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Category: Holidays

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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.

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

 

 

 

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.
           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.

Happy 4th,

The VH Team