No One Puts The ACK in NANTUCKET Like

The Nantucket blACKbook!

The Nantucket BlACKbook Nine Years ago Holly Finigan stepped foot on Nantucket….And Things Will NEVER be the same for Nantucket!  Yes, Holly worked as a bartender, a  freelance writer, created her popular blog and in May 2012 launched the website that has become The GO-TO Source for ALL Things Hip + Fresh + Haute + Cool on the 02554!

The Nantucket blACKbook is THE Online Guide Connecting Those ON and OFF the island with all things hip and fresh. It is the brainchild of Holly Finigan.

We recently spoke with Holly discussing her blog and life on Nantucket. Holly and her creative team under her direction, bring that FRESH ACK look to promote #Nantucket Fashion, STYLE, Food, Restaurants, EVENTS, Shops, FESTIVALS, #Tourism…The list goes on and on!

“What They Are Wearing” What They Are Buying” “What To Wear To A Music Festival or Holly Finigana Wedding”  That’s just the tip of what Holly Finigan wants you to know what The Nantucket BlACKbook is about! She works with the leaders in the industry on Nantucket which are part of her own team creating THE Fresh look That IS Nantucket!

Festivals…Festivals..Festivals…Nantucket Has THEM!

The Nantucket BlACKbook showed The World,  Nantucket’s Red, White and Blue this past JULY 4TH!  This Weekend they will be at the island’s Yoga Festival, Then there was was the Wine Festival, The Book Festival, The Film Festival and coming July 16th The Comedy Festival, The Dance Festival (July 21 – 26), The Garden Festival (July 23-24)  and of course The Nantucket Music Festival  (August 2-3) with Bruce Hornsby and many others. Nantucket BlACKbook will be there for all of it as well as promoting the events in advance only in the way they can!

Today, Holly’s features appear in Nantucket Magazine, she freelances for editorial pieces from Boston to NYC and received notary in the August 2013 #VANITYFAIR  Society Coast to Toast article about Erosion. Holly is also on the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce Board.

Timeline…Nantucket Stroll  December 2013 – The Nantucket BlACKbook photo spread taken to promote the month long celebration that attracts visitors from around the world.

GLAM SQUAD Collaboration

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The Nantucket BlACKbook

All Photos Charlotte Carey Photography

Timeline…April 2013-  Nantucket Daffodil Festival the blogsite  photo spread about the flower festival that takes over a weekend in early Spring each year.

GLAM SQUAD Collaboration



All Photos Charlotte Carey Photography


Keep up the good work Holly! You are an inspiration to Nantucket and the rest of the world! Be Sure to view the blog from the link above and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  

The Nantucket BlACKbook


Written By Melissa Tyler – New England Blogger


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Isobel and Cleo – Nantucket

We found the coolest shop and it’s right when you step off the boat in Nantucket!

Isobel and Cleo


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Isobel and Cleo takes residence in one of the many upscale shops that dot the harbor in Nantucket when you get off the boat.  No visit to Nantucket would not be complete without an enjoyable walk at Straight Warf and old South Warf to visit these colorful ocean shops. The Shop on Nantucket also includes other artists made goods from Nantucket.

Isobel and Cleo design and create the most unique and luxurious knitwear right from their shop and studio on Nantucket. From sweaters to pants, scarfs and other unique items it’s a MUST STOP on your trip to Nantucket. They are at the shop right where you get off the boat in Nantucket from June through mid October and back to their studio at 2 Union Street the rest of the year.

Owner, Charlotte Hess picked up knitting needles at the age of 8. In School she studied a semester abroad in Scotland. Upon her return to the USA she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BFA in Fine Arts and Fashion. She Interned with Karen Walker and Nom#d in New Zealand and a Masters Degree from Glasgow School of Art.

Her ESTY Shop led to her starting her own brand, numerous blogs that were written about  Isobel and Cleoher fashions led to a grant awarded by the Scottish Arts Council.  She was eventually headhunted by the URBN Corporation, parent company to URBAN OUTFITTERS and ANTHROPOLOGIE to design sweaters for their FREE PEOPLE Brand.

In March 2011, Charlotte won the Emerging Designers Competition at Charleston Fashion Week. She spends her time in her workroom on Nantucket and the UK. Every piece is designed and handmade on Nantucket Island. When away, Charlotte scours the globe looking for the best materials for her collection and chooses to work with companies that have fair workers rights practices and/or produce sustainable yarns. The brand is sold online and in stores in New Zealand, Scotland, Vermont, and California, Custom Knit garments are also created for private clients. Charlotte’s work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, N Magazine, Nantucket Today, and Nylon and Elle Magazine’s blogs.

Isobel and Cleo


All Photos C 2014 Melissa Tyler

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A Whole Lotta Crunch

We Found The BEST Ever Granola!

It’s soft, fresh, delicious and made right here on  Cape Cod.

A Whole Lot Of CrunchRecently, we visited the Bass River Farmers Market in South Yarmouth and tried A Whole Lotta Crunch. Don’t let the name fool you! This is not old box store granola AT ALL!  Just FRESH, MOIST, DELICIOUS Granola! It is the best we have ever had and worth a visit to the farm market or better yet just order online from wherever you are!

A Whole Lotta Crunch is an all natural, wholesome snack.  Have it mixed with berries and cereal, create your own  fruit and yogurt scrumptious parfait. We even sprinkled some on top of a sliced banana for breakfast, or just munch on some plain as a snack or late night  treat.

Oats, Dates, Raisins, Sliced Almonds, Wheat Germ, Cinnamon Dried Cranberries, Shredded Coconut  are just some of the Yummy ingredients that make this product absolutely Yummy!  Do we dare mention it’s good for you too!

Owner Valerie Stone has created a niche for her products and with some luck and perseverance Kids Muchin’ and Crunch Granola will be in Whole Foods in the near future! In the meantime you purchase the product on Cape Cod or by ordering directly through her website.


Try the Gluten Free Just Crunch and Monkey Crunch. These products are available at several Cape Cod outlets as well as the Bass River Farmers Market on Thursday’s and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm through the fall. Click the link above for more information.


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Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

If you live on or off the Cape this is the place to experience Yoga! 

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga has been a tradition in Chatham for 13 years. It is taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher Valerie Twomey, RN.

This is a very special place to practice Yoga! Oceanside with the sun, sand and ocean. Your stress will melt away!

Now through September 15th, 2014, daily, one and a half hour classes start at 7:30am– weather permitting. No pre-registration is required. Beginners  are welcomed and encouraged. Movement is slow, focus is on breath and safe alignment. Bring your sunglasses and a towel as the class is held on soft sand, right on the edge of the beach!

Each class ends with a time for relaxation. Kripalu Yoga on the beach strengthen your body, calm your mind,  reduce stress and provide an opportunity for improving your health.

Private classes are also available.


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MIDNIGHT FARM, Vineyard Haven

We have visited Midnight Farm several times over the years and loved the atmosphere and mood of the store. This year we found out they moved to a space across the street from where they had previously been.

Midnight Farm

Midnight Farm  is a HOME store that represents Tamara Weiss’s passion for all things beautiful, textural, organic, reclaimed, hand made or unique. Tamara travels the world and gains inspiration from the artists, musicians and friends she meets along the way, including her friend and business partner, Carly Simon. Tamara and Carly have been lifelong friends. The store was named by Carly Simon who also penned a poem which led to a children’s book called “Midnight Farm”. 



The shop is big on comfort and style. Tamara Weiss carefully curates the unusual selectionMidnight Farm of goods:  furniture, bedding, art as well as clothing, jewelry and shoes for women, men, and children. 

The store pays homage to Vintage textiles from Morocco, India and Turkey sit side by side with luxurious silk bedding, candles, perfumes, books and treasures for the HOME, BODY and SPIRIT.

Specialty foods like local honey, sea salt, spicy kale, organic small batch granola, bacon jam, chocolates, and the ever-present mango lime salsa are some of the delectable foods one might find. 


You’ll also find copies of Tamara Weiss’s book  “Potluck at Midnight Farm”. Released in 2002, the cookbook style guide gives over 100 recipes  from potluck dinners hosted or attended by the author. PotLuck at Midnight Farm

When visiting Martha’s Vineyard be sure to stop in this one of a kind shop or click the link above to visit their online store!

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The Lobster Pot – Provincetown MA

Appetizers, Lobster and More Overlooking The Provincetown Harbor

Recently, we visited The Lobster Pot Restaurant in Provincetown.   We had some great appetizers and lobster and of course wine! Owner and Chef,  Tim McNulty has established an exceptional menu, service and atmosphere for the restaurant. Luckily, our recent visit was before the busy tourist season to come. So relax have a glass of Cabernet or a Lobster Pot signature cocktail! 

Here are a few appetizers we recommend  next time you decide to take the ride to Ptown!

Lobster Avocado CocktailLobster Avocado Cocktail  - Meat from half of a 1 1/3 pound lobster, diced avocado and mango, sweet pepper vinaigrette and tarragon mayo. This was delicious!






Soft Shell Crab – breaded and fried served with garlic butter on parmigian toast. The light salad toppings and light creamy dressing were a unique added top off to this dish. Perhaps we should have ordered two!Soft Shell Crab






You can also purchase Owner and Chef  Tim McNulty cookbook The Lobster Pot Cookbook and make those classic New England dishes at home! bookfront


Food Photos C 2014 Melissa Tyler

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Boston Harbor Cruises

bhc_logoCruise around the harbor on a 90 minute narrative sight seeing tour. Relax on a Weekend Brunch Cruise, Summer Fireworks, Constitution Sail or ride to Salem or Provincetown!

Boston Harbor Cruises has something for everyone! In matter of fact you may find several cruises to experience throughout the summer and into the fall.

August 31st is the one day only Dinner and fireworks cruise with DJ and Dancing. 90 minute Sunset Cruises leave daily at 7pm now through September 1st and 6pm through September 21st.

Public BBQs & Clambakes

The perfect summer treat!  Thursday evening clambakes on Spectacle Island and Friday evening BBQ on Georges Island presented by Rita’s Catering.  Enjoy the beautiful setting, time with family and friends and a delicious menu – all in an urban oasis, complete with spectacular views of the Boston skyline.


Boston’s only 3 hour Whale Watching Cruise. In partnership with the New England Aquarium, BHC presents Boston’s hi-speed catamaran whale watching at its best. Their catamarans provide the fastest, most comfortable way to view the ocean’s most magnificent creatures. This way you spend more time actually watching them.  And, from one of three outside decks for optimal viewing or from cushioned seating inside climate-controlled cabin space, your view is sure to be spectacular.

The destination is Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more. It’s home to several kinds of large whales, including humpbacks finbacks, minkes, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales.


Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be sightseeing, museum hopping, sampling the specialties of local chefs and shopping in Salem’s many quaint boutiques and quirky shops.


This summer, forget the Cape traffic and parking hassles when you set sail aboard the Provincetown Ferry, Boston’s first, fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Cape Cod.

Enjoy historic and scenic sites on the Provincetown Ferry, while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze as we whisk you away to the restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife unique to Provincetown and the Outer Cape. The Boston to Provincetown ferry is the largest and fastest passenger-only catamaran in the U.S., landing in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes. And with more onboard amenities and services than any other fast ferry in New England, getting there is half the fun.


Matthew “Matty” Hughes claims two important places in history. At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest licensed captain ever in the port of Boston, and in 1926 he founded New England’s premier cruise company, what is today the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC).

Given Matty’s glorious obsession with boats and Boston Harbor, no one was surprised when, soon after obtaining his license, he struck a deal with a local boat owner to operate the M/V Nelly with two full-time employees on a 30-minute cruise of the Charles River at a cost of 10¢. For the next 16 years, area residents, in an attempt to escape the oppressive summer heat in their Boston flats, created a steady stream of seasonal customers for Matty and his cruises.

For more information on Boston Harbor Cruises and tickets click the link above.


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Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farm Turns out one of the biggest lavender farms on the east coast is in Harwich on Cape Cod!

Cape Cod Lavender Farm is surrounded with 60 acres of conservation land with woodland and walking trails that overlooks Island Pond. Owners Cynthia and Mathew Sutphin have owned the farm since 1995. That’s the year they opened their farm to local cape codders to attend a harvest. The lavender farm is typically in bloom late June through early July.

They started the business with two best selling products, plants and loose lavender buds and 19 years latter have over 20 lavender products; which include home decor, culinary and mind, body and spirit needs.

In 2013, they expanded their enchanted garden, complete with a miniature replica medieval castle. The garden allows children and adults to let their imagination run among a variety of plants and faerie portals.

June and July is harvest times and the best time to explore the fields bloom and scents. The farm receives 10,000 visitors annually. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop!

Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farm





Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farm





Photos by Melissa Tyler


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Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival – Sun, Feb 23

ParisFlamer10SKI…SNOWSHOE..Chocolates and More in North Conway!

Ski, snowshoe, walk, or ride from Inn to Inn and receive free chocolate treats at each inn. Stay at least 2 nights at 1785 Inn that weekend and receive 2 comp tickets to Mount Washington.

1785 Inn & Restaurant is a quaint country inn nestled in the White Mountains of NH and well-known for its spectacular mountain views, fine dining, cozy pub, friendly service, comfortable lodging rooms, and reasonable rates (“an amazing value”).

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve. Event Fee $35 per person.

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Big Band Dance Night at Milly’s Tavern Feb 20th- Manchester NH

Get ready to dance… bigbandnight

Enjoy LIVE music with Lakes Region Big Band a 21 piece Big Band at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester New Hampshire. It starts Thursday night from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

Dance the night away to sophisticated arrangements of high energy contemporary jazz, fusion and rock, along with a selection of classic big band jazz . Plus great food and drinks.

The nite will include featured soloists and performers, both locals and regional musicians of many styles, to showcase their talent.Also FREE dance lessons with Royal Palace Dance Studio Great music and dancing.

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