It’s hot and the month of August is too! This time of year is always pACKed with tons of ways to experience the best that Nantucket has to offer… so we’re making it easy for you with a cheat sheet of the 24 things you need to know!


That new TACO TRUCK at Surfside Beach Shack is everything!

ATTENTION PLEASE!!  Surfside Beach Shack NOW HAS A TACO TRUCK!  Yes, and here are the three things you need to know: 1. It’s located right behind the Surfside Beach Shack and is open MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  2. The menu is the, and I totally just devoured a lobster quesadilla and TWO insanely delish steak tacos.  3. They’ve also got beautiful seating right next to the truck, so you can enjoy the Tex-Mex food with an ocean view…and there’s a ton of parking so you can do a quick grab & go too!



Nathan Coe’s got an incredible show at  3 Monomoy Road on Friday August 4th

You all know we’ve been a huge fan of Nathan Coe’s photography for years. (See our 2016 favorites here!) And this August, he is not only having a super fresh art showing at one stunning home (a blACKbook hot property!), but you can also view the brand new release, his limited edition Large Format Coffee Table Book! Nate says, “This year’s work is very exciting for me as I’ve accomplished the dream of producing my first coffee table book. It’s a book I’m very proud of because it’s very unique and intimate. It’s a study on the journey I have taken as an art photographer living here year round. The struggles, the beauty, the same, sought after in a fresh new light.”  So want to see this buzzed about book and Nate’s amazing work in person? Head over to 3 Brewster Road on Friday, August 4th, 5 to 7:30 p.m., to get the sneak peek – and a killer house tour!



Toast With blACKbook at the Mid-SummerNights Masquerade on Sunday August 6th

 “Good Night, Good Night! Parting is such sweet sorrow… that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” We are gearing up for our biggest August event with White Heron Theatre Company! Join us on Sunday for a special showing of Romeo & Juliet, beginning with a Midsummer Night’s Masquerade, a festive party at 6 p.m., on their beautiful downtown patio! Whispering Angel will flow, NOSH Nantucket will serve delicious cheese boards, Betsey Brooks will design floral masks, and LayZboy & Braun Dapper will spin their fresh beats! Tickets are $75, limited and selling fast, so be sure to get yours with the link below!



Check out 2 Lincoln Avenue with Carolyn Durand of Lee Real Estate

 The best of old Nantucket meets one of the best island locations in 2 Lincoln, located at the corner of Mooers Avenue, near the top of Cobblestone Hill, just minutes from town.  This most coveted Cliff location offers a perfect blend of casual elegant summer living with open rooms for entertaining and outside decks and porches for savoring summer breezes. Here you’ll find an amazing yard with manicured gardens and, to top it all off, it’s even got its own 36′ pool on its oversized lot!  Oh, and did we mention that it’s just a minute walk to Steps Beach?!  And don’t let the front fool you…the 1880s historic facade was preserved, but this home has been completely renovated and is much larger than it appears! Take the video tour below, and contact our girl Carolyn Durand of Lee Real Estate HERE to schedule your personal tour.



Join Joie for an “A La Plage” at Milly & Grace from  August 4th to the 14th!

 The oh-so-fabulous and feminine Milly & Grace store has been a blACKbook favorite since owner Emily Ott Hollister opened her ivy covered doors eight years ago. And this summer, alongside a special collaboration with one of Emily’s most sought after brands, you can find JOIE in-store for a beachy pop up for TEN days! Kick off the event right and join the Milly & Grace girls for some refreshments and delicious Sugarfina candies for the Joie A La Plage pop up party this Friday, the 4th, 4 to 6 p.m.!

And what else are we loving from Milly & Grace this month?  These bespoke pillows made from vintage fabrics…each pillow is one-of-a-kind and looks just as good on your beach lounge as they do in your beach house living room! Check them out while you’re in store this month. And get to know our Milly & Grace girl Emily, who was featured as the Sunday Girl on JOIE with the link below!



Check out STICK BARRE at Go Figure Barre Studio!

You know our August motto…Barre Before Bar! So when it comes to a fresh way to stay in shape, we say check out the new Figure Method STICK, the hottest new workout from our gals at Go Figure! This 45-minute, full body barre class utilizes a stick apparatus for added resistance and serious sculpting. You won’t miss a muscle! Find this class every Saturday, at 11 a.m.  P.S. On Monday, August 7th, you can try Figure Method Stick for free at either 6:45 or 7:15 p.m.and then shop the Fierce & Regal trunk show! Take Note! You have to sign up in advance, and the last event sold out so don’t wait…click below!



ARMARIUM comes to ACK on August 1st through the 4th at White Elephant!
An ACK Summer Wardrobe One Stop Shop? Yes, please! Please join us in welcoming Armarium to the island! This luxury rental and styling service is a website, an app, and a NYC showroom allowing clients access to luxury ready-to-wear and accessories to rent for a 4-day period, with the option to extend! And for the first days of August, they will be at the White Elephant to offer complimentary styling sessions with their in-house stylists, as well as access to our Style Brigade stylists! Their current season runway collections feature an esteemed roster of designers including Missoni, Pucci, Carolina Herrera and more! Head over to meet these fabulous fashionable ladies with cohosts Jada Loveless, Danielle Rollins, and Rochelle Sara, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 2nd, 3rd and 4th! And be sure to check out some of my ARMI x ACK favorites with the link below…

Miss blACKbook takes ARMARIUM!


Get An Amazing Home Tour with the Nantucket Garden Club on August 9th from 11AM to 4PM!

Ever sat at Galley Beach and thought…”I wonder what those homes on the cliff really look like?” Yeah, us too! So now is your chance to get the insiders’ tour of some of the most beautiful homes on the island during the 63rd Annual Nantucket Garden Club House Tour, “A Walk on the Cliff.”  The tour, which takes place rain or shine, includes access to six incredible homes, one spectacular garden, a boutique, and a complimentary tea. Tickets are $60, and proceeds benefit the Nantucket Garden Club.  You can get your tickets using the link below or at ticket stands on Main Street, G.S. Hill, Bartlett’s Farm and the Sconset Rotary beginning August 4th. This is a fabulous opportunity and an extraordinary way to view the island…so get your tickets today!



The Lovely Warehouse Sale  IS A MUST and it’s on Tuesday, August 15th!

 Sure, as you can see, there is a ton going on in August, but there is one SALE definitely not to be missed! Join our girl Julie and her team for The Lovely’s 2nd Annual Warehouse Sale! Get ready to scoop up past seasons’ inventory at a fraction of the original price. EXPERT TIP: Be sure to wear a bathing suit for quick try-ons, as this is an outdoor event with no fitting room! And P.S. don’t forget to go to the bank before you head over.  With such deep discounts, it is a cash only event! Sale begins at 8 a.m., Tuesday, August 15th!



The Zeelander with Nantucket Mermaids Is Our Favorite Harbor Cruise!

Your time on Nantucket is precious…so don’t waste it! And if you’re looking for a fun way to see the Nantucket harbor, our friends at Nantucket Mermaids have you covered! They just introduced a brand new 55 foot Zealander to their fleet…and this stunning Hinkley offers the perfect ride for a lunch boat trip around the rock or a sunset cruise, with the best views of the island! Plus, it’s got all the fixings of a mega yacht, but can be rented for a group of two to ten! Click below to find out how you can book or email Leah at —  Photo: Emily Mentes Photography



The August Fete is bACK on August 10th!

Here’s your chance to tour some of the most beautiful and authentic Nantucket homes on island! The August Fête to benefit the Nantucket Preservation Trust gives guests a curated look into some of the most beautifully preserved homes on the island. Join them on August 10th as they host the 12th annual Fête, this year showcasing historic homes on Mill Street, right next to the Pony Field! Enjoy horses and house tours, cocktails and delicious food all while you listen to the  music by the amazing Chuck Colley Band. This is one of our favorite experiential events of the summer, and it always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP! Fête tickets are $225 and there are a super limited amount of tickets left so get yours below!



Tiffany Jazelle Sip & Shop at Blue Beetle on Friday August 4th!

Searching for your summer ACK stACK? Our friends at Blue Beetle will have those beads and baubles in their amazing selection of the Nantucket jewelry…and this Friday, August 4th, the store has a special Tiffany Jazelle  Sip & Shop with their trunk show! This” jewelry with meaning” is handcrafted on Cape Cod and has a rustic, bohemian vibe and her Nantucket pieces are made exclusively for the Blue Beetle! So grab your favorite navigation or nautical one, or stACK a few for a fresh way to wear your Nantucket! Not on island? Shop online below.



Murray’s Toggery Shop hosts  Weyhill & Wharf on August 12th & 13th!

 The key staple in men’s closets for nights out on ACK is the perfect dress shirt…and our friends at Murray’s Trunk Show have launched a super hot collab with Weyhill & Wharf to spice up the original oxford! Welcome the button down shirt that incorporates just the perfect amount of Nantucket Red! This statement piece just launched this summer and has been flying off the shelves. BONUS: Come meet the team behind this design in person at the Murray’s and Weyhill & Wharf trunk show, August 12th and 13th, in-store at 62 Main Street. Not on island? Grab your exclusive oxford by shopping online and clicking below!



Win a trip bACK with our friends at Hy-Line Cruises!

Our favorite ferry tales come from our friends at Hy-Line Cruises…and there is not a better way to get bACK and forth FAST by ferry than with this amazing family owned and operated company! And this month, they have a special contest going on where all you have to do is get SOCIAL! This August Travel Contest requires an email (and for better odds, share on your social platforms!) for a chance to win one of three full pACKaged overnight trips to either The Cape, Martha’s Vineyard OR Nantucket! BONUS: You can choose which special destination you want! Click below to sign up! It’s easy and a great way to get ACKcited for your next vacay!



Follain Hosts Indie Lee  For A Beauty Brunch On Saturday August 5th!

Join our favorite beauty store babes for casual bites, conversation + masking with the founders of Follain + Indie Lee, Saturday, August 5th, 12 to 1:30 p.m. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, Indie Lee began making the connection between health and what she puts on her skin. Born from this experience was the passion to create non-toxic, chic, solution-based products that are just as powerful as those containing chemicals. And this weekend, join them for a perfect beauty and brunch pairing, inspired by Indie Lee’s brightening cleanser, which contains strawberry oil to brighten skin (and senses) without drying. Indie will show guests how to use the brightening cleanser as an exfoliating mask, followed by the application of a Follain fam favorite, the COQ-10 Toner. Tickets are just $10 and sign up is below!



Summer Groove to benefit Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Set for August 19th!

 Ready to get your groove on? Then mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19th, and hurry to get your tickets for the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Tim Russert Summer Groove. This fundraiser is the final August highlight of the summer social calendar. Enjoy fabulous food by Mark & Eithne of Nantucket Catering Company, drinks, and dancing. Wine lovers are in for a great surprise because Donelan Family Wines will be poured all. night. long.  The live auction is going to be hot hot hot this year. We hear the lineup includes a Bruno Mars concert, VIP tickets to the Kentucky Derby, an invite-only breakfast with Bobby Flay, and Sentient Jet.  The gymnasium will once again be completely transformed by David M. Handy Events and Flowers on Chestnut.  We can’t wait to see what it looks like this year!  John Loose, instrumental in the new building campaign, will be honored with the Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award, and Tommy Bresette will return as everyone’s favorite Master of Ceremonies. See you on the dance floor! Get your tickets below



ANDY FRASCO & The U.N.  bACK at the BOX on Tuesday August 22 + Thursday August 24th!

OH HAPPY DAY! We literally JUST got word that Andy Frasco & the U.N. will be bACK at the BOX for a two night special performance playing the Tuesday and Thursday while Citizen Cope will play on Wednesday! You don’t want to miss this high energy band who were our favorite show so far this summer! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased below!



Neely & Chloe on ACK from August 14th – 17th 

Sleek, customizable accessories from New York based brand Neely & Chloe are popping up at Nantucket’s Harborview Hotel from August 14th to the 17th. Don’t miss their gorgeous handbags, wallets and shoes which have been featured in Vogue, Elle and Glamour Magazine! Click below for more details on the special trunk show!



Swim Across America Nantucket on August 26th

Looking for the feel-good event of the summer? Join Swim Across America Nantucket on August 26th at the gorgeous Jetties Beach by swimming, donating or volunteering to help make waves in the fight against cancer.  All proceeds stay right here on OUR island.  This is a small island with a BIG heart, making a BIG difference!  And did you know that since 2013, swimmers and volunteers have raised over $1.2 million while swimming over 600 miles, for on-island cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital & Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket? These funds have provided over 1,600 cancer treatments on Nantucket.  Please join them by swimming, volunteering or donating! This year they have added a 1/4-mile swim for our beginner swimmers, and will once again offer a 4-mile swim for the more adventurous swimmers.  Click below for more info.



Nantucket Ballroom Presents “The Legend of King Solomon” on August 26th

 Are you ready to be entertained?! It’s strictly ballroom like you’ve never seen it with “The Legend Of King Solomon”  and the Nantucket Ballroom’s 7th annual live dance performance! This year’s show will be based on the Bible, but, as usual, they are twisting it into a musical with a lot of multimedia and ballroom dancing. The World Champions of Ballroom Dancing will participate in this show, which will also feature two locals, Jacqueline Pizzi and Patience Killen. Tickets are just $35 for general admission and $60 for VIP! Get yours below:



Island Kitchens Fried Dough Is A-MAZ-ING.

Our a.m. sweet tooth is calling…and Island Kitchen is answering with some seriously delicious donuts! Be sure to pop by Island Kitchen’s Counter (right next to the restaurant, in the former Grey Lady building), which is where you will find the best fried dough out there! Our favorite right now? The bacon maple that literally has delicious bits of bacon and a maple glaze all over it! They are made fresh every morning, so head over to 2 Chins Way to get your fix…and get there early…they often sell out before brunch starts!



The Seawife with White Heron Theatre All Month

One of the coolest musical theatre performances we have EVER seen! The Seawife is playing select evenings all August and this show was absolutely electric! From the setting around an old whaling ship, to the love story, to the extraordinary talented musicians/actors that each played multiple characters and instruments… this show is sure to be a crowd pleasing hit! BONUS: for blACKbook only! Get 2 tickets for the price of one by entering the code “blACKbook” while purchasing tickets online! (When you get to the seat selection page, click on “Have a promotion code?” on the top right and enter the code for the special!) See full schedule below!



We’ve got tons of stuff planned for our new space at Island Kitchen… so take a peek at what’s going on in our new experiential retail and events space with the calendar above… more details to come on where we are going with our HAPPY PLACE! But be sure to come and visit us at 2 Chins Way and see what we have been creating in this special spot right next to donuts and ice cream and a sweet new bar!

This Friday and Saturday, check out WOLCOTT ROBES in store with us… we’re obsessed with these beach coverups that double as chic silk robes!

that’s it for now! now get out there and enjoy all this gorgeous island has to offer! Got something HOT you think we should know about? Email with details!