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Nantucket Restaurant Week

Fall Restaurant Week

Sunday, September 26th – Sunday, October 2nd

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Nantucket is home to some of the BEST Restaurants in the world. Join us in celebrating Nantucket Restaurant Week. Over 20 Restaurants will be participating. It’s a week long celebration of culinary excellence and tradition that can ONLY be found on Nanutcket! 

Exceptional food, wine and Nantucket hospitality at some of the island’s internationally acclaimed culinary establishments. 

Experience Five Course Dinners from $35 to $45

This is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine with an old favorite.

Click Here For Participating Restaurants

Be sure to Check the Nantucket Restaurant Week websites for updates in the next week leading up to Fall Restaurant Week 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival

Weekend Event Tickets Now On Sale!

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The 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival takes center stage on Nantucket  Friday, June 17th – Sunday June 19th, 2016. A stellar lineup is planned with 25 presenting authors, and 40+ local authors who will be displaying and selling their books in the Atheneum tent on Saturday.  This is your chance  to get up close and personal with your favorite authors.

Eighty percent of the events are FREE.  Ticketed events for authors include a Friday Morning Breakfast, Lunch at Nantucket Yacht Club, A Saturday Morning Breakfast, Lunch at Straight Warf Restaurant and other events  Now’s the time to purchase tickets for the weekend events. This is the time to experience award winning authors at a three day event. Book lovers can gather at different Nantucket venues for a series of author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide opportunities for casual conversations between writers and readers.

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Sebastian Junger primarily writes about people with dangerous jobs, from firefighting to commercial fishing, which lead to his first book and New York Times best-seller “The Perfect Storm”. The corresponding documentary Restrepo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize for a domestic documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Junger’s next book “Tribe” (May, 2016) takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges today’s returning veterans face in modern society.

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Participants  in this year’s Nantucket Book Festival include 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James “A Brief History of Seven Killings”, the first  Caribbean author to win the esteemed prize since V.S. Naipaul.  Legendary Broadcaster Diane Rehm who’s latest book “On My Own” is a deeply personal and moving account of the long drawn-out death of her husband from Parkinson’s and her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. Rehm, began her radio career in the early 70’s at WAMU, a NPR member station in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed the Diane Rehm show in 1984. Newsweek named the show one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. In 2014, President Barack Obama presented Rehm with the National Humanities Medal .

The White House said “In probing interviews with everyone from pundits to poets to Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s keen insights and boundless curiosity have deepened our understanding of our culture and ourselves,”

The White House said “In probing interviews with everyone from pundits to poets to Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s keen insights and boundless curiosity have deepened our understanding of our culture and ourselves”.

U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Paris Review and the American Scholar; he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion”. His past three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His most recent book “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003-3013 is a New York Times Best Seller. 

Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

For a complete listing of all the authors at the 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival Click Here

 

Children’s Storytime at the 2015 Nantucket Book Festival

Children’s Story Time at the 2015 Nantucket Book Festival

In addition to the author presentations on Friday and Saturday, the festival will host an outdoor exhibit of local authors selling and signing their books in the Nantucket Atheneum  garden during the day on Saturday. Children’s programming will be offered in the garden, from story time for toddlers to presentations for students of all ages. 

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2015 Typewriter rodeo poets Kari Anne Roy and Jodi Egerton

The Typewritter Rodeo, a quartet of Austin-based poets, will be on hand, writing poems on demand on any subject for all who attend. Other events include “Authors in Bars” on Saturday night and optional ticketed events including Sunday’s Author breakfast at the White Elephant as well as the “Cisco Send-Off” a Sunday afternoon wrap party at Cisco Brewers.

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5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend on Nantucket

 Daffodil Festival on Nantucket

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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.

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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.

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5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend On Nantucket 

Friday April 29th – Sunday May 1st

1. The Regatta Inn

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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.  

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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. 

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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.  

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Garden Patio with cafe’ tables and chairs.

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Tea Time is served in the afternoon with delicious deserts like this hazelnut cheesecake brownie bar with chocolate ganache frosting and fresh raspberry.

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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.

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Make the most of your visit and indulge in the luxurious coastal elegance of the Regatta Inn!  For Reservations Click Here! 

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2. The Roberts Collection

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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. 

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This quality boutique hotel offers diverse rooms and suites. It’s the perfect choice for couples, families and groups of any size. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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The Meeting House is quaint and comfortable

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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. 

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The Robert’s Collection offers a variety of accommodations for every need you may have.  For Reservations Click Here 

3. Union Street Inn 

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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.” 

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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” 

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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. 

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To Book Your Accommodations and Full Breakfast at this Favorite Nantucket Bed & Breakfast Click Here

4. Brass Lantern Nantucket

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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.

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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”. 

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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! 

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To Book Your Accommodations at The Brass Lantern Inn Click Here 

5 . White Elephant Hotel

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The White Elephant Hotel is a luxury waterfront  hotel with suites and cottages and beautiful views of the harbor.

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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.

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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.

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Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa with massages, facials + body treatments 

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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. 

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To Book Your Accommodations at The White Elephant Hotel Click Here

We will Have More details on Daffodil Festival Weekend To Come and Look Forward To seeing you there!

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The New England Story 2016

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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.

Stay Tuned As We Kick Things Off Next Week!

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I LOVE Movie Set Places

I LOVE movie set places and in New England there are many!

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What I really love are waterfront and coastal towns that have a vibe to them. Yes, sometimes they are very busy, especially in-season.  I like to visit them off-season, early in the morning or at sunset….You know the magical times! Which is not to say the magic isn’t there when things are bustling. Here’s a look at three of my favorite places that evoke that magical feeling.

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I’ve been going to Perkins Cove for over 25 years. Guess what, every time I go it’s just as magical as the first time I was there! I love the small paths with shops and restaurants. I still remember going into the Pottery Shop at Perkins Cove for the first time and being in awe of their hand crafted goods. I love finding true New England finds in all the shops here. Restaurants like Barnacle Billy’s and MC Perkins are casual and relaxing and serve good food.

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I’ve taken Finest Scenic Cruises to Nubble lighthouse and I’ve walked the Marginal Way in all seasons.   Beyond the shops, restaurants and bustle, it’s the moments you experience! The moments when the sun is rising and there is barely anyone there as you take photos. Or the windy winter days where snow is hitting you sideways. Or it’s the smell of salt water while you are enjoying an ice cream or coffee. That ‘s the movie set life of scenic places I love. I can’t wait to breathe it all in again on my next visit to Perkins Cove. Perkins Cove Boats 1 - Copy

Sunapee Harbor

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Sunapee Harbor is a movie set! Well at least it looks like one! This has been a popular destination for summer vacations since the days of the steamship, when people use to come from Boston and New York City. The Grand Hotels are long gone but beautiful custom homes dot Lake Sunapee.

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MV Kearsage 1 Restaurant Boat & MV MT Sunapee II Narrative Boat         Tours available on Sunapee Cruises

It’s a great place to visit in Summer when the few shops in the harbor are open. Lunch or dinner at the Anchorage is a must as is ice cream from the Quick Shack. A highlight here is Sunapee Cruises narrative scenic and dinner cruises.  The views on their sunset cruises are great and the air is so clean. Being in the center of Lake Sunapee is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. 

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View from Cru Nantucket. Every seat in the house has a great view!

I have a funny story about Nantucket. I was there twice over 30 years ago…pretty much just around Straight Wharf and town for the day. So that was my early Nantucket experience, no beach and the shops are not what they are today! Then for many years, when I would hear or read about Nantucket in tourism pieces I read there was barely any electricity on the island and you needed a bike to get around the island.

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Isobel & Cleo! One of my favorite shops! Luxury handmade American made        knitware, Nantucket artisanal goods, made in USA

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Vineyard Vines an American clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 by brothers Shep and Ian Murray. The brand markets high end ties, hats, belts, shirts, shorts, bags for men, women, and children.

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One Orange a collaborative men’s lifestyle store

Two years ago I lived on Cape Cod for a year. I went to Nantucket several times because it is one of the most coolest places I have ever been! I have met a circle of people  who are the most creative individuals I have ever met! Enter Serendipity Again! I have learned more from these people and about about myself in the last two years than I could have ever imagined!

My admiration for these designers, shop owners, entrepreneurs and creative people that promote the island runs deep.  Honestly, almost daily, when I am not there…I am thinking about it…wishing I was there. In my opinion, there are more creative trend-setting things happening on Nantucket than in New York City!

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 There is a coastal vibe from people who live and work here year round who literally travel all over the world for their work.  Nantucket is pure eye candy! From the shops on the wharf which catch the most amazing light. Each shop is creative in its own way and the staff are always so hospitable,  smiling, helpful and so upbeat!

From Sankaty Lighthouse to Brant Point the ACK feeling is amazing! Sconset can only be described as breathtaking + delicious. View some of the best sunrises and walks on the beach and sunsets at Galley Beach are speechless.

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The food and presentation at ACK restaurants like Cru, Straight Wharf and Town Restaurant are among the world’s best! Plus, there are many other restaurants that are open during the season that are equally as good. If the best in shopping and dining weren’t enough…Nantucket has some of the world’s best beaches.  You can see the sunrise and sunset like nowhere else! Everywhere you turn, there is magic on this island! 

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There is peace! There is  a quiet that I have only experienced while living on Cape Cod. Clearly, there is a creative vibe among the people who live, work and play here that is second to none! No wonder people call Nantucket their “Happy Place”! It will be good to be bACK!

All Photos by Melissa Tyler

 

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Photo Recap: Sip Shop + Celebrate Summer

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Here’s a Photo recap of Sip Shop and Celebrate Summer at Pumpkin Pond Farm that took place on August 6, 2014

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We even met Nantucket’s incredible photographer and videographer Dan Driscoll.  Over 12 vendors participated in an evening of libations, fashion and fun! If you missed this event at Pumpkin Pond Farm in Nantucket.

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The Nantucket blACKbook  has a full calendar of events on Nantucket.  Did you catch the pre-party at the Boston Pops or the MICHAEL KORS fashion show on Nantucket last night.  If your not on Nantucket yet this Summer you still have time!

Sip Shop and Celebrate Summer with The Nantucket blACKbook

 

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THE ACK IN NANTUCKET

No One Puts The ACK in NANTUCKET Like

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The Nantucket BlACKbook Nine Years ago, Holly Finigan stepped foot on Nantucket….And Things Will NEVER be the same for Nantucket!  Yes, Holly worked as a bartender, a  freelance writer, created her popular blog and in May 2012 launched the website that has become The GO-TO Source for ALL Things Hip + Fresh + Haute + Cool on the 02554!

The Nantucket blACKbook is THE Online Guide Connecting those on and off the island with all things hip and fresh. It is the brainchild of Holly Finigan.

We recently spoke with Holly, discussing her website and life on Nantucket. Holly and her creative team under her direction, bring a FRESH ACK look to promote all things Nantucket from fashion, style, restaurants, events, shops and  festivals!

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“What They Are Wearing” What They Are Buying” “What To Wear To A Music Festival or a Wedding”  That’s just the tip of what Holly Finigan wants you to know what The Nantucket BlACKbook is about! She works with the leaders in the industry on Nantucket which are part of her own team creating the Fresh look That is Nantucket!

Festivals…Festivals..Festivals…Nantucket Has THEM!

The Nantucket BlACKbook showed The World,  Nantucket’s Red, White and Blue this past JULY 4TH!  This weekend they will be at the island’s Yoga Festival, Then there was was the Wine Festival, The Book Festival, The Film Festival and coming July 16th The Comedy Festival, The Dance Festival (July 21 – 26), The Garden Festival (July 23-24)  and of course The Nantucket Music Festival  (August 2-3) with Bruce Hornsby and many others. Nantucket BlACKbook will be there for all of it as well as promoting the events in advance only in the way they can!

Holly’s features have appeared in Nantucket Magazine, she also freelances for editorial pieces from Boston to NYC and received notary in the August 2013 VANITYFAIR  Society Coast to Toast article about Erosion. Holly is also on the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce Board.

TimelineNantucket Stroll  December 2013 – The Nantucket BlACKbook photo spread taken to promote the month long celebration that attracts visitors from around the world.

GLAM Squad Collaboration

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Timeline…April 2013  Nantucket Daffodil Festival photo spread about the flower festival over a weekend in early Spring each year.

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Keep up the good work Holly! You are an inspiration to Nantucket and the rest of the world! Be Sure to view the blog from the link above and follow her on Facebook and Twitter  

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Isobel and Cleo on Nantucket

We found the coolest shop  and it’s on Nantucket!

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Isobel and Cleo takes residence in one of the many upscale shops that dot the harbor in Nantucket when you get off the boat.  No visit to Nantucket would not be complete without an enjoyable walk at Straight Warf and old South Warf to visit these colorful ocean shops. The Shop on Nantucket also includes other artists made goods from Nantucket.

Isobel and Cleo design and create the most unique and luxurious knitwear right from their shop and studio on Nantucket. From sweaters to pants, scarfs and other unique items it’s a MUST STOP on your trip to Nantucket. They are at the shop right where you get off the boat in Nantucket from June through mid October and back to their studio at 2 Union Street the rest of the year.

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Owner, Charlotte Hess picked up knitting needles at the age of 8. In School she studied a semester abroad in Scotland. Upon her return to the USA she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BFA in Fine Arts and Fashion. She Interned with Karen Walker and Nom#d in New Zealand and received her Masters Degree from Glasgow School of Art.

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Her ESTY Shop led to her starting her own brand, numerous blogs that were written about  her fashions led to a grant awarded by the Scottish Arts Council.  She was eventually headhunted by the URBN Corporation, parent company to URBAN OUTFITTERS and ANTHROPOLOGIE to design sweaters for their FREE PEOPLE brand.

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In March 2011, Charlotte won the Emerging Designers Competition at Charleston Fashion Week. She spends her time in her workroom on Nantucket and the UK. Every piece is designed and handmade on Nantucket Island. When away, Charlotte scours the globe looking for the best materials for her collection and chooses to work with companies that have fair workers rights practices and/or produce sustainable yarns. The brand is sold online and in stores in New Zealand, Scotland, Vermont, and California, Custom Knit garments are also created for private clients. Charlotte’s work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, N Magazine, Nantucket Today, and Nylon and Elle Magazine’s blogs.

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We have visited Midnight Farm several times over the years and loved the atmosphere and mood of the store. This year we found out they moved to a space across the street from where they had previously been.

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Midnight Farm  is a HOME store that represents Tamara Weiss’s passion for all things beautiful, textural, organic, reclaimed, hand made or unique. Tamara travels the world and gains inspiration from the artists, musicians and friends she meets along the way, including her friend and business partner, Carly Simon. Tamara and Carly have been lifelong friends. The store was named by Carly Simon who also penned a poem which led to a children’s book called “Midnight Farm”. 

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The shop is big on comfort and style. Tamara Weiss carefully curates the unusual selection of goods:  furniture, bedding, art as well as clothing, jewelry and shoes for women, men, and children. 

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The store pays homage to Vintage textiles from Morocco, India and Turkey sit side by side with luxurious silk bedding, candles, perfumes, books and treasures for the HOME, BODY and SPIRIT.

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Specialty foods like local honey, sea salt, spicy kale, organic small batch granola, bacon jam, chocolates, and the ever-present mango lime salsa are some of the delectable foods one might find. 

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You’ll also find copies of Tamara Weiss’s book  “Potluck at Midnight Farm”. Released in 2002, the cookbook style guide gives over 100 recipes  from potluck dinners hosted or attended by the author. PotLuck at Midnight Farm

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Boston Harbor Cruises

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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.

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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.

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Whale Watching

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.

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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.

Provincetown Ferry

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

 

 

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