Important Notice

Massachusetts Travel Order

Friday, July 31st, 2020

The Latest From The Governor

Governor Baker has just announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester.

The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a Massachusetts Traveler Form unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. Currently, the lower COVID-19 states are NY, NJ, CT, ME, RI, VT, NH and HI. All lodging and short term rental entities are required to inform guests at time of booking, on websites and on-site. All lower risk states will be updated regularly by DPH.

The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower risk state must quarantine for 14 days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.

best restaurants to dine nantucket 2016

Best Restaurants to Dine, Nantucket 2019

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Where to dine in Nantucket?   What are the best restaurants to dine Nantucket 2016 ?  Where should I eat breakfast or lunch in Nantucket?  Where can I get a picnic lunch for the beach?   Here we present some of our favorite and best restaurants on the island of Nantucket 2019.

Opening Spring 2019:

Via Mare
@ The Greydon House
17 Broad Street
From the Ventuno team, Via Mare will focus on a Venetian style seafood menu consisting mainly of smaller plates.

Pizzaria Gemelle
2 E. Chestnut Street (formerly Sushi by Yoshi)
Also from the Ventuno team, look for house made pizza, sliced meats, wine, gelato and Nantucket’s first “cordial license.”

or, The Whale
38 Main Street (formerly Met on Main)
Herman Melville was torn between two titles:  Moby Dick – or, The Whale.  Sandbar owners George Kelly and Nick Naas will offer Brunch daily from 8:00 am to 2:30 PM; followed by dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.  The bar will be open all day with a lite bites menu between mean periods.


  • Updated April 18, 2019

Proprietor’s Table
9 India Street
Dinner and Sunday Brunch

One of the best restaurants to dine while on Nantucket in 2016 is Proprietor’s Table.  Previously of Nantucket’s American Seasons, Chef Michael & Orla LaScola’s Proprietor’s Bar & Table thinks globally, pairing locally sourced ingredient with international flavors. Most menu items are served in half-size portions designed for sharing. Well-thought Prohibition-era cocktails are made with herbs and house-made bitters. The wine list is deeply influenced by small Old and New World producers. The design reflects a well-traveled Nantucket home filled with treasures from trips abroad.  Most locals prefer to eat at the bar; and Sunday Brunch is a must.

12 Cambridge Street
Dinner (Lunch at certain times of the year)

Nautilus is “focused on the interplay between food, cocktails and wine, and the feeling that these things are best enjoyed when shared.”   With small plate offerings and large multi-person feast selections, the Asian inspired food has a coast/seafood Spanish tapas base. One of Nantucket’s most intriguing culinary destinations and a bar program that is unmatched. As the night moves along, so does the atmosphere – a crescendo of music and energy.

20 Broad Street
Lunch & Dinner

Modern chic meets casual comfort in the heart of historic Nantucket. Chef/Owner Michael Getter, formerly of 21 Federal and American Seasons restaurants, serves American seasonal food at both lunch and dinner. Every plate is a work of art. House cured salmon, mushroom risotto, tea-smoked duck breast and spiced grilled swordfish . . . each bite an explosion of flavor.

Oran Mór
2 South Beach Street
Dinner only

Local boy goes to culinary school, cooks in Michelin-starred restaurants in Pars & New York, and then returns home to roost/roast in his own kitchen at Oran Mór – a long-time local favorite situated on the second floor of a former home. The space is uniquely designed with a welcoming energy. Chef Edwin Claflin cooks up modern American cuisine utilizing classic French techniques. Refined, yet casual; with a well comprised wine list.

Cru Oyster Bar
1 Straight Wharf at the dock end of Main Street
Recommended for Lunch and Afternoon Oysters & Cockatils

Best waterfront location in town. Raw bar, lobster rolls, crab cocktails and tuna tartare are just some of the starters; seafood is the main focus “on the dock” in the heart of Nantucket Boat Basin. Open for lunch; afternoon “sipping ‘n slurping” champagne & crustaceans; and dinner. Handsome décor in a spectacular setting, chic outdoor patio, well-heeled crowd.

21 Federal Street, behind the Atheneum
Dinner only

Ventuno is romantic & relaxed, affordable & lively, the bounty of Nantucket in Italian hands. Antipasti, house-made pastas, Italian nibbles & entrees, an excellent wine list, and a temperature controlled 32 oz. Creekstone Tomahawk Ribeye for the carnivore that desires the perfect medium rare. After dinner, the tented back patio transforms into one of Nantucket’s most vibrant later night hangouts.

Galley Beach
54 Jefferson Avenue
Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Breakfast 

Galley Beach blends local cuisine with a St. Bart’s experience directly on the beach – perfect for sunset. Drinks & appetizers al fresco with toes in sand; leisurely lunch; or full on 3-course dinner . . . the food, décor and runway setting is a scrumptious feast for the eye. New in 2016, breakfast is served Saturdays and Sundays.

Black-Eyed Susan’s
10 India Street
Breakfast & Dinner (BYOB)

A staple for years, Black-Eyed Susan’s has been the favourite breakfast spot. A counter-style rustic restaurant that pumps out oodles of eggs, fluffy pancakes & French Toast, house-made Corned Beef Hash, and a mean Huevos Rancheros. Try the Pennsylvania Dutch Cakes. In the evening, the space transform into quaint dinner cuisine with appetizers, pastas and entrée. Ask for a seat at the counter to watch the chefs in action and be sure to BYOB at dinner. Cash only.

18 Broad Street

Located in the former Meursault space, adjacent to Dune Restaurant on Broad Street, Afterhouse is brought to you by the folks behind Galley Beach. Think cozy wine & oyster bar, serving chilled shellfish, raw fish preparations, caviars tinned seafood and charcuterie.

American Seasons
80 Centre Street
Dinner only

U.K. born chef/0wner Neil Ferguson has a 3-Michelin star pedigree from France, a London background at The Connaught and Gordan Ramsey; and received 2 stars from Frank Bruni for Allen & Delancey in N.Y. Most recently executive chef at Galley Beach, chef Ferguson serves American seasonal fare in a charming & rustic setting on Centre Street.

The Pearl
12 Federal Street
Dinner only

Seth and Angela Raynor, owners of the Boarding House, offer coastal cuisine with seafood and produce from Island farmers and regional heritage meats—all showcasing modern translations of exotic Eastern flavors. Be sure to order the Salt & Pepper Wok Fried Lobster. The Pearl provides an intimate setting at the dinner hour, followed by a chic, sexy atmosphere around the bar for the after dinner young-at-heart crowd.

Boarding House
12 Federal Street
(508) 228-9622
Lunch and Dinner

Fresh, seasonal, American comfort food with old school hospitality in the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown, a candle lighted cellar dining room, white picket-fenced patio and lively bar deliver lunch, weekend Brunch and dinner. Begin your dinner with “Carpaccio” of Roasted Bartlett’s Beets or Duck Confit & Kale Caesar Salad.

Le Languedoc Bistro
24 Broad Street
(508) 228-2552
Dinner and Sunday Brunch

Traditional French Bistro fare in a lovely intimate setting on the lower floors of a traditional Nantucket inn. Bisques, fruits de mer, escargot, frissé, terrines, savoury soufflés, charcuterie, steak frites and fromage; all things French. Score a seat at the bar where bon vivant bartender Jimmy offers a commanding performance for utmost care and irreverent lore.

Lola 41
15 South Beach Street
Dinner only (lunch at certain times of the year)

Sexy lighting, energetic music and chic diners sample foods from around the world in this small, intimate eatery. Sushi is the high point here, followed by a collage of flavours from around the globe along the 41st latitude. Edamame, Cantonese Pot Sticks, Greek Salad, Curried Tempura, Tuscan Salad and burgers are found along this route. One of the most loved and hard-to-book restaurants on Nantucket, Lola 41 is orchestrated by Marco Coelho, a long-time island restaurant maestro.

Straight Wharf
6 Harbour Square on Straight Wharf
Dinner only

Celebrating 40 years, Straight Wharf is quintessential dining on Nantucket harbor. The menu changes with the season and the evening, offering the freshest local ingredients. Romantic and intimate—perfect for a celebratory occasion—you will find a classic seafood forward menu paired with gracious fine dining service in a candlelit spacious setting.

9 New Street, Siasconset
Lunch and Dinner

Originally opened as a small teahouse at the turn of the century, The Chanticleer is now one of the most romantic destinations on the island serving local French inspired offerings from land and sea. Linger al fresco over an intimate lunch in the rose garden or come together with family and friends for a convivial dinner in the dark wood bar room or one of the lighter hue dining rooms. The lush gardens produce organic herbs, flowers, berries and seasonal vegetables for the kitchen; and an extensive wine list features some of the finest wines in the world.   Stepping into this “farmhouse” setting will transport you to the south of France.

 Sandbar at Jetties Beach
4 Bathing Beach Road

Two of Nantucket’s favorite bartenders—Nick of Cru and George of Nautilus—have opened Sandbar, offering casual beachside fare. Nick and George went through a lengthy competitive bid process to win the lease of this iconic location.  Look for plentiful seating in the surrounding sand, fresh raw bar, burgers, the best fried clams, sandwiches and traditional clambakes.

Club Car
1 Main Street

New ownership has taken the reins of Club Car at the base of Main Street; the young team of Chef Mayumi Hattori and Director of Operations Ty Costa (both of Straight Wharf) and Tanya McDonough (Ventuno, Straight Wharf) have updated the food, décor and experience . . . and if you are wondering, the piano has remained in residence.


Casual / Picnics


3 Harbor Square, adjacent to Straight Wharf

Something Natural
50 Cliff Road

Bartlett Farms Market
33 Bartlett Farm Road, Cicso

326 Madaket Road, Madeket

Claudette’s Sandwich Shop
On the Siasconset Circle


Black-Eyed Susan’s

Galley Beach (Sat & Sun)


Cru Oyster Bar – on the docks

Boarding House – in-town al fresco

Galley Beach – on the beach

Chanticleer – in a Siasconset farmhouse setting


Map of Nantucket bike paths

Bike Nantucket

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Here at The Veranda House Hotel Collection, our location is just three lanes behind the Whaling Museum. Close to both ferry terminals and walk-able to all in-town restaurants and activities. Outside of the town, the best mode of transportation to experience the island is to bike Nantucket because of its well maintained bike paths.

Rent from Young’s Bicycles and bike Nantucket to one or many of the following:

Siasconset (‘Sconset to the locals) is a picturesque village on the cliffs of the eastern edge of Nantucket Island. Here you will find rose covered cottages on narrow streets and Nantucket’s most noteworthy lighthouse called Sanity Head. The lighthouse is located on dynamic bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. For lunch, lounge in the dunes at Summer House. You might also enjoy a sandwich at Claudette’s. Another option is French farmhouse inspired Chanticleer. 8.5 Miles

Dionis Beach is a wonderful destination on the north shore for tall sand dunes and calm water beaches. Probably everyone’s favorite classic sandwich shop is Something Natural. Bike there en route for a picnic lunch. While there, enjoy the white powdery sand of beautiful Dionis Beach. 3.5 Miles

Madaket is located on the western portion of Nantucket. Madaket is known for its harbor, sandy beaches and magnificent sunsets. Millie’s offers picnic lunch from its takeout counter, or stay for dinner upstairs for sunset. It’s all about the Tacos and margaritas here. 5 Miles

Cisco on the south shore is where you go for crashing Atlantic waves, a great spot to watch surfers. Bike Nantucket to Bartlett’s Farm for a picnic lunch and spend the day on one of the many beaches in the area. Since you are right there, Cisco Brewery is a must see rustic farm atmosphere with its own beer, wine and spirits made on site and ready for tasting. Live bands perform every afternoon. Food trucks offer everything from raw oysters and lobster rolls to Asian dumplings and quesadillas. 4 Miles


A great resource for bikers:

ReMain Nantucket (an island based philanthropic organization that promotes a prosperous future for the island’s environment and unique character). Just released is “trACK Nantucket”, a free phone app that offers a brand new way to discover and explore the island. TrACK sports 8 different routes that allow you to transform your bike Nantucket ride into an insider’s tour. TrACK gives audio directions and alerts riders when they have reached a landmark or highlight along the way. As a result, you will learn fun facts about where you are.

Finally, what better way to see and enjoy an afternoon of exercise in fresh air than to pedal the island? Like the spokes of a wheel, Nantucket has an abundance of well-groomed dedicated bike paths connecting the town to outer areas.

Special thanks to Young’s Bicycles for imagery.

Best New Nantucket Restaurants

Best New Nantucket Restaurants 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Image courtesy of Club Car

New Restaurants on Nantucket 2017

Looking for the best new Nantucket restaurants for 2017?  Check out these sure-to-be favorites:


Sandbar at Jetties Beach

4 Bathing Beach Road

Two of Nantucket’s favorite bartenders—Nick of Cru and George of Nautilus—have opened Sandbar, offering casual beachside fare. Nick and George went through a lengthy competitive bid process to win the lease of this iconic location.  Look for plentiful seating in the surrounding sand, fresh raw bar, burgers, the best fried clams, sandwiches and traditional clambakes.

Club Car

1 Main Street

New ownership has taken the reins of Club Car at the base of Main Street; the young team of Chef Mayumi Hattori and Director of Operations Ty Costa (both of Straight Wharf) and Tanya McDonough (Ventuno, Straight Wharf) have updated the food, décor and experience . . . and if you are wondering, the piano has remained in residence, but more prominently placed.


18 Broad Street

Opening in the former Meursault space, adjacent to Dune Restaurant on Broad Street, Afterhouse is brought to you by the folks behind Galley Beach. Think cozy wine & oyster bar, serving chilled shellfish, raw fish preparations, caviars tinned seafood and charcuterie.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Nantucket is highly regarded for numerous world-class events and festivals, but few rival the elegance and magnitude of The Nantucket Wine and Food Festival. Leading winemakers and renowned chefs from around the globe come together for a collection of over 50 events, receptions and galas that excite and delight wine & food enthusiasts. Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of the most celebrated wind and food events in the country.

The following is a sampling of events that are still available for the 2017 season, the 21st Annual Nantucket Food & Wine Festival:

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival – May 17, 2017

Welcome Reception

Greet chefs, winemakers and presenters; get a preview taste of the four-day event; sample the wines of Domaine François Villard, Domaine des Deux Roches, Larkin Wines, Lede Family Wines, Opus One and Flowers Vineyard & Winery.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival – Thursday May 18, 2017

1.  TOPPER’S Wine Luncheon – Vive La France!

James Finkel of the French American Foundation leads an historic journey through France with food and wine pairings by Toppers Executive Chef Kyle Zachary.

2.  Tasting Wine and Cheese – America Takes on the World

Wine & cheese educator and author Adam Centamore discusses the topic; “Can our New World wine and cheese compete with the Old World?”

3.  Champagne Wishes, Caviar Dreams

Calvisius Caviar, one of the finest caviar producers in Italy, teams up with Champagne Taittinger to present the world’s most extravagant pairing – caviar and champagne; Chef Michael Scelfo of Waypoint prepares dishes featuring Calvisius Caviar.

 4.  Harbor Gala

40 Restaurants and 40 Wineries; the Harbor Gala is the crème de la crème of the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival – Friday May 19, 2017

5.  Harbor Breakfast – Friday

Bloody Mary featuring Tito’s Vodka; Mimosa; live demonstrations with celebrity chefs; omelet bar; cheeses; pastries; gourmet bagels; fresh juices and coffee; artisan vendors. (Repeat performance Saturday, May 20th)

6.  “Rosé S’il Vous Plait” Brunch

Rosé Brunch featuring Rosé wines of Provence, Oregon and California; Sacha Lichine of Château d’Esclans, François Matton of Château Minuty, Scott Shull of Raptor Ridge Winery and Chris Hall of Longmeadow Ranch Winery pair up with Chef Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. in Cambridge, MA, and Chefs Justin Shoults and Brian Mercury from Oak + Rowan in Boston.

7.  Le Grand Fromage: Cheese Seminar with L’Espalier’s Louis Risoli

Louis Risoli of L’Espalier in Boston samples artisanal cheeses from around the globe; wines paired by L’Espalier’s Advanced Sommelier Lauren Daddona.

8.  Evening Land Vineyards Wine Tasting

Winemaker Rajat Parr offers tastings of Evening Land Vineyards, which produces world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.

9.  Champagne et la Mer – Pure Indulgence

Champagne and lobster on Nantucket Harbor; Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Dominique Demarville pairs up with Chef Brooke Vosika, formerly of the Four Seasons, and Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei.

10.  The Paul Hobbs Entourage

Paul Hobbs produces stunning wines; brother Matt Hobbs offers a tasting of select wines from California, Argentina, France, and Armenia.

11.  California Dreamin’ NAPA vs. SONOMA SMACKDOWN

Comedian Kevin Flynn of the Nantucket Comedy Festival “discusses” the differences between the Napa and Sonoma wine regions of California.

12.  Hirsch Vineyards Wine Tasting

Winery General Manager Jasmine Hirsch offers a peek into the exquisite and unique wines of world-famous Hirsch Vineyards.

13.  Madeira Seminar: From Our Island to Yours – A Wine Born at Sea

Bartholomew Broadbent, one of the worlds leading authorities on Madeira, educates on this legendary fortified wine and offers tastings of Broadbent Madeira Wines.

14.  Rock ‘n’ Rhône: Wine Seminar

Wine Educator Philippe Newlin of Duclot la Vinicole & Ivywines and Laurence Féraud from Domaine du Pegau offers tastings of the best of Rhone; Syrah and Viognier wines of the North, Grenache and Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the South.

15.  Bouchard Père et Fils Wine Dinner

Philippe Prost, winemaker of Maison Bouchard Père & Fils for over 25 years, shares the winery’s traditions and innovations; paired with the cuisine of Jody Adams of TRADE and Porto restaurants in Boston.

16.  Pride Mountain Vineyards Wine Dinner

Stuart Bryan and Suzanne Pride from Pride Mountain Vineyards; paired with Chef Terence Feury, of Forty 1˚ North, Newport, RI.

17.  Château Smith Haut Lafitte Wine Dinner

Daniel and Florence Cathiard, owners of the famous Grand Cru Classe De Grave Winery, Smith Haut Lafitte pair up with Chef Keith Pooler of Bergamot in Somerville.

18.  Dujac Grand Cru Burgundy Dinner- Acker Merrall

The best of Dujac wines alongside the cuisine of Chef Geoff Lazlo of Mill Street Bar & Table in Greenwich, CT.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival – Saturday May 20, 2017

19.  Penfolds Tasting

Join Penfolds Vintner Dlynn Proctor offers an education and tasting tour of Penfolds, one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries.

20.  Dames Déjeuner

Women leaders in the world of food and wine unite for a luncheon featuring Chefs Jody Adams and Carolyn Johnson, Sommeliers Lauren Daddona and Marika Vida, Winemakers Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Family Vineyards, Chantal Forthun of Flowers Vineyard and Winery and Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pegau; honored guest Chef Barbara Lynch is paired with La Grande Dame to toast the inspiring Madame Clicquot – the “Grande Dame of Champagne.”

21.  Ovid Wine Dinner – A Poetic Feast

Ovid Winemaker Austin Peterson pairs up with Chefs Justin Shoults and Brian Mercury of Oak + Rowan in Boston.

22.  Chateau Musar Wine Dinner

Acclaimed as Lebanon’s most famous wine producer, Chateau Musar is paired with the Lebanese cuisine of Brad Farmerie, chef-proprietor of five acclaimed restaurants, including New York City’s Saxon + Parole.

23.  Port Pairing: An After Dinner Treat

Rui Ribiero, US Marketing Manager for the Symington Family Estates / Premium Port Wines, talks about some of the finer points of pairing chocolates and cheeses with port.

Nantucket Book Festival 2016

Nantucket Book Festival 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

June 17 – 19, 2016

Each year the Nantucket Book Festival 2016 draws authors and their fans to an idyllic setting . . . Nantucket.

Nantucket Book Festival anticipation and attendance has steadily increased. As stated by Executive Director Maddie Hjulstrom: “With four successful festivals under our belt, we’re beginning to look at the bigger picture – the impact we want to make on Nantucket literacy, and the legacy we want to create in regard to making great books and authors accessible to the island through the work of the Nantucket Book Foundation, under which the Nantucket Book Festival operates.”
After all, how many countless books have been read while relaxing on this island paradise? Who goes to the beach without a book in hand?

The 2016 line-up of authors attending The Nantucket Book Festival 2016 is impressive. The following is just a sampling:

Diane Rehm, notable NPR radio host:  Finding My Voice, latest book On My Own

Sebastian Junger:  The Perfect StormRestrepo, Tribe

Diane Ackerman:  The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses

Marlon James:  The Book of Night Women, A Brief History of Seven Killings

Nathanial Phibrick:  In The Heart of the Sea, Valiant Ambition

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Monday, January 18th, 2016

photos courtesy of

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


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.

A Whale of a Tree, Nantucket Holiday Stroll

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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.

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Goose that lays and gives the golden eggs

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!

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Veranda House Entry

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




Holiday Honeymooners

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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

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