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History buffs, gourmands and outdoorsy types — The Wauwinet offers activities to please a wide range of interests during the summer season. One of the most popular offerings, the Wauwinet Lady harbor cruise, shuttles you from Nantucket Town to the property at lunchtime and during the dinner hours. You’ll board in town at the harbor of the White Elephant, a sister property of the inn, and enjoy a leisurely one-hour cruise to Topper's at The Wauwinet for fresh and innovative local cuisine. For the culinary set, Topper’s chef Kyle Zachary leads up to six guests in a master cooking demonstration and each guest receives a special Topper’s apron to commemorate the experience. Wine aficionados will enjoy the weekly wine and spirits tasting with Wauwinet cellar master Craig Hanna. Sips are paired with samplings from the kitchen.
More hands-on activities include catching lobsters on the Wauwinet Lady, led by the inn’s own captain. If you’re looking to learn more about the island, you can catch the Great Point Tour, a two-and-a-half-hour orientation of the island’s history and the resident wildlife at the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge next door. Or take the Siasconset Natural History tour (that’s pronounced “Sconset” for those in the know), which explores the nearby fishing village. Visiting Siasconset feels like a trip back in time, especially when you consider the fact that you’ll be riding in The Wauwinet’s antique wood-paneled Ford Woody.