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NEED-TO-KNOW: NANTUCKET

Just as the Hamptons are to New York, Nantucket is to New England: an elegant and chic escape drawing an elite crowd. Quaint in size, Nantucket welcomes with an old whaling town charm and carries a surprisingly low-key glamour. 


STAY

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THE WHITE ELEPHANT HOTEL

THE HISTORIC HARBOURFRONT ONE

Overlooking Nantucket Harbour, the White Elephant Hotel is a traditional-style stay located just minutes away from town.  A Nantucket landmark since the 1920s, the property features 67 guestrooms, suites, garden cottages and spectacular in-town lofts. We love the Harborview Rooms & Suites for a room with a view & we also love the ground floor rooms that have a private patio with walk-out access to the Harborside Lawn. On the dining front, Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Hotel offers a sublime setting for al fresco dining. For brunch, start your day on the right note with a Lobster Bloody Mary! Need-To-Note: They have a super-cute boat available to rent for the day. 

 

THE WAUWINET

THE SOPHISTICATED SEASIDE ONE

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Across the harbor you’ll find White Elephant’s more secluded, adults-only sister property: The Wauwinet. Situated in glamorous seclusion on the northeast end of Nantucket nestled between the bay and the Atlantic Ocean, this Relais & Chateaux property is the stuff of storybook romance. The historic boutique features 32 guest rooms, as well as four charming cottages across from the Main Inn. And no two are the same; each room is uniquely decorated with such luxe details like ultra-opulent elevated beds and hand-stenciled finishes. The superb restaurant Topper’s is worth visiting even if you’re not staying at the hotel. 

 

WHITE ELEPHANT VILLAGE

THE NEW, CHIC & CONTEMPORARY ONE

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The newest addition the White Elephant family, White Elephant Village comprises of the Inn at White Elephant Village and the Residences at White Elephant Village. The Inn at White Elephant features features 20 rooms & suites that are more modern, and more design-conscious in an intimate setting. Plus, it’s one of the only hotels on Nantucket with a pool — full service and exclusive use, no less. For a super spacious home away from home, look no further than the gorgeous Residences at White Elephant Village. 


HOT SPOTS

At Bartlett’s Farm you’ll find Cisco Brewers, a rustic brewery with live music, tastings & tours — along with 3 bars serving craft beer, wine & drinks.

The Nautilus is another rustic-modern hot spot that serves global, seafood-centric small plates & inventive craft cocktails. Top tip: order the whole roasted peking duck! 

Cru is a stylish waterfront spot, perfect place to have drinks at sundown!

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EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE

MAY
Nantucket Wine & Food Festival — The annual festival has grown into one of the most anticipated food-and-wine festivals in the country, with hundreds of wine and culinary professionals making their way to Nantucket each year.  The lineup of chefs reads like a who’s who of the Boston restaurant scene, accompanied by fifty winemakers, 150 wineries, and the expert guidance of 25 sommeliers.

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Figawi — The annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally. Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the the Cape Cod and Nantucket summer season. Entries include over 200 sailboats ranging from families promoting the sport of sailing to competitive sailors alike, bringing three thousand sailors & visitors hailing from all over the country including the Caribbean, as well as locals. Serious fun, camaraderie, sailing, and most of all, charity...that’s what Figawi is all about.

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JUNE
Nantucket Film Festival — Founded in 1996, the Nantucket Film Festival focuses on screenwriting and features plenty of star-studded movies. Whether it’s the island location, the intimate size of the event, or the relaxed nature of our guests, meaningful connections are the norm not the exception. Plus, who doesn't love a screening on the beach!