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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Visit the 2013 Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Nantucket Island's annual celebration of spring is just around the corner; April 26 - 28, 2013, to be exact. It is easier than ever to day-trip to the annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival. In addition to their regular schedule on their high-speed ferry, Hy-Line Cruises has added a number of additional trips to accommodate all the folks who would like to attend. The trip is just one hour dock-to-dock. We are offering a special weekend rate for folks who may want to stay on Cape Cod and day-trip to Nantucket to enjoy the festivities.

On Saturday, April 27th is the Antique Car Parade. Over one hundred vintage cars all decked out in
daffodils will travel along the winding roads throughout the village, making their way to Siasconset for the annual tailgate picnic. The parade begins at 12:00 noon. For your viewing pleasure, find your spot early in the day.

The Nantucket Garden Club's Daffodil show is being held at Bartlett's Farm and will be open to the public on Saturday from 2 pm until 5 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. There will be a free shuttle bus on Saturday starting at 1:45 pm from the Greenhound out to Bartlett's Farm. The Greenhound building is located at 10 Washington Street in Nantucket Village.

All weekend there will be a Scavenger Hunt in which all are invited to participate and there will be prizes awarded. Clue brochures are available at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street. You can contact the Chamber at 508-228-3643 for more information.

Other fun activities include a Daffy Hat Pageant with categories for children and adults. There will be a Daffy Dog Parade with ribbons awarded for the best daffodil costume. A used book sale will take place at the Atheneum Gallery located at 1 India Street and a jazz concert featuring the Glazer, Walder, Goss Trio will take place there in the Great Hall from 3 - 4 pm. Island children have created a Giant Daffodil Garden located on Milestone Road. A full schedule of event is available on the Nantucket Daffodil Festival website.

Hy-Line Cruises has added the following additional trips to their normal schedule for Festival Days. For a complete schedule of departures and arrival times, see their website. You can reserve online or by calling 1-800-492-8082.

Friday, April 26th
Departures from Hyannis at 10:15am, 1:10pm, 4:00pm & 6:40pm
Departures from Nantucket at 11:45am, 2:35pm, 5:25pm & 7:55pm
Saturday, April 27th  
Departure from Hyannis at 8:30am
Departure from Nantucket 5:30pm
Sunday, April 28th 
Departures from Hyannis at 8:30am, 11:05am & 1:40pm
Departures from  Nantucket at 9:50am, 12:25pm & 3:00pm

Grab you daffiest daffodil bonnet and come stay at our inn for the weekend and take advantage of our special Daffodil Festival weekend rate. Don't forget to make your reservations to travel to Nantucket aboard the Hy-Line Cruises fast ferry.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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