The Best of the Nantucket Wine Festival
The Nantucket Wine Festival kicks off its 15th year the weekend before Memorial Day with some incredible vintners, tasting events and exclusive dinners. On our must-do list this year are the blending seminars and taking a Bentley for a spin out to ’Sconset. Aside from all the fine wines and dining, it’s a chance to enjoy the island before the insanity of the Figawi weekend takes over. Here are our top picks for making the most of it.
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Where to Stay
The most convenient place to stay is the White Elephant, which hosts the tented seminars and lunches during the day and dinners in the evening, and is within stumbling distance of the grand tastings at the nearby yacht club. Since 1920 the resort has reflected Nantucket’s blend of island charm, tranquility and elegance. The luxurious, 54-room waterfront inn offers incredibly comfortable beds with a variety of harborview housing options, such as guest rooms and suites, garden cottages and a four-bedroom in-town loft ideal for extended stays. It’s the only on-island hotel with its own spa overlooking the harbor. whiteelephanthotel.com
This restored whaling captain’s home is the only Nantucket bed-and-breakfast that serves a full cooked-to-order gourmet breakfast that you can enjoy on the tree-shaded garden patio or delivered to your room. Rated as one of the most romantic getaways in New England, the Union Street Inn’s rooms and suites feature sumptuous Frette linens, Matouk duvets and Fresh bath products. unioninn.com
Rated as one of the top coastal resorts in New England, Cliffside Beach Club is a St-Tropez-inspired beachfront getaway. The 27 lodgings are available in room, suite, apartment and cottage options and feature antique pine furnishings and water views. Relax at the hydrotherapy spa, or work out at the 3,000-square-foot exercise facility. It’s beside the Galley, where several of the festival’s events will be held this year. An ideal place to watch the sunset while having a glass of wine. cliffsidebeach.com