March 2010by Bethany Ludwickbludwick@wimco.com
Good-bye cheeseburger in paradise and hello Lola burger. While the cheeseburgers at Le Select in St. Barths are revered by foodies and gourmands alike, I have discovered its more sophisticated rival at LoLa 41 in Nantucket. Cheddar cheese, a little red onion and the “piece de resistance” – foie gras sauce. Welcome to Nantucket!
Lunch was the first order of business after catching a 9:15 car ferry from Hyannis, MA and arriving 2 hours and 15 minutes later. The ride was pleasant and uneventful even though it was snowing sideways upon our departure. Glennie and I been asked, “Why are you going to Nantucket in March?” My immediate thought was “Because it’s not Maine”, but instead went with the more exciting response, “Because Wimco is going to start representing villas there this summer, and I need to know everything about it!”
We met our local property manager contacts Jenny and Lesley, at LoLa 41, the wonderful bistro that, in addition to the LoLa burger has a varied menu, including sushi, mac and cheese, tempura styled scallops, and daily specials. The ambiance was lively and friendly and we felt like locals after just a few minutes. There weren’t many tourists of course but I’m sure in the summer it’s a combination of both. Lola is located just around the corner from the ferry terminal and past the Nantucket Yacht Club, so it’s an easy walk from anywhere in town.
After lunch, our tour of villas began. Our criteria was simple, we only want to represent vacation homes that will meet the standards of our clients. We worked on it for a month before our trip, and then narrowed it down further as we toured the houses themselves.
We started off in Nantucket town, visiting a dozen that were in town or an easy walk. The down town is an official historic district with the largest collection of pre-civil war homes of any city on the east coast, an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes and ample evidence of the island’s history as a prosperous whaling port. In Nantucket Town, sea captains' houses stand side by side with antique stores, galleries and scores of excellent restaurants. The in-town villas were fantastic, from the delightful three bedroom cottage NAN NEW, to the newly renovated Greek Rival NAN LIB.
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