Nantucket Hotel and Restaurant News


Travel and Leisure’s 2009 World’s Best Awards include the White Elephant as the #15 resort in the U.S. and Canada, and the #1 resort in New England.

A Conde Nast Traveler 22nd Annual Readers’s Choice Award went to Nantucket as the third best island in North America, behind Kiawah and Vancouver Island. The ratings are based on restaurants, beaches, activities, lodging, atmosphere, ambiance, scenery, and friendliness.

The Wauwinet was named one of the best small hotels in the U.S., listed number 7 out of 35 and ranked 91.0 out of 100, based on the categories of Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design, and Room Service.


Earlier this year, TOPPER’S restaurant at The Wauwinet, under the expertise of Cellar Master Craig Hanna, was one of 72 recipients of the Wine Spectator’s annual Grand Award, this the 14th consecutive year, and the only restaurant on Nantucket to receive it. The award is given to restaurants that show an uncompromising and passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program. Each winning restaurant offers at least 1,500 selections that include top producers and mature vintages. Excellence and harmony with the restaurant’s menu and superior service are also recognized.

“When mussels are in season, Sfoglia gets the biggest and fattest, and Steven and I must have the voluptuous wild mussels with slivers of spicy salami in a heady broth, fragrant with tomato and fennel…But it’s love of pasta that keeps bringing me back to Sfoglia. The spaghetti with San Marzano tomatoes and strawberry…the tang of the fruit and balsamic vinegar was a revelation.” That’s a quote from Gael Greene of who recently wrote about Sfoglia, New York at 135 E. 92nd St. Excerpts from the full article.

At The Chamber of Commerce Annual Chowder Contest on Saturday, October 17, the winner was Arno’s, Even Keel Cafe took second, and The Dancing Pickle third.

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