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  • Home ACKcents: Porthole Mirror Inspirations

    If you have ever thought of redoing an area into a nautical theme, porthole mirrors offer a simple yet effective way to start. In fact, well placed porthole mirrors are a strong anchor for the eye within a nautical themed area or room. What makes them so versatile besides the look are the different sizes. Although you can use a larger porthole mirror with great effect, the use of smaller mirrors in pairs or triplets is also just as effective. Recently Nantucket Brand discovered some great inspirational pieces that showcase porthole mirrors in action. If you have an area needing a bit of nautical charm try these on for size. Items mentioned: porthole mirrors, nautical knobs, nautical accentsClick below to read more!

  • Preppy Halloween Costume Ideas

    Our Preppy Halloween Costume Ideas for 2013

    The leaves are turning yellow and red, the days are getting shorter and the calendar says it’s October, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner! While Nantucket Brand may not be the first store to pop into your mind while thinking of Halloween costume ideas, several of our items are perfect for "preppy" Halloween costumes. We posted some preppy Halloween costume ideas two years ago and have an update for you today! Here are some ideas on how to look like you swing with the country club set this October.

     

    Preppy Halloween Costume - Tennis Player
    Photo from NewsGab.com

    Tennis Player

    Whether you’re channeling the great Steffi Graf or up-and-coming champions like Maria Sharapova, Nantucket Brand has everything you need to look ready for Wimbledon. Our women's cable tennis sweater or women's tennis polo combined with a simple and elegant white tennis skirt make for a classic tennis outfit. Combine with a headband, knee socks, and an old tennis racket and people may well think you just returned from an ATP World Tour!

     

    Nancy Drew - Preppy Halloween Costume
    Photo from DecaturDaily.com

    Nancy Drew

    Simply combine a Cashmere sweater with a Madras skirt to bring everyone’s favorite teen detective to life. We’ve even got you covered with a magnifying glass to complete the look. It doesn’t take a super-sleuth to figure out that this is a great costume!

     

    Preppy Halloween Costume - Golfer
    Photo from ASU.edu

    Golfer

    Another great costume idea would be to combine one of our many women's polo shirts with a classic twill skirt, along with a baseball hat and some cleats to get the look of a pro golfer. Men can use one of our wide men's polo shirts, available in several colors along with a pair of khaki pants. You’ll look so believable, you may get tired of answering questions about Augusta and where you store your Green Jacket in the off-season!

     

    Preppy Halloween 80s Frat Guy
    Photo from Ivy-Style.com

    80s Frat Guy

    An absolute staple of any classic 80’s hijinks movie, the preppy frat guy is an American movie icon. We offer a wide range of men’s polo shirts available in several colors. Accompanied by one of our preppy sweaters tied around your neck and some retro style sunglasses, you’ll look like you’re about to pull a prank on Delta House or plot double-secret probation with the Dean.

     

    If you have any great preppy costume ideas, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us"

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket. Photo by petersbar on flickr

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket with Emerson Quote

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket. Photo by petersbar on flickr

    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Our quote this week comes from the great American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. I was reminded of this quote recently when using a notebook given to me by my wife.. I typically carry around small Moleskine notebooks and as a gift, she gave me some with great quotations on stickers adhered to various pages.

     

    I first came across Emerson in a poetry class I took at Nantucket High School. Although I didn't know it at the time, I recently learned that Emerson once spoke at the Nantucket Atheneum, the island's library. Emerson had an apparent fondness for Nantucket, even dubbing it the "Nation of Nantucket" due the isolation and uniqueness of the island sitting 30 miles out to sea. It's certainly fitting that the man who spent so much time alone at Walden Pond.

     

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse

    The photo of Sankaty Head Lighthouse above comes from petersbar on flickr. Sankaty Head Light sits on the eastern edge of the island. Originally built in 1850, the lighthouse was moved back 400 feet from the bluff in 2007. Erosion has been a big problem for coastal home and structures on the island.

     

    This photo looks back over the moors in the Polpis area of Nantucket. petersbar certainly did a great job of capturing the lighthouse in great light and it seemed fitting for this quote from Emerson.

  • "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    Nantucket Yacht Club Vintage Postcard with Quote

    Photo of a vintage postcard depicting Nantucket Yacht Club

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

    Our quote this week comes from the America author, H. Jackson Brown Jr., who wrote the New York Times besteller, Life's Little Instruction Book. Brown had worked as a creative director at an advertising agency prior to becoming an author.

    Nantucket Yacht Club

    The image is a photo of a vintage postcard depicting the Nantucket Yacht Club, as seen from the harbor. The club was founded in 1906. In this scene, small sailboats sits in the "safe habor" ready to "sail away" and "expolore, dream, and discover."

  • Life on ACK: Our Montauk Madras Dress in the Nantucket Legends Exhibit at the Whaling Museum

    Montauk Madras Dress at Whaling Museum

    Our Montauk Madras Dress at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

    My sister-in-law recently visited Nantucket, which gave my wife and I a good reason to visit the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum. The museum is always entertaining and I highly recommend visiting if you are ever on the island.

    They currently have an exhibit called Nantucket Legends: Foggy Facts & Fictions. The exhibit explores tales about the island's history and includes a section about the history of attire on the island. Luckily enough for us, we were invited to feature one of our items in the exhibit by Michelle Soverino at the Nantucket Historical Association. We offered our Montauk Madras Dress, which is now on display.

    Madras Dress at Foggy Facts and Fictions Exhibit Nantucket Brand at the Whaling Museum

    Although the exhibit has been open since April, I just realized that we never posted about this on our blog. It's quite an honor to have our dress displayed at the Whaling Museum.

    Besides our dress, the exhibit features very interesting information about Nantucket's history including the origin of the name "widow's walk", how our downtown streets became paved with cobblestones, and for whom the "Three Bricks" were built. The exhibit is only open until November 10, 2013. If you have a chance, it's certainly worth a visit.

  • Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Save 30% on all orders this Columbus Day Weekend. Enter the code ANCHOR30 on the shopping cart page to apply the discount.

    Valid at NantucketBrand.com until 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 14th. May not be combined with any other offers.

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  • Life on ACK: Nantucket Cranberry Festival 2013

    Nantucket Cranberry Festival 2013

    Photo by Michael Galvin. From Mass Office of Tourism on Flickr

    2013 Nantucket Cranberry Festival

    The Nantucket Conservation Foundation's 11th Annual Nantucket Cranberry Festival is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 12, 2013. Read below for more information about cranberries and this weekend's event.

    The humble cranberry has been a staple of Thanksgiving tables across the United States since the time of the first settlers to this land. Indeed, few (if any) other fruits have so captured our collective imaginations and cemented their place in our history in quite the same way.

    The Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s 11th Annual Nantucket Cranberry Festival invites visitors and residents of the area to come learn about the rich history of the cranberry, enjoy family activities, and of course, watch the cranberries get harvested. Cranberries grow in low vines in large flat fields called ‘beds’. At the time of harvest, the entire field is flooded and a harvester shakes the cranberries loose from the vines. Due to their natural buoyancy, the berries float in the water and are then corralled and gathered for cleaning and packaging.

    Preppy Pig BBQ

    The festival, held at the Milestone Cranberry Bog, allows visitors an opportunity to see this fascinating procedure up close at one of the nation’s oldest, continually operated farms. Cranberries were once an integral part of Nantucket’s economy and have been cultivated on the island since 1857. Visitors can learn about the rich history of the berry, as well as enjoy activities like sheep shearing, herding dog demonstrations, live music, picnic games such as sack races, raffles, hay rides, and a variety of food options. This year, the Nantucket Cranberry Festival is proud to announce it has teamed up with Preppy Pig BBQ, voted best BBQ in New England, which will serve up a range of mouthwatering BBQ classics, including their famous pulled pork sandwiches. All proceeds are used by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in their efforts to preserve and maintain the integrity and character of Nantucket’s natural resources and habitats. The 2013 Cranberry Festival will be held Saturday, October 12 at the Milestone Cranberry Bog from 11am to 4pm.

    Cranberries are highly regarded as a health food due to their extremely high antioxidant content, as well as being a good supply of vitamin C. The berries in their rawest form are not especially tasty, and in fact are highly acidic and bitter, but when dried or pressed into juice with some added sugar, they have a distinctive and pleasing flavor with a hint of tartness. The Native Americans were the first to use the cranberry as a source of food, and they were the ones who introduced it to starving English settlers in Massachusetts. The name ‘cranberry’ is a derivative of ‘crane-berry’, named due to the resemblance of the plant’s stem and flower to the neck, head and bill of a crane. Cranberries have been cultivated actively in the United States and Canada since the 1800’s, with Massachusetts and Wisconsin accounting for the majority of cranberry production in the US.

    Event Details

    Nantucket Cranberry Festival

    When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 11am-4pm
    Where:  Milestone Cranberry Bog
    Directions: From Town: At the Rotary head east on Milestone Road toward ‘Sconset. At 4.2 miles from the Rotary there will be a brown rock on the left hand side of the road with the number “220″ on it. Continue on Milestone Road for another 100 yards and turn left.

  • What you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.

    Nantucket Old Mill with a Quote

    Nantucket Old Mill - Postcard with Quote

    Photo of a vintage postcard depicting the Nantucket Old Mill

    "What you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone."

    This weeks quote comes from Miguel de Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote. It was said by the character Sancho Panza, Quixote's servant, to Quixote when he imagines himself to be fighting giants that are actually windmills.

    While Cervantes' masterpiece takes place in La Mancha, Spain, this quote seemed fitting for this photo of a vintage postcard of the Old Mill on Nantucket. Nantucket's Old Mill was built in 1746 and is the oldest functioning windmill in the United States. The mill is open for tours seasonally from 11am-4pm.

  • “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” - John Maxwell

    Rainbow Fleet on Nantucket with Quote

    Rainbow Fleet on Nantucket postcard with John Maxwell quote

    "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."

    John Maxwell

    Our quote this week comes from author, speaker, and pastor John Maxwell. I'm not familiar with John Maxwell, but I love this quote. Wyatt, our marketing guru, tweeted this out the other day, which is when I first heard it.

     

    We put this quote onto a photo of another image from our 1950s postcard book. This image shows the Rainbow Fleet sailing in Nantucket Harbor. The Rainbow sailboat, is actually known as a "Beetle Cat" almost everywhere but Nantucket. The fleet sails around Brant Point in a parade fashion at the beinning of the Opera House Cup each August.

  • Life on ACK: Nantucket Restaurant Week - Fall 2013

    Nantucket Restaurant Week

     Nantucket Restaurant Week - Fall 2013

    Nantucket boasts a proud and extensive list of epicurean delights sure to please even the most discerning palates. Many celebrated chefs choose to open restaurants here not only because of the beauty of the surrounding scenery, but also for the quality ingredients they can source locally. Along with all of these, it goes without saying that offerings of seafood here are bountiful, and of the highest quality and freshness.

    Nantucket Restaurant Week was established in 2009 in an effort to showcase the incredible culinary tradition and variety of the island. The event has progressively grown larger each year and currently runs twice a year, in the summer (2013: June 3 – 9) and fall (2013: Sept 30 – Oct 6), giving casual diners and food enthusiasts alike a chance to revel in exceptional food, wine and hospitality. The list of participating restaurants is quite large, offering selections from renowned establishments as well as hidden local gems and featuring a smorgasbord of culinary styles from all over the USA and beyond. Participating restaurants offer a prix fixe (fixed price) three course dinner menu for around $25-45, giving diners a chance to revisit an old favorite or try something new and adventurous.

    American Seasons is one of the more prominent participating restaurants, where chef Michael LaScola offers playful twists on American classics like crispy catfish with a turnip puree and crawfish butter, or the famous ‘Flying Elvis’ featuring chocolate ganache and a crunchy peanut butter cookie crust along with chocolate and banana ice cream. Feeling a bit more international? Head to Pazzo, where celebrated restaurateur Marco Coelho provides elegant cuisine with a decidedly Mediterranean flair, including artisanal breads, fresh pasta, and house-made gelato.  If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Corazon del Mar provides diners with innovative fusions of Spanish and Latin culinary traditions, along with some more far off ingredients like grilled bok-choy. Corazon is also a must-visit for ceviche lovers and raw bar enthusiasts, allowing diners to get a true taste of some of the freshest seafood found anywhere.  For more information on Nantucket Restaurant Week as well as a list of all participating restaurants, visit http://www.nantucketrestaurantweek.com/.

    Nantucket Restaurant Week takes place twice a year; once in June and again in the fall. Check back in the spring for more info on Nantucket Restaurant Week for Spring 2014.

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