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TOPPER’S Travels…

Fruili Region Italy Wineries

One of the things that Nantucket Insiders do best in the off season is travel.
Higor Valle, one of TOPPER’S certified sommeliers, shares with us notes from the road to his latest wine visit to Cantina Jermann, located along the border of Italy and Slovenia.

Cantina Jermann

This winery is often regarded as one of the most important of it locale, largely due to the innovative and passionate approach of its proprietor, Silvio Jermann. His family has been involved in wine-making in the region since 1881, when his great grandfather came over from Slovenia. Cantina Jermann currently holds several Tre Bicchieri Awards (this award is highly coveted, as it singles out a wine as being one of Italy’s best, and a validation of the winemaker’s craftsmanship). Their latest wine to receive this honor was the 2015 Pinot Grigio.

Jermann Vineyard

Higor was hosted by the winery’s Export Manager and her assistant, and greeted with a glass of wine and some small bites of local cheese, prosciutto and polenta- which were wonderful accompaniments to the wines sampled.

Friuli local cheeses

The three top picks for Higor were Vintage Trunia 2014; dry velvety and well balanced, Capo Martino 2012; intense notes of apricot, dried flowers, and honey blossom- great acidity hold it all together in this wine. Capo Martino 2012 also holds some sentimental value to the family as it was produced from the 1991 harvest commemorating the family’s great father Anton who made the journey to the region 110 years earlier. The grapes used are of historic varieties and even the label depicts elements dear to the hearts of agriculturalists; sun, water, grapes, and fish as a symbol of religion.

Cantino Jermann 2014

Higor also enjoyed the Afix Riesling with its brilliant straw color, vibrant acidity and notes of green apple with a touch of residual sugar.

Higor Valle, Toppers Nantucket

A little bit about Higor; though he’s lived in the U.S. for the past ten years, he is orignally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and this will be his second season as a sommelier at TOPPER’S. Since his first summer on Nantucket, nearly five years ago, he’s always had an interest in working at TOPPER’S because of its vast and impressive wine program. In 2017, Higor looks forward to enjoying the beautiful island and of course, opening amazing bottles of wine for the guests!



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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.

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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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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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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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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.

lilly party lawn

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”?

nantucket hats

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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8 Can’t-Miss Events for Children this Spring on Nantucket!

The wait is finally over…the 2016 Nantucket Season kicks off this weekend with our Daffodil Weekend! This week our guest blogger and author of the Barnaby Bear children’s book series, Wendy Rouillard, shares her top picks for events for kids this spring on Nantucket. Get your calendar, pencil and start planning!

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1. 23rd Annual Daffodil Festival Children’s Parade

Celebrate spring at the Annual Daffodil Children’s Parade! This Island tradition, hosted by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, takes place at Children’s Beach on Saturday, April 30th, at 10:30am. Decorate your bicycle, wagon, baby carriage, or any other favored means of transportation with a daffodil theme. Or simply kick off the season in your best daffy wear! Fun for children of all ages! Be sure to get there early! Cookies and juice will be provided. Sponsored by Nantucket Island Resorts and Barnaby Bear.

2. Wake Up, Brother Bear

A new, innovative theater for the Very Young sponsored by the Dreamland. This latest initiative presents theatrical productions performed by local professional actors offering simple interactive stories that encourage the audience to join in, using props, to create an imaginative, magical show. Designed for children ages 1-6, but all ages are invited to attend. Four more shows are slated to debut! The next performance is April 29th, at 10:30 am. Tickets are $8 per person and are available online at www.nantucketdreamland.org or at the box office.


3. Nanpuppets

The Nantucket Atheneum is happy to present puppeteer, Lizza Obremski and her whimsical friends, for a morning of magic, laughter, and fun! Enjoy the show, create a puppet, or even put on a show of your own! Join the Nanpuppets on May 20th, at 9:45am at the library.  For ages 2 and up~ tickets are available at the Weezie desk. 

4. White Elephant Village Pool

The White Elephant pool officially opens May 27th!  Come celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by taking a dip or relaxing by the pool. Light fare is served daily and the ice cream cart offers complimentary ice cream for the little ones hourly.  


5. Scavenger Hunt at the White Elephant

A White Elephant favorite! As a guest of the White Elephant, your child can pick up a treasure hunt map at the front desk, which will lead you through a myriad of clues, taking you on an exciting adventure around the property.  The last clue ends with a treasure chest full of prizes! For more information, please speak with Ann at the concierge desk. Good luck!

6. Marjory Trott Dance Classes

Join Marjory, all summer long, at the bandstand at Children’s Beach, a stone’s throw away from the White Elephant.  Marjory offers a wonderful variety of dance and movement classes, as well as yoga, for ages 10 months and up. Classes start Monday, June 13th.  For pricing and class schedules, please visit marjorytrott.com

7. 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival, June 17-19

This fun-filled weekend is not to be missed! Starting June 17th through the 19th, the island will be buzzing with authors from all around the country for the Nantucket Book Festival. There are readings, lectures, and story times for kids. Meet and greets, with numerous authors, are also scheduled throughout the weekend. More than a dozen authors and story hours are also scheduled at the Nantucket Atheneum on Saturday, June 18th.  Please be sure to stop by and say, “Hello,” to Barnaby Bear and me! We will be under the tent at the library from 9am to noon on June 18th.  For additional information, please visit nantucketbookfestival.org

Barnaby with kids

8. Strawberry Picking at Bartlett Farm

As soon as the strawberries are ripe for the picking, head out to Bartlett’s Farm! Explore the ocean view gardens filling your buckets with delicious strawberries. This local favorite usually happens in mid to late June. For more information, please call Bartlett Farm at #508-228-9403.

Strawberry fields

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Special Spring Packages for Meetings on Nantucket

Daffodils and Fence

Nantucket is a great place to host a corporate retreat or meeting event, and this spring is looking like a better time than ever to consider planning a meeting on the island. From April to mid May 2016, Nantucket Island Resorts will offer new promotions, highlighting value for business groups and travelers interested in a spring sojourn to Nantucket.

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The spring presents an ideal opportunity to host a business event on Nantucket; there are fewer distractions than in later months which see an influx of summer vacation tourists and beach-goers. The island is also significantly less populated, driving nightly hotel rates to more approachable price ranges for businesses, while guests still access luxury accommodations, personalized hotel services, and of course, a beautiful setting. 

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Nantucket Island Resorts
‘ new Group Value Program for White Elephant presents a savings of more than fifty percent off summer pricing. It includes a full day meeting package, starting at $65 per person, with additional food and beverage upgrades available (exclusive of tax and gratuity). This package includes the following:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch buffet
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • Gourmet snacks
  • Meeting room rental waived
  • LCD projector and screen package
  • Flip chart with markers
  • VIP meeting room set up with upgraded linens, blotters, pen, bottled water

New group room rates are also available, with standard king bedded rooms starting at $125 per night.


To further entice business travelers, discounted fast ferry tickets are available at $56 per round trip (an $82 value).


Stay tuned, Nantucket Insider will bring you more information on similar spring meeting special offers at The Wauwinet!

To inquire about these special value plans please contact Nantucket Island Resorts’ Sales Office at (617) 243-7802, or complete the Request for Proposal form by clicking here




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Holidays on the Horizon

Brant Point wreath

Despite our warm fall weather here on Nantucket as we start November, we are starting to see the first signs of the holiday season approaching. Since some things are just too good to wait for, Nantucket Insider shares the news of a fun holiday package offered at White Elephant this Christmas Stroll- it is only 4 weeks away, not too early for planning a Nantucket Stroll get-away! 

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With a prime location just an easy walking distance to all of the holiday festivities on Main Street, White Elephant is a merry choice indeed for those visiting Nantucket for the annual Christmas Stroll. The hotel is a first rate holiday experience from its glowing seasonal decor, inviting en suite fireplaces (in some rooms and suites), not to mention the cozy White Elephant Spa and cheerful ambiance of Brant Point Grill

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New this season, when you book your stay for three nights, December 3-6 at White Elephant with their “Holiday Stroll Package” you will receive, a copy of local Nantucket author Nancy Thayer‘s latest yuletide yarn “A Very Nantucket Christmas”, a bottle of Nantucket Vineyards‘ spicey, zesty Red Wine Sangria (along with their own recipe for creating a mulled wine beverage), and to commemorate your holiday visit for years to come you will also receive a sweet ceramic tree ornament handmade by a New England artisan exclusively for White Elephant!

Click here to view rates and availability for White Elephant’s 2015 Holiday Stroll Package!

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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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