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Apr 03

The Wauwinet's 25th Anniversary

This summer The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket, will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. While originally opened in 1875 as the Wauwinet House, one of the island's first hotels, The Wauwinet as we know it today officially arrived on the scene in 1988.

Named for Chief Wauwinet of the Wampanoag tribe that inhabited the island, The Wauwinet has a storied past that spans over 140 years. Some snippets from the inn's lengthy timeline include: The fare to cross from Hyannis to Nantucket on the steamship cost 50 cents in 1875, the year of its opening; in 1882 the inn was purchased by new owners for $1700; in the early 1900s a second floor was added to the building; and in the 1930s taking a summer vacation on the elbow-shaped island was firmly established as an American tradition.

The Karp family purchased the Wauwinet House in 1986, and after an extensive renovation the inn opened in 1988 as The Wauwinet. The 2013 season signifies 25 years of welcoming guests back time and again for a stay full of classic Nantucket charm. Over the course of the past quarter century, The Wauwinet has truly become a quintessential vacation destination.

To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, this favorite waterfront inn is offering a few perks for its guests throughout the season and 25 is the magic number. Guests can enjoy a $25 two-course lunch from May 8-14 and May 20-June 7 (excluding Sunday Brunch), several specially selected $25 wines, and a $25 spa and dinner credit upon check in (valid until June 14). Guests will receive a surprise at turndown with fun facts about The Wauwinet's history on the first night of their stay. The inn is also offering a special rate of just $225 per night (including full breakfast for two) for guests who book stays for the first week of its 25th season.*

The celebration continues at The Wauwinet's renowned restaurant, TOPPER'S, where the first glass of their proprietary whisky, the Woody 25, will be poured. The Woody 25 is a single malt Scotch-style whisky distilled, aged and bottled on island by Triple Eight distillery in collaboration with Cisco Brewery, which has been aged 10 years and bottled just in time for the 25th anniversary. TOPPER'S will also present its Silver Cocktail Menu with commemorative specialty drinks.

To book a stay, visit www.wauwinet.com or call 1.800.426.8718.

*The special opening rate of $225 per night is valid for travel from May 8-12, 2013 and is subject to availability. The rate cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions except spa and dinner credits.