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Nantucket has entered Phase 3

This, for now, is the new normal.  While things are starting to ease up, it's important to remember NOT to let your guard down.  Please adhere to the safety measures that Nantucket has put in place.  We have worked hard to flatten the curve so we could welcome back Nantucket’s loyal visitors and enjoy some sort of normalcy this summer.

Here is what you need to know...

Masks are REQUIRED EVERYWHERE!     
 

There is NO exception to this.  So bring one with you.  Bring a few!!  You will not be allowed inside any building without a mask. Masks are also required anywhere in the downtown area and in 'Sconset and this is being enforced by the Nantucket Police Department.  It's for your own safety and the safety of others.

Make A Reservation!
Nantucket Restaurants have been very inventive in creating a lot of outdoor seating but reservations are required most places, and book quickly.  Make sure you cancel your reservation if you cannot make it as restaurants are short on staff and struggling to stay afloat during the Pandemic.  There is no bar seating anywhere. 

THE CHICKEN BOX IS OPEN

It looks a little different, and unfortunately, it doesn't look like there will be any bands at the Chicken Box this summer, but they too have been very creative with seating, and are serving cocktails.  

Buy Online
The Dreamland has opened.  There are limited tickets available and you must purchase them online.  The Dreamland has also ramped up its creativity and opened a Drive-through at the Nobadeer Fields.  They went with the obvious choice for an opening day flick with Jaws, but keep an eye out for more classics such as One Crazy SummerBack to the Future and Caddyshack.  

Gyms and museums have opened.  Fishing tournaments are back on the books, shops have welcomed patrons back inside.  This summer we will miss all the festivals, weddings, triatholons, and live music performances but Nantucket is back in business and we welcome you back (from a safe 6 foot distance, and with a MASK).  

 

 

Opening Nantucket

We are about a week into Phase 2 of reopening Massachusetts and so far so good.    Here are a few things to keep in mind for the rental season this summer.  

  • Hotels and Short term rentals are in Business.  Last week Governor Charlie Baker gave the thumbs up for short term rentals and instantly you could feel the island pick up. Nantucket is still recommending that tenants bring groceries and toiletries with you as Nantucket's supply is limited. You are also required to wear Masks everywhere, so please bring those as well.  The Nantucket Health Department came out with cleaning guidelines for all short-term rentals as well.  
  • Nantucket's Beaches are Open.  In fact they were never closed, and if all goes well we should still be able to enjoy the long-awaited sunshine.  Please respect the social distancing guidelines even while outdoors and on the beach.  
  • Restaurants are opening.  Over the past few months Nantucket's talented Chefs and mixologists have gotten extremely creative on how to combat the COVID dinner dilemma.  Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery and have created family-style menus and cocktail kits.  Massachusetts has allowed outdoor seating in Phase 2 with certain restrictions, and the town has allowed those restaurants that do not have outdoor seating to use the sidewalks and other nearby areas as a dining option.  We are hopeful that in the next phase indoor dining will also be an option.  THERE IS NO BAR SEATING and you are limited to parties of 6 at a table.  Masks are required.
  • Salons are open/opening.  It was a long two plus months....we could all use a little pampering.  Hair services are allowed.  Services such as nails and massage will be available during Phase 2, step 2 which should be sooner than later.  Masks are required for all treatments.
  • Shops are open.  A limited number of patrons are allowed in the stores and Masks are required.  Trying things on in the dressing room is not allowed at the moment.  

Things will surely be different this summer but we are on the road to getting back to the way things were.  2020 will be a throwback Nantucket summer.  It will be more about BBQ's at home, enjoying the beaches, bike paths and the great outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.  Things are different this year but during this crazy time we are lucky to be able to enjoy a place like Nantucket.

Nantucket Book Festival - Now Virtual!

The Nantucket Book Festival has made the decision to move it's event online with a great feature called "At Home with Authors" take a look at this excerpt from The Barnstable Patriot written by Kathi Driscoll for more details. 

Nantucket Book Festival

The authors selected for the 2020 Nantucket Book Festival represented voices officials believed needed to be heard this year. So when coronavirus concerns forced the cancellation of the in-person festival, they found another way to get the timely messages out.

The virtual “At Home With Authors” program was born last month, dubbed the festival’s “answer to social distancing.”

On its website over the past three weeks, the festival has posted the first few in a series of videos and interviews with writers who had been due to visit the island this month. The particular authors were chosen for this year “because they have something important to say to us, right now,” executive director Maddie Hjulstrom said via email.

“One (literary) committee member, Dick Burns, has always said that we invite the authors that people not only want to hear, but need to hear. And right now, people need to hear those voices more than ever.

“Books broaden our horizons, create connections, and inspire imaginations. In the midst of isolation and fear, and a lot of misinformation, we turn to writers who can not only speak truth to us, but can offer hope to help us get through this.”

The interviews available now at https://nantucketbookfestival.org/ahwa include NPR’s Diane Rehm about her book “When My Time Comes”; David Rohde on “In Deep: The FBI, The CIA and the Truth About the ‘Deep State’”; Sarah Broom on “The Yellow House”; Samantha Powers on “The Education of an Idealist”; and a conversation between Nantucket author Elin Hilderbrand (“Summer of ’69”) from her island home with Jami Attenberg (“All This Could Be Yours”), from her home in New Orleans....

The full article can be read here 

 

Stay well! See you on island!

- The Jordan Real Estate Team

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Reopening Nantucket

 

Here we go! Slowly but surely.


While the weather is finally breaking and it is starting to feel like summer, we all have to recognize that this summer will surely be different than the traditional Nantucket summer we have come to know and love.  Massachusetts is still working on a plan to get things up and running again, but until then we are here to help as much as we can.  The individual websites for Nantucket businesses will have more extensive information regarding their specific policies, services and procedures but here are the CliffsNotes of what you can expect.  

What is open on Nantucket will constantly be changing so check back or if you're looking for a advice on what may be open while you're on island find us on Facebook or Instagram and ask us there! 

 

What's Open on Nantucket

 

Reopening Massachusetts

Things to do this October on Nantucket

Fall on Nantucket is a terrific time to take advantage of a myriad of activities from the historical to the athletic, from the educational to the just plain fun!Fall on Nantucket

October is still an excellent time to visit, the weather will be on the crisper side, but all the beauty abounds! Of course with fall on Nantucket not only do we get a change in temperature but we get variations in color. Many of the greens start to fade to reds, ambers, and browns, which can make for some fantastic photo opportunities. 

On October 12th the island is hosting the 16th Annual Cranberry Festival at Milestone Cranberry Bog. "The Nantucket Cranberry Festival is a popular event among adults and children alike – the Foundation’s Milestone Cranberry Bog is transformed into the most unique and beautiful of Festival grounds for this special event. Visitors can expect to learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket through educational displays and harvesting demonstrations, participate in family activities, sample delectable cranberry treats, and other New England classics, or simply enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery. And as always, there will be pounds of organic Genuine Nantucket Cranberries available for purchase!"  To find out all the details follow THIS LINK

If you're the more active type and up for a challenge the 9th Annual Nantucket Half Marathon is the very next day! "This race is one of the most scenic Half Marathon courses on the East Coast! Set on charming Nantucket Island, the route travels through wooded dirt roads (some with short sandy sections!), tree-lined bike paths, and lightly traveled streets with beautiful ocean views. The course is gently rolling, but you are never more than a few feet above sea level! Approximately 40% of the course is on dirt roads with a few sandy sections that can be challenging, but there are no significant hills. You may run on roads and see parts of Nantucket you never knew existed!" The course map can be found HERE and more details on how to signup HERE

Did you know Nantucket is home to a vast array of conservation land and walking/hiking trails? This can make for great Fall fun, and many of the trails are easy to access and navigate so they can be perfect for family fun. There is a great online resource called All Trails, and we took the time to sort out the Nantucket trails HERE. If you don't want to take the self-guided route, you can call Nantucket Walkabout. Nantucket Walkabout is Nantucket’s only year-round guided hiking service offering natural history walks on Nantucket’s protected lands all over the island. They lead hikes during all seasons that inform on how, geologically, the island was created by the last glacier, how Nantucket got its unique collection of plants and wildlife, how and when Native Americans and European settlers impacted the island’s natural world, conservation efforts, and what the future may hold for the island. Nantucket Walkabout is not a tour bus or van service driving from sight to sight. They get out and walk into Nantucket’s wilderness to experience life off the road in all seasons. It’s a part bird walk, part botany hike, part geology and all about exploration.

The final pieces to any weekend getaway are transportation and lodging. For ferry schedules head over to The Steamship Authority or Hy-Line's website. For accommodation, you can browse our Nantucket vacation rental listings by clicking here.

Have a great fall!

-The Jordan Real Estate Team

 

 

 

Things to do in Nantucket | August Edition

Nantucket is always bustling with events both big and small! We made a small list of some of the events taking place in late August that are on our radar that you may be interested in checking out!

Nantucket Race Week

August 10th – 18th

Nantucket Race Week is nine days of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties hosted by Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing. Nantucket Race Week is proud to be a Clean Regatta as certified by Sailors for the Sea.

 

Swim Across America

August 24th

Swim Across America is a Nantucket Island open water swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful Jetties Beach and help us support cancer treatment and patient care on Nantucket Island.

Register Here!

 

Nantucket’s Swim Across America

Oyster Farm & Harbor Tour with Nantucket Land Council

All Month Long

This summer, join the Nantucket Land Council for an exciting and educational afternoon aboard Shearwater Excursions Shearwater 47′ power catamaran with Captain Blair Perkins, NLC Executive Director Emily Molden, Resource Ecologist RJ Turcotte, and Oyster Farmer Simon Edwardes for a tour of Head of the Harbor, and an exploration of Fifth Bend Oyster Farm. Along the way, you’ll learn more about oysters and their role in the ecology of the harbor. Tickets are limited and advance registration is required.

Tours begin at 3:30 pm at the Nantucket Town Pier located at 34 Washington Street downtown, and will return at 5:30 pm. We will meet at 3:20 pm at the Town Pier, located at 34 Washington Street – across from the Town Parking Lot. Please dress comfortably. We recommend you could take the bus, bike, or walk to the Town Pier or use the in-town valet parking. Should you choose to drive, please leave ample time to find a spot. The tour will leave promptly at 3:30 pm.

Email meg@nantucketlandcouncil.org with questions or to schedule a private tour.

 

As always if you’re looking for a rental for any event taking place on Nantucket we would love to help find you the perfect retreat for your stay.

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Where to stay for the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival? 2020 and beyond!

“For over twenty years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has brought distinguished winemakers and chefs together for a world-class epicurean celebration. 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, this unique setting creates the backdrop for what has become one of the most celebrated events of its kind in the world. Over the course of five days, the island comes alive with prestigious tastings, lunches, dinners and educational seminars. Our luminaries are an extraordinary group of winemakers, chefs, sommeliers and presenters who contribute to the understated elegance of our festival.”

Nantucket Rentals for Wine & Food Festival

The above can be credited to the Nantucket Wine Festival website and does a great job of summarizing this wonderful event. The expo takes place just as the summer season kicks in here on the island and that can make finding a rental tricky if you don’t plan ahead. The first day of the event is May 13th. Thankfully at Jordan Real Estate we manage a wide variety of Nantucket vacation rental properties. Many of these properties have minimum stays of one week however some of them have shorter minimum stays of one to three days. Let’s take a look at a couple of properties we have that may work for anyone searching for a shorter stay.

We have some BEAUTIFUL short term rentals available for the Nantucket Wine Festival weekend - Click Here

If you’re coming to Nantucket for a longer stay of a week we have a very large inventory of rentals that can be searched by clicking on the "Rental" banner above. We hope that you find a place that works for you to enjoy the Nantucket Wine Festival and all the event has to offer!

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