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Accommodations

Name: The Edgartown Inn

Date of Opening: August 2020

City/Town: Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

Brief Description: With 12 intimate but airy rooms, The Edgartown Inn is a convenient, laid-back retreat adjacent to the bustle of Edgartown Village. Put your feet up after a stroll along the picturesque beach or a foray inland for a tour of local farm stands. Enjoy a locally grown treat in the bright farmhouse kitchen or relax with a cool drink on the Inn’s broad porch where warm sea breezes carry the scent of beach roses. Destinations like the Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Ferry are an easy walk—perfect for when you’re ready to head out exploring. 

Name: Life House, Nantucket

Date of Opening: Summer 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: Designed by Life House’s award-winning internal design team, the 14-room Nantucket location emphasizes the nostalgia and simplicity of the northeastern island lifestyle. The hotel takes over a heritage building with a nearly 200-year history of hospitality: it was first built in the 1830s as a Federal-style mansion belonging to a whaling captain Robert Calder. In 1870, Calder would open the doors to travelers visiting the island. The hotel features a 300 square-foot living room and kitchen, a grab-and-go mini bar stocked with stacks, and a 675 square-foot Garden Lounge with scenic daybeds. Guest rooms, in hues of plum and lilac, will feature a variety of regionally sourced vintage artifacts and artwork from local artists. Meanwhile, in-room amenities include favorites like scents from Diptyque, bath products from Le Labo, and luxury linens from Revival.

Name: Jared Coffin House Premieres Four New Suites After Notable Nantucket Women Leaders

Date of Opening: Summer 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: The venerable Jared Coffin House, a Broad Street (Nantucket) landmark and former whaling merchant’s home, debuted four (4) new suites named after notable Nantucket women leaders: Maria Mitchell Suite; Anna Gardner Suite; Lucretia Coffin Mott Suite; and Mary Coffin Starbuck Suite.While retaining the historic architecture of the 19th-century building, portions of the ground floor were reborn into four suites and one guestroom. The Jared Coffin House commissioned Nantucket-native and interior designer Audrey Sterk, to ensure careful preservation of the historic, pre- civil war landmark during the revamp. Inspired by the colors of the sea and sand, the interiors feature a color palette of foggy greys, robin-egg blues and soft neutrals.  To complement views of Nantucket’s historic streetscape, an extensive collection of original oil paintings are also on display – each piece hand-selected by the hotel’s owners, highlighting Nantucket’s whaling days. In the individually-designed guestrooms, custom furniture including four-poster King Beds, tulip-style coffee tables and walnut brown desks with lacquered inlay are paired with original refurbished wood floors from the 1840s. Bathrooms feature white and grey tile floors and glass-enclosed showers.

Attractions

Name: African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard Adds New Site

City/Town: West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard

Brief Description: The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard has announced the dedication of a new site on the self-guided trail. The home of E. Jacqueline Hunt, at 62 Nashawena Park, Oak Bluffs will join the Trail as site number 31 in honor of the lifetime achievements of “Miss Jakki,” a lifelong social justice activist who served as president of the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP from 1979 to 1989, organizers said. 

Name: The Road from Abolition to Suffrage | Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) new exhibition at the Whaling Museum (Williams Forsyth Gallery)

Dates: 4 August 2020 – 31 December 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: This is a story of inspiring individuals who moved Nantucket—and the nation—towards a more just and equitable distribution of political power. It begins with a simple will written in 1710 endowing a formerly enslaved man with property and runs up to the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 granting voting rights to women. As the title suggests, the story has two parts—the first looks at the scourge of slavery and the second highlights those individuals with Nantucket connection involved in fighting for civil rights for women. Curiously, the pursuit on whales mirrors the former, while the latter reflects Nantucket’s post-whaling period.

Name: Reyes Pond Secret Garden

Date Opened: Summer 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: A secret garden is now open to the public. As noted in the article, property and grounds were initially designed in the1950s and 1960s to be a private retreat with landscape reminiscent of Asia. Today, Reyes Pond Secret Garden is a “16-acre botanic garden with the specimen trees labeled with species information and country of origin”, in addition to having a bike path, a single-track trail with a small bridge and marsh.

Name: New Nantucket Conservation Association Walking Trail from Milestone Road to Altar Rock

Date Opened: July 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: The new trail starts at the fourth milestone marker on Milestone Road. A 1½-mile walk to Altar Rock (Altar Rock is one of the most dominant features in the Middle Moors. At 100 feet above sea level, it is 4th highest elevation on the island. On a clear day, it affords wonderful views of Polpis Harbor, Pocomo Head, Coatue, Great Point Light, Sankaty Head Light, ‘Sconset Village, and the surrounding heathlands. This new trail is a scenic route over rolling hills, through the 400-acre open grassland known as the Serengeti, and past small side-of-the-road ponds called kettle ponds. To the east is Gibbs Pond, the Milestone Cranberry Bog and Sankaty Head Lighthouse. To the north and west is the vast expanse of the Middle Moors.

Name: Nantucket Historical Association Discovery Center

Date: Summer 2020

City/Town: Nantucket

Brief Description: The Discovery Center, created as an interactive imaginary experience for children in an 18th century town, is now transformed into a children’s museum. Town vignettes, have added artifacts from the NHA collections, giving an authentic layer to the interactive foundation of the original concept. Daily activities, that were a staple of the Discovery Center experience, are now available as Sail Away Kits; each with a project, instructions, and materials. The Nantucket Railroad model, along with a map train table and large video screen, occupies the front space where guests can sit and work on their kits or take them home, enjoy the train model, and watch historic videos. A Build a Boat Kit is also available at Sarg’s Curiosity Shop. Put your model together and head through the town to the outdoor park where there are more activities and a Biometric map water table where you can sail your boat. 

Mass Audubon Get Outdoors: Activities for All Ages

Check the Mass Audubon website for the most up to date information on outdoor nature programs and tours across the Commonwealth, and learn about Mass Audubon’s conservation efforts in Massachusetts. Here’s the link with upcoming winter fun activities for everyone. 

New Exhibit Provincetown Museum Our Story: The Early Days of the Wampanoag Tribe and the Pilgrims Who Followed

Brief Description: With the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ arrival, Provincetown will remind the world of its place as a champion of diversity, inclusiveness, and tolerance. At Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM), the mission ensures this history is told correctly. The Museum will soon debut a new permanent exhibit, “Our Story,” curated by SmokeSygnals, the leading Native American creative agency in the Northeast, led by Paula and Steven Peters, a mother and son who are members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The exhibit will be interactive, modern and technological, but most important — accurate. Incorporating touchscreen kiosks, video, artifacts and large panels, the exhibit will have cases with beadwork, wampum, and Pilgrim items, too. Displays will be in the center area where new exhibits will rotate in new components, pieces from other museums or to create space for special events. All of it will illustrate the early history of the Wampanoag on Cape Cod, including the 1620 arrival of the Mayflower, which is only part of the story – and one that is not always portrayed correctly.

Provincetown Galleries Unite for a Different Kind of Stroll

Date Opened: Summer 2020

City/Town: Provincetown

Brief Description: Imagine being able to access the works of 30+ galleries without leaving your door! More than 30 art galleries in Provincetown, MA have decided to work together to bring awareness that Provincetown galleries are operating in safe, efficient, and evolving ways during the current health crisis. Provincetown attracts a 50,000 average daily population in summer months and is home to over 45 galleries, a major regional art museum and many other organizations that provide opportunities for artists including residencies and educational programs. Known as the Oldest Continual Art Colony in the US, the town and surrounding seashore have long been a favorite subject for painters and is a treasured place for creatives to meet and collaborate on ideas and to enjoy the beauty of the Outer Cape. Provincetown’s small-town feel and intimate scale have traditionally offered visitors the opportunity to visit many galleries and studios and even to meet some of the artists in a walkable area mostly on two main streets in its downtown.