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

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;; 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.


Hostetler Gallery

During World War II, a Red Cross volunteer gave David Hostetler something to draw with while he was recovering from a wound. From that beginning came a sculpting career that continues into the artist’s 80's. Hostetler’s background includes agricultural training and work as a salesman, but art is clearly his passion. Known for his graceful wooden depictions of the female form (in woods like elm and white oak,) he and his wife spend the summers in Nantucket and winters in Ohio, so shoppers come in the warm months for a chance to meet the artist.

Vanessa Noel Hotel Green

While being “Green” is a new trend, this historic district hotel takes environmental consciousness to heart. Designer Vanessa Noel is known for footwear, thus the shoe-named rooms like Stiletto, Flip Flop, and Sling Back. Eight rooms and one suite make up Noel’s second Nantucket hotel; this one opened in 2006. Earth-consciousness influences details throughout the modern interior, from milk-based paint to chairs made of cardboard and organic bed coverings. The shower curtains are hemp, and the hotel is cleaned with no-chemical and hypoallergenic products.