Green Nantucket Hotel
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Buff Strickland A selection of reading materials at the Hotel Green in Nantucket. Buff Strickland
Green Nantucket Hotel
Buff Strickland A selection of reading materials at the Hotel Green in Nantucket.
Buff Strickland
Designer Vanessa Noel's new hotel proves that eco can be chic

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.

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