guests who book the top accommodation at each property will receive keys to a 2017 BMW vehicle for the duration of their stay.

Most of the vehicles are electric or hybrid models and charging stations are available at the White Elephant Village and The Wauwinet.

Nantucket Island Resorts will also expand their partnership with Priority Bikes by offering complimentary bikes and maps at four of the properties.

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New amenities will include complimentary kids cooking classes and in-room “camping” with teepees at the White Elephant Village and White Elephant. New tiny cocktail tasting menu, featuring a flight of miniature drinks, and build-your-own Retsyo Oyster Bloody Mary Bar will also be offered at TOPPER’S.

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TOPPER’S Travels…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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New Things to Look Forward to in 2017…

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1. 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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2. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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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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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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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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Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide

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The White Elephant, White Elephant Village, The Wauwinet and TOPPER’S restaurant have received the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Rating. Part of the Nantucket Island Resorts collection, they are the only hotels on Nantucket to receive this honor and are listed with other recipients on www.ForbesTravelGuide.com.  

Forbes Travel Guide provides the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels and restaurants. Each property is anonymously tested and rated on an annual basis by Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. As the originator of the Five Star Rating system, Forbes Travel Guide has been the gold standard in the hotel industry since 1958. The backbone of the rating system is the team of expert inspectors, a group that evaluates properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.

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 “We are honored by this rating, especially because it recognizes our service excellence,” said Khaled Hashem, Managing Director of Nantucket Island Resorts. “Not only does the award resonate with our guests, it continues to motivate our team’s dedication to providing a notable Nantucket experience.”

 This Forbes Travel Guide rating builds on additional recent distinctions: All three resorts have been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards in the “Top 25 Hotels in New England” category.  TOPPER’S, pictured below, has also received Wine Spectator’s highest “Grand Award” for 20 consecutive years.

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The White Elephant is an iconic hotel located on Nantucket Harbor. The White Elephant Village, offers the intimate Inn and the spacious Residences with exclusive access to the only in-town pool. While The Wauwinet is ideal for romance with access to both private bay and ocean beaches and is home to the award-winning TOPPER’S restaurant.

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The White Elephant will re-open for the 2016 season on April 14, the White Elephant Village re-opens on April 19 and The Wauwinet will re-open on April 21.  For more information, visit nantucketislandresorts.com or call 1-800-475-2637.

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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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Halloween Happenings on Nantucket

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Nantucket Insiders have picked their pumpkins at Bartlett’s Farm (so many varieties to choose from!) and we are feeling the Halloween spirit here on the island. It’s a great time to experience Nantucket’s quintessential, New England small town charm.

In October, Nantucket Insiders look forward to gathering with the crowd of families on Main Street on Halloween for trick-or-treating as the kids in costume stop by all of the shops and businesses in town for candy and fun. 

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The in-town festivities begin with a costume pageant at The Methodist Church on Centre Street, where each child receives a ribbon and a goody bag. This is followed by the Halloween parade which travels the length of Main Street so all bystanders can admire the creative costumes of their friends and neighbors!

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 Four legged guests at The Cottages & Lofts, like these two pugs, have Halloween treats to look forwards to as well. A special spooky bandanna will be given to each dog checking in during Halloween weekend, and guests will also receive a framed photo of the pooch wearing their Halloween costume -or their new accessory!  

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 Now that we’ve covered the festive fun for the kids and the pups- Nantucket Insider also has the scoop on a new Halloween happening for the grown ups. TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet will be hosting a “Trick-or-Treat Dinner” on Saturday October 31st for their final night of the 2015 season. If you haven’t dined at TOPPER’S yet this fall, Nantucket Insider recommends trying the Pan Roasted Halibut served with little neck clams, celery root, charred leeks, applewood smoked bacon and potato veloute.

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 For dessert, the Spiced Maple Torte with walnut baklava, pan roasted figs and ginger ice cream makes the perfect Halloween treat. 

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Each table will enjoy a 30%, 40%, or 50% discount (applied to food only) simply by picking a surprise discount out of a magic cauldron. One lucky winner will receive a free dinner for two with a bottle of wine, selected by TOPPER’S sommelier. Costumes are optional and a prize will be awarded for best costume.
For reservations call 508-228-8768 or please click here.  

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