Hitting the High Notes with Nantucket’s Music Festivals

Nantucket is an iconic New England destination that beckons visitors year round to get their fill of sun, sea, and small town charm. But they also come to this diminutive island for the vibrant music scene, punctuated by acclaimed outdoor concerts and festivals against a stunning ocean backdrop. Read on for an overview of three of the biggest musical events hitting the stage this summer and early fall, and click over to the most recent blog post from our sister Lark on Nantucket, 21 Broad, for a list of top spots for catching live music around town. Want to be in the center of the action? Book your room at 76 Main today!


Nantucket Music Festival, August 1-2

Nantucket Music Festival is a two day musical blow out featuring local, national, and international artists spanning many genres of music. Last year’s highlights include Guster, Bruce Hornsby, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Held on scenic Tom Nevers Field overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, gates open at 10:00am on both days, and the festival is held come rain or shine. In between acts or just for a change of pace, concert goers can browse wares from local artisans and grab a bite from a variety of food and beverage vendors.

Boston Pops, August 8

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops continue their tradition of bringing Boston’s best classical music to the island to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Staged at Jetties Beach, gates open at 4:30pm at the corner of Hulbert Avenue and Bathing Beach Road.  Because this is such a popular event, guests are encouraged to walk, ride their bikes, or get dropped off at the venue. The performance begins promptly at 7:00pm, and a spectacular fireworks display caps off this special evening at 9:05pm.  

Nantucket Blues BBQ, September 26

In its second year, this is where blues fans and barbecue aficionados come together for one major outdoor celebration. Building on last year’s success, the organizers have promised that the 2015 festival will have more artists, longer sets, and even more BBQ to delight your ears and taste buds. A new addition to the line-up? A competition for BBQ supremacy between the on-site vendors. The Nantucket VFW on New South Road plays host to this (occasionally) rowdy affair.



Nantucket Film Festival on the Docket

Ahoy there world travelers, arts & culture aficionados, movie mavens, stargazers and anyone who loves designer boutique hotels and summertime in New England:  Coming to us June 25 – 30 is the Nantucket Film Festival!

In its 19th year, this growing festival is touted as early summer’s best movie mecca, and attracts a loyal and engaged audience from around the world with it’s diverse, fun and intimate program schedule.

Amongst film festivals, what sets Nantucket apart as a premiere destination (aside from its obviously spectacular island locale) is its unique focus on storytelling and celebration of talented screenwriters. In addition to its spotlight preview screenings, shorts and signature programs, the festival lineup includes inspiring and hilarious staged readings, “late night storytelling”, “morning coffees” and an all-star comedy roundtable.

A 5-day “nirvana” for movie fans and stargazers, this beloved event showcases beautiful films in an equally stunning, romantic setting. Even better: attendees have a plethora of options to choose from, with event passes ranging from 1-day (for just $95), to nights only, week-long, all the way up to premium all-access—for only the most impassioned film buffs (or desperately starstruck).

For us, just being on Nantucket during the festival is almost exciting enough on its own—considering that we just might run into our favorite stars licking an ice cream cone and strolling down the street in front of our boutique hotel here at 76 Main.

We can’t think of a more exciting, inspiring and fun way to begin the summer…so grab your big, dark movie star glasses and hop out to join us for this unforgettable Nantucket experience!

“All the Buzz” at our New England Hotel Destinations

Lark Hotels are located in iconic New England villages and cities, and there is a great reason for that. Our desirable New England destinations always boast something new and rave-worthy. Here’s what 2013 brought (and what 2014 promises to bring) to our towns:

Kennebunkport: Last year brought David’s KPT to town from acclaimed Portland, Maine chef David Turin. Needless to say, it became instantly popular. The White Barn Inn unveiled a less-expensive winter bistro menu. The Kennebunkport Festival added an extra day and more events, and promises even more in 2014.

Nantucket: Island-goers formed long lines at the Hub’s new smoothie bar this summer and Proprietors, the latest venture from chef/restaurateur Michael Lascola (of American Seasons) was an unqualified hit. The scuttlebutt on 2014 is a new BBQ joint from chef Fred Bisaillon, formerly of Brant Point Grill. We’re keeping our ear to the ground.

Newport: The juicy beauties at the new Mission Burger got everybody all aflutter in 2013, as did everything on the menu at Stoneacre Pantry. We’re hearing that a fourth day will be added to the fabulous Folk Festival in 2014, so stay tuned for more details.

Portland: New England’s foodiest city got a hip dim sum eatery (Empire Chinese Kitchen), one of the country’s most buzzed-about new bars (Portland Hunt & Alpine Club), a bunch of stellar food trucks (including the clever cookery of Small Axe, and – just under the wire with a December 30 opening – an ultra-locavore bistro (Vinland). And that’s just the short list. 2014 promises even more culinary excitement with the much-anticipated openings of Central Provisions, Miyake Diner and Slab.

Portsmouth: New Hampshire’s seacoast city saw the re-opening of the pedestrian-friendly Memorial Bridge to Kittery in 2013 after two years of renovations, and the new nano-brewery, Earth Eagle, introduced gruit around town. Check it out at the brewery’s tasting room at 175 High Street next time you visit. This year may result in a new ice rink at Strawbery Banke Museum (if it skates through the web of local controversy).