7 Places to Dine DAFFY Weekend on Nantucket

Dining on Nantucket 

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It’s been said that Nantucket is home to some of the best restaurants in the world!  If your planning a destination trip to Nantucket for Daffodil Weekend April 29th – May 1st, Nantucket Visitor Services tells us that 36 restaurants will be open including take out restaurants and those with limited seating. Here’s our picks for the 7 places to Dine DAFFY Weekend.

1.  Breeze Bar & Cafe at Nantucket Hotel + Resort

Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch are served for Daffy Weekend.  Start with cocktails at the bar or a cozy spot.  A continental Breakfast is served daily from 7:30-10am and Sunday Brunch is from 11-2. Lunch is served Friday + Saturday from 11:30-2. Dinner is served Thursday – Sunday from 5:30-9 and you’ll find the best in Seafood and contemporary dishes.

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For More information on Nantucket Hotel  + Resort Dining Experiences click here 

2.  Lola 41

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This is  Nantucket’s  Sushi + Bistro Restaurant.  Nantucket Magazine calls it “The Hottest Spot In Town” and The Boston Globe says “Best Burger on The Planet”.   Known for signature cocktails and  their unique Bistro Menu.  4 Cheese Macaroni + Cheese, Gnocchi Bolognese, Chicken + Rice Meatballs, Shrimp Lo Mein and Roasted NY Strip are just some of the items on their  Bistro menu that caught our eye.

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From Sushi Starters to Specialty + Classic Rolls to their Asian Inspired Tuna Burger! This is the place that will become a quick favorite! 

Lola 41 is open for Lunch + Dinner + Cocktails. Reservations are accepted.

To Find out More  About Lola 41  View Menus + Make Your Reservations Click Here

3. Dune 

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 Modern chic meets casual comfort in the heart of historic Nantucket. Dune features three dining rooms with a blend of sophisticated elegance and soothing comfort.  An exotic quartzite bar and charming patio are a great place to relax and feel the island charm.

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Dune is open for cocktails,  lunch and dinner and has a great dessert menu. Their menu showcases innovative selections of the finest seasonal local produce, fish and meats from regional farms and select purveyors. 

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Apple Bacon + Gruyere Fritters, Roasted Red + Gold Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese Beet Vinaigrette + Pistachio Aged Balsamic. Got Your attention with that, right? What about Crispy Leg of Duck Confit. That’s just a sampling folks.

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Grilled Atlantic Swordfish, Agave + Lime Glazed Pork Shoulder and Grilled Angus Sirloin Steak fries.

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Dune Features an Extensive Wine List and their desserts are heaven!

To Find Out More about Dune + View the Menu or Make Reservations Click Here

4. Town  Restaurant + Tree Bar

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A Global Cuisine wonderland with uplifting versions of flavorful international dishes from around the globe. Town Nantucket  is  an Asian inspired restaurant open for  Lunch + Dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30pm.  The decor inside is South East Asian, candlelit + chic. They have a wonderful lobster roll, fresh fish tacos and a hearty short rib panini for lunch.

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You’ll find delicious appetizers from tacos to sushi and small plates + big delicious cocktails. Dishes are seasonally driven with stylish flair. Try the mussels in coconut broth with lemongrass and chili flakes. For an Entree try the Pan Seared Scallops,  Seafood Fra-Diavolo,  Pan Seared Salmon or Pan Roasted Chicken.

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Brunch is  also reserved and we can vouch for  the great Bloody Mary’s and Lobster Eggs Benedict at the Tree Bar. Other  items include Buckwheat Pancakes. Turkey + Sage Hash and a dozen other choices. 

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To Find out more information about Town + The Tree Bar or to make Reservations Click Here 

5. Pi Pizzeria

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 Wood Fired Thin Crust Pizza + Classic Italian Restaurant. We got your attention didn’t we? We’ve heard that Pi Pizzeria is one of the best places to go on Nantucket for pizza as well as other dishes.  They make authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and are open for lunch + dinner. 

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The bar at Pi Pizzeria is a lively place to sit and order specialty drinks + beer. They also offer a superb wine list.  For Lunch or Dinner try an antipasto or hot or cold sub. You will find your favorite Italian entree’s like Meatballs + Pasta, Lasagna + Chicken Parmesan.  New York Strip Steak is also offered. 

0679-Pi-Pizza--061 Top it all off with a fantastic desert like Chocolate  Espresso Cake, a Cannoli, Carrot Cake, Tiramisu and Gelato.

For More Information on  Pi Pizzeria or Reservations Click Here  

6. Sea Grille 

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 The Sea Grill is the mid island restaurant for seafood and regional cuisine in a fine dining environment. They offer an eclectic menu  of inventive seafood + meat dishes. This is the place the locals like to eat at. They are open for cocktails,  lunch and dinner.  The Raw Bar is a favorite offering Nantucket Oysters, Little Necks, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Seafood Towers. Have I got your attention yet?

Lobster Rolls, Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Fried Oysters, Home-made Soups and Fresh Salads are all just for starters at this island favorite.  This is a Surf + Turf destination stop! From Filet Mignon  to Oven Roasted Chicken and of Course Lobster!

Did We mention the Lobster Wantons with salsa? When pursing the menu head straight to the  Free Form Ravioli! Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Ricotti, Mushrooms, Roasted  Tomatoes, Garlic, Hand-Made  Pasta + Crispy Kale. This alone should make you want to hop the next boat to Nantucket. And then of course there is  Nantucket Bouillabaisse, Lobsters, Parmesan Crusted Swordfish. Oh,  Wouldn’t you love to be sitting at a table full of friends and family with great dishes like this and a bottle of wine and or your favorite cocktails.

Oh Yes, Sea Grill, We can’t wait!

To Find Out More Information + View The Sea Grill Menu or Make Reservations Click Here

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7.  Brant Point Grill

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The Brant Point Grill is the restaurant at The White Elephant. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is harbor side dinning at it’s best. This luxury resort offers the finest in amenities. A full Breakfast is served daily with your choice from fresh fruit salad to New England Lobster Eggs Benedict and everything in between.  For Lunch have a hearty bowl of  New England Clam Chowder Soup, Nantucket  Crab Cakes, Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Salads, Sandwiches and entrees like Fish Tacos, Ipswich Fried Clams or their signature Mac + Cheese to name a few dishes.

Brant Point Grill Lobster Bloody MaryEnjoy Supreme Signature Cocktails indoors or out with amazing harbor views both day and nite. BPG  offers  a dozen unique signature cocktails like the Nantucket Mule, Siasconset Sunrise + local Micro Brews from nearby Cisco Brewers.

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Clearly, Dining at BPG at the White Elephant is an experience any Foodie will remember! From the Seafood Tower to  Roasted Veal Sweet Breads for Starters. Lobsters, Fish + Steak are what BPG is known for. From Prime Aged Rib Eye to 2 Pound Lobsters, Butter Poached Halibut  and many other entrees. BPG is a classic Nantucket Dining Destination.

For More Information  on Brant Point Grill at The White Elehant + to View the Menu or Make Reservations  Click Here

 

Thank you to each restaurant for supplying photos and we look forward to seeing you

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 Daffodil Weekend April 29th – May 1st

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2016 Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket

                  Nantucket Celebrates Spring

#ACK #daffy15 #daffodilweekend

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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.

Getting There

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.

Pretty cars! #nantucket #ack #daffodil #daffyday #daffodilday #daffyparade #daffodilweekend #islandlife #mainstreet #spring #daffy15 @nantucketchamber

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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!

#nantucket#daffodilweekend#spring2015#ack2015#lighthouse#sanktay

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History of Nantucket

History of Nantucket

History of Nantucket 

“The Little Gray Lady of the Sea”

Nantucket is an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod.  Together with the small islands of Tuckenuck and Muskeget it constitutes the town of Nantucket. The name Nantucket is adapted similar Algonquin names for the island perhaps meaning “in the midst of waters” or “far away land or island”. In 1795, the town which was first established on the north shore was called Sherburne after the home-place of some of the settlers but was changed in 1795 to Nantucket.

The 2010 census population of the island was 10,172. It has become is a tourist destination  and summer colony that swells to a population of 50,000 in season. In 2008, Forbes Magazine cited Nantucket as having home values among the highest in the United States.

In 1966, The National Parks Service cited Nantucket as being the “Finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th century and early 10 century New England Seaport town”.

The earliest French settlement  in the region began on the neighboring island of Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket’s island’s original Native American inhabitants the Wampanoag people lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deeded by the English The authorities in control of all land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants from Watertown, MA and Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket was part of Dukes County until 1691 when it was transferred to the newly formed province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County.
Early Nantucket developed into a community of small farmers and sheep herders. The manufacturing of wool was a vital industry in colonial New England.

As Europeans began to settle on Cape Cod, the island became a place of refuge for Native Americans in the region, as Nantucket was not yet settled by Europeans. The growing population welcomed seasonal groups of other Native Americans who traveled to the island to fish and later harvest whales that washed up on shore.

Nantucket’s settlement by the English did not begin until 1659, when Thomas Mayhew sold his interest to a group of investors led by Tristram Coffin “for the sum of thirty pounds…and also two beaver hats, one for myself and one for my wife”.

The “nine original purchasers” were Tristram Coffin, Petter Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swain, Thomas Barnard, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swain and William Pike.

Seaman and tradesman began to populate Nantucket, such as Richard Gardner (arrived 1667) and Captain John Gardner (arrived 1672).

In his 1835 history of Nantucket island, Obed Macy wrote that in the early pre-1672 colony, a whale of the kind called “scragg” entered the harbor and was pursed and killed by settlers. This event started the Nantucket Whaling Industry!

A.B. Van Deines points out that the “scraggwhale” described by P.Dudley in 1725 as one of the species hunted by early New England whalers, was almost certainly the gray whale, which flourished on the west coast of North America in modern times with protection from whaling.

Herman Melville commented on Nantucket’s whaling dominance in MOBY DICK (Chapter 14) “Two thirds of his terraqueous globe are the Nantucketers. For the sea is his, he owns it as emperors own empires”.  The Moby-Dick characters Ahab and Starbuck are both from Nantucket.

For Nearly 150 years from the 1700’s – 1840’s Nantucket was the Whaling Capital of the World! On the island the economy was centered on the whale fishery, blacksmiths, boat building shops, ship chandleries, sail lofts and warehouses. Whale Wax was made by candle-makers that also lit domestic streetlamps! Supporting businesses were seaman boarding houses, grogshops, grocery and dry good shops.

By 1850, whaling was in decline as Nantuckets whaling industry had been surpassed by that of New Bedford and Salem. The island suffered great economic hardships, worsened by the July 134, 1846 “Great Fire” that fueled by whale oil and lumber devastated the main town burning  and destroying over 300 buildings and some 40 acres. The fire left hundreds homeless and poverty stricken and many people left the island.  Another contributor to the decline was the silting up of the harbor, which prevented large whaling ships from entering the port. In addition, the development of railroad made mainland whaling ports of New Bedford more attractive because of the ease of trans shipment of whale oil onto trains, an advantage unavailable to the island.

At this point gold was discovered in California and hundreds of Nantucket men went to seek their fortune. The Cival War also took it’s toll on Nantucket more then 300 Nantucket men served in the Union Army and 73 lost their lives. Between 1840 – 1887 the population dropped from 10,000 to 4,000.

As a result of this depopulation the island was underdeveloped and isolated until the mid 20th century. The isolation  kept many of the pre-Cival War buildings intact and by the 1850’s enterprising developers began buying up large sections of the island and restoring them to create an upmarket destination for wealthy people in the North East.

The Summer visitor would be a catalyst for Nantucket’s recovery! As early as the 1840’s rooming houses and small inns were operating and the invigorating and delightful indulgence of Sea Bathing was being touted in off island newspapers be entrepreneurial types. In the 1870’s the first big summer hotel was erected and four more followed over the next ten years. With the war behind, Nantucket women opened their homes to summer boarders providing large airy rooms and nicely cooked bluefish. The town got behind the effort and “Two boats a day” was a lore the “SEASON” was created and NANTUCKET NEVER LOOKED BACK!

In the 1920’s the island became a popular artist colony. Noted who lived on or painted the island include Frank Swift Chase and Theodore Robinson.  Noted authors including Herman Nelville have lived there.

 

 

 

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