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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.


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.


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.


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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Christmas Stroll Recap from Jared Coffin House

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Nantucket has been recovering this week from a very busy and very successful annual Christmas Stroll weekend. With Jared Coffin House‘s prime location at the top of Centre and Broad Streets, the energy was fun and festive all weekend long!


With its nostalgic, old New England charm, the hotel has been a long time fan favorite for Nantucket Christmas Stroll– all 43 rooms nearly sold out by the end of October for this highly anticipated holiday celebration.

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For the past several years, an added element of holiday spirit is the official stroll visit of Santa Claus. Santa himself arrived at Jared Coffin House this year aboard a vintage style fire truck following his Coast Guard vessel’s docking at Straight Wharf and a cheerful journey up the cobblestones of Main Street.


Jared Coffin House General Manager Michael Sharlet reported that an estimated 200+ children waited in line at the hotel to meet Santa and have a photo taken by Nantucket photographer Ron Lynch. An added bonus for the kids this year was sent by Nantucket’s favorite storybook character, Barnaby Bear. Barnaby provided adorable canvas gift bags with crayons and a Barnaby Bear coloring book (all images hand drawn by author and illustrator,Wendy Rouillard).

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To relieve any fatigue of waiting in line to see Santa Claus, a few holiday elves were on hand, passing out hot cocoa!



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Fall Back in Time on Nantucket

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With bountiful pumpkin displays and fall temperatures just starting to take a dip later in October, it’s a great time to experience Nantucket’s quieter side, especially if you’re a history buff.

Just steps from Jared Coffin House, Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum is always a must see sight on any Nantucket visit, but the organization has several other fun and fascinating events to check out in the later part of fall.

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If you’re a fan of Moby-Dick, (and really, is there a Nantucket Insider who isn’t?!), be sure to mark at least two upcoming NHA events on your calendar. As part the NHA’s popular ‘Food for Thought’ lecture series, writer Christine Harding shares her limericks inspired by the great American novel, accompanied by Susan Boardman‘s exquisite embroidered narratives, which are based on the story. This event takes place on October 20 from 12-1pm at the Whaling Museum and is free to the public.

moby dick embroidered narrative

From October 21-23, the NHA will host a Moby-Dick Reading Marathon, which will take place over the span of three days, with a break each evening. Approximately ninety participants will take turns reading aloud all 135 chapters plus the epilogue from Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale.

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The reading will begin at the Atheneum at 1 India Street on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Noon and move to the Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street at 6 P.M. on that same evening, concluding at 10 P.M. It will reconvene at the Atheneum on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10 A.M. and last until 9 P.M. that day. The final day of the reading will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 10 A.M. to approximately 2 P.M.

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Nantucket Insiders know Halloween on Nantucket is a special highlight of the fall season. To celebrate Halloween, NHA in partnership with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) presents a night of themed storytelling by costumed actors with the evocative Old Gaol property as the backdrop. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm at 15R Vestal Street.

The Old Gaol (old English, pronounced “jail”), an iconic historic landmark, is one of the oldest extant jails in America, and the oldest remaining intact jailhouse on Nantucket. Beginning in 1676, several Nantucket locations were used to hold miscreants, but in 1768, in response to Nantucket’s emerging status as an international seaport, which brought with it an increase in the number of transients, a dedicated structure went up on High Street.

“In the crisp fall air, these ghostly tales take hold of the Old Goal as the NHA and TWN collaborate a night of Halloween magic, says Justin Cerne, TWN Artistic Director. “This is another fantastic moment when two wonderful organizations come together to bring a fun night of spookiness to the Nantucket community!”

Admission to this program is $5 per person.

For more information, about the programs and events at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call 508-228-1894.

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The Nantucket Project in its Sixth Year at White Elephant


The sixth annual Nantucket Project will take place at White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket Island, September 23-25. The ideas conference brings together a select group of accomplished visionaries and innovators across different fields. The overarching theme of this year’s event is “Walls: within us between us, and around us.” Indeed an intriguing concept for discussion in the current political and social climate. 

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Deepak Chopra, Billy Corgan, Krista Tippet, and Christy Turlington Burns are just a handful of the 36 presenters who will engage attendees through exclusive conversations, forums and performances. 

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White Elephant, the official host hotel, serves as the ideal base for The Nantucket Project. The program takes place on the lawn, offering stunning views of Nantucket Harbor to inspire creativity and imagination. Recipient of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice” and Travel + Leisure’s “Worlds Best Hotel” awards, White Elephant is known for its waterfront location and personalized service.

nantucket project islander pass

For the second year, the Karp family has very generously underwritten the “Islander Pass” which serves as an amazing opportunity for members of the Nantucket community to apply for admission to the event. To learn more about this unique opportunity for Nantucket Islanders click here.

The full roster of presenters at The Nantucket Project has been released on the event’s website. Tickets are also available for purchase by clicking here

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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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Beyond Christmas Stroll

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


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

epernay holiday wines

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


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


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


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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Nantucket Insider with Local Author Nancy Thayer

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Christmas Stroll is an absolute can’t miss island event and with the 42nd Stroll upon us this upcoming weekend, Nantucket Insider met up with island local of 31 years and New York Times bestselling author, Nancy Thayer,  to discuss her latest book and favorite holiday traditions over coffee. Nancy’s latest holiday novel, A Very Nantucket Christmas, was released on October 27, 2015. The festive collection features two tales set on Nantucket island, A Nantucket Christmas and An Island Christmas.


 Nantucket Insider:  How did you come to find your focus – writing specifically about the people, places and events on Nantucket island.

Nancy: I was living in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and had published my first three novels with Doubleday when, in 1982, I came to the island to visit a friend and fell in love—with the island and with Charley Walters, who interviewed me for Arts View, his show on a local television station.  It was an excellent interview—we were married two years later and I’ve lived on the island with him for 31 years.

Since then, most of my books have been completely or partially set on the island.  Nantucket is an infinite treasure trove of ideas and images—the lighthouses, the golden beaches, the charming town, the distance from the “real” world.  It allows us to be set free for a while of daily concerns and look into the distance, take a deep breath, and dream.

Nantucket Insider: Nantucket was recently voted as the 4th best place to celebrate the holiday season in the United States on the top 20 list by Washington Post and one of the Top 12 “Out of the Ordinary Christmas Get-Aways” by Forbes Travel Guide. What do you think it is that makes the holiday season so special on Nantucket? 

Nancy: Nantucket provides a Charles Dickens world; cozy and charming and cut off from the mainland, a kind of magical bubble with fabulous shops, elegant bars, and world-renowned chefs and restaurants.  It’s become a second home for many celebrities, athletes, CEOs and actors, so you never know who you’ll be seated next to at dinner!

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Nantucket Insider: What is your favorite Nantucket holiday tradition?

Nancy: I love the Christmas Stroll, held the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I’ve written about it in both my Christmas novels, and in other novels too.  Small Christmas trees sparkling with lights line the streets.  Shop windows and hotels are fabulously decorated. I shop with friends, stopping for a hot bowl of clam chowder and a cold glass of champagne. It’s like an enormous party! At night, in the harbor, sailboats illuminate their masts with Christmas lights.  Looking out over the dark water as the ferries glide in like floating castles is pure enchantment.


Nantucket Insider:  What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?

Nancy: Shamelessly, I admit: Opening presents on Christmas morning. We all love giving presents, and with our family, it takes all morning.  We start with coffee as we open presents, and after an hour or so, we pause for scrambled eggs and champagne.  Then, more present-opening. Of course everyone gets books and games from Mitchell’s Book Corner and Book Works.  After we all go for a long walk, we settle in to read while the turkey roasts.

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Nantucket Insider: 
What can we expect from you in 2016?

Nancy: My new novel, The Island House, comes out in May, 2016.  It’s about a fortunate but eccentric family with a huge house on the bluff and lots of romance and even more secrets. 


Nantucket Insider loves White Elephant’s new package for Stroll 2015-  featuring an autographed copy of A Very Nantucket Christmas, in our White Elephant Christmas Stroll Package. The package includes three night accommodations, a White Elephant Christmas Stroll ornament, hand crafted by a local New England artist, mistletoe and Red Sangria from Nantucket Vineyards, with a recipe to create holiday mulled wine.

For more information on the 2015 Christmas Stroll activities on island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s Stroll Preview. While on island for stroll, pick up a copy of Nancy’s latest book, A Very Nantucket Christmas at Nantucket Book Works or Mitchell’s Book Corner in town. 

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Winter Workshops with Nantucket Historical Association

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As the flurry of the holiday season draws near, Nantucket Insiders are often asked how to spend a wintry evening on Nantucket. The island 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 the island’s holiday season as a guest or if you are here for the year, we recommend trying your hand at creating charming, quintessentially Nantucket items – and just in time for holiday gift giving too! 

The 2015 Winter Series at the NHA’s 1800 House captures the spirit of the holiday season with new evening courses, designed to engage participants in traditional techniques taught by local artisans.


“The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s nothing more festive than making your own holiday decoration or gift,” says NHA 1800 House Program Manager Brittany Thurman. “Our one-day evening classes fit perfectly into any schedule and are great for making a new item for your home or a fun gift for a friend. Whether you need some holiday cards, an ornament for your tree, or a wreath for your door, there’s a class for every kind of crafter at the 1800 House.”

See the options below for the 2015 Winter Series at the 1800 House:

  • Introduction to Letterpress Printing: Holiday Cards, November 30, 4 – 7 PM.

Create a set of personalized letterpress cards featuring historic images and typefaces.

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  • Holiday Cookie Cutters, December 1, 4 – 7 PM.

Learn the basics of metalworking to create a pair of festive cookie cutters.

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  • Photo Block Ornaments, December 2, 4 – 7 PM.

Use personal images and quotes to design a set of wood block ornaments.

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  • Book Page Rose Wreath or Ornaments, December 4, 4 – 7 PM.

Create a festive wreath or set of ornaments using pages from a book.

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For a full description of the 2015 Winter Series courses, please visit www.nha.org/1800house. To register for classes, call the NHA’s 1800 House at (508) 228-1894, ext. 350. All materials and tools are included in the course fees.


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In the Heart of the Sea Experience


Before In the Heart of the Sea hits theaters on December 11th, visit the place where the story began with a trip to Nantucket; enhanced by Nantucket Insider’s recommendations for an immersive “In the Heart of the Sea experience”. 

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Nantucket Island Resorts is offering a package for a two night stay at any of their five hotels, complete with a copy of In the Heart of the Sea by Nantucket resident Nathaniel Philbrick and two tickets to The Nantucket Whaling Museum where you can explore the world of the whaleship Essex through the museum’s latest exhibit

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Nantucket Insider suggests complementing your visit to the Whaling Museum with Nantucket Historical Association’s “In the Heart of the Sea Walking Tour”.  The tour is led by an NHA guide who will read excerpts from the book at various points throughout the 90 minute walking tour as you visit locations related to the crew and learn about the vital role that whaling played in the economy and social structure of 19th century Nantucket. Tours depart from the Whaling Museum lobby and are offered rain or shine.

Heart of the Sea Walking Tour

After a dinner at Brant Point Grill, where you can sit harbor side, imagining the whaleship Essex departing for its fateful voyage long ago, curl up in your room or suite and crack open your new copy of Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. 

You will be a true insider on In the Heart of the Sea before the crowds at the box office this December! 

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No Resort Fees But Plenty to Enjoy Free!

WEspaLawnNantucket Insiders know that the best time to plan your 2015 Nantucket vacation is now, and we thought we would share a few more reasons to plan a stay with Nantucket Island Resorts

Each hotel, from Jared Coffin House to The Wauwinet, offers an array of great services and amenities that are complimentary to guests, including an in the know pre-arrival concierge service!

Many hotels and resorts have taken to adding fees and hidden charges for the little things that make your stay more comfortable, but Nantucket Island Resorts has resisted this trend and even expanded some of their hotels’ complimentary offerings. Here’s what you can expect to enjoy for no extra cost at our favorite places to stay… (more…)

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