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.


White Elephant Village Ice Cream Cart

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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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. 


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…


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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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!


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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Spring Refresh at The Wauwinet

One of the many beautiful attributes of The Wauwinet is its unique, charming decor. The hotel is beloved by its guests, visitors, and staff for the comfortable furnishings and one-of-a-kind touches bestowed upon each guest room, and these hand selected elements of style also extend into the hotel’s welcoming public spaces. 

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This winter The Wauwinet managed a thorough “spring cleaning” of the building, completing many improvement projects, and one very unique project was also underway; the restoration of an area of hand painted floor in the hotel lobby. With guests on hold until spring opening and furniture relocated, the hotel lobby is transformed into something of a quiet art studio for a few weeks.

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First completed over twenty five years ago, the floor painting is designed to resemble an antique hooked rug. Many would agree that the painting does more than mimic an actual rug- Nantucket Insider knows more than a few visitors who have been fooled by the painting’s incredibly realistic appearance!

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We caught up with artist Sue Connell as she spent some time this winter expertly restoring the work of art as she first created it in 1988.

Sue hails from the Berkshires,  has a degree in Art Education and fell in love with the decorative arts back in 1974. Her background is focused on restoration of American antiques and folk art, which she says is an ideal combination in this line of work from the color sense one gets in terms of studying antique objects and artwork.  She has completed projects in many different settings, including private homes from the mountains to the coasts, clubs, commercial settings, and an extensive project for the New Britain American Art Museum in Connecticut. 

american folk art inspired decor

For work like this ‘rug painting’ at The Wauwinet, Sue references imagery of the actual nineteenth century rug the work is based on, and also her knowledge of the way that such hooked rugs are made. This is critical as the paint application must be done in a certain pattern of layers to achieve the appearance of an authentic rug texture. There are at least five individual shades of paint to make up one color area of the ‘rug’! 

hand painted flooring

After roughly ten days of work, this restoration project is complete, and will soon once again be enjoyed by The Wauwinet‘s seasonal guests as the hotel opens on April 21. 

painted hooked rug

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NHA 1800 House Activities


Nantucket has long been known for both its history and its roots in the arts, and the Nantucket Historical Association offers some fun workshops to combine these interests so dear to both visitors and locals. Whether experiencing spring on Nantucket as a guest or if you are here for the year, we recommend trying your hand at the creation of charming, quintessentially Nantucket items through the NHA’s 1800 House programs.

 Inspired by Nantucket history, the NHA 1800 House program is dedicated to celebrating and reviving Nantucket’s rich tradition of historic decorative arts and crafts. Classes take place in the restored early nineteenth-century historic property at 4 Mill Street and are taught by artisans from Nantucket and around the world.

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Now through May 20, 2016, students can learn about historic transferware and create their own pieces in a relaxing and informal atmosphere on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 P.M. and Fridays from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. In this NHA 1800 House drop-in series, students will be able to select from a range of existing ceramics, including mugs, plates, trays, pitchers and more, as well as a variety of Nantucket-themed decals. With instruction from NHA staff, students will design their own ceramic pieces.

Prices for ceramics range from $5 to $40, and decals range from $.50 to $20, depending on size, with a one-time firing fee of $5 per student. Students are welcome to bring their own pre-glazed ceramics.

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“Since starting my position at the NHA 1800 House, one of my biggest goals has been to give the program more of a community presence year-round,” says Brittany Thurman, NHA 1800 House Program Manager. “The winter and spring months can get a bit slow on the island, so I love that we can offer something for island residents and visitors to do during their down time.”

 For the full 2016 course descriptions, please visit www.NHA.org/1800house. To register for classes, call the NHA 1800 House at (508) 228-1894.



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New Ballroom & Conference Center at White Elephant Village

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Nantucket Insider has exciting news for an addition this year at White Elephant Village that is worth celebrating. White Elephant Village will be the home of a new Ballroom, Reception and Executive Boardroom designed for flexibility; accommodating meetings and events from 6 to 400 guests!

Taking its design cues from both the Inn and Residences at White Elephant Village, the Ballroom & Conference Center carries the theme of island-inspired textures and hues throughout the contemporary furnishings and finishes. Classic muted Nantucket tones of sand and sea, coffered ceilings, oak floors, and chic lighting all provide a sophisticated backdrop for celebrations and events. 

We catch up with Director of Sales & Marketing, Aoife Owens, on this new space which will open in the fall of 2016. (more…)

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In 2015 We Fell In Love…

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Nantucket Insider sees many beautiful brides and stunning nuptials each year at White Elephant and The Wauwinet. We love when our friendly wedding professionals; photographers, event planners, and videographers share their own personal records of these magical moments in the making. Read on below to check out four blog posts from a few of our favorite weddings of 2015…


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