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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.


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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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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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
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. 

White Elephant Kids Hat

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


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A Different Kind of Stay

The days of cots in overcrowded bedrooms or pull-out sofas are a thing of the past. Family vacations and group getaways now include all the comforts of home and then some! This week’s Nantucket Insider is sharing an inside look into four of our multi-bedroom, multi-bathroom ‘non-traditional’ accommodations.

1. The Residences at the White Elephant Village


 The Details – Spacious one, two and three-bedroom Residences located only blocks away from Nantucket town. Each residence offers a living room, pantry and dining area perfect for your group stay.

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Why You’ll Love it – Order cocktails to your poolside Cabana! The kids will love the ice cream cart that visits the pool hourly. Take the complimentary bikes in town for some shopping or on the bike trails for an adventure.  Guests of our three-bedroom residences will enjoy their own personal BMW to spin around the island in during their stay. 

A complete list of amenities for guests of the White Elephant Village can be found here.

 2. Anchorage House at The Wauwinet


The Details – The Anchorage House is located on the northeast end of the island, and just steps away from two beaches. This luxurious three-bedroom, three-bathroom beach house boasts a dining room and living room perfect for entertaining.

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Why You’ll Love it – Enjoy views of the Nantucket Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from your bedroom. Host a TOPPER’s Clambake on one of your two private outdoor decks and or set up a game of croquet outside.

A complete list of amenities for guests of The Wauwinet can be found here.

 3. White Elephant Main Street Loft

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The Details – The White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street is an extension of the renowned White Elephant hotel, situated in the heart of downtown Nantucket. This contemporary loft offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen and sweeping views of town.

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Why You’ll Love It – The expansive picture windows provide an unparalleled view of cobblestoned Main Street. Location, location, location! 

Guests of the White Elephant Main Street Loft and White Elephant Easy Street Loft enjoy all of the amenities of the White Elephant Village, seen here.

4. White Elephant Easy Street Loft

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The Details – The White Elephant Loft on Easy Street is an in-town loft featuring three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open living room and dining room, a gourmet kitchen and all the amenities of the White Elephant hotel.

Loft at Easy Street

Why You’ll Love It – The loft is located right on Main Street above Best of the Beach and is a prime location for all your downtown adventures. As an added bonus, the loft comes will full access to a BMW and designated parking spot. Happy exploring!

To take a further look at all the ‘non-traditional’ and traditional accommodations we have to offer, please check here!

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Perfect Perks at Nantucket Island Resorts

As travelers, we have become increasingly sensitive to the value attached to leisure time and vacations, and Nantucket Insider loves the fact that guests planning their vacations at Nantucket Island Resorts‘ hotels will not be taken by surprise by any hidden hotel or resort fees, and in fact will find quite a few amenities at their disposal free of charge!

Across the board, guests at any one of these Nantucket accommodations have access to free WiFi, consultation with a Pre-Arrival Concierge to assist with coordination of any Nantucket activities or dining reservations, and of course, no resort fees. 

Each hotel offers its own list of complimentary services and amenities to make guests’ experiences more comfortable and enjoyable, and these complimentary amenities are specifically tailored to the hotels’ general guest profile and the unique character of the hotel. 

Here we break down just a few of the top complimentary perks of staying at any of Nantucket Island Resorts hotels…

White Elephant Hotel

Nantucket Resort

Morning Coffee and Pastries and Afternoon Port & Cheese
Shuttle Service to Jetties Beach and High Speed Ferry Docks
Free Local Transit Passes
Courtesy Car Service
Daily Newspapers
Beach Supplies (chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, sand toys for kids)
Departure Gift
Click here for complete list of great amenities for children


White Elephant Village


Morning Coffee and Pastries and Afternoon Port & Cheese
Shuttle Service to Jetties Beach and High Speed Ferry Docks
Courtesy Car Service
Beach Supplies (chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, sand toys for kids)
Complimentary Poolside Fruit and Ice Cream
Too many fantastic childrens’ amenities to even list here! Click for full list

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The Wauwinet 


Morning Coffee & Pastries and Afternoon Port & Cheese
Shuttle to/from Hy-line Ferry
Kayaks, Sunfish, and Paddleboards
Hourly Transfers to/from Nantucket town
Beach Supplies (chairs, towels, umbrellas)
Yoga Mats
Departure Gifts
An amazing seasonal assortment of on-site activities for guests, click here for the list!


The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin


Kids’ Fishing Rods and Tackle
Beach Bus Transportation Service (mid June- Labor Day)
Beach Supplies (chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, coolers, boogie boards)
Great Pet Amenities too- click here to see this list


Jared Coffin House


Morning Coffee & Pastries and Afternoon Refreshments
Beach Supplies (chairs, beach umbrellas, and beach towels)
Free Parking
Courtesy Car Service


Nantucket Boat Basin


Concierge Service
Free Wifi Access
Cable TV
Pump Out at Slip
Kids’ Amenities
Pet Amenities 


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Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide

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.


 “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.

TOPPER's dining room

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

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

2015 Figawi Crop

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…


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. 

WE Spa couples room

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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