In our mind… July 4th truly is the launch of summer… and with the season officially here on your favorite little island, we are bringing the heat this month to ramp things up for an unforgettable 2018! With a combination of sunshine, shopping, shows and celebrations, we predict that July in our Happy Place is going to be nothing short of spect-ACK-ular! So buckle up, because this month’s hot list is driving you forward with everything from hot restaurant news to must-have summer wardrobe picks, to fresh live music to community events that give bACK and beyond! There’s something for everyone, and July is the month where we all come into bloom… now get ready for the top 25 things we’re buzzing about right here!


If you were following along for our June blACKbook staycation, you know that Harborview Nantucket provides an ultimate place to stay and play downtown. Boasting a fully appointed kitchen and washer/dryer, these properties turn into your home away from home. In this conveniently located oasis, you can enjoy either a home-cooked meal or take a short stroll to some fine dining at the islands hottest restaurants — truly the best of both worlds. With the option of combining several cottages all located on the same property, the Harborview townhouses can accomodate your entire crew.
If you’re thinking about booking a trip to your Happy Place, think no more. Harborview Nantucket is now offering a limited time summer special – stay 3 nights at this gorgeous property, and get the 4th night free! Dates to stay are all the way through the end of the year, but must be booked by July 10th, so act fast! BONUS: Booking for the weekend? Studio Nantucket now hosts weekly bootcamp classes Saturdays at 9:30am on the lawn, complimentary to Harborview Guests, so you can get a sweat in before enjoying the rest of your day on island time.


Love the idea of eating at a sushi bar but dealing with the crowds…not so much? Now you can get those dreamy sashimi vibes right in the comfort of your own home or venue! Sushi Sean 11:11 is the ultimate way to upgrade your next cocktail party or summer event with a live action sushi bar and private sushi chef! You know you can trust him when it comes to picking out the freshest seafood as he has spent many years traveling and working in sushi bars (LoLa 41 anybody?!). Going back to that idea of saving time so you can thoroughly enjoy everything ACK has to offer, book Sushi Sean and have a killer meal waiting for you – no planning, no prep, just savoring the time enjoying dinner as he prepares fresh rolls right in front of you! Follow him on instagram @sushisean1111


If you’ve been searching for the must-have summer shoes, look no further! The Easy Street Slides from Nantucket Sole are back with stunning new details, and four new colors… complete with fun names like Blue Blazer! But the big news for this brand in 2018 is the introduction of their new style, the Lincoln Loafer. This modern twist on a classic shape was designed to go with anything in your closet, and can now be found at Perch Nantucket!  Take Note: Nantucket Sole stock is limited to small production and made with only the best quality materials, so if you aren’t on island head over to their website to snatch a pair before they run out, and don’t forget to follow @nantucketsole to keep track of all their summer adventures and events!



Summer on Nantucket has finally arrived, along with weather nice enough to take advantage of the islands outdoor dining scene. Nantucket Prime is one of our favorite spots, especially with the newly expanded patio and updated menu for 2018. Take a seat this season and enjoy their new pizza menu. With dough made in house, these 14 inch pizzas are a mix of traditional blends and eclectic pies, available daily from 4:30PM all the way until midnight, in case you’re craving a late night snack. Stop by for your steak dinner on a Tuesday, and you’ll be treated to the sound of a live acoustic guitar to make it a patio party you won’t want to miss. The pizza menu is served both inside and outside at the bar, and the steak menu is served on the patio seven days a week – let’s take advantage of the great outdoors and great people watching while we can! Follow them on instagram @nantucket.prime!



While Happy Hour specials in restaurants might not be legal in Mass, that doesn’t mean the term can’t apply for other businesses… like, say, one of your go-to workout spots! Every Tuesday, FORME is offering $10 off their 6PM Forme Method Barre class for their own little happy hour. If you are signing up online, use code “HappyHour” and this class costs just $17! Can’t make it to happy hour at the barre? Don’t worry, the ladies over at Forme are hooking it up with plenty of chances to sweat it out this season. From the barre bus at Nobadeer on weekends, (with a special boot camp combo class on July 21st and 22nd giving you Barre and HIIT), to Mat Pilates, Adult Ballet, and their signature Stick Class, there is no shortage of sweat sessions available this season! Check their schedule here, and reserve your spot before they fill up! Follow them on instagram @forme.nantucket !


During their first season, we learned that 28 Centre Pointe is THE go-to shop for all things Nantucket Home and Lifestyle. From original artwork to custom furniture, hostess gifts to father’s day presents, this store has got you covered. Now in their second season, they’ve added even more spectacular items to their lineup, and we’ve got the things to note for 2018 at this Nantucket-centric shop. First, we are swooning over their balinese style basket lanterns, which come in three sizes and are selling fast! Second, they’ve got a whole collection of high lacquer Nantucket trays, coasters, etc. featuring a French Nantucket map which dates back to 1760. If you’ve seen the coffee table at Happy Place, you know the one! Lastly, our girl Meredith Hanson created an exclusive print line for 28 Centre Point, and we love how her Instagrams are coming to life in large format on their walls. They are open 7 days a week, so stop by to get all the items that will turn your island house into your dream home! Not on ACK but dreaming of those island items? Shop the online store and get the decor you’re dying for shipped right to you. Follow them on instagram @28centrepointe!


Nantucket Yoga Fest  is just around the corner, and we are anxiously awaiting the amazing events that this festival pulls together. From the return of Tao Porchon Lynch and her “Conversations with a Master” event on the Monday following the fest, to the many workshops like Mindful Eating and Aging Gracefully, this is always one of our favorite weekends of the year. Summer on Nantucket can get a little crazy, so taking a weekend to sit in on conversations about treating yourself to some self-care, and slowing down, are much needed. That being said, if you don’t have a ticket to the Yoga Fest this year, don’t worry… one of the best parts is the Vendor Market which is free and open to the public! Cruise on over to Bartlett’s Farm and get a chance to shop an array of goods from bigger brands to small local artists, and everything in between! Follow Nantucket Yoga Fest on instagram @nantucketyogafestival !


While you may have seen them in other locations, PAGEO Nantucket is home to a whole lot of exclusives and luxury trunk shows that you can’t find anywhere else, and this Main Street institution is bringing the heat this summer with a pACKed schedule for July! Owners PAm and GEOrge (see what they did there?!) have created quite the lineup, and these trunk shows will be hosted in the store Friday – Sunday all month long. Pop ups include everything from ethereal and feminine jewelry by Jacquie Aiche to indian inspired designs by Suneera, and even a very special diamond trunk show filled with a volume of sparkling dazzlers. Follow them on Instagram @pageo_jewelers and check out the Trunk Show schedule below!
Jacquie Aiche 13th – 15th
Mariani 20th – 22nd
Rene Escobar 19th – 24th
Suneera 27th – 29th
Diamonds 27th – 29th


If you can hear the song Footloose without at least tapping your foot to the beat, there must be something wrong. This summer, Theatre Workshop is bringing the iconic hit musical to the stage, and they’re starting it off right with a good ole fashioned Texas dance hall for opening night! Join us on July 15th for a night of Texas BBQ, libations, broadway performers, and of course, Line Dancing… all to benefit TWN! Opening night performance starts at 4pm, followed by a night of dancing at the White Elephant Ballroom! Looking for another performance to wow you this summer? For one night only, The Witches are making a wicked return to Bennett Hall, which will have been transformed into a New York cabaret like you’ve never seen! There are a limited number of seats available at the on stage VIP tables, which come complete with bubbly, a special gift to make sure this evening is not soon forgotten, and admittance to the exclusive after party with the performers at Prime! Better snag these tickets while they’re HOT.. these babies won’t last long! Follow TWN on Instagram @theatrenantucket!


America’s birthday is right around the corner, and you can’t truly celebrate without that perfect baseball tee! Island life meets patriotism in the recent release of “Stay Salty America” from A Salty Soul, and in their classic fashion this shirt is as soft as ever… seriously, you won’t want to take this thing off. If you’re not exactly the stars and stripes type, be sure to shop the rest of their line. With everything from tanks and hoodies to hats and kids tees, this brand has got something for everyone, and every purchase helps get island kids out on the water with ACK Surf! Shop online, and act fast before they sell out! Follow them on Instagram @asaltysoul!


There is no shortage of spectacular sunsets on Nantucket, making it difficult to come to a decision on where to go and what to do. But, what if we told you that you could watch a legendary ACK sunset on a rooftop overlooking all of downtown, drink and snack in hand, to the sound of some live music? Well, you can! The NHA Sunset Series is back again, and we couldn’t be more excited! Sponsored by Fisher Real Estate with catering and libations from Island Kitchen and Cisco Brewers, these intimate evenings are the perfect way to start your week, especially the week of August 27th when The Ballroom Thieves will be hitting the rooftop. With sold out shows and standout performances at Boston Calling and the Newport Folk Festival, The Ballroom Thieves are sure to be a sunset show stopper! Limited tickets are available, so get them while you can! July tickets are on sale now, and August tickets go on sale mid-July. Follow the NHA on Instagram @ackhistory!


If you read the June HOT list, then you’re in the know when it comes to the Men’s Summer Uniform of 2018, but don’t worry ladies… you know we’ve got you covered too! Take another trip up the cobblestones on Main Street, because Murray’s Toggery stocked all the ladies summer must-haves for your island adventures. From beach to brewery to dining at our staple spots, Murray’s carries the brands that will take you seamlessly from one to the next. Grab yourself some ladies linen, an eye-catching top from Sail to Sable, and a pair of Jack Rogers to complete the look and carry you comfortably across the cobblestones, and you’re ready to take on the town! If you’re in the market for some new swimwear, Murray’s is also having a pop-up with Michael from Michaels Swimwear on July 6th and 7th, and he has some ladies linen tunics in store to complete the beachy look. Not on island? You can shop the Nantucket Summer Uniform through their online store as well! Follow them on Instagram @ackreds!


You know we love a creative real estate open house and this month we have quite the Nantucket stunner for you to see for yourself. Experience Pocomo like never before with your chance to tour the beauty and majestic feels of 82 Pocomo with listing agents Susie Lister Locke and John McGarr of Windwalker William Raveis. On July 20th from 9:30AM to noon, you’ll be able to experience this home on the market in one of the most collaborative ways. From the sandy shores to the indoor spa to the movie theatre and recording studio… we’ll be hosting you and introducing to some of our favorite people in the business throughout this spectacular home. Space is limited for this experience so if you’re interested in a day in the life of this one of kind property, email holly@NantucketblACKbook.com to get on the list! For full feature on blACKbook click here.


Beauty Mystic is presented by Jeannie Vincent, a beauty industry veteran with 15 years of experience. It’s her third summer on the island, and this year she brought a selection of her favorite clean beauty products and metaphysical goods (read: crystals). Her top five product picks? Kosås Thrillest Lipstick, Sisters Shampoo & Conditioner, Skincando Liquid Silver SPF 15 and Rose Quartz! Come meet Jeannie at Happy Place Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and let her give you a glow out: a quick touch-up to your makeup that will let you glow through what you go through. Jeannie is also available for private appointments and weddings, email her at hello@beautymystic.com 



We all know Nantucket is something special, but if you’ve had the chance to spend a day on the water, you know that seeing the island from a different angle makes it even more so. From hidden beaches to up close views of passing boats and wildlife, an afternoon on the water is an afternoon well-spent. Enter: KellyBoat. Like a VRBO or AirBnB for luxury yachts, KellyBoat connects boat owners with groups looking to spend a day on the high seas. Boat owners can rest easily knowing KellyBoat has partnered with the #1 independent marine insurance agency in the US. For those renting, trips come with a private fully licensed USCG Captain at the helm, catered meals from On Island Chefs, and the ability to choose either a full or half day experience on a number of hand selected boats, making this a day you and your group won’t soon forget. All trips are fully customizable, and can be booked online or by calling 802-999-7721. One last thing to note? KellyBoat has partnered with Plastic Oceans and donates a portion of profits to build awareness about plastic pollution – no more single use plastics in our oceans!


Last summer, we made it our mission to enjoy as much theatre as possible, and thanks to the White Heron Theatre, that mission became a reality. This season, it looks like we are on track to attend even more shows, considering what they are throwing at us with the July performances! Between Daddy Long Legs, a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, and Downton Abbey, and the Tony Award nominated cast of Private Lives, an exquisite comedy laced with witty cruelty that follows a divorced couple who end up in adjacent rooms on honeymoon with their new partners, White Heron is at the top of our list for island entertainment! Add in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the end of the month, and we can guarantee you won’t feel like searching for how to spend an evening on this little island! Buy tickets here!  


One of our favorite shoe companies has made a return to the island during their 5th year in business, with a trunk show at Skinny Dip planned for July 27th – 29th to show off their new selections alongside their classic staples. Here at blACKbook, we’ve been loving these woven wonders since day one, and are happy to have them easily accessible once again! In the five years since going into business, Artemis have garnered a cult following around the world for their unique take on a Turkish classic, and the new sandals and slides for women, along with the Kilim Smoking Shoes and Slippers for men are going to be no different. Being handcrafted makes every one of these shoes one of a kind, and a must have Spring and Summer staple. Check them out online, or stop by Skinny Dip Nantucket to pick up your own pair! Follow Milicent’s adventures on insta at @artemisdesignco


We are true believers in the “Gut Fish, Not Houses” mantra that Nantucket Preservation Trust has helped us understand better time and time again. And there is such incredible history and soul brought to life by all of the buildings and landmarks scattered around our little island. Thanks to Nantucket Preservation Trust, stepping off the boat feels like you’re stepping bACK in time to the days of whaling ships and basket weavers, and this summer they have put together several noteworthy events to help keep the history alive. July 19th, award-winning architect Gil Schafer (one of Architectural Digest’s AD 100) will be discussing his new book over a Lecture and Luncheon at the Great Harbor Yacht Club. He offers unexpected, accessible ideas for your next project, and is the perfect advocate for gutting fish, not houses. Tickets are $150, and include lunch and valet parking. Looking ahead, tickets for the August Fête are now on sale, and we recommend jumping on these quick! One of the most memorable nights of the summer, it is a night full of historic house tours, live music, silent auction, and hearty hors d’oeuvres. The event is on August 9th – mark your calendars and get ready to support the Preservation Trust! Get your tickets by calling 508.228.1387 or visit their website!


This season we are all about safer skincare, and both online and offline, Beautycounter is making the task of finding it easier and more accessible than ever. From their cosmetics to their line of mineral sunscreens, Beautycounter has something for the whole family. This season, to kick off their third season of Better Beauty on Nantucket, Beautycounter has a schedule of in-store events and promos to get us feeling and looking our best! To start it off, spend $150 or more in store (between July 1st and July 5th) you’ll receive a FREE Countermatch Adaptive Body Moisturizer! Moving along from there, every Friday from 5-7pm, they will be serving up Bartlett’s Farm Organic Rose, with complimentary makeup touch ups available from Emily Nantucket (BONUS: full makeup by appointment), and Sundays in July and August are Better Beauty and Rose All Day! Stop by their pop-up on Old North Wharf, and treat yourself to well-cared for skin this season! Follow Beautycounter on Instagram @beautycounter!


VANITY180. A collection of 180 ACK license plates photographed over past seven years by island photographer Kit Noble. (You may know him from ‘Nantucket by Nature’ and also as Photographer-at-large for N Magazine!) This unique piece of artwork is printed on metal in the EXACKT dimensions of a license plate. Perfect for the game room, pool house or over the bar…. whether on island or off! It’s the conversation piece that keeps on giving! Personally… my favorites may just be the CT FABACK and MA ACKLOV! They are going fast so ACKNOW!! PS… we just got word that if you find your plate you get a special rate. Metal Prints begin at $1495 with options for framing and sizing. Email kit@kitnoble.com for more info!


ReMain Nantucket is bACK at it for a sophomore year with their  Supper Club at Nantucket Hotel. Kicking things up a notch this season their innovative four course meal and fresh bands will get you up and out of your seats! With four dates for summer 2018, The Supper Club crew is jazzing up your Dinner and Dance date night! So spend a Thursdays this summer engaging in intimate conversation over a beautiful meal while listening to live jazz right in the heart of downtown Nantucket! For tickets and more info click here



It’s the year of the DOG… and oh boy, does Nantucket Island Safe Harbor For Animals have a surprise for you! Yappy Hour is the new Happy Hour and instagram celebrity and beloved dog rescuer Steve Grieg of @wolfgang2242 fame will be on island for the first time to support NISHA a week ahead of their annual fundraiser! Want to meet him in person? Come stroll by Happy Place and Island Kitchen on Wednesday, July 25th from 2PM to 3PM where you can meet Steve and two of his rescue pups — BONUS: BYOD and bring your own dog by for some specially delish doggie ice cream from the IK counter! This event is free and open to the public, so come one, come all! And don’t forget to purchase your tix to support the annual NISHA August 2nd fundraiser as “The Year of the Dog” is going to be a doggone good time and tickets are on sale now by clicking here! 


Assistant General Manager of the Nantucket Hotel, Carlos Castrello, established Nantucket Cares after the massive devastation of Hurricane Maria this past fall in order to help the people of Puerto Rico. Nearly a year after the 10th most powerful hurricane ever recorded made landfall, thousands of residents are without electricity, without water, and without jobs, and Carlos has made it his mission to help. On July 9th from 5 to 8:30PM, Nantucket Cares is hosting a Clambake to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria. With a cocktail reception, open bar, and New England style Clambake along with traditional Puerto Rican music, it will be a fun evening for a great cause – from one island to another! All proceeds will go directly to the victims of the hurricane, and will be used to revitalize local schools, playgrounds, and towards basic necessities that were stripped away in the storm. Help us help them by purchasing a ticket to this event, or simply donating via their website. Every little bit helps!



Sure we know this is for an August show… and this is a July Hot List… But we’re telling  you to get your tickets NOW as you don’t want to miss out on The English Beat coming to the BOX! If you’re a Cusack fan like we are, then Grosse Pointe Blank is absolutely in your movie repertoire. Picture this scene… Cusack is rummaging through his old High School locker, when a man in a suit lunges at him and a fight ensues. Well, remember that song playing in the background? Mirror in the Bathroom? That, my friends, was The English Beat, and they are going to be gracing the stage at the infamous Chicken Box on August 7th and 8th! Blending a variety of sounds, their sound was made for dancing! Tickets are selling fast for this one – get them while they last!


There are a lot of options when it comes to Fourth Of July fashion, but I think we may have just found the ultimate shirt for Independence Day in the Chad capital of the world. Chadtucket’s newest design is an ode to America, and to the entertainment that we’ve seen time and time again on this little island. Simple, yet hysterical.. This one is a must in our blACKbook. And what could be more patriotic than donating a portion of the sales to the “Children of the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund”? The Charitable Chad. Get yours now here! PS. and the big reveal we’re talking about…stay tuned to blACKbook Insta stories for when we reveal to you the man, the myth, the legend behind this infamous Insta account. 


 Who’s ready to stay classy, yet get trashy?! You know the blACKbook is! Our third annual CISCO TRASHION SHOW is set for July 10th from 3PM to 5PM at everyone’s favorite brewery… and this year is slated to be bigger and better with more celeb guest appearances than ever! Yes.. real life celebs decked out in TRASH collected from our beach clean-ups at Surfside, Sconset & Madaket. Come cheer on the models all while supporting the initiative of keeping our pristine beaches clean and leaving nothing but footprints. 


Planning your precious time on ACK can feel a little overwhelming with the many poppin’ events going on, dinners to be had, and general buckets of fun on every corner, but don’t let yourself get stressed! We’ve got the blACKbook calendars ready to go just in time, and this year it is going digital! Save these to your device, and set your mind at ease knowing all the information you need is right in your back pocket!

Well… we done it again… and now it’s time to rest, relax and get out there to enjoy everything we told you about above! Make sure to save this list and then put the phone down and enjoy all the best that Nantucket has to offer! Got something hot you think we should know about for the August Hot List? Contact holly@nantucketblACKbook.com to find out more about how we create and curate these fresh features!