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... parking fine.
Movie Drive In - with authentic MONO speakers and popcorn with liquid butter. Ruth and James did camping.
Long dreary drive to Falmouth and then great cycle ride and home for a lovely sunset.
Off to Nantucket ...
... back to the highway and take a dip on Races beach. Dunes, sand, sea = no camera on beach. Shimmied into our cossies and took the plunge. It was freezing - all agree colder than Kingsand- we caused quite a stir with people just stopping and looking and encouraging us. Really strong current to right (hence the name "Races") so quite challenging swimming. Like one of those pools you can get to swim against a current- we struggled to stay in the same place. No one else in the water at ...
... for $7 but to get out to the lighthouse, the furtherest point from where the ferry comes in, it would take numerous bus stops and multiple changes of bus. I decided to take the narrated bus trip out to the Gay Heads Cliffs and Lighthouse. Steve was not keen to do this so he stayed in the main town of Oak Bluffs. The bus took me through each of the six villages on the island. The most historic of these is Edgartown. The buildings in Main Street in Edgartown all have to ...
... team competitive meal making with Tom and James on one team and Ruth and me on the other. Team T&J did BBQ extraordinaire and Team A&R are doing a homage to our holidays in Greece with Greek salad and Mousaka.
Really nothing more exciting today except that Tom has relinquished the driving to me as he is better with maps. I needlessly inspired great confidence by mixing up accelerator and break but ok since then!
Dull day but needed down time.
... festival every year in which many of the celebrities on the island take part. Carely Simon performed there one year! The island has long been a popular destination for celebrities. We passed by the house that nick jagger used to own, a house Diana Ross used to own, Mike Nichols' house and James Cagney's home; when tired of Hollywood, Cagney moved to Martha's Vineyard and set himself up as a framer. The island remains one of the only locations that Princess ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWhite Elephant Nantucket
I stayed in the White Elephant with a couple of friends over the Easter weekend. It was quite an impromptu visit, and we only booked our room about two weeks prior. We had to make an amendment before we arrived, adding another person to stay in our room, and not only were the staff very helpful and accommodating, but they also upgraded us to a room with a harbour view, which we were to discover was absolutely beautiful.
We headed to this hotel straight from arriving in Nantucket on the ferry, and even though we were too early to get into our room, the staff at check in were very friendly, and helped us with checking in and making a dinner reservation for the night.
We were very lucky with the weather on our weekend in Nantucket, so we made the most of the beautiful Easter Saturday afternoon by relaxing on the lawn outside our room, overlooking the harbour. Our room opened out onto the lawn, and there were a number of sun loungers for use. The room service we ordered was prompt and exactly what we wanted, and all of the staff members we came across were wonderful.
Our evening meal was spent in the restaurant
Before heading back to the mainland, on Sunday we had a lovely brunch, again in the restaurant.
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Historical Traveler Reviews White Elephant Nantucket
The White Elephant was a welcome surprise based on my past experiences staying on Nantucket. The hotel is ideally located, a few minutes walk from town and Jetties beach, waterfront with a great view of the lighthouse and the Harbor. Although I was there off season, there are wonderful places to walk and relax on the water.
Great place to enjoy the Island of Paradise!
Highly recommend the White Elephant. The service staff was exceptional and so friendly. The food and rooms exceeded my expectations. We will be back next year.
True Luxury in Nantucket
The room was clean and beautifully decorated. The staff could not have been more helpful. The restaurant is top quality. What more could you ask?
Lovely but expensive
Unbelievably nice with harbor view but we stayed only one night and it cost $700
I stayed in two rooms here, one with a "harbor view" through two small windows and the other a suite with grease spots and primitive drawings (I suspect by a five year old with a marker) all over the couch. I covered it with a blanket.
Nantucket in the off season is simply lovely and the same can be said for the White Elephant Hotel. Rooms are very tasteful -- beautiful leather headboards and linens and the bathroom is a classic neutral tone. Public spaces are meticulously maintained and the staff helpful. Only suggestion we have is to have WIFI for guests.
A pretty enough place, and clean, but just-average, overpriced food and poor service dimmed our time there. We had booked a particular cottage, for a special occassion, and we were assigned it when we checked in. But it wasn't ready yet, so we took a walk around town--and returned to find it had been given to someone else. A woman at the front desk insisted we must have been mistaken -- little realizing we had just overheard her scream loudly at someone in the back room for giving it away. The cottage we we're given instead just wasn't as nice, by a long shot, but it was more the staff's ill-humour --the hotel was fully booked and everyone from the gardener to the restaurant manager seemed stressed-out and grouchy -- that made us not really interested in returning. This is priced like a Ritz, and run a bit more like a Howard Johnsons.
We spent our honeymoon at the White Elephant. For 20 years we stayed in the cottages, main building and new building...Miss the pool. It was
so nice being at the pool and seeing the harbor. Diner was dress code (long dresses and suits) I think the lounge was called the shell lounge (or
pretty close) and we spent our evenings in there. We also took our children there... We are now retired and when we are in Nantucket we make sure to have a drink in the White Elephant lounge. The Hotel is so full of life memories. Thank you Elephant.
My husband and I had selected the White Elephant for our anniversary- Nantucket had always been one of the places we had wanted to visit but never had gotten around to. Although we had arrived during an atypical May Nor'easter (complete with 15 foot swells which necessitated taking the "freight boat" over if we were going to arrive that day) the arrival at the hotel was a very pleasant surprise. Gracious surroundings, very pleasant and accomodating staff at the front desk and our harborfront room was lovely with a fireplace and well appointed. Each evening during the turndown service a soft jazz station is turned on making your room a wonderful haven to return to. Food was wonderful (including the extensive buffet breakfast with cooked to order omlets). Every afternoon there is a lovely Port and Cheese reception in the library which can be enjoyed outdoors near the water.
Perfect honeymoon spot
we entered the lounge greeted by a wonderful pianist who flawlessly performed my favorites by Beethoven. after a cocktail at the bar,we were seated outside with a view of paul newman's boat. nice boat. dinner and wine were spectacular. the waiters and waitresses were the most accomodating servers i have ever had bar none. the service after the meal was also beyond reproach. they brought out a shaw and heated lamp-post type thing (sorry for the poor description,never saw something like that before) for my new wife,who had been chilled by the nighttime ocean air. if i could afford it , i would eat there every day.