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Daffodil Festival on Nantucket
The Last Weekend in April The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds their Annual Daffodil Festival. It’s a weekend of events that celebrate the Springtime awakening on the Island. Three decades later this years festivities include several parades on Saturday, April 30th, including the Antique Car Parade of more than 100 Vintage vehicles adorned in Daffy style and a tailgating picnic in ‘Sconset.
Saturday, is also the day of the 42nd Annual Nantucket Community Daffodil Show sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club. There are many other events and we will have more updates to come. In the meantime, be sure to make your accommodations and travel plans to Nantucket by Cape Air, Hyline Cruises + The Steamship Authority. There are more than 25 places for accommodations that will be open for Daffodil Weekend according to Nantucket Visitor Services. Here’s our Pick’s for 5 Places to Stay.
The Regatta Inn offers a fresh take on the Bed & Breakfast experience. Comfort , sophisticated design and a mix of high-end luxury with a touch of whimsy.
The Federal style building has a reconstructed interior and features 8 guest rooms with an enlarged spa-like bath. Everything is bright, light and airy! Only a short 5 minute walk from the Steamship Authority Nantucket Terminal.
This is the place to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit and indulge in endless pampering. Tantalize Your taste-buds and enjoy island dreaming. The Regatta offers a delectable continental breakfast. Selections vary from day to day and will include: house-made granola, A selection of sweet savory breakfast treats, yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits, juice, Nantucket Roasted Coffee and assorted teas.
Garden Patio with cafe’ tables and chairs.
Tea Time is served in the afternoon with delicious deserts like this hazelnut cheesecake brownie bar with chocolate ganache frosting and fresh raspberry.
Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts have a wonderful nutty flavor. More cake-like than a fried doughnut topped with a brown butter glaze and toasted pistachios.
Make the most of your visit and indulge in the luxurious coastal elegance of the Regatta Inn! For Reservations Click Here!
The Roberts Collection is a long standing notable Inn of four buildings right in the center of the downtown Historic District. The oldest of these four buildings date back to 1846. A highlight is the one of a kind courtyard and covered porch that makes you forget you are right in the middle of all Nantucket has to offer.
This quality boutique hotel offers diverse rooms and suites. It’s the perfect choice for couples, families and groups of any size.
The Gate House is the Crown Jewl of the Roberts Collection. Meticulously respectful of Nantucket’s architectural history, yet created with every possible amenity that one would expect from new construction.
Originally built circa 1846 is designed in a style typical of the whaling era in traditional interior design. It was one of the first family houses on Nantucket to be converted to an inn and operated for 100 years.
The Manor House is a charming and delightful place to visit that offers 15 unique guest rooms with original wood flooring and high ceilings. Several of the rooms have working fireplaces. The lower level features an art gallery called Nantucket Artworks.
The covered porch at the Manor House overlooks the one of a kind courtyard that features numerous perennial plantings and is a great spot to gather both day and night.
The Meeting House is quaint and comfortable
Built in the late 1800’s it is now known as the Meeting House and home to a unique collection of restaurants and shops on the ground level and guestrooms above.
The Robert’s Collection offers a variety of accommodations for every need you may have. For Reservations Click Here
Union Street Inn is an Intimate Boutique Nantucket Inn beautifully renovated to showcase period details against tailored, elegant interiors which Conde Nast Traveler describes as “Impeccable New England-By-way-of-France.”
Each of the 12 Nantucket accommodations feature designer furniture and fabrics, private bathrooms, luxurious bedding with Frette linens and Matouk duvets. Fireplaces are available in some rooms. Boston Magazine calls this the “BEST Nantucket Boutique Hotel”
This Inn is known for their Gourmet Breakfast. They are the only Nantucket Bed & Breakfast that serves a full cooked-to-order breakfast. Co-owner Deborah Withrow features signature dishes and deserts. A home-cooked entree is available every morning. You’ll find gourmet eggs benedict with a light lemon hollandaise sauce, fresh chives and dill, fresh fruit plate and artisan breads. Guests can also help themselves to granola, cereals, yogurt, orange juice, coffee and teas. In the afternoons, you can enjoy home-baked treats such as white chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts and carrot cake.
The Brass Lantern Inn Nantucket operates out of an 1832 home in Nantucket’s old Historic District and a 5 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal.
This is the place to experience cozy Nantucket hospitality in 15 renovated guest rooms with en-suite baths and 2 renovated suites. Rooms are decorated with a fresh, up-to-date setting and a soothing decor in a style that is uniquely “Nantucket”.
A continental breakfast tempts you with homemade granola and yogurt, fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit platter and all the trimmings. You can also enjoy cookies and tea in the gardens. This downtown location is kid and pet friendly!
The White Elephant Hotel is a luxury waterfront hotel with suites and cottages and beautiful views of the harbor.
Originally built in the 1920’s this serene waterfront hotel is a 6 minute walk to Brant Point Lighthouse. The accommodations feature modern, cozy rooms with fireplaces and charming cottages. Amenities include a fitness center, business center, spa, library room, lawn with views of the harbor, and The Brant Point Grill.
Known as one of the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket. This resort offers chic light filled rooms and suites, garden cottages and in-town lofts with balconies. Magnificent harbor views are available.
Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa with massages, facials + body treatments
The Brant Point Grill is the restaurant on property that offers harbor views and specializes in steaks and seafood. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served at Brant Point Grill. This is a great place to have cocktails with views of the harbor.
We will Have More details on Daffodil Festival Weekend To Come and Look Forward To seeing you there!
I’m Thrilled to bring you the relaunch of my website for 2016. It’s going to be a fun year with a lot going on! I can’t give it all away, but you’ll be following us on our adventures from Maine to Nantucket and everywhere in between.
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Nantucket See’s Yellow
The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Daffodil Festival Weekend the last weekend in April. This year’s festivities are Friday – Sunday, April 29th – May 1st. This is the first big weekend 2016 event on the island 30 miles off of Cape Cod. So getting there is key. Next week The New England Story will tell you more on where to stay and we will be at the weekend events.
Planning your trip to Nantucket is key! We’ll have more on booking your accommodations and more. It’s important to book your hotel , Inn + B&B reservations now! This is a full on island event celebration. Reserve your flight on Cape Air or by boat on Hyline Cruises fast 1 hour passenger boat or the 2 hour slow ferry which accommodates vehicles. There are many people that go to the island for Saturday’s festivities so in some cases you may NOT want to bring a vehicle and just stay in town. The Steamship Authority also offers ferry service to Nantucket.
Many like to come in Friday and stay the weekend. Saturday’s Antique Car parade in town is a favorite throughout New England. 100 Vintage Cars line up at 9:30am. Did we mention everything and everyone is decorated in DAFFY Style! The Parade starts in town at 10am and then at noon heads out to lovely ‘Sconset for a tailgating picnic held on the villages lush lawns.
You’ll never know what you will see at DAFFY Days, but one thing is for sure there’s plenty of spirit at this fun community event!
Fashion + Style are key and our friend Holly at The Nantucket BlACKbook will have all the details on the islands events for Daffy Weekend as well as the entire summer.
Other events throughout the weekend include Wine Tastings, Scavenger Hunts, Window Decorating Contest, Dinner at Bartlett’s Farm, Yoga, Book Sale, a children’s parade, a dog parade, Sunday’s 5K race and the 41st Annual Daffodil Show on Sunday from 10:00am to 4pm sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club. Click Here for More Event information
We look forward to bringing you more details soon. Get DAFFY With US! We hope to see you there!
Every year for the last 13 years on a weekend in late February Chili meets Chocolate in Mt Washington Valley in North Conway, New Hampshire.
The Chocolate Festival has been going on for 27 years to be exact. It’s a Chocolate lovers dream. Participants can visit a trail of chocolate from gourmet hot chocolate, brownie sundaes, chocolate fondue with a variety of dippers, handmade chocolate confections, hand dipped pretzels and more.
Visitors enter to win a $200 gift certificate at each of the trail-side chocolate destinations. You can experience some of New Hampshire’s finest accommodations as they are participants in this event. The 1785 Inn Adventure Suites and The Buttonwood Inn are just three of the man other inns of North Conway to visit who participate in this event.
The one day event held from 11-4 is always a winning combination for the weekend Chili Festival. It’s the ultimate combination of sweet and spicy. Plus, you can mix in a little skiing and shopping and dining.
Over 400 people attended this years Chilly Chili Cook-Off 25 Chilies participated and prepared tastings for the crowd and 6 judges. 16 retail shops in North Conway Village offered cheese samplings and wine tastings to ticket holders for the event.
BEST Chili: Big Dave’s Bagels $300 Prize. Judged by 6 individuals from the White Mountain Culinary Association and two food writers from Taste of the Seacoast and NH Magazine.
People’s Choice: Big Dave’s
BEST Cornbread: Stowe Corner Store
BEST Creative Table: Chef’s Bistro
People’s Choice BEST Chili: Leadership MWV Sponsored by Red Jacket $125 Which helps in their annual fundraising to support repayment of student loans as one effort in the MWV to keep young professionals in the valley.
2nd Place People;s Choice: Vaughan Center Sponsored by Hannaford $100
3rd Place People’s Choice: Valley Promotions Sponsored by Eastern Propane $75
BEST Cornbread: American Cancer Society, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk Sponsored by Stonehurst Manor
BEST Creative Table: American Cancer Society, Making Strides Breast Cancer Sponsored by Stonehurst Manor
Sponsors of the event are: Cabot Cheese, Green Thumb Farm, Ragged Mountain, Horsefeathers, North Conway Community Center, Gibson Center & Tuckerman Brewing
Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga has been a tradition in Chatham for 13 years. It is taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher Valerie Twomey, RN.
This is a very special place to practice Yoga! Oceanside with the sun, sand and ocean. Your stress will melt away!
Now through September 15th, 2014, daily, one and a half hour classes start at 7:30am– weather permitting. No pre-registration is required. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged. Movement is slow, focus is on breath and safe alignment. Bring your sunglasses and a towel as the class is held on soft sand, right on the edge of the beach!
Each class ends with a time for relaxation. Kripalu Yoga on the beach strengthen your body, calm your mind, reduce stress and provide an opportunity for improving your health.
Private classes are also available.
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Cruise around the harbor on a 90 minute narrative sight seeing tour. Relax on a Weekend Brunch Cruise, Summer Fireworks, Constitution Sail or ride to Salem or Provincetown!
Boston Harbor Cruises has something for everyone! In matter of fact you may find several cruises to experience throughout the summer and into the fall. August 31st is the one day only Dinner and fireworks cruise with DJ and Dancing. 90 minute Sunset Cruises leave daily at 7pm now through September 1st and 6pm through September 21st.
The perfect summer treat! Thursday evening clambakes on Spectacle Island and Friday evening BBQ on Georges Island presented by Rita’s Catering. Enjoy the beautiful setting, time with family and friends and a delicious menu – all in an urban oasis, complete with spectacular views of the Boston skyline.
Boston’s only 3 hour Whale Watching Cruise. In partnership with the New England Aquarium, BHC presents Boston’s hi-speed catamaran whale watching at its best. Their catamarans provide the fastest, most comfortable way to view the ocean’s most magnificent creatures. This way you spend more time actually watching them. And, from one of three outside decks for optimal viewing or from cushioned seating inside climate-controlled cabin space, your view is sure to be spectacular.
The destination is Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more. It’s home to several kinds of large whales, including humpbacks finbacks, minkes, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales.
Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be sightseeing, museum hopping, sampling the specialties of local chefs and shopping in Salem’s many quaint boutiques and quirky shops.
This summer, forget the Cape traffic and parking hassles when you set sail aboard the Provincetown Ferry, Boston’s first, fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Cape Cod.
Enjoy historic and scenic sites on the Provincetown Ferry, while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze as we whisk you away to the restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife unique to Provincetown and the Outer Cape. The Boston to Provincetown ferry is the largest and fastest passenger-only catamaran in the U.S., landing in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes. And with more onboard amenities and services than any other fast ferry in New England, getting there is half the fun.
Matthew “Matty” Hughes claims two important places in history. At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest licensed captain ever in the port of Boston, and in 1926 he founded New England’s premier cruise company, what is today the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC).
Given Matty’s glorious obsession with boats and Boston Harbor, no one was surprised when, soon after obtaining his license, he struck a deal with a local boat owner to operate the M/V Nelly with two full-time employees on a 30-minute cruise of the Charles River at a cost of 10¢. For the next 16 years, area residents, in an attempt to escape the oppressive summer heat in their Boston flats, created a steady stream of seasonal customers for Matty and his cruises.