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Shellie Dunlap has had a romance with Nantucket Island for over twenty years. From the moment she first set eyes on the island, as the Steamship rounded the Brant Point Lighthouse, she knew she was home. She and her family spent seventeen years as summer residents before making a full-time move to the island in the fall of 2010. As a real estate agent on the island, Shellie discovered there were many residents and visitors who shared her passion for all things Nantucket, so she created a weekly blog and e-blast documenting her island activities and musings. Her quick wit, optimistic perspective and unique ability to create word pictures captivates clients, friends and Nantucket residents as she brings the island to life for them throughout the year. Originally from small town Iowa, Shellie and her husband Dan now call Nantucket home. Shellie is mom to three sons, a daughter and daughter-in-law and “Grammie” to three granddaughters. Her greatest joy is gathering all of them together to create new Nantucket Experiences.
22 Miles out to sea, off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts, lies a little sliver of paradise called Nantucket Island. The magical experience begins the moment the ferry carrying bright-eyed visitors glides around the Brant Point Lighthouse and into Nantucket Harbor. Church steeples dot the horizon, gray shingled cottages line the wharf and sailboats bob on their moorings. As guests descend the boat ramp and step onto the brick-paved wharf there are so many quaint details it’s impossible to take them all in at once. One new island visitor was overheard saying, “It’s like Disneyland for grown-ups.” Tourists and summer residents get the opportunity to experience the island “in season” when all the shops and restaurants are in full swing and the population can swell to over 50,000. But those who call Nantucket home know the best kept secrets of the island are revealed all year long. Shellie Dunlap and her family had owned a house on Nantucket for over 17 years before deciding to make the island their permanent home. During her first year as a new full time resident of the island (affectionately referred to as a “wash ashore” by long time Nantucketers) Shellie learns there is more to the island than she ever dreamed possible and much she has yet to discover. Come join her as she ushers you through one year of island life and inspires you to create your own Nantucket Experience.