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September on Nantucket

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by Greg McKechnie Trail running through the fallen pine needles and crunching leaves, throwing on a sweatshirt watching the sun set at the beach, and spiced cocktails by the fireplace are all things to stick around for or return to while relaxing throughout a long weekend or week-long September escape.  I personally love warm days and cool nights. The pace slows for us in the real estate world and we get a little more time to enjoy what makes Nantucket special (please don't tell anyone but I even skipped out of the office for an hour yesterday to go surfing and it was 2 days... Read more

Quidnet Village: A Quiet Year-round Escape

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by Bill Liddle When searching for a quiet Nantucket oasis with winning traits in all four seasons, Quidnet may not immediately come to mind. But that is the magic of Quidnet, it is hidden away- and only some of us are lucky enough to know and cherish all it has to offer. Formerly one of the primary venues for Nantucket's Cod Fishing trade, Quidnet is a picturesque hamlet on the Eastern end of the island full of historic cottages, white sand beaches, and clear water for fishing, swimming and sailing. At the heart of Quidnet is Sesachacha Pond- the largest of the island’s “great ponds”.... Read more

Nantucket Race Week

By Great Point Properties Team Images Courtesy of Brian Sager Photography It's Nantucket Race Week! Cut your engines! It’s officially Race Week here on Nantucket! Island life can be a magical experience - for children growing up here or just spending the summer months on island time. Nantucket Community Sailing is one organization that contributes heavily to this magic by sharing the gift of sailing and water sports with the youth and general public of Nantucket. This week's Nantucket Race Week is an important part of NCS’ continued success. Throughout this week and into the... Read more

Tim Russert Summer Groove 2016

The 15th Annual Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Tim Russert Summer Groove Written by Amy Ann Sanford Photography by Runaway Bride Nantucket For the past 14 years, the Tim Russert Summer Groove has evolved into a highlight of the summer social calendar, featuring a fabulous evening of fine food, drinks and a festive dance party. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this event.  Sold out to 600 guests, this event will not only be a spectacular celebration, it will most importantly raise funds for the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club. The Nantucket Boys & Girls Club currently hosts... Read more

Nantucket Field Trip

written by Greg McKechnie photography by Border Free Travels My niece, 7, and nephew, 3, were in town and we thought it would be fun to drag the kids away from their precious iPads and TVs for a day of educational fun- a Nantucket Field Trip. We decided to take everyone out for their first Marine Ecology Field Trip with the Maria Mitchell Association, a Nantucket non-profit that offers hands on experiences with natural science for kids and adults alike. When we arrived at the Nantucket Harbor we had no idea how much fun the kids would have- and how much the parents would enjoy, too.... Read more

Pup Friendly Places on Nantucket

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By Greg McKechnie From official puppy parades to the ones we see everyday exploring the island alongside their owners, Nantucket is full of dog lovers (and dog lovers are good people). For those of us not willing to let our furry friends miss out on the fun, it’s great to have a list of dog-friendly ideas in your backpocket that’ll keep you and your pooch adventuring through the summer. Here are some places your four-legged friend will love. And so will you. FOR A COFFEE With a Bark Bar out front where you can tie up your pup and he or she can choose a water bowl sized just for... Read more

Kiteboarding Nantucket

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Interview by Greg McKechnie Photography Border Free Travels This Spring my friends Ned and Will King introduced me to Jake and Jon, the guys of Next Level Watersports. Ned and Will were adamant that I get out on the water and try kiteboarding. Over the years the King brothers and I have taken up all sorts of adrenaline based sports. Kiteboarding looked like it was in keeping with the trend. But at 42 I was a little wary. Last week my wife Courtney and I decided to meet Jake at Next Level to take our first lesson. Part of me wishes I never had met him out at 4th point on Coatue because I... Read more

Run, Bike, Swim: Where to Stay Active Outdoors on Nantucket

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By Greg McKechnie There’s nothing better than early mornings watching the sunrise and enjoying some fresh Nantucket air while running, swimming or biking. This island overflows with places to actively enjoy the scenic views, varied geography and awesome nature. It’s nearly impossible to not take advantage of some form of active outdoors enjoyment here, even if you’re just heading out for a brisk walk. Sanford Farm Sanford Farm is where you’ll regularly find me for my morning run (check Strava - I am a creature of habit, and Jack, my Irish Jack Russell, and I do the long loop there... Read more

The 5 Best Family Friendly Beaches on Nantucket

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by Greg McKechnie Bringing the family to Nantucket Island this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor, a summer resident, or even a year round resident like me, entertaining the kids can be a bit of a challenge. We’ve compiled a list of the best family friendly beaches. Whether you’re traveling with little ones or they're nearly all grown up, these Nantucket beaches will keep your kids captivated- at any age- and will ensure enjoyable family time for all. Children's Beach Dreaming of sleeping in but the kids have other ideas? Children’s Beach is your in-town oasis. Perfect for... Read more

Fresh + Fast Summer Recipe

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by Greg McKechnie Recipe + Photography by Georgie Morley Summer is one of the most coveted seasons of the year, especially here on Nantucket. The longer, warmer days and nights make it enticing to spend any extra time we have in the sunshine and sand. From riding bikes, running, relaxing at the beach, or taking a stroll with family up Main Street- there is something for everyone here. With summer comes beautiful ripe produce from our many local farms, making it easier to make healthy choices without too much effort. I asked local food blogger Georgie Morley to share a favorite simple... Read more

Historic Nantucket Homes – the Ultimate Island Experience

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Nantucket is essentially a historic fairytale. The gray shingles, white trim and each home’s own name engraved on the quarter boards above the front door scream something more than Cape Cod- they say Nantucket. Today, the island boasts an extraordinary mix of modern design and authentic antiquity, open landscapes and preserved privacy. Here’s our short list of true historic beauties just waiting for summertime parties, escapes from the city, and festival weekends all while maintaining the historic charm that is Nantucket Island.   141 Main Street This beautiful gem lives on the... Read more

Introducing Great Point Properties’ Newest Endeavor- #YourNantucket

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In preparation for another wonderful Nantucket season, Great Point Properties is excited to launch #YourNantucket: a new blog and Instagram account dedicated to sharing the things we love about this island. We know Nantucket is far more than a two-dimensional experience. So we are enlisting the help of anyone and everyone who loves something about this island to share their Nantucket. #YourNantucket Beginning June 21st, we invite you to share #YourNantucket. Because we know Nantucket means something very different to each of us, we want to see and share your personal favorites- from... Read more

Island Artist: Meet Illya Kagan

In honor of the upcoming holiday weekend- the undeniable launch of summer in my eyes- I'm sharing an interview with a favorite artist and long time friend of mine. Since the arts play a tremendous part in the culture of island life, Illya Kagan represents a part of my Nantucket. I recently came across this island artist painting plein air in his element on Orange Street. Kagan's art has always struck me through his ability to capture the beauty of Nantucket in such a genuine way. Greg McKechnie: For those who don’t already know you, please tell us a little bit about your... Read more