photos courtesy of www.daffodilfestival.com
Spring is just around the corner and guests are starting to book their visit to celebrate the annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival.
Started by the Chamber of Commerce in 1970, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival celebrates an awakening of the season, accompanied by an array of antique cars and a parade of locals and visitors donned head to foot in daffodils. Forty-six years later, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival includes tours, parades, lectures, art exhibits, exhibitions, contests and all thing daffodil. Reservations for accommodations, ferries and restaurants should be booked in advance.
The 2016 Nantucket Daffodil Festival will be held April 29th through May 1st. For additional information, visit www.daffodilfestival.com.
One of our favorite poems related to daffodils is by William Wordsworth; we hope that you will enjoy the poem as well.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way.
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay.
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee.
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company.
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood.
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude.
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
The island of Nantucket—known for pristine beaches, its picturesque setting and as a world-class culinary destination—isn’t just for warm weather months. The town of Nantucket transforms itself into a renowned holiday event called Nantucket Christmas Stroll that delights visitors annually during the first weekend of December.
Founded in 1973, Nantucket Christmas Stroll lures visitors from the mainland and keeps locals on island for holiday shopping in an old-fashioned New England holiday setting. The town is adorned with an abundance of Christmas trees. Holiday lighting twinkles everywhere. Live holiday performances are staged. Merchants are pleased. Bag-lugging shoppers are smiling. Carolers are singing. Hot ciders and hot toddies are dispensed. The Coast Guard delivers Santa from the harbor at the base of Main Street. Even the golden goose is in attendance . . . distributing golden eggs, of course.
Preparations for Nantucket Christmas Stroll are immense.
The town installs trees in the sidewalk with lighting. The holiday wreath is installed on Brant Point Lighthouse to welcome the ferries. Individuals, retailers and organizations decorate each tree in varied fashions: traditional, whimsical, branded and humorous. The Whaling Museum is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with wreaths and The Festival of Trees.
Retailers stock up on product selections to meet the demand of customers who are looking to check off another “present to give” from their gift list. Stores are decorated to the max.
Restaurants that have closed in October re-open for Stroll weekend. Imagine the complexity of gathering employees, cleaning the space inside and out, and polishing every piece of silver, porcelain and glass after an extended closing. How about receiving product, preparing sauces and portioning food items? All this for just one 4-day weekend!
Hotels that have been closed since the Columbus Day weekend re-open and are likely filled to capacity. Here at The Veranda House Hotel Collection, rooms and public spaces are cleaned and refreshed from top to bottom just for this single weekend event.
The basis for developing Nantucket Christmas Stroll was to entice shoppers to visit and spend. In the end, the celebration is a lovely experience. Stroll is all about shopping, food & beverage, and jump-starting the holiday season with good friends and like-minded individuals who appreciate the attractiveness and authenticity of Nantucket’s festivity. One cannot overlook the sense of pure holiday spirit in a timeless holiday setting where everyone has a smile on their face, and—no doubt—a glass of bubbles in hand and a scrumptious meal in their tummy.
Happy holiday to all,
From your friends at The Veranda House Hotel Collection
As a boutique hotel on a stunning island we attract a lot of couples ranging from young love, weddings, honeymooners, and anniversary trips. We love being a part of all of our guests special celebrations and hearing their stories. The front desk staff, being made up of two 23 year old ladies, are definitely suckers for a good romantic story. This weekend we had an amazing one that really struck us! We thought we would share:)
The Veranda House had the pleasure of hosting William & Grace Nash this past weekend celebrating their 60 year anniversary… YES 60 YEARS! The Nash’s came in from Holmdel, New Jersey. As I was checking Grace into the hotel she held up her bag and on the canvas tote was an image that looked very familiar. I recognized it immediately as The Veranda House Hotel. They had spent their honeymoon with us back in 1955 when the hotel was then called The Overlook. It was amazing as they pointed out what had changed and what was still similar. They had not returned since 1955 so of course there was a lot of renovations since then. Mr.Nash said “ Even though its improved it still retains its original charm “.
William talked about how at breakfast they were invited to help cook with the the Innkeeper Tom, who was short a cook . William being the gentlemen he is, hopped into the kitchen and lent a helping hand. I don’t think that guests would be too fond of that today, but hearing these stories really pointed out how much history this property has changed and how many lives our establishment has been a part of. After William was so helpful, he was invited along with his new bride to join Tom and his friend for lunch. Tom asked William to go look into a plastic tub and in it was a 26 POUND LOBSTER! It had been caught by a friend of Bobs’ on accident in a fishing net and although according to fishing regulations he probably should have put it back…..we’ll let it slide since we’re past the statute of limitations right?! ;) They made the best lobster salad William & Grace have ever had.
Having William & Grace stay with us has been an absolute pleasure, Grace is like the grandmother everyone needs and William is the sweetest man who was made to be a storyteller! During our wine hour I was able to sit with him and have him tell me all different tales of his life and I was just in awe! One of the best parts about working at a hotel this size is getting to learn all about our guests. Bill Nye once said, “Everyone you will ever meet, knows something you don’t“. Well it is only the beginning of July and I feel like I have already learned so much! Our whole staff looks forward to learning so much more! To all those looking to spend some quality time with their significant other we would love to exceed your expectations and help you make new memories.
Happy 60th Mr. & Mrs. Nash,
The VH Team
Can you hear the fireworks, smell the bonfires, and all you see is red, white, and blue? It is one of our favorite holidays on the island. If there is one place to celebrate 4th of July it is on the island of Nantucket. It is the quintessential 4th of July vacation destination, from the cobblestone streets lined with decorations, the annual firetruck water fight on Main Street, to the beach firework show after sunset.
Where better to spend the weekend celebrating the history of our nation than Nantucket, a place so rich in history and tradition. We thought it would be a good time to give our guests a little bit of history of the island itself!
- First reported sighting by Norsemen in the 11th century.
- Wampanoag Indians were the original inhabitants of Nantucket Island.
- 1602 – Captain Bartholomew Gosnold of Falmouth, England sailed past the island on his way to found the Jamestown colony.
- 1641 – the island was deeded by the English (the authorities in control of the land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants of Watertown and Martha’s Vineyard.
- 1659 – Thomas Mayhew sold his interest to the “nine original purchasers”: Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swayne, Thomas Bernard, Peter Coffin, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swayne, and William Pike. Some of these names are still common on the island.
- That same year, Thomas Macy and his family, accompanied by two young men, moved from Salisbury, MA to Nantucket. They were the first European settlers to live on Nantucket
- 1660 – Ten more families moved to Nantucket from Salisbury.
- 1671 – The English town (then around Capaum Pond) was incorporated.
- 1673 – The governor of New York imposed the name “Sherburne” on the town.
- 1673 – Offshore whaling began. By 1715, there were 6 vessels engaged in whaling. By 1719, that number increased to 25, and in 1766, 118 whaling vessels shipped out from Nantucket.
- 1700 – 1720 – The town was moved to the Great Harbor, it was still Sherburne until after the American Revolution.
- In 1795 the town successfully petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to change the name from Sherburne to Town of Nantucket. That’s why there was a big “centenary” celebration in 1895 with a parade of floats, etc. It was to celebrate a hundred years since the name change.
- From the mid-1700s to the late 1830s the island was the whaling capital of the world, with as many as 150 ships making port in Nantucket during its peak.
- 1838 – Petroleum began to replace whale oil as an illuminant, and the sperm whale itself had been harder to find.
- 1869 – The last whaling ship leaves Nantucket and never returns.
- When the whaling era ended, commercial shipping gave way to recreational boating. Daily excursions from the mainland on the graceful old steamers brought the first summer visitors.
- The first generation of “developers” on Nantucket built cottages and summer houses, advertising them in the Boston and New York newspapers. Island housewives took in summer boarders and great hotels were built in town, as well as on the seashore at Brant Point, Surfside, and Siasconset.
- 1880 – The American tradition of summer vacations was firmly established. Nantucket was discovered as an ideal spot for vacationing. Tourism became the principle source of income for island residents.
- In the last two decades Nantucket’s tourist season has extended from before Memorial Day to after Columbus Day. Increasingly, visitors are also attracted by the quiet beauty of the off-season.
Information found at https://nantucket.net/links/facts.php
As you can see Nantucket Island has been a travelers hot spot for centuries, but somehow it has always maintained that historic charm while keeping up with the ever changing times. No matter who visits, every guest seems to call it a home away from home by the time they leave. We hope all of our guests past, present, and future have an amazing 4th of July filled with fun, family, patriotism, & apple pie! Nantucket is forever ready to be your home away from home.
The VH Team
It’s that time of year again and I can already smell the popcorn! The Nantucket film festival is bACK and the lineup is better than ever. This week is one of the best of the summer season because the island is flooded with amazing talent from all outlets the film industry. The festival is June 24 through June 29 and this is the festival’s 20th anniversary! There are so many amazing films presented during the festival , we thought we would highlight some of the films we are most excited to see!
Opening Night Film:
The End of the Tour
With the 1996 release of his totemic novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) became an overnight literary sensation, a brainy yet zeitgeist-capturing writer with as many fanatically devoted followers as he had harsh detractors. Yet Wallace, with all his new found celebrity, could be found teaching English at Illinois State University and living in a modest house in the suburbs with his dogs. Into this scenario comes David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), a Rolling Stone reporter (and struggling novelist, natch) with hopes of getting inside the life and mind of Wallace over the course of an intimate five-day interview at the end of Wallace’s book tour. Buoyed by exceptional performances from Segel and Eisenberg, this compelling, often funny two-hander features a sharp script by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and marks the return of filmmaker James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) to NFF.
What Happened, Miss. Simone?
Nina Simone was a singular talent, a captivating musician whose widespread recognition as the “high priestess of soul” underscored her near-evangelical presence on stage. The classically trained Simone’s early dreams of becoming the first African-American female pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall were thwarted by the prevailing prejudices of the 1950s, which instead led her to develop a distinctive singing career that blended gospel, pop, and folk with classical music. After Simone gained success, she openly addressed societal racial inequity in her music, becoming an icon of the civil rights movement. Despite her confident stage persona, however, the chanteuse battled personal demons that would emerge in her later years, as revealed in Liz Garbus’ intimate tribute to this complex performer.
Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Accompanied by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
As you can see we are all in for a treat! There are so many more amazing films and people to meet, feel free to check out the link below for a full schedule! Our team looks forward to meeting all you fellow movie lovers.
That’s a Wrap,
The VH Team
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” –Anna Quindlen
The Nantucket book festival is upon us! The festival truly embodies the spirit of Nantucket and is a must for all the book lovers out there. As many know Nantucket has some pretty amazing authors that are natives on the island. From Elin Hilderbrand’s summer romance novels to Nathan Philbrick’s historic sea adventures, there is something for everyone.
The schedule is full of lectures, readings, and book signings.
Friday, June 19
At the Atheneum, Great Hall:
– 8:30-9:30 am: Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl (ticketed event)
– 10:00-10:45 am: Ishmael Beah, The Radiance of Tomorrow
– 11:00-11:45 am: Katherine Bouton, Shouting Won’t Help
– 12:00-12:45 pm: Bret Anthony Johnston, Remember Me Like This
– 1:15-2:00 pm: Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination
– 2:30-3:15 pm: Justin St. Germain, Son of a Gun
– 3:30-4:15 pm: Belinda McKeon, Solace
– 4:15-5:00 pm: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Jam on the Vine
At the Nantucket Yacht Club:
– 12:00-2:30 pm: Elin Hilderbrand, The Rumor, and Jane Green, Summer Secrets (ticketed event)
In the Atheneum Garden:
– 9:00 am-3:30 pm: Local Author Tent and Storytimes
– 2:00-2:45 pm: Leslie Linsley and Terry Pommett, Nantucket Cottages and Gardens
At the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House:
-7:00-8:00 pm: Opening Night Celebration Featuring Ishmael Beah, Azar Nafisi, and Scott Turow and the Young Writer Awards
Saturday, June 20
At the Atheneum, Great Hall:
– 9:00-10:30 am: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Belinda McKeon, and Justin St. Germain in conversation with Michael Schulder
– 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Scott Turow, Identical
-12:30-1:15 pm: Bruce Guernsey, From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010
– 1:15-2:00 pm: Paul Muldoon, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
– 2:30-3:45 pm: Jean Hanff Korelitz, You Should Have Known, and – Bill Roorbach, The Remedy for Love
– 4:00-5:30 pm: Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year, and Blake Bailey, The Splendid Things We Planned
At The Dreamland Theater:
– 8:30-10:00 am: Alice Hoffman, Nightbird, and Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, with Samantha Van Leer (ticketed event)
– 10:30-11:30 am: R.W. Alley, Paddington (illustrator), and Zoë B. Alley, Enzo Races in the Rain!
– 12:00-1:30 pm: K.A. Holt, Rhyme Schemer, and J.E. Thompson, The Girl from Felony Bay
– 2:00-2:45 pm: Robert Kurson, Pirate Hunters
– 3:15-4:15 pm: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, Off the Page
– 4:30-5:30 pm: Ann Hood, An Italian Wife, in conversation with Nancy Thayer
Sunday, June 21
At the Brant Point Grill:
– 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Ishmael Beah (ticketed event)
At Cisco Brewers:
– 3:00-5:00 pm: Pig Roast and Wrap Party (ticketed event)
At the NHA Whaling Museum:
– 6:00-8:00 pm: Nathaniel Philbrick (ticketed event)
– See more at: https://nantucketbookfestival.org/festival-info/schedule-at-a-glance/#sthash.Ah1JPdt9.dpuf
We look forward to meeting some of these incredible authors and we are sure our guests feel the exact same way. So, hurry and make a reservation soon before we are all BOOKed up.
The VH Team
Our team would not be the same without all of our amazing staff! Throughout the summer we like to write about our staff and let our guests know the person behind the excellent customer service and hospitable smile! This week we thought we would introduce you to the great men that carry the heavy luggage :)……and help us run the business on a daily basis.
We have two men that we would absolutely be lost without…our maintenance staff, but there real title should be ultimate fixer, because they can repair anything and everything!
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Hobbies: Computers, basketball, and car racing.
Favorite thing about Nantucket: The nightlife, there are always so many new people to meet.
Interesting Fact: He has lived in Japan, Brazil, Denmark, and Germany!
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Hobbies: Chess and cooking! His specialty dish is Pork Adobo.
Favorite thing about Nantucket: Fishing on the island.
Interesting Fact: He is a new dad this year to an adorable little boy!
We are so fortunate to have these three outstanding, hard working gentleman as a part of our Veranda House Hotel Collection family. They make everyone on the team crack a smile daily and for that we cannot rave about them enough! After reading this, you know you want to stay with us just to meet them.
The VH Team
“People, who love to eat, are always the best people”. –Julia Child
Well, we could not agree with you more Julia. We are so excited that the Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week is upon us! It starts June 1st and runs through June 7th. There are so many amazing participating restaurants to choose from that we thought we would help our guests out and recommend some of our staff’s favorite spots.
“Ventuno, we have gone there three years for restaurant week. I love the small bite appetizers. The homemade pasta is to die for.”
-Dale Hamilton (Owner)
“Black-Eyed Susan, every time I eat here I think how did an amazing menu like this find its way to this island!”
-Susan Hamilton (Owner)
Clearly she’s a little influenced by such a great name! ;)
“Dune is an interesting combination of flavors, with varied offerings. Different attractive areas to sit in with an attentive staff.”
-Peter Burnham (General Manager)
“The Pearl is a must, from the chic interior, to the Asian seafood inspired menu, and the BEST espresso martini on the island.”
–Taylor Hays (Assistant Manager)
“The Nautilus, the atmosphere is amazing and their handcrafted cocktails are the best on the island bar none! Their tapas dishes are perfect for sharing and the combinations and flavors they have for each are innovative and refreshing.”
-Andréa Fernández-Kennedy (Assistant Manager)
“Cru offers spectacular water views, and a modern and sophisticated atmosphere. The food is on par with perfection, and leaves nothing to be desired, other than one more bite. From their infamous oyster bar, to causal cuisine, Cru has culinary expertise for seafood lovers everywhere.”
-Joey Anthony (Concierge)
As you can see, there are too many good options and the competition is always fierce. Feel free to click the link below for a full listing of the restaurants participating. Nantucket is known for its rich history, stunning views, and incredible food. Make sure and book soon and our team will be happy to make as many reservations as your heart…or stomach…desires!
The VH Team
We’re open or should I say we are bACK!
That’s right, The Veranda House Hotel Collection did survive the winter whiteout! Our staff is excited to be up & running and ready to welcome guests. We cannot wait to make your stay at The Veranda House unforgettable! We have some exciting events on the island coming up this month! One of the top being the Nantucket Wine Festival, which how can any three words, put together sound like a better vacation! Whether your passion is drinking, cooking, eating, or learning about wine the NWF has an event for every type of guest! You can follow the Nantucket Wine Festival and The Veranda House on Instagram, and feel free to check out the link below for a full schedule of events and dates!
Veranda House: @TheVerandaHouse
Nantucket Food and Wine: @NantucketWine
On Thursday May 14th, we have the privilege to have Trifecta Wines present a pour at 4 o’clock. Not only does Trifecta have some amazing wine, but also their company has a deep history and charitable heart. Don’t miss your opportunity to sample this wine it is only sold on the island of Nantucket.
We look forward to hosting all of you during the festival and will be serving complimentary Nantucket Vineyard cranberry sparkling wine everyday at 4 o’clock in the courtyard so our guests can un-WINE-d!
Make sure to book soon because we are filling up fast!
The Veranda House Hotel Collection Team