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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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Summer at TOPPER’S

The Wauwinet is home to one of the nation’s most acclaimed restaurants, TOPPER’S, a favorite foodie destination set alongside the waters of Nantucket Bay. This Nantucket Insider favorite taps into the island’s rich supply of fresh regional ingredients, from land and sea. TOPPER’S dining room offers a uniquely Nantucket feeling of elegant fine dining.
TOPPER's dining room

If you seek more casual fare, you will love TOPPER’s deck, where you can dine under a heated awning with views of the bay.

Nantucket Insider has sampled the summer menu this season at TOPPER’S, and it does not disappoint! See below for a few of our favorite picks from both the dining room and the deck menus. 

Summer Harvest Salad
summer harvest salad

Various seasonal vegetables (may include and are not limited to heirloom tomatoes, squash, eggplant, beans, peppers, fennel, beets and carrots) are served raw, pickled, roasted or pureed along with seasonal berries, stone fruits, herbs and herb blossoms.  TOPPER’S adds a crispy quinoa tuile (best described as a “cracker”) for texture. The dish is rounded out with Stracciatella cheese, a fresh cow’s milk cheese, made of small shreds of curd mixed with cream.  This is the filling that you find inside of Burrata.
*Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free with modification, Vegetarian

Seaweed Butter Poached Lobster
nantucket butter poached lobster

 The 1 ¼ pound lobster is first partially poached and the meat is removed from the shell and then poached in nori flavored emulsified butter.  The lobster is served with an heirloom tomato tart (puff pastry topped with tomatoes cooked down to jam consistency and finished with sherry vinegar, topped with African blue basil, chive tips and thyme blossoms), glazed baby squash, pickled baby squash, marinated shaved baby zucchini, a fried squash blossom and a rich lobster bisque flavored with tomato and finished with Pedro Ximénez sherry. The dish is garnished with a dehydrated Kalamata olive crumble.
*Gluten Free with modification, Dairy Free with modification.

Shrimp & Grits
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White gulf shrimp are sautéed and served over Anson Mills white grits flavored with cheddar cheese.  There is also a slowly poached egg, sautéed oyster mushrooms and country ham gravy (Edward’s country ham, tomatoes, green onions, coffee, cream and butter).

Roasted King Salmon
Roasted king salmon is served on English pea risotto with glazed white asparagus, marinated pea tendrils and a charred ramp butter sauce.

To reserve your table at TOPPER’S call 508-228-8768 or click here

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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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Celebrate Milestone Occasions, Nantucket Style

pilgerbfwauJune is a time of year when celebrations abound from graduations to weddings, reunions, anniversaries and even babymoons! Nantucket Insider shares our list of the best ways to enjoy life’s achievements and celebrations with quintessential Nantucket style. 

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Ways to Wed, White Elephant & The Wauwinet…

Wedding season is on the horizon and Nantucket Insider has caught up with Mark Holland-Leggieri, “in house wedding pro” for White Elephant and The Wauwinet, to get his thoughts on what makes each of these beautiful venues so special and so versatile! 

White Elephant Weddings

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A couple enjoys a harborside moment at White Elephant

 An ‘Exclusive White Elephant Wedding’, where the wedding party reserves the entire hotel property, is of course a spectacular way to show your family and friends a most amazing experience at the hotel. 


White Elephant wedding with a tent overlooking the harbor

All guest rooms are occupied by your group and you have so much flexibility to host various events thought the course of your stay; welcome reception, wedding celebration, after-party and a brunch. White Elephant can customize every event space on property; including the Harborview and Shoreline lawns to reflect the vision you want! Top rated White Elephant services and amenities make the experience truly unforgettable.


Watch the sunset and then party into the night

Harborview Terrace weddings provide the wedding party with the majority of space White Elephant has to offer, without the need to fill every hotel room with your wedding guests. This still allows for flexibility wedding design on the Terrace, Sundeck and Lawn. Add lights, fire pits, bring in a photo booth for fun memories and you have the perfect event!

White ElephantTerrace with long tables and rounds

Crisp white linen and dining furniture provided for your wedding at White Elephant

 Intimate Sundeck weddings are smaller scale a way to celebrate with the fabulous view, a portion of the Harborview Lawn and more intimate dining and dancing spaces.  White Elephant has the ability to customize these spaces to your liking for décor, set up and flow of your event.  This smaller style wedding allows for more freedom of menu selections:  adding courses, pairing with special wines, creating tasting menus or even doing specialty stations that work amazingly well for groups from 20-60 guests.  Semi-private, and completely enjoyable and memorable!


White Elephant Sundeck has beautiful views of the lawn and harbor

 Wauwinet Weddings


The Wauwinet is an exceptional wedding escape

An ‘Exclusive Wauwinet Wedding’ is an incredible experience; the elegant private settings and atmosphere of the hotel lend itself beautifully to the concept of your own personal wedding location. With thirty two guest rooms at The Wauwinet, an exclusive wedding can still feel very intimate. 

For larger parties at The Wauwinet, a tent for a lawn reception sets the scene and creates the space needed for accommodating 100- 150 guests. 


Exclusive Wauwinet wedding with a tent and bay views

 TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet can host your group inside the dining rooms for up to 100 guests, with dancing on the covered Bayview Deck.


An intimate Wauwinet wedding for 8 guests

 The lower terrace adds a great location for food stations and cocktail mingling. Comfortable wicker furniture, lush gardens, and amazing views of the bay, create a sense of truly being a world away. The side lawn of The Wauwinet is ideal for lawn games, and even an added bar location and a place to enjoy the open air around a fire. 

WauwinetBay View Lawn

Unique ways to enjoy and entertain your wedding guests

Wedding ceremonies can be held on The Wauwinet’s private bay side beach, the Zen Deck (for up to 50 guests) or the lawn, depending on the style you have in mind.

WAU Beach Ceremony

Say ‘I do’ in the sand on The Wauwinet’s bay side beach

The Wauwinet is not just for large scale weddings though! Smaller, more intimate weddings work beautifully in TOPPER’S interior spaces. Dining for up to 50 guests in TOPPER’S Main Dining room is perfectly elegant, with music and dancing in TOPPER’S Room and a bar set up in TOPPER’S Sunroom. 


A fun, nautical twist on a TOPPER’S Dining Room wedding reception

Even more intimate dinner-style weddings for up to 16 guests can enjoy TOPPER’S Sunroom, a romantic ceremony on the beach or the Zen Deck, and cocktail hour out on the Library Terrace. 


Small, elegant reception in TOPPER’S Sunroom

 We’ll pipe in dining music of your choice.  This is also a perfect opportunity to create your ‘Tasting Menu’ or ‘Wine Dinner’ with several smaller courses and paired wines, something that Cellar Master Craig Hanna has been enjoying creating at TOPPER’S for over 25 years.


The Zen Deck at The Wauwinet is a special place for a ceremony – or a first dance!

 The spectacular bay views from The Wauwinet lawn, Zen Deck, and beach are unparalleled on Nantucket!

Mark Holland-Leggieri, Conference Services Manager Nantucket Island Resorts


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Fall in Love with this Stunning Wauwinet Wedding

 Nantucket Insider is head over heels for this romantic Wauwinet wedding captured by Jet Kaiser Films. We caught up with Jet for his sentiments on wedding videography and what makes shooting a wedding on Nantucket so special…

NI: Tell us a little about Jet Kaiser Films

JK: Jet Kaiser Films is a husband and wife video studio based in the American heartland of Indiana and we produce 20 handcrafted wedding films per year. While many of our weddings take place in the Indianapolis area, we are better known as the “traveling wedding filmmakers”.

NI: Did you experience Nantucket prior to this wedding?

JK: As we first stepped foot on Nantucket Island for a wedding during the summer of 2013 we instantly knew there was something special about this place. So we couldn’t have been more excited when we were invited back to document Tania + Mikhail’s wedding at The Wauwinet this past October.

NI: What factors can really make a wedding like this so ideal to capture on film? 

JK: This was a destination wedding for Tania + Mikhail whom currently reside in Chicago. Many of their family and friends were from all over the US as well as Russia. We were fortunate that they chose The Wauwinet as the perfect setting for their wedding weekend. It had plenty of beautiful outdoor space for their ceremony and and intimate indoor atmosphere for their reception. 

 NI: How do you play the location into the story-telling of a couple’s special day? 

JK: When we produce a wedding film we try our best to capture the locations that are involved. Nantucket is an environment that really simplifies our documenting duties. It seems that every direction you point your lens you discover a pristine treasure. Nantucket quickly became one of our favorite places to visit (and work) in all of the United States, we cannot wait for our next opportunity to return.


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