ARTravel: Hidden Nantucket

October 26 – 29, 2017

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.” — Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

A crescent-shaped spit of sand and glacial till thirty miles south of Cape Cod, this small Atlantic island washed by the winds and currents of the Gulf Stream is renowned for its deserted beaches and picturesque towns. For its high concentration of pre-Civil War architecture Nantucket has been declared a National Historic District, and its clean ocean waters, colorful seafaring history, surprisingly rich literary and artistic legacy, and eclectic array of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants make the island one of America’s most sought-after destinations. Its proximity to the Gulf Stream means that the climate is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than mainland New England, and the surrounding waters abound with marine life. Nantucket offers a timeless, quiet, invigorating refuge, where it’s easy to see the world from a completely new vantage point. It’s the perfect place for anyone seeking peace, inspiration, and a new creative perspective on New England.

This four-day program hosted by author Tim Weed (A Field Guide to Murder & Fly-Fishing, Will Poole’s Island) and artist Julia Jensen offers an insider’s view into the artistic, literary, historical, and natural legacy of Nantucket. Take part in a series of fascinating and refreshing visits to small museums, historic houses, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, vast moorland landscapes, and deserted beaches. Tim will offer a literary walking tour highlighting some of the great writers who have been inspired by visits to the island, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. Julia will offer a painter’s perspective, giving participants the opportunity to sketch, take photographs, or simply take in a variety of sublime island landscapes.

Early evenings will feature cocktails, talks with island experts, and informal socializing. Ample time will be provided for you to sample Nantucket’s internationally renowned restaurants and shopping boutiques on your own.

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Dates: October 26-29, 2017

Price per person: $1,590 for double occupancy (single supplement: $350), includes three-nights’ lodging, local guides and experts, entrance fees, two meals, and a tax-deductible donation to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Price without lodging: $690.

To register: Complete registration form and pay non-refundable deposit of $400 by August 18, 2017. Balance due by September 15, 2017Space permitting, late registrations will be accepted after August 18.

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Getting there: Participants should make arrangements to arrive at The Steamship Authority Nantucket Ferry Terminal by Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m. Registered participants with travel questions should contact Tim Weed directly at

Note on lodging: The group will stay at a beautiful vacation home and/or local inns.

Group leaders: Tim Weed, a Vermont-based author and educator with extensive experience in Cuba, has spent his entire career developing and leading educational travel programs abroad. He graduated from Middlebury College and holds master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and the Warren Wilson College MFA for Writers program. As a founding director of National Geographic Student Expeditions, Tim played a key role in developing new photography, archaeology, and wildlife conservation programs in Iceland, Peru, Ecuador & the Galápagos, Spain, the Yucatán Peninsula, Alaska, and Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. From 1999 to 2004, he headed up a series of pioneering educational programs for American students in Cuba. Since then, Tim has led numerous cultural, arts, and choral music programs in Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions, the Grand Circle Foundation, and Educational Travel Associates.

Artist Julia Jensen lives and works in Vermont and Nantucket. A graduate of Tulane University (BA, Art History), Julia has been painting for 20 years. She is best known for her atmospheric landscapes, which have been exhibited widely, including the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, West Branch Gallery, McGown Fine Art, and Nantucket Looms. Julia occasionally offers workshops in landscape painting and encaustic at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, Vermont. Julia provided the illustrations for “Tales & Legends of Early Nantucket: A Historical Treasure Hunt,” published by Nantucket History Hunters.

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For more information: Contact Erin Jenkins at 802-257-0124, ext. 101 or


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