Archive: Jun 2015

Happy Birthday America!

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

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.
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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.

Happy 4th,

The VH Team

Let’s go to the Movies, Let’s go see the Stars!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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.

Centerpiece Film:

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.

Special Screening:
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

June 19-June 21

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

“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)
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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.

Happy Reading,

The VH Team

Our VH Staff (Part 1)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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.

Drum-roll please…

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!

Michael Melitante


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!

Rodel Ortega

Rodel pic

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