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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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Have You Discovered White Elephant Village?

Opened in 2009 with the White Elephant Residences, White Elephant Village seamlessly combines elevated luxury with the natural beauty of Nantucket’s timeless surroundings. White Elephant Village has recently experienced several additional stages of expansion to include both the Inn and the very new Ballroom & Conference Center.  Nantucket Insider is here to give you a roundup of our favorite features of this unique and luxurious vacation getaway.



The Location

White Elephant Village is nestled in the heart of Nantucket town, seamlessly blending into the quiet residential neighborhood landscape between North Beach Street and South Water Street. Think small-town charm with world-class sophistication – and all just steps from Children’s Beach, Main Street and White Elephant Village’s iconic sister hotel, White Elephant.

The Accommodations
Outfitted with luxury accommodations to suit a variety of Nantucket vacationers, White Elephant Village offers inviting accommodations and first-class amenities in a beautiful resort setting. The Inn at White Elephant Village offers deluxe rooms and suites, while the Residences provide ideal lodging for small groups or families here to enjoy the island with spacious one-, two-, or three-bedroom residence-style accommodations. Each Residence features its own unique floor plan, and is styled with custom furniture, wool rugs, and hand selected artwork-all inspired by the natural beauty of the island. Accommodations at White Elephant Village; whether a deluxe guest room or a three-bedroom Residence are available for reservations ranging from one night to several weeks.

 

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The Amenities
Experience the best in Nantucket services and amenities at White Elephant Village. Explore Nantucket on one of the complimentary bicycles, or take a courtesy car into town. A very private heated outdoor pool and cabana area mean relaxation and recreation are never out of reach. Guests of White Elephant Village also enjoy exclusive access to a wide variety of complimentary perks, including morning coffee, afternoon port and cheese, and all-day snacks. For guests reserved in a three-bedroom Residence or the exclusive Penthouse Suite, a complimentary BMW is at their fingertips for exploring the island during their stay.

The Ballroom & Conference Center
Just in 2016, White Elephant Village introduced its Ballroom & Conference Center, a stunning space for meetings and events both large and small. The Ballroom & Conference Center is comprised of a spacious ballroom for events up to 200 and a sleek executive boardroom for meetings up to 20. Classic island tones of sand and sea, coffered ceilings, oak floors and chic and elegant lighting provide the perfect backdrop for Nantucket celebrations and events.

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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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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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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 sales@niresorts.com 

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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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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. 

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

 

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Exploring Nantucket Made Easier with Priority Bicycles

You may have seen the sleek black bicycles around the island this Spring already, but if not, there are a few things you should know about the new bicycles offered complimentary at the White Elephant Village, The Wauwinet and The Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin. Nantucket Insider sat down with Co-Founder of Priority Bicycles, Connor Swegle, to discuss what makes these rides ideal for our guests, everyday riders looking to explore the beauty of Nantucket Island. 

Nantucket-4Nantucket Insider: How did you develop the concept for this business?

Connor: For years bicycles have innovated on the upper end- carbon fiber, more speeds, more features. There had been no attention paid to the challenges that  kept everyday recreational riders from getting on their bicycles, people who wanted to get a relaxing ride on the weekend, such as heavy frames, rusting chains, rattling gears, and fixing flats.

We wanted to create a bicycle for those riders- ones who wanted a high quality bicycle, that looked great, and was ready to ride when they were.  We spent our time not adding to the bicycle, but focusing on simplifying to the most essential features that would make a bicycle low-hassle, high-quality, and beautifully designed. 

When we launched and shipped our first bicycle- The Priority Classic – we heard “This is the bicycle I’ve been looking for forever!”

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Nantucket Insider: What is the testing process to ensure the bike is truly maintenance and hassle free? 

Connor: We stand behind all of our products 100% and ride them everyday ourselves, as well, so testing is very important.  There’s two parts of the testing process.  The first is technical and the second is practical. One primary difference with our bicycles is that they feature a belt-drive- this lowers maintenance and creates a rust-free, grease free, ultra-smooth ride.

We work our bicycles into a cross section of our riders’ lives and locations- commuters in Manhattan, weekend riders in Miami, bike path cruisers in Austin, etc.  We tap first time riders to cycling enthusiasts to ensure that the bicycles are simple to ride and maintain for everyone.

We recently developed a beach cruiser called The Priority Coast. To prove it, for three months we worked hard to make something go wrong or break the Coast. We dumped it carelessly on the sand, rode pedal deep in seawater during low tide, left it out in the rain and hot sun, forgot to rinse it off, banged through mud puddles and over sharp rocks down dirt roads. Not only does the thing still look brand new, it also still rides like the first day we took it out for a spin. Meanwhile the other beach traditional cruiser we tested against, new at the same time, is totally rusted, squeaks horribly, and the chain just fell off again.

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Nantucket Insider: Why are these bikes best for riders on Nantucket island?

Connor: One of the things that makes Nantucket Island so beautiful happens to also be extremely hard on bicycles- the coastal environment.  The constant ocean views, cobblestone streets, and beach sand can break down a traditional bicycle quickly.  Our bicycles are light, durable, and with our grease free belt drive you never have to worry about a rusting chain, stained pants or dirty hands, when you are out and about for a day.  Our 3-speed hub and casual riding style makes it easy to get through town or out to Cisco Beach for sunset.  The White Elephant Village, The Wauwinet, and The Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin are also all known for their style and quality amenities.   We aim to make our bicycles a great fit on those properties and to extend that experience all throughout the island.

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Nantucket Insider: Where are some of the other locations where your bikes thrive?

Connor: What’s exciting for us is that we have riders in all 50 states and many countries around the world, in all age ranges, and lifestyles. Our bikes thrive where our riders thrive because we design our bicycles to be simple throughout our riders’ life, from finding, purchasing, assembling, and ongoing maintenance with their bicycle.  Hassle free is something that doesn’t start and stop with when you are on your bicycle.

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Nantucket Insider: What are your favorite sites to see when cruising Nantucket by bike?

Connor: Staying at a Nantucket Island Resorts hotel is one of our greatest treats.  It feels like home every time we arrive.  Last time we were in Nantucket we took bicycles over on the ferry, and once we started riding, we didn’t stop.  Our favorites have been a ride out to Brant Point for some photos, out to Cisco Brewery to hear some music and have a few drinks, parking our bicycles outside of The Nautilus for some appetizers and drinks before dinner at Lola 41, and also great food and wine at Pi Pizzeria. 

We also can’t forget going to Stubby’s to grab a breakfast sandwich before getting on the Ferry to head back. 

 

Priority Bicycles are featured at the The Wauwinet, The Cottages at Lofts at the Boat Basin, and the White Elephant Village. The company was founded by cycling industry veteran Dave Weiner and co-founder Connor Swegle to deliver hassle-free, high quality bicycles to recreational riders.  Priority Bicycles has been featured for its product design and business model in the Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, Outside Magazine, and others, as well as received the “Best In Class Design” distinction by Inc. Magazine. You can learn more about them at prioritybicycles.com .

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