I'm tired of people thinking that organic means hippie," says shoe designer Vanessa Noel, who, with the opening of her second Nantucket inn, has entered the eco-movement. In the center of town, adjacent to her shoe shop, Hotel Green has an organic restaurant and 10 guest rooms that combine Noel's eye for design with substance: mod chairs made from recycled cardboard sit on jute rugs ("So earth-friendly," she jokes, "you could put them in your garden"); neon Pop-Art prints hang on walls covered with milk-based paints. Even the cleaning products are all-natural. "This hotel is a great teaching venue," says Noel, who provides instructive eco-literature for bedside reading. "My goal is to inspire."
Hotel Green, 33 Centre St.; 508/228-5300; www.vanessanoelhotelgreen.com; doubles from $200.
Hostetler Gallery "Local sculptor David Hostetler carves female figures from trees."
2 Old South Wharf; 508/228-5152.
Moors End Farm "My favorite place for fresh produce—you buy lettuce out of old bathtubs, and wildflowers are sold in bunches."
40 Polpis Rd.; 508/228-2674.
Cinco "After 10 p.m., you can never find anything to eat on the island. But this is open until 1 a.m. and is great for late-night tapas."
5 Amelia Dr.; 508/325-5151.