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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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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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6 Can’t-Miss, Classic Nantucket Summer Events

Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week, June 6-12, 2016
A celebration of the superlative culinary tradition on Nantucket Island. Experience exceptional food, wine and hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed restaurants. Brant Point Grill will be offering two course lunches for $22 and three course dinners for $33. TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet will be offering two course lunches for $25 and three course dinners for $45.  

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Nantucket Book Festival, June 17-19, 2016
The Nantucket Book Festival is a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary resources of Nantucket’s past, present and future. The Festival seeks to create and renew enthusiasm for books, connect authors and readers, encourage a love of reading and writing among young people, raise funds for literary causes, and promote Nantucket Island as an oasis and haven for the literary arts. For more information please visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org

Barnaby with kidsThe Nantucket Book Festival is a favorite for both children and adults

Film Summer Preview

Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-27, 2016
Nantucket Film Festival has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on this magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. This year’s opening film will be the much anticipated, family friendly Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. View the full festival schedule here.

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Fourth of July Festivities, July 3 and 4, 2016
Enjoy a quintessential Fourth of July celebration on Nantucket. See the annual fireworks display at Jetties Beach on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy family activities on Main Street, include pie-eating contests, a dunk tank and a parade.

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Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 8-10, 2016
The Nantucket Yoga Festival brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides for a three day event. There are over 40 workshops and something for everyone from the absolute beginner to the more advanced student. For more information click here.  

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Boston Pops on Nantucket, August 13, 2016
The Boston Pops on Nantucket event directly benefits Nantucket Cottage Hospital and is a wonderful fundraising event at Jetties Beach, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. The event is a highlight of the Nantucket summer season with a spellbinding performance of the National Anthem, and a spectacular firework display finale. This year’s 2016 musical celebrity guest will be Kenny Loggins. 

Boston Pops

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8 Outdoor Adventures That Get You Out of Town and into Wild Nantucket

This week Nantucket Insider is bringing you to the natural side of Nantucket, with this week’s guest blog post by Peter Brace, highlighting the best activities to get you out of Nantucket town and into the natural world of Nantucket. Peter is the author of “Nantucket: A Natural History” and “Walking Nantucket: A Walker’s Guide to Exploring Nantucket on Foot,” and owner of Nantucket Walkabout. 

Peter shares with us his top picks for outdoor adventures on Nantucket Island this season. 

  1. Explore Gardner Farm and Witness the Return of the Ospreys

In early March, ospreys, return to nesting poles all over the island. Also called fish hawks, ospreys mate for life and usually return to the same nesting pole year after year. Nest building begins early and is as fascinating to watch as the raising and feeding of their young. Getting close to one of their nesting sites, however, can be a challenge without local knowledge. But, not if you can join Nantucket Walkabout at 8 a.m. once a week on its Gardner Farm hike this spring and summer to see an active osprey nest on Hummock Pond.

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  1. Attend Open Night at the Loines Observatory

If you’re lucky, you may actually see some of the stars of the silver screen during the Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-27, but glimpsing the galaxies, stars, planets, meteorites, satellites and the International Space Station above us at night is far easier at Nantucket’s Maria Mitchell Association. The MMA, which maintains the largest public telescope on the East Coast, offers open telescope nights throughout the season, free to members and $10 for non-members. Scheduled open telescope nights on May 16 and 17, 7:30-9 p.m., June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 and equally as many nights in July and August, are subject to cancellation depending on the weather.

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  1. Pick Wild Nantucket Blueberries in the Smooth Hummocks

Wild low bush blueberries are ripe and ready for the picking July and into early August, but you have to know where to look for them. Some people spend hours and hours searching Nantucket and yet barely find enough for one or two muffins. Let Nantucket Walkabout be your guide, $40 for adults/$20 for children, to where these delicious native berries grow.

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  1. Explore Great Point with a Four-Wheel Drive Tour

Until you get out there and experience its extraordinary beauty, Great Point is just another named peninsula on a myriad of Nantucket maps. Walking out there on your own or renting an oversand vehicle are reasonable options, but you’ll learn the most on your trip by taking The Trustees of Reservations’ three-hour Great Point Natural History Tour of its Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge in their four-wheel-drive van. For $65, the TTR tour guide picks you up in their van at the Wauwinet Gatehouse just before the Wauwinet Inn. The tour includes a climb up into the Great Point Lighthouse for an amazing view.

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  1. Participate in Citizen Science Weekend June 10-12

Explore in the boots and waders of biologists studying plants, mammals, birds, insects and marine life on Nantucket with the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative during its Citizen Science Weekend, June 10-12. Registration is free and gets you access to field trips to far-flung Nantucket locales to learn about her natural world through the senses of those conducting biological research on the island. And, don’t miss the keynote speaker Tobias Landberg’s opening night talk on snapping turtles at the Nantucket Atheneum, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Register at http://www.nantucketbiodiversityinitiative.org and keep checking the website for an updated events calendar.

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  1. Discover Smith’s Point

It is a bit of hike out there on soft Nantucket sand with water on three sides and warm southwest winds flowing over you, but the rewards of reaching the end of Nantucket’s westernmost extremity, Smith’s Point, in time for the sun setting into the ocean are well worth the two-mile walk. Along the Nantucket Walkabout’s guided tour hear about piping plovers, least tern and American oystercatchers nesting on the beach along the way, and maybe see some gray seals. Learn more  at www.walknantucket.com.

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  1. Half-Day Marine Wildlife Tour with Shearwater Excursions

Humpback, finback an Minke whales, white-sided dolphins, gray seals, basking sharks, and sea turtles along with seabirds such as storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers are 90 minutes east of Nantucket on a half-day marine wildlife trip guided by naturalist and native Nantucketer Blair Perkins with Shearwater Excursions. Trips run June 21-Oct. 15 and $165/person.

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  1. Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Race for Open Space July 9

If you don’t want your morning run routine to lapse while on vacation, consider running in the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Race for Open Space on July 9. It’s a 5K (3.1 miles) with proceeds supporting the NCF’s Land Fund. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Westmoor Club. Pre-register here

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Guests of The Wauwinet can enjoy a Nantucket Walkabout morning or sunset hike with Peter, one of the many spring and fall activities offered at the hotel. 

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Peter B. Brace is the author of “Nantucket: A Natural History” and “Walking Nantucket: A Walker’s Guide to Exploring Nantucket on Foot.” A Nantucketer for 23 years and counting, he is currently a freelance writer for Sound Magazine, the Nantucket Chronicle and the Nantucket Coastal Conservancy. And he is an adjunct professor for UMass Boston’s School for the Environment teaching the natural history of Nantucket during its “Nantucket Semester” through the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station.

A seasonal kayaker and daily hiker with his dog, Kismet, Peter knows Nantucket’s natural environs from shoreline to shoreline, its multitudes of plant, mammal, bird, fish, insect and reptile/amphibian species. Peter is also certified in Wilderness First Aid by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute.

Contact Peter at Nantucket Walkabout by email at peter@nantucketwalkabout.com. For environmental news and seasonal photos of Nantucket, follow Nantucket Walkabout on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Peter Brace

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8 Ways Getting to Nantucket and bACK Has Never Been Easier


fACKt: Nantucket Memorial Airport is the second busiest commercial airport in Massachusetts after Logan International Airport in Boston.

1.) Starting May 4th, JetBlue offers daily direct flights from New York (JFK). JetBlue has added an additional flight from Boston this season. Specific dates in May starting at $18 one way!


2.) American Airlines has added weekend service from New York (LGA) and increased the aircraft capacity on the LGA and Washington, DC (DCA) routes to the larger Embraer 170 regional jet.

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3.) Delta has added a Saturday flight from New York (LGA). Starting June 1st, Delta continues its twice daily service from New York (JFK).

4.) Cape Air will be flying up to 185 round trips from Boston (Logan) during peak season.

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5.) United Airlines offers direct flights from Newark, New Jersey (EWR).

6.) Seastreak offering direct ferry service from New Bedford, Massachusetts.   pic 2

7.) Hyline Cruises is debuting a new boat from Hyannis to Nantucket this season. Capacity will increase from 280 to over 500 passengers, offering guest the option of two outdoor deck areas.

8.) New for the 2016 season, Peter Pan Bus Lines is offering daily express service between Hyannis, Boston and Logan Airport operating from the Hyannis Transportation Center.Peter Pan Bus Lines

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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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