5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival

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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.


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.

Under the Nantucket Atheneum Tent

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.

For Schedule + Ticket Information Click Here 

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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


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.



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 


 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.


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. 


Small Plates

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.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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

5. Pi Pizzeria


 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. 


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. 

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For More Information on  Pi Pizzeria or Reservations Click Here  

6. Sea Grille 


 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


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 Elephant + to View the Menu or Make Reservations  Click Here


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

on Nantucket

 Daffodil Weekend April 29th – May 1st

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What’s Your Adventure

Mt Washington Valley

New Hampshire


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Spring time, April through June is a great time to visit Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire!  The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce  has created a fun way to remind you to explore the valley in New Hampshire.  It’s called “What’s Your Adventure”.  What’s Your Adventure  focuses on five themed adventures that include Outdoor Sports, Arts & Culture, Foodie Adventures, Shopping and Golf. 


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Outdoor Sports 

Mt Washington Valley is home to a mecca of  year-round athletic sports. Biking, hiking, kayaking, cycling, running and more are great to pursue in  Spring from the most challenging to a mild adventure for you and your family. Outdoor adventure programs are available that include stays at lovely Bed & Breakfasts. Participate in a triatholon, marathon or try your hand at fly-fishing. If you enjoy wildlife and bird watching, Mt Washington has  accommodations and packages to offer you. It’s also a great place for hiking and guided hiking tours.

Click Here for More information on Outdoor Sports in Mt Washington Valley 


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Arts, Culture + Heritage


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 Murder Mystery Dinner Train, A Night at the Opera & lots of live Music!  You’ll find a rich and vibrant arts community. Year-round theater, music and dance venues for professional entertainment, hands on farming and gardening experiences, art galleries, historical and cultural programming and more! You’ve come to the right place for art theater music and culture.

Click Here for Art + Cultural Experiences including live Music 



Foody Adventures

There is no shortage of foody events and fine dining. From chocolate to cheese, beer and more! Take a New England Foody Escape or explore local breweries like Tuckerman Brewery  while staying at a local inn.  There’s farmers markets and if you’ve been looking to brush up your cooking skills in a fun way try cooking classes that are offered.  Plus,  there’s everything from bakeries to pubs and plenty of restaurants for casual and fine dining.

Click Here To Discover Your Foody Adventure



Shopping, Shopping + Shopping


Craft Shops, Made In New Hampshire, Clothing, Novelty items, it’s all here! From unique shops in North Conway to Settlers Green and so much more!

To Find out about destination Shopping that you can only find here Click Here 


Golf Adventures

It’s no secret Mt. Washington Valley boasts some of the most prestigious golf courses in New England. From challenging play to spectacular scenery. A GOLF ADVENTURE in the White Mountains is just what the doctor ordered!

To Find out about Golf Adventures in Mt Washington Valley Click Here 

Photos  + Video Provided by  Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce 

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5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend on Nantucket

 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.

5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend On Nantucket 

Friday April 29th – Sunday May 1st

1. The Regatta Inn


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.

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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.


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! 


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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©2013 Ben Gebo Photography

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. 

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©2013 Ben Gebo Photography


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. 

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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. 


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

3. Union Street Inn 


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” 


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. 


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

4. Brass Lantern Nantucket


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! 


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.


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 


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


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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2016 Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket

                  Nantucket Celebrates Spring

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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.

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!


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Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Mt Washington Chili + Chocolate Weekend 2016

Chili Meets Chocolate

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.

photocollage MT WAshington Chocolate FEstivalThe 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.

13th Annual Chili Cook Off

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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.

Here’sMWV Chili Cookoff2016-BigDaves a list of winners  for BEST CHILI Professional Category:

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


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 In the Non-Profit Category the winners are:

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

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Thank you to Marti Mayne PR Manager at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for the photos of the Chilly Chili Cook-off Event.

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Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

If you live on or off the Cape this is the place to experience Yoga! 

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga
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!

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

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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Boston Harbor Cruises

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.

Boston Harbor Cruises


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.


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).

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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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