Insider Recommendation: Bike to Sankaty Head Lighthouse 13 Aug 2014, 6:22 am
Despite our Nantucket hotel’s idyllic setting as a popular New England getaway destination, the island’s fame also includes a treacherous side: in recorded history, its shifting shoals have caused more than 700 shipwrecks!
To guide and protect generations of seafarers, three lighthouses were built, one at each corner of the island. Dotting the cliff-top shores, Nantucket’s three unique and historic lighthouses are now one of its most quintessential symbols.
Of the three, Sankaty Head Lighthouse is less famous than its siblings but boasts an intriguing history and perhaps the best option for a scenic day-trip, especially if you’re traveling by bike from our location at 76 Main.
Originally built in 1850, Sankaty Head Lighthouse was only automated as recently as 1965, and is still in operation on the very easternmost point of the island, in the village of Siasconset. As of 1987, the lighthouse has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Its distinctive brick tower, reaching 70 feet high, is poised on bluffs 90 feet above the crashing surf below. History of the light explains that its name, Sankaty, was actually the Wampanoag word for “high land.” According to local tradition, the bluffs were used by early European settlers as a lookout point for whale spotting before longer whaling expeditions were undertaken.
Although we may no longer need lighthouses to guide our ships, these beautiful symbols of the island’s history are still popular places to visit—with good reason. With its incredible views, we think Sankaty Head is one of the best—especially because of the gorgeous scenery you’ll enjoy as you leisurely pedal your bike down the road to get there.
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Nantucket Film Festival on the Docket 27 May 2014, 5:35 pm
Ahoy there world travelers, arts & culture aficionados, movie mavens, stargazers and anyone who loves designer boutique hotels and summertime in New England: Coming to us June 25 – 30 is the Nantucket Film Festival!
In its 19th year, this growing festival is touted as early summer’s best movie mecca, and attracts a loyal and engaged audience from around the world with it’s diverse, fun and intimate program schedule.
Amongst film festivals, what sets Nantucket apart as a premiere destination (aside from its obviously spectacular island locale) is its unique focus on storytelling and celebration of talented screenwriters. In addition to its spotlight preview screenings, shorts and signature programs, the festival lineup includes inspiring and hilarious staged readings, “late night storytelling”, “morning coffees” and an all-star comedy roundtable.
A 5-day “nirvana” for movie fans and stargazers, this beloved event showcases beautiful films in an equally stunning, romantic setting. Even better: attendees have a plethora of options to choose from, with event passes ranging from 1-day (for just $95), to nights only, week-long, all the way up to premium all-access—for only the most impassioned film buffs (or desperately starstruck).
For us, just being on Nantucket during the festival is almost exciting enough on its own—considering that we just might run into our favorite stars licking an ice cream cone and strolling down the street in front of our boutique hotel here at 76 Main.
We can’t think of a more exciting, inspiring and fun way to begin the summer…so grab your big, dark movie star glasses and hop out to join us for this unforgettable Nantucket experience!
Nantucket Daffodil Festival This Weekend! 23 Apr 2014, 4:25 am
What better way is there to shake off the last shivers of a long winter than by decorating yourself and every object in sight with springtime’s most cheerful mascot—The Daffodil—and parading around with hundreds of fellow revelers who are also covered in daffodils?
Well, if you ask the crew at our Nantucket hotel — there isn’t.
That’s why we’re tickled to pull out our most cheerful springtime attire and help paint the town yellow at this weekend’s Nantucket Daffodil Festival, taking place April 25 – 27.
With activities for all ages—including contests, tours, parades, art shows, LOTS of picnicking, a 5k road race, and even the infamous Daffy Hat Contest—there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this quirky and delightful thirty-year old Nantucket tradition.
So really, there’s just no excuse not to zip off for a spring fling to Nantucket and take part in this fun and uplifting annual tradition!
Plus, when was the last time you got to see children, bikes, antique cars, people, strollers and even dogs ALL covered in daffodils?
That’s right, probably never.
So dig through your closet for canary yellow and come celebrate spring with us at 76 main!
Fishing, Eating and Arts: Nantucket Events in September & October 19 Aug 2013, 6:56 am
Is it the second half of August already? The island and our boutique Nantucket hotel are still buzzing and busy, but the summer craziness will soon wind down. Kids will bundle up their backpacks and parents will pack away the beach gear.
But that doesn’t mean the island goes quiet. Far from it! September and early October are truly glorious times on Nantucket – complete with festivals, fishing tournaments and celebrations. Check these out (below) and book your Nantucket getaway at 76 Main today:
Bluefin Blast (Sept 7-8). The bluefin tuna is one of the most sought after game fish in the world and Nantucket is home to many of these giants. As the decline of this fish continues, Nantucket celebrates the “catch and release” tradition with this lively tournament. Enjoy a great weekend of fishing and competing with other boats and anglers driven to catch a fish of a lifetime.
Nantucket Slam (Sept 8-10). This two-day tournament benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hop on a boat and try your hand at angling for Bluefish, Striper, Bonito or Albie. To accommodate various boat sizes and styles of fishing, three categories are offered; Fly, Spin/Plug and Trolling.
Celebrations & Festivals
Fall Restaurant Week (Sept 30-Oct 6). The Fall version of this week-long culinary celebration features the tastes of Autumn. Participating restaurants offer great deals on three-course dinners all over the island. Don’t miss it!
Nantucket Arts Festival (Oct 4-13). Enjoy exhibits of various galleries, and a collaboration of activies, including: lectures by Nantucket Atheneum, performances by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and the Nantucket Historical Association, biography movie series about famous artists with the Dreamland Theater, Nantucket Community Music Center’s organ crawl, and a community outdoor art installation with Nantucket Island School of Design
Cranberry Festival (Oct 12). Come out to the Festival grounds and watch the berries being harvested, learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in the family activities or just kick back and enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery of one of the most unique and beautiful places on our Island.
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Nantucket Race Week Coming Soon! 30 Jul 2013, 8:10 am
A week from Saturday, Nantucket Race Week kicks into gear with eight days of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties, parties, parties.
From the opening Hobie regatta (a new event this year), to the sparkling dinners, to the closing rainbow sail boat parade, Nantucket Race Week events showcase the true sailing side of our special island — and are a heck of a lot of fun, to boot.
And, most importantly, many Nantucket Race Week events benefit Nantucket Community Sailing. This wonderful organization offers affordable sailing opportunities every year to well over 1,000 island kids who would not otherwise be able to experience the time-honored Nantucket tradition of sailing.
Come stay during Nantucket Race Week. We have VERY FEW rooms left for that window of dates, so now is the time to act.
Nantucket Summer Festivals 26 Apr 2013, 6:02 am
Starting with the fabulous Nantucket Daffodil Festival this weekend and continuing with the Nantucket Wine Festival in May, the season of festivals is kicking into high gear on the island.
The Nantucket Yoga Festival is just one of many terrific summer festivals on the island of Nantucket.
Luckily our boutique Nantucket hotel renovations will be complete in time for some of the best summer events coming in June and July. Visit us at 76 Main this summer and check out some of our favorite festivals:
Nantucket Book Festival. (June 21-23, 2013) Only in its second year, this terrific event has become a true celebration of literature, community and the written word. An impressive group of authors will be on hand this year.
Nantucket Film Festival (June 26-30, 2013) Founded by a brother and sister team in 1996, this event has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. The 4-day festival promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings and signature programs.
Nantucket Yoga Festival (July 12-14, 2013) A community orientated celebration that brings together the very best world-class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the island. Workshops and classes are held at the Yoga Barn located on the grounds of the gorgeous Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm.
Nantucket Comedy Festival (July 17-20, 2013) Top comedians from all over the country descend on Nantucket bringing audiences loads of fun and laughter all supporting a great cause which benefits the Standup & Learn educational program.
June on Nantucket 16 Feb 2013, 1:04 pm
Who doesn’t love Nantucket in the heart of summer? The party vibe is in full swing by mid-July and doesn’t let up until Labor Day.
But there are many reasons to enjoy our Nantucket boutique hotel and it’s unbeatable island charm in June and early July:
- You can take advantage of our Nantucket hotel’s grand opening special!
- The weather is beautiful without humidity
- Everything is blooming
- Beaches practically to yourself
- Shorter wait for doughnuts at the Downyflake
- Fourth of July fireworks!
- Crowds have yet to arrive
- Easy restaurant reservations
- Bike paths easy to navigate
- Offshore fishing in full swing
- Golf tee times easy to book
- Book and FIlm Festivals! (Nantucket Book Festival – June 20-23, 2013, Nantucket Film Festival - June 26-30, 2013)