Island Time: Nantucket

Even if you’ve been visiting this little slice of paradise for years, here are a few gems you may not know about



A breathtaking place where island time is the only time—sun drenched beach days, warm ocean breezes and laid-back sophistication. This is Nantucket. Get to this New Englander’s paradise quickly and easily (no traffic jams and no ferry crowds) on Fly The Whale. The new airline is offering direct service from Westchester Airport in an eight passenger Cessna Grand Caravan Turbo Prop. For $575, you’re toes will be in the sand in under an hour. What’s even better is that it becomes $175 cheaper if you treat yourself to dinner at the Summer House Restaurant and Piano Bar. (Along with your bill you get $175 gift card to Fly the Whale.)

The Summer House, in the Sconset region of the island, is gorgeously set up on a bluff but guests can (and should) meander down to the beachside heated pool (a rarity in Nantucket) and al fresco bistro. The onsite cottages covered in roses are casual and family welcoming. One, two and three bedrooms ranging from $275—$2000/night are available. Many provide the comforts of home such as king beds, air conditioning, fireplaces, tumbled marble baths and full kitchens. 

Should you want to pop into town, no problem. The hotel runs a continuous shuttle to its new in-town sister properties, India Street Inn, The Pineapple Inn, The Summer House at 27 Fair and also 29 Fair Restaurant, known not only for its world class food but candlelit ambience.

Once in town, there’s a ton to do—wander the cobblestones streets and explore the charming historic buildings that neighbor the Madison Avenue-worthy boutiques. Scooters and bikes can be rented steps away from the ferry dock for wider-ranging excursions. 

If you are lucky enough—or smart enough—to plan your visit in mid-May, you will get to experience Nantucket Wine Festival. This five day-long event does not disappoint. Some highlights include:

  • The Opening Reception, Harbor Gala, La Fête and Grand Tastings are the festival’s staple events. 
  • Complimentary to the signature events are wine and food seminars that provide education from those in the know.
  • The Great Wines in Grand Houses is a series of dinners hosted by islanders with jaw-dropping homes.
  • The culinary tent houses all-star chefs who put on demonstrations throughout the festival.
  • Special events such as, the Wheels Up VIP Hangar Party. When you have to leave they could arrange a ride home (or anywhere else in the world you may need to go).  

Restaurants also hold private events. We opted for the wine dinner at the Summer House Restaurant. The cocktail hour was filled with live piano music, passed hors d’oeuvres and glasses overflowing with the deliciously crisp Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose. The sit-down, three course dinner featured wine pairings of Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Belle Glos Pinot Noir and Caymus Cabernet

No trip to Nantucket is complete without a last stop to the famous Galley Beach. Here, time literally stops when you curl up on one of the comfy couches right on the beach, watch the sun set from one of the best spots on the island and toast a weekend well spent.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

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  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...


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