05 December 2008

Reflections on Nantucket Christmas Strolls Past

Like a love affair, certain dates, smells, sounds, and sights trigger memories of joyful, magical events ...and the weekend after Thanksgiving does this for me...as Thursday night approaches and I packed my bags for another Nantucket Stroll. I liked to sit by the blazing warth of the fire in the livingroom and write my Holiday Cards while the music is played and the winds were a'blowing outside.

My favor memory, which I savor with whimsicality was the "Year of the Blizzard on Island" where the snow piled high in drifts and everything was WHITE. The seagulls were perched on the basin's piles, a foot deep in snow; walks along the beaches edge left footprints of sand trimmed in snow; the boughs were bend low with the weight of the snow, and our breath created streams of "pure smoke" as we walked along in the crisp air. And everywhere you strolled at night, the brightly decorated homes with strings of lights were like oases of confetti splashed again the landscape ... sort of a play on the spray of fireworks in the Summer!

Shop Keepers, restaurants and cafes went out of the way to provide their fare and the smell of Christmas cinnamon brew was in the air! Main Street was laced up and down with fir trees decorated by the year round businesses and school children ... my favorite being the little kids "homemade decoration of construction paper with lace dollies and the creator's picture prouding adorning a wreath or tree or stocking cut out.

To all participating in this year's Stroll I wish you a step back in time Discovering the Freedoms of Nantucket with many years of happy joyous memories,

The Innkeeperette JeanE

27 November 2008

Memories of Thanksgiving

It's that time of year when we think of family and friends and those precious memories that make up a life! And I thought I would share the news of our first Thanksgiving celebration at Century House 25 Season's ago! The idea followed on the heels of learning that it was snowing on Nantucket this past week!! and everyone kept saying "I can't remember it ever snowing on Island before Thanksgiving". An island Thanksgiving feast is almost typical traditional but with the addition of a freshly harvested "Nantucket scallop" appetizer.

This got me to reminisce. It was a raw, cold week on Nantucket Island November 1984, and yet the warmth of the neighborhood celebrations and the guests sitting around the fireplace in the Century House sitting room sharing their lives, was special. It seems in "Season", the guests mostly explore the Island on their own, spending minimal time in the Sitting Room. But with the chill in the air (although blessed with the clearest of skies and stars brightly shining at night) afternoon readings,chattings and relaxing are more focal ---and the call to borrow more of Gerry's extensive book collection is greater....a very nostalgic memory of special guest interaction and conviviality.

Gerry's Breakfast included serving his favorite cranberry and pumpkin muffins; and the shopkeepers and restaurants went out of their way to share in the festivities of this favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

To all our guests and friends, Gerry and I want to thank you for supporting our efforts to provide you a serene, comfortable and embracing stay at our "work of love", the Century House.

By the way, as much as we enjoyed the memories of year round innkeeping and special off season celebrations, we decided to head South for our Winters and now close mid October!

A Healthy Happy Thanksgiving to each of you,

JeanE, the Innkeeperette

04 November 2008

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15 October 2008

Au-Revoir 2008!

Hello Nantucketeers,

I don't like the good-bye's; be it in French or not. So we shall say "we'll see you again!"

We had a phenomenal season at Century House, full of excitment as we celebrated our 175th year anniversary. Thank you to all of you who have made Season 2008 so memorable. Those of you who celebrated your anniversaries, we wish you continuous blessings and romance in abundance. To those of you who wed and eloped here, only the best on your new path together! We loved being a part of your journey to discover and experience the Nantucket we know. We appreciate the kind notes of thanks mailed to us or left by you in the room. We enjoy reading them. Thank you for choosing us. Continue to read our blog for updates.

See you next season!!!

Century House, Nantucket Island

26 September 2008

Restaurant Week September 29-October 5

Here are the Restaurants Participating in the Restaurant Week during the Fall on Nantucket. September 29 - October 5. Enjoy a special 3 course dinner menus for $25 or $45 at 25 of Nantucket's great restaurants:

21 Federal
29 Fair
AK Diamond's
American Seasons
Atlantic Cafe
Black Eyed Susan's
Boarding House
Brant Point Grill
Centre Street Bistro
The Chanticleer
The Club Car
Fifty-Six Union
Galley Beach
Le Languedoc Bistro
Lola 41
Oran Mor
The Ropewalk
The SeaGrille
Straight Wharf
The Summer House
Water Street

Fall Nantucket Special - on Boston Herald

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Gotta love it!

By Herald Staff
Friday, September 26, 2008
GO: Century House Bed and Breakfast

The tourists have gone home, a quiet beauty particular to Nantucket in the fall has settled in and offseason bargains abound. Take advantage of it all at Nantucket’s oldest operating inn - the 175-year-old Century House. It offers luxury amenities and the best chocolate chip cookies on the island during afternoon tea. But hurry, you have only until Oct. 12 to enjoy the history of the inn and the quiet season of the island. (The inn reopens in the spring.) Rates from $175. 10 Cliff Road, Nantucket

- Lauren Beckham Falcone

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24 September 2008

Rosebud Becomes White Narcissus

White Narcissus - We introduce you to our newest room. Completely renovated for 2008 as the White Narcissus. Formerly known as Rosebud. A luxury corner room, not your cookie-cutter hotel room; plenty of light, bookshelves filled with books, and hidden flat screen TV. Restored floors. A large romantic second floor with a window bench overlooking glimpses of the ocean and a beautiful Nantucket Island mansion. This cosmetic fire-placed room is bright decorated with white and pale yellow, Laura Ashley Narcissus print paper, hung with antique mirrors and original oil paintings make this room truly unique. Wide pine floors, an oriental rug, an oversized wing chair, along with a private marble bath with a deep tub and shower complete the room. You will love it! See our deluxe rooms.

23 September 2008

In This Issue
In The News
Wedding Bells Chime Over Nantucket Sound
By Stephen L. Cabral

If you are one of those SouthCoast natives, that dreams of mixing a dash of history with some salty, nautical charm to your wedding celebration, then set your course to Nantucket Sound. Listen carefully! You just might hear wedding bells in the wind. Now let your imagination sail beyond the horizon to the sandy shores of Nantucket. That’s where you will find the Century House, one of the oldest continuously operating inns on the island. Captain Robert Calder, a Nantucket whaler of Scottish descent, built the 18 room house in 1840. Century House became a rooming/boarding house in the early 1870’s following the decline of the whaling industry. The business thrived in the gay 90’ and roaring 20’s; survived the Great Depression and witnessed the flower power of the 60’s. This site finally joined the modern Bed & Breakfast trend with fancy private baths and air conditioning in the 1980’s...
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28 August 2008

Behind the Beauty

Behind every beauty there is hard work. At least when it comes to Century House. The abundant flowers makes Century House and Nantucket an unforgettable site. This issue features "the gal behind the flowers" at Century House!! Landscaper Joan Libby has been a friend and Nantucket year-rounder since we first met 25 years ago, ourselves as bright eyed neophytes as the Innkeepers of Century House. At the time, there was this terrific - and would you believe, reasonable year round restaurant called the North Wharf Fish House where Joan waitressed. Friendly, sincere and hardworking, Joan ventured off and establish her landscaping business with Century House becoming one of her early and faithful clients. Not only does she keep the property a'blooming in Season, she nurtures the flora and shrubbery through-out the dormant Winter months so that the Spring flowers soar through the rich earth with joy!!! Joan uses only eco friendly products to prevent contamination of soil and Nantucket waters. Pictured above is Joan with Innkeeper Gerry enjoying the fruits of her labor.

26 August 2008

Why Nantucket in the fall?

We are reviving an article written by Susan Fogwell about Nantucket in the fall! You may find special fall deals, the best way for a weekend gettaway! Call Century House Bed and Breakfast Inn for some favorite specials. Enjoy.

Early Autumn in Nantucket is Best!
By Susan Fogwell

(Nantucket Island, Massachusetts)

If you’re a bibliophile, you’ll feel right at home staying at the Century House on Nantucket. Innkeeper owners, Gerry and Jean have the best of both worlds, dividing their year between Palm Beach and Nantucket. The inn is a home away from home for their new and regular stream of returning guests. A number of their guests are friends and former Nantucket homeowners who return each summer. For the past 22 years, they have personalized the inn with everything from their portraits and photographs to old license plates and a large, eclectic selection of books. Jerry, who is a former corporate bigwig and prolific reader, reads a book everyday, which accounts for the well-stocked bookcases and shelves throughout the inn. In my third floor room, Bayberry, there were books stacked on the steamer trunk, under the television and on the bureau.

Located thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the well-heeled island is not the easiest place to reach, but well worth the effort. From Hyannis, it takes one-hour on the Steamship Authority high-speed ferry to reach Nantucket. The roundtrip ticket is $59.00 and reservations are required. www.web2.steamshipauthority.com/ssa The ferry provides parking in Hyannis for $12.00 per day and a shuttle is provided from the parking lot to the ferry wharf.

Upon arriving at the wharf, taxis are available for the brief ride to the Century House. If luggage is at a minimum, the inn is about a ten-minute stroll away. From the wharf, take a right on North Water Street where you will reach Cliff Road. The Century House is on the left.

There are several options in exploring the three ½ by 14-mile island. Many visitors rent bicycles. There are bicycle paths, which cross the island from Nantucketown to Madaket on the western side. This is a safe and fun way to see the flat island. Another option is renting a moped, which is discouraged by residents, due to the danger of driving on the roads with SUV’s, delivery trucks and cars looming up from behind. Moreover, patches of sand on the roads can cause a serious wipeout. There’s a reason why locals call moped drivers organ donors. The third option is renting a car at the airport, although expensive, it’s probably the best option if bicycling is not of interest, or if time is limited. Last, but not least, the NRTA shuttle bus transports most visitors as well as residents all over the island. www.shuttlenantucket.com

To put it succinctly, Nantucket is the last bastion of preppiness. Women clad in Lilly Pulitzer and men in pink oxfords with code flag belts are de rigueur. Cedar shake homes, from cottage-size to quite-ample-in-size dot the island. Hydrangea shrubs and American flags flank the majority of homes. For generations, summer residents have escaped to this exclusive 12-mile width island along with throngs of tourists who inundate the island on weekends.

Although known as a summer colony, perhaps the best time of the year to avoid monolithic crowds is in the early autumn. After Labor Day, the wall-to-wall packed sidewalks in the center of town, which is called Nantucketown, have, by then, thinned out. The humidity has been replaced by crisp, cool days, and seasonal shops and restaurants are still open for business. If you’re a crowd dodger, there isn’t a better time to visit. The Nantucket Arts Festival, an annual week-long event slated for September 30th thru October 8th celebrates extraordinary talent working on the island. Don’t miss the wet-paint sale in which you can bid on works completed that day by local artists. www.nantucketchamber.org

Also, during the month of September, a guided whale watching tour by Shearwater Excursions offers a unique voyage where you have the opportunity to spot whales, dolphins, sharks and more. Another popular outing is the 2 and ½ hour Seal Cruise to Muskeget Island, which is a brief thirty-minute boat ride away. The island is home to an estimated population of 2500 grey seals who live there year-round. www.explorenantucket.com

Aside from the ferries, Us Airways Express and Continental Express fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport.

A three or four night stay on Nantucket is an ideal amount of time to sample the restaurants, shop, checkout the beaches, or simply relax.

Information and photos submitted by:

The Century House
10 Cliff Road
Nantucket, MA
(508) 228-0530

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23 August 2008

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Art is the Inn Thing at Nantucket’s Century House
By Paul Kandarian

Art is many different things to many different people. To Gerry Connick and his wife, Jean Ellen Heron, it is a vital part of their cultural lives. And at one time it was a very pretty way to cover up holes in the wall.

“There were a lot of holes,” Connick says now, who with his wife are innkeepers at Century House on Nantucket, which was built in the 1840s and is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on that picturesque island. “For awhile we didn’t have enough art to cover them all.”

The do now. The couple, corporate dropouts as they call themselves (he was a capital equipment manufacturing executive, she a medical systems sales director), have run the inn since 1984, taking it over when it was in such disrepair holes abounded throughout the three-story antique structure. They have instituted an artist-in-residence program at their quaint boutique inn, a business that Forbes.com once billed in the top five for American summer inn destinations.

This year marks the inn’s third annual educational art charrette that is taking place throughout the season in to mid-October when the inn closes for the winter. Connick is hosting the artists-in-residence program and while regular guests cannot participate in the creative process of the artists’ group, they are welcome to connect with the artists during their stay.

Renowned artists who have visited in the past seasons include Jacob Collins, George Augusta, Julia O’Malley Keyes, Marla Korr, former Boston Celtic Tom Heinsohn, Lori Zummo and Robert Farber.

When the inn began, the innkeepers had artists create pieces for them in lieu of paying for their stay. It’s worked out well, because now art abounds on the inn’s walls, taking up nearly every available inch, making the entire establishment a living landscape of creativity. Art is a key part of the innkeepers’ lives. Heron, who also sells real estate in Palm Beach, Florida, is a senior docent at the Norton Museum of Art in that community.

The couple was looking for a change of pace when they decided to get into the inn business, knowing nothing of the hospitality trade other than having a love of stying in fine hotels an dining in the best restaurants. The Century House was a “rundown mess” when the couple took it over, Connick says, complete with the aforementioned holes in the walls.

The transformation of the handsome old building has been impressive, the 16-room inn a showpiece on an island brimming with inns and B&Bs. The home was built by seafarer, Capt. Robert Calder, and in the early 1870s became a boarding house for islanders during the winter months and gust home during the summer.

The building boasts a wraparound veranda and a breezy, hilltop location in the elite historical district on prestigious Cliff Road, a very short walk away from downtown Nantucket, with its fabled cobblestone streets and myriad of stores. Still very much within walking distance are some of the most spectacular beaches on the East Coast.

If the building looks familiar to you, perhaps you’re a fan of the old television show “Wings.” In 1989, the executive producers of that show chose Century House as their place to stay while they scouted locations for the series. The inn became a sporadic star, making cameos during the series with the innkeepers themselves once getting a walk-through appearance in one show.

The rooms of the Century House are small and very well appointed with such amenities as luxurious Molton Brown toiletries. Various rooms are completely renovated each year and deluxe rooms included non-operational fireplaces. The “Red Dahlia Room,” for example, features a marvelous antique ornate red dresser, a mustard-yellow secretary, marble fireplace, baby-blue trey ceiling and spectacular bulls-eye molding. Completing the lush appointments are lace curtains and a king bed with upholstered headboard.

Every room has up to 50 books, most of which Connick has read (“I don’t watch TV,” he says. “I read.”) Help yourselves to any you’d like to take home, and feel free to leave any you’d like to swap out in return.

Not to be missed is Connick’s “Gerry’s Berry Buffet Breakfast,” a massive and tasty spread that includes his famous granola, yogurt, island berries, frit, bagels, muffins, homemade coffee cake, pastry, juices, jams, jellies, teas and the best perked coffee you’ll likely ever find, this magnificent morning repast has been mentioned in Forbes.com and a Zagat guide.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, and espresso are available throughout the day and then “cookies and cream” or afternoon snacks roll into the cocktail hour. Late afternoon and early evening is the best time to relax with a glass of wine on the veranda before walking into town for dinner. And Century House in general is a great place to escape the relative rush of downtown Nantucket; those cobblestone streets are quaint, but get pretty crowded in mid-summer. Take a break, sit outside in the setting sun and then come back inside to admire the fantastic paintings that grace the inn’s walls.

Those holes are long gone but thankfully, the art remains.

For more information on the inn, visit www.centuryhouse.com

19 August 2008

The New Guest on Nantucket

Nantucket has always been known for its savvy travelers. Savvy travelers know a good place, a relaxing place; a spot in the universe where you can just get away, let your hair down and breathe freely.

Nantucket is just that, for those who travel to relax. It is not Palm Beach, nor will it ever be. Not with old restored homes, and cobblestones paved streets. Our inn welcomes the Palm Beach guest who loves the real Nantucket: the Nantucket we love, appreciate and preserve. Sometimes we have to educate the travelers. No, we do not have limos, nor do we encourage the ladies to wear spike Jimmy Choo’s heels. There is no need for a tie or pressed shirts and trousers since there isn’t anyone needed to impress. On Nantucket everyone waits in line and famous people walk around without bodyguards. Nantucket is not for the glamorous; it is for the glamorous who needs to relax without any pretensions.

Most guests came to Nantucket to relax, and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, or the social scene. You sure do 30 miles out in the ocean, with no way to get out if the fog descends upon the island. This still remains true today. At least at our inn. It’s a haven for the rich, yes, we know. The rich still fly in their private planes or arrive in their double digit million dollar yacht. But they’re human too. And they sometimes just need and want to be left alone.

We’re known for providing a haven for the weary. We continue to allow Nantucket to be Nantucket. Not Manhattan. Not Palm Beach. Not Hollywood. After 175 years of hospitality, we still remain true and loyal to The Gray Lady. Today our three-week vacationers left. They brought their brood and they had a good time exploring and discovering the island. They no longer wished to own a home on Nantucket. They wanted some good Nantucket food, not the fancy-schmancy. They preferred a home away from home, with the family. Without the nannies, the butlers, the cooks. Just the five of them.

Why not renting a cottage for three weeks? I ask the innkeeper. “Well, they don’t want to cook, clean or bring their staff to do the work. They want the comfort of a home. But they want to be left alone.” I suppose this is true. Sometimes you just want to be left alone. Not bothered or catered to. They want to be real, unpretentious, and comfortable as a family. They’re parents. Like regular parents, who want to get sweaty and dirty with their kids or eat cotton-candy ice cream without the worry of appearing undisciplined and un-kept. We are a bed and breakfast. And we offer just that: a bed and breakfast. But we offer more than that. An experience you will likely never forget. One with your family or friends or your other half. We offer you the real Nantucket as we see it and as we enjoy and love so much. And of course at our inn we welcome children with parents who want to explore and discover Nantucket.

Century House Nantucket
A Luxury BB for 175 years

02 August 2008

The Sweet Aroma of Nantucket and Century House Awaits You!

We love the island this time of the year. Each month is unique on Nantucket. Even more so, each day. Gone are the daffodils now. In their place you can see the next crop of flowers. Walking down the streets you can smell the aroma of the lilacs and the lily of the valley; roses coming up in July and August; Hydrangeas in the fall. Or just walk into our inn and you'll likely smell our freshly baked cookies. A couple days ago we giggled at one of our returning guest, who was married here. He was anxiously pacing around in our living room area with a very confused look on his face. At my question "Could I help you?," he quicky replied "Oh, no!. I'm just waiting around for the cookies."

Well, we burned the first batch, dropped the second batch on the floor, and were in the process of baking the third batch. All in all this was a fantastic day in the life of our historic inn. Our guests are part of the family and they experience our inn as their special "home away from home."

We do our best every day. And we pride ourselves on a true Nantucket home-like experience. When you're here you're family, you're in your home away from home or as forbes.com puts it to "feel like their very own, or at least their new Nantucket best friend's--and a very generous best friend at that." The cookies are what makes this place extra special, like being at your grandmother's house. But just like any place we have our adventures. We are experts in hospitality, and the majority of the time trainees in everything else. Even after so many years of innkeeping, we are learning every day.

We guarantee you an unforgetable experience and great cookies to the best of our abilities. But I guess once in a while we do need that extra special memorable smell in the house to go with our new designs and property renovations of the season.

With love,
Century House

23 July 2008

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Century House - A Nantucket Island Bed and Breakfast Inn

175 Years of History. Memorable. Resplendent. A Perfect Escape from the Ordinary. Breezy, wrap-around veranda. Top Cliff Historic Location. Discover the Freedoms of Nantucket. Read our Boston Globe Review

20 July 2008

Century House Makes Sunday's Boston Globe

Boston Globe, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Historic inn marries a love of art and the printed word

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Historic inn marries a love of art and the printed word

The Century House's focus on decor shows up in the Black Orchid room, with its crystal chandelier. (Paul E. Kandarian for The Boston Globe)

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Globe Correspondent / July 20, 2008
NANTUCKET - Will paint for room and board.

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What we liked most: The berry breakfast starring blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries, in addition to melons, mangoes, and other fruits, and assorted pastries, breads, and bagels.

What we liked least: The rumble of the occasional truck early in the morning on the road outside our window.

What surprised us: The sheer volume of great "beach trash" books, as Connick calls them, in each room, totaling more than 1,000 inn-wide. If you like one, you can take it home.

You know you're at the Century House when ... 3 p.m. rolls around and you succumb to the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Rates: In season mid-May to mid-October, 15 rooms and one suite, $155-$595.
Well, almost: Each summer, six to 10 invited master artists who make their living solely through art have been guests - free of charge - at Century House on Nantucket. The inn this season celebrates its 175th anniversary, making it the island's oldest continually operating guesthouse, according to innkeepers Gerry Connick and his wife, Jean Ellen Heron, who this year mark their 25th anniversary of ownership.

The artist-in-residence program has been in effect almost all of those years, with artists paying only in scenes they capture around the island. They can stay for a few days or a week or more in the flexible program.

"When we bought the place, it was in disrepair, had holes all over, so we used art to cover them," said Connick, a self-described corporate dropout who bought the place with Heron in 1984. "For awhile we didn't have enough art to cover them all."

They do now - even though the holes have long been fixed. Art is at the core of the couple's cultural lives; Heron is a docent at the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Fla., where they winter, and she sells real estate, and they are putting together a book called "The Nantucket School: Plein Air Paintings on the Island of Nantucket." There are hundreds of works of art of various sizes all over the exquisitely restored, three-story, 16-room inn. While the program benefits artists, guests enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Bill Duffy of Northbridge is an artist who's come here for 12 years. One of his pieces, a beautiful rendering of a beach house, hangs above the inn's vintage piano in the living room.

"I don't know of any other place on the Cape or the islands that does anything like this," Duffy said. "They give up valuable space in season for artists. It's amazing."

The inn undergoes regular renovation, Connick said, averaging a room and a half per year, at a cost of roughly $100,000 per room. This year, that included the Black Orchid where we stayed, a corner room with a small, private veranda overlooking the restored 18th-century Kite Hill Estate.

The room has a high trey ceiling with layered molding, a Swarovski crystal chandelier, original antique cast-iron fireplace, Victorian marble-top bureau, and wide pine floors. Decorated with pistachio and dark chocolate paint and wallpaper, highlighted with deep purple accents, the room also has Swarovski wall sconces. All rooms are unique, their names reflecting their character and design scheme, included the sanguine-toned Red Dahlia, with its unabashedly bright red antique dresser.

The inn, which Forbes.com once put in its top-five list of American summer inns, is a short walk from downtown and sits on a wedge of land at the corner of Cliff Road and Center Street, boasting a beautiful wraparound porch, with hydrangeas, pansies, and geraniums enfolding the entire place in a veritable floral rainbow. It is classic island architecture, with white picket fence and a delightful sitting garden populated with Adirondack chairs. The breakfast buffet is a bountiful affair of berries, fruit, granola, and other things healthy, bought fresh daily at local markets.

If the building looks familiar to visitors they probably watched the TV show "Wings," which was set in Nantucket. Century House made sporadic cameos in stock exterior shots, and Connick and Heron themselves did a walk-through in one episode. Connick is an avid reader and fierce protector of the printed word, never reading a newspaper, magazine, or book online. That stems from his youth growing up in Lynn, where he ran a "street con," buying 11 newspapers, giving one to the guard at the old Boston Garden to get in free, selling the rest inside, and catching a Bruins or Celtics game. That love of words favors inn guests: Every room is jammed with "beach trash" books, as Connick calls them, mysteries, thrillers, love stories, and the like, many of them from Mitchell's Book Corner. (Wendy Schmidt, a summer resident whose husband, Eric, is CEO of Google, bought the popular little bookstore in January.)

"If you like a book, take it home and send it back . . . or not, I don't care," Connick said. "I usually get back more than I lose."

He and Heron make quite the couple, he with a no-nonsense demeanor bordering on the acerbic, she blessed with an abundance of personality, warmth, and charm.

"Jean Ellen's enthusiasm just scoops you in," Duffy said. "Gerry's a character, and a great guy."

The combination works. They run a historic inn with an elegant eye for design and a love for the arts that bodes well for all who stay there.

"What Jean Ellen and Gerry do is huge," said Kevin Shea, a Newburyport artist who loves having a good breakfast and going out to absorb Nantucket scenery for interpreting on canvas. "It's a cultural gift to artists and people who love art."

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at PKandarian@aol.com.

© Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company.

20 June 2008

Oh the possibilities!

Hello Nantucketeers:
Some favorite things to do this summer:

-indulge in icecream downtown or by the wharf.
-have a good cup of coffee at the bean or at the Century House.
-watch the sunset at Madaket with some sandwiches from Something Natural just down the street.
-walk to the 2nd oldest lighthouse and around to Jetties Beach
-ride the bike to Sconset Milestone and back onto Polpis. (lunch in Sconset)
-dine at any of our favorite spots; asks us about it.
-take a break. free movies at the inn, you know, in case you just want to relax.
-shop downtown for unique finds.
-view the night sky at the Loines Observatory around 9pm.
-listen to some bands at the Chicket box
-watch a live play.
-ride the waves on the many beaches
-bask in the sun

Nantucket is full of possibilities. Discover. Explore. We welcome all.

13 June 2008

Tim Russert

We are very sad to have our very own summer resident Tim Russert pass away at the young age of 58. A good friend of the Century House and a welcomed inspiration to most of the island resident. He was involved in many island non-profit events.

Tim Russert spent his time as the NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Gerry Connick, Century House
Innkeeper and island resident for 25 yrs.

09 June 2008

"Old Lovebirds" on Nantucket's Memory Lane

"We create memories for couples just like the Hutchinsons. Nantucket offers countless ways for people to discover themselves. Century House celebrates Nantucket, and now that our history has moved into the 21st Century it continues to operate with the attentive hospitality it did in the late 1800's." Century House, Since 1833

We had the Hutchinsons here at the Century House Bed and Breakfast Inn on Nantucket Island. And it was wonderful trip on memory lane for them. They were selected randomly for our "Lovebirds Contest" out of thousands of entries. This "Lovebirds Contest" was to celebrate our 175th year as a guesthouse and 25 years as innkeepers.

The winners had to be married to each other 25 - 175 years.

The contest was featured in USA Today, forbes.com, Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Charlotte Observer, The Enquirer Journal and Kansas City Star and several other sites.

Here's what John and Gail had to say about their stay:

Monday, June 09, 2008

We arrived on Friday, June 6th. It was a cold, rainy day. Hy-line’s Great Point ferry delivered us to the Nantucket pier. We were wet and cold. When we arrived at the front door of the Century House, all of that changed. We walked directly into the sitting room where one guest was comfortably napping on one of the three couches. The early American décor accentuated by marvelous oil paintings and soft background music made us feel warm, cozy and welcomed. Otilia soon joined us and oriented us to our room (the Black Orchid) and the house. Our room was beautiful and perfect. We put our leftover cheddar cheese and fresh cherries in the room’s fridge. They were our snack, along with a box of Triscuits, on the ferry boat, reminiscent of our first date, 34 years ago. Romance was in the air. our room was so very cozy and warm. Our windows looked out through the climbing wisteria. The well stood private bath has a luscious deep tub and the light over the bed along with the lights on either side were dimmer controlled. Yes! After unpacking our bags we went back out to the sitting room. How did they know that coconut macaroons were a favorite. A bowl of them with hot and cold drinks for our pleasure. Later, at 3:30, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies replaced the macaroons. Can you believe it? Gerry Connick came in though the kitchen and we were introduced.
Through the next four days and three nights, we felt so at home. Many new friends were made in delightful conversations in the sitting room, people from all walks of life. Breakfasts were smorgasbord of fresh fruit and berries to garnish homemade granola. Bagels, English muffins, scones or toast to go with delicious fresh brewed coffee or tea. And fellowship with Gerry and other guests during breakfast was always a plus. And if you wanted you could take your breakfast out onto a spot on the porch that surrounds the house.
The next three days were sunny and warm. We chose to walk and enjoy many of Nantucket’s beauty slowly. Although on Saturday afternoon, we did rent some bikes and paddle out to surfside to sit on the beach and finish off our Triscuits, cheese and cherries…the same as we had 34 years ago.
Our anniversary visit to Nantucket, made possible by The Century House has blessed us in so many ways and will of itself be a wonderful memory. One we hope can be revisited.

Thank you, Century House!
Thank you Gerry and Jean!
Thank you Otilia!

Your ‘old lovebirds,’
John and Gail Hutchinson

Here is part of the story in the local Charlotte Observer:
"...Gail and John Hutchinson, a Waxhaw couple, won the national contest, from a field of nearly 1,000 entries.

I contacted Gail and John to ask about their win, and got "the rest of the story." Our conversation just reinforces my position that Waxhaw is full of interesting people.

John Hutchinson told me he spotted the notice for the contest in USA Today online. "I never enter contests," said John, but this one struck a responsive chord, so he provided the required information.

"Our first date was taking our bicycles out on the ferry to Nantucket," John reminisced. "I had been given two free tickets on the ferry. We took with us a block of cheddar cheese, a box of Triscuits and a bag of cherries. After arriving on the island we bicycled down to the south beach and sat there enjoying our crackers and cheese and cherries."

Gail added that they met in Osterville, on Cape Cod. They knew each other from church, but the connection for them was discovering a mutual interest in Asia. Gail was studying in Hyannis at Cape Cod Community College. She had lived in Thailand. John was back from the Navy, where he had been stationed in Taiwan.

Gail and John married two years later, and all these years they still talk about Nantucket.

They had actually planned to honeymoon on Nantucket, but Gail's mom was not a fan of winter. She took up a collection within the family and sent the couple to Bermuda instead.

"This gift from Century House will be a wonderful trip down memory lane for us. It will bring us home nearly 34 years after our first date," John said.

It seems that these two "old lovebirds" have a migratory cycle that makes Canada geese look like stay-at-homes. John and Gail love living in Waxhaw. They have been residents since July 2001. I asked them where they had been prior to moving here, and got "which time?" as an answer. Their common interest in Asia was fortuitous. I learned they had lived in the Philippines for eight years, and three years in Malaysia.

Now they are headed back where it all began.

John and Gail plan to make their visit to Nantucket in June, before the tourist season begins in earnest, and the water is of a temperature fit only for natives of the Cape." John Anderson, The Charlotte Observer

30 May 2008

Travel and Leisure - June 2008

"Travel and Leisure Special Hotels Issue: It list. We pick the best new hotels for you."

Please purchase the recent, June 2008 Travel and Leisure, now on stands. A copy of the Travel and Leisure Magazine will tell you about the best deal at Century House Nantucket. (Based on availability. Minimum stays may be required. Taxes and fees not included.) Find us in "30 Hotel Exclusives Just for You" Use this list to plan your next trip, whether it's to Arizona or South Africa. Page 26. See you on Nantucket!

Century House

28 May 2008

Picture of the week - Nantucket Island

Please see one of our favorite spots on Nantucket Island: where the sky and the water meet. The color on the island are vivid and you will likely never see another place as unique as Nantucket. We welcome you!

Century House, Nantucket

26 May 2008

We are "Inn" Season

Hello to our Nantucket Lovers. We are now fully "inn" the season. May 15th we embarked happily on a new journey for Season 2008. So far we've had a great start guests from all over the world: Argentina, UK, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, and a couple other countries. Quite a great bunch of people. Limited availability on all rooms this season so please make sure you make arrangements in advance.

More and more people love to visit the island and our historic 175 year old inn. We are not your typical hotel and never plan to be. We are family operated guesthouse with 175 years of hospitality, or "the oldest continuously operating guesthouse" on Nantucket Island. This year get ready for some amazing changes and renovations.

21 April 2008

Nantucket and Google

Wendy Schmidth, wife of CEO of Google founded ReMain Nantucket

In the past year, the Googles (Eric, the CEO of Google which Forbes estimated his net worth at 6.2 billion dollars and Wendy, his wife and philanthropist) have become part of Nantucket's preservation.

The main driver of all the philanthropic efforts on Nantucket is Wendy. They both fell in love with the island when they came for a friend's wedding. "I was completely hooked" she said. All her philanthropic efforts on the island are under the umbrella "ReMain Nantucket." According to Alan Worden in Nantucket Today "People say Google is coming to Nantucket. All of this stuff has nothing to do with Google, and nothing to do with Eric. It has everything to do with Wendy, who can stand on her own two feet. She is one of the smartest people I've ever met."

Wendy is also one of the investors who bought the Dreamland Theatre, "aiming to restore its movie screen and create a performing arts space." Her foundation also bought the Island Spirits site downtown to use it as a transportation hub. Recently she also purchased the building that houses Mitchell's Book Corner. "There is value in a bookstore that you don't have on the Internet" she was quoted to say. Her plans are to keep the bookstore.

"I see Main Street in need of community places. Where do we hang out? People don't go to bars anymore. They go to bookstores and coffee shops." Wendy Schmidt in Nantucket Today

"I'm a reader. If you come to Century House you can see the vast collection of books available to any of our guests. Most of these books come from this bookstore. Here everyone knows you and they know your preferences. That's Nantucket for you. We were happy to know that Wendy and Eric of Google decided to preserve the history of this town." Gerry Connick, Innkeeper, Century House

Here are their other givings.

All we can say is welcome and thank you for preserving Nantucket!

Century House, Since 1833
Discover the Freedoms of Nantucket

Nantucket is full of surprises. We let you know the best things about Nantucket. Come experience the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island. Walk to downtown, beach, restaurants and shopping. Luxury inn bed and breakfast. Breezy, wrap-around veranda, top cliff elite historic location. Discover the freedoms of Nantucket with Century House perfection. http://www.centuryhouse.com

Source Nantucket Today by Dan Fost, April 2008

11 April 2008

Nantucket Island Water

Water in its pure form is a tasteless, odorless, colorless liquid essential to all known forms of life. In large quantities it appears to be blue. Facts we remember from school: chemical formula - H2O; two-thirds of the Earth is water; the human body is 75% water.

Little Known Treasures: The Nantucket Water. The Island's supply of drinking water.

One often asks, where does the Island's supply of drinking water comes from? And, the answer is: it comes from two different levels of aquifer within the Earth recharged naturally by the rainfall making it the best tasting water from a sprout according the Innkeeperette, JeanE.

Losses to the aquifer occur by the discharge of fresh water at the coast and groundwater pumping. To lessen the impact on groundwater levels, the Island relies upon the cooperation of its customers and visitors to use its supply conservatively especially during peak Season use periods.

"I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull's way and the whale's way

John Masefield, 1878

Nantucket is full of surprises. We let you know the best things about Nantucket. Come experience the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island. Walk to downtown, beach, restaurants and shopping. Luxury inn bed and breakfast. Breezy, wrap-around veranda, top cliff elite historic location. Discover the freedoms of Nantucket with Century House perfection. http://www.centuryhouse.com

07 March 2008

Nantucket Wine Festival - Wine and Beach Roses

The Wine Festival on Nantucket Island, May 14 - 18, 2008, is one of the most popular, celebrated events of the year. We still have some rooms available for those days. Here's more information about the Nantucket Wine Festival.

Walter and Patricia Brooks, founders of Best Read Guides and ecape.com explained The Wine Festival best in their article, Days of Wine and Beach Roses. Read the article here.

Photos courtesy of capecodtoday.com centuryhouse.com and Michael Price, michaelpricephotography.com

25 February 2008

Waxhaw, NC Couple Married 31 Years Win Prestigious Lovebirds Contest

"we create memories for couples just like the Hutchinsons. Nantucket offers countless ways for people to discover themselves. Century House celebrates Nantucket, and now that our history has moved into the 21st Century it continues to operate with the attentive hospitality it did in the late 1800's. Century House

Season 2008 marks the 175th years beginning of Century House and Gerry & JeanE's 25th season as innkeepers. To share these milestone anniversaries, we introduced a Valentine's Day national anniversary contest calling "old lovebirds" married 25 - 175 years, to enter to win a three night Century House stay on Nantucket Island, MA. The couple was randomly selected from 1000 entries! The contest was featured on USA Today.com . Forbes.com, Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Kansas City Star also picked up the story. Entries came from all over the place: from California to Michigan to Texas to Minnesota, to Vermont, to Florida. And they came in all different shapes and forms: some forgot to enter their husband's or wife's name, some forgot the anniversary date, or the phone number. Some wrote their stories, some wrote nothin (there were no requirements for an essay on submitting an entry. Some wanted to add all their marriages together to make up for the 25 years. Some submitted an email entry per day. Some sent pictures. Some wrote beautiful letters, love poems, or funny stories. All entry efforts were appreciated.

We accepted all entries of 25 years or more of blissful togetherness with all the basic information we asked for, then randomly picked one.

Gail and John Hutchinson, a delightful Waxhaw, NC couple, were the winners. Upon hearing the news John exclaimed: "Oh my, you gotta be kidding me!? My wife won't believe it." They celebrated their 2008 Valentine's Day together. Gail suprised John by having the same meal as they did on their first date. "Oh, we just need Nantucket!" Gail said. He brought home the news of a free trip to Nantucket the next day.

He reminisces: "Our first date was taking our bicycles out on the ferry to Nantucket. I had been given two free tickets on the ferry. We took with us a block of cheddar cheese, a box of triscuits and a bag of cherries. After arriving on the island we bicycled down to the south beach and sat there enjoying our crackers & cheese and cherries."

Gail & John married 2 years later. "As we were planning our wedding to take place we didn't have a lot of money. We were missionary candidates and were planning to have our honeymoon on Nantucket since it would be off-season with reduced rate. Anyone for Nantucket in the winter? Gail's family felt we needed something warmer so contributed toward our one week stay on Bermuda."

All these years they still talk about Nantucket:"This gift from Century House will be a wonderful trip down memory lane for us. It will bring us home nearly 34 years after our first date."

About the Century House, 175 Years of Nantucket Discovery---------------
The historic Century House, the Inn on the Cliff, dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today.
According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date.
Visit www.centuryhouse.com for details.

13 February 2008

Ask the Artist: Sergio Roffo

The Month of Valentines conveys a celebration of loving relationships and loving passions and most of our readership know of Innkeeper Gerry's passion for the Arts and the inn's Artist in Residence Program, initiated in the late 1980's. With this issue, we introduce the Ask the Artist Column in which guests & staff alike can send in questions of curiosity about an artist's life work. Innkeeperette, JeanE posed this issue's question to renown en plein aire artist, Sergio Roffo, whose relationship with Century House goes back years!

How does the artist "know" how to translate what his/her eye sees three dimensionally onto a a blank canvass? Is it innate, mathematically, genius or what?

"On location, starting from the background to foreground mixing the pigments or colors to create the values, (the lightness and darkness of that color) that would give you the allusion of depth, distance in between the background and the foreground. The subtleties in nature are so beautiful."

11 February 2008

25 things to love about us

Location- Best between town and the beach
Smell - Fresh Coffee, baked cookies, flowers
Rooms - Each unique with cross ventilation
Old and New - Best of both, each in moderation, internet and A/C
Continuous History - Always what it is where it is. 175 years.
Guests - Best on the island; from all over the world, each with his or her own story
Staff - Comfortable with themselves and pleasant
Colors - Sunrises and sunsets
Music - Classical music always playing in the lounge area to relax while having a cup of coffee
Neighbors - Even our neighbors and friends in the area rarely leave the island
A Summer Destination - Cliff Road was made for the summer season
The Veranda - A unique addition to the house in 1910
Water - The drinking water is the best, the Atlantic is second to none, and plenty of hotwater.
The Beds - We get continuous calls throughout the year wanting to know how we buy the mattresses and where.
The Patio - We were one of the first guest houses with both North Patio and a South Patio
24 Hour Availability - There is always someone on the property
Books - Always a book to take to the beach from your room - one you probably wouldn't buy yourself
Artwork - One of the more outstanding contemporary Nantucket collections on the Island
Wood Floors - Most rooms have 150 year old pine floors
Silence - A quiet place to sit by yourself in each room
Variety - Each day is a new adventure
Safety - Speaks for itself
Night Sky - Moon and Stars are the best
Birds and the Bees - look all around

06 February 2008

Finding Romance 20 Miles at Sea

TravelLady Magazine, Article printed on www.travellady.com
Finding Romance 20 Miles at Sea
By Brooke Cunningham

Arriving on the ferry, we looked down onto a busy dock full of people waving hello and saying goodbye surrounded by mounds of blue hydrangea, small buildings covered in weathered shingles and some of the world’s truly astonishing yachts. The welcoming of Nantucket appeared to be as beautiful as we had heard.

We were booked into the Century House Inn on Cliff Road. Having no idea where that was relative to the harbor, we grabbed a cab at the end of the dock for a quick lift with our luggage to a charming wide white porch dripping with flower baskets and covered with small tables and chairs partially hidden by thick green flowering vines. Behind the charming porch was our home for a few days, one of the oldest inns on Nantucket.

Our room was a romantic mix of old and new. Provincial wallpapers, recessed paneled ceilings, wide windows that open, large fireplace with mantel for charm, plus air conditioning, television and large bathroom because convenience is a modern thing. And then there was the bed, oh goodness what a bed it was! So delicious that naps became something that we eagerly looked forward to, and getting up in the morning was a thing for debate!

We discovered on our first venture on foot that we were actually perfectly well placed for biking into town and evening sunset strolling about. Probably 10-12 blocks from town it was an easy walk past gardens and galleries to the waterfront, restaurants and shops while far enough out that we did not hear the traffic and hubbub of people moving about. The cobble streets are a thing to be mindful of though, this is not the place for amateurs in high heels! Bicycles are perfect for getting around, and we found them just down the street at Cook’s Rentals for $18/day.

We took a tour our first afternoon, with Gail’s Tours just to get the lay of the land. We discovered that she was a wonderful guide after she picked us up at the Century House in her very comfortable van. She took us on a lap around the island which happened to include John Kerry coming out of the driveway and looking as if the bicycle he was about to mount was not his friend. We saw many features of the island in an hour and a half, and spent the next few days revisiting some of them. So here we were in a romantic, elegant hotel 20 miles at sea with a list of things that we wanted to see and do for the next few days. Really a perfect way to start our new life together!

One morning we got up very early and were greeted in the whiteout fog by our taxi for a ride to meet our fishing boat. After a slow ride across the island we met Lynne Heyer, our guide and captain of the 26’ FlyAway. Through the “pea soup” Lynne carefully got us on the shoals by South Beach and did we ever hit fish!

The sun began to burn off the fog and warmed our skin as the sparkling water began to appear. There was a light breeze, it was 75 degrees under a wide clear blue sky and we brought in 14 bluefish in the course of the morning! We could hardly bring ourselves to go back “on the hard” after such an exhilarating morning at sea!

Most afternoons we would wander by The Rope Walk, a very comfortable pub on the dock with fresh sea food and a very local atmosphere. Each evening we walked to a different restaurant for dinner. You could probably stay for a month without running out of great places to dine or visiting anything twice.

One evening we did a cocktail cruise through the harbor on the Anna W. You bring your own cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and for roughly an hour the open boat takes you visiting among the yachts in the harbor. Great fun and very romantic.

The week went very quickly and we found ourselves torn about leaving our cozy room (and remember that delicious bed?) but the consolation was that now we knew how much relaxation, charm, excitement and excellent food could be had by returning to our romantic room at the Century House and leaving the world behind by 20 miles.

How to get to Nantucket

Harbor Cruises on the Anna W II
Straight Wharf Slip #11- PO Box 77 - Nantucket MA 02554-0077

The Rope Walk

Gail’s Tours, Inc.

CrossRip Fishing charters , Capt. Lynne Heyer

Nantucket Restaurant Guide

Menu from Company of the Cauldron
Appetizer of Pan-Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops over Brussels Sprout Leaves with Fresh Basil and Truffle Oil


1 lb Nantucket Bay Scallops
1 pint fresh Brussels Sprouts
1 tbsp chopped shallot
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp basil oil
1 tsp white truffle oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
olive oil for sautéing
salt and pepper to taste

Step One: The Brussels Sprouts

Cut bottoms of sprouts off and remove individual leaves.
Add a small amount of olive oil to a sauté pan and heat until smoking hot.
Add and sauté together:

* sprout leaves
* shallot
* garlic
* salt and pepper to taste
Sauté until leaves begin to wilt, and then add the sherry vinegar. Set aside and keep warm.

Step Two: The Scallops

Remove the abductor muscle and check for sand. Do not rinse.
Add a small amount of olive oil to a non-stick sauté pan, and heat until smoking hot.
Add scallops. Do not overcrowd pan or move scallops. Season with salt and pepper and brown on each side for 40 seconds.

Step Three: Plating

Arrange sprout leaves in the center of a large plate. Place 1/4 scallops on and around the sprouts. Drizzle basil and truffle oils over entire plate. Serve immediately.

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23 January 2008

We Made USAToday.com

Here's the article:

USA Today, Hotel Hotsheet - Check it out before you check in, Tuesday January 22, 28

By Kitty Bean Yancey

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Married for 25 years? Win a free stay
To mark its 175th anniversary and the 25th wedding anniversary of its innkeepers, the Century House on the island of Nantucket is hosting a contest for couples who've gone the distance.

No, you don't have to have been together for 175 years to win, but if you've been wed 25 years or more, you could win a free stay there.

Innkeepers JeanEllen Heron and Gerry Connick are calling all quarter-century-plus lovebirds to enter. Just click here and you could win a three-night stay. Deadline for entering: Valentine's Day.

Now, if you don't qualify for this contest, maybe you're interested in getting to the point where you could. It's leap year this year (on Feb.29), and that traditionally means gals can propose to their guys.

So, Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Denver has a "Dare to Propose" deal. Rates start at $259 a night, which includes valet parking; gift of Colorado beer to brew up the courage to ask for his hand. Kimpton's Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass., has a "Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady" package. Pay $349 a night and get another free, plus roses and champagne and in-room breakfast . Clever idea, but can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to take your sweetie to a hotel, pop the question and get a NO. That would put quite a crimp on the stay, don't you think?

Has that happened to any Hotsheeters? Care to 'fess up? And I'm sure you hoteliers have had to handle some fallout from proposals that went belly up, no?

Photo courtesy Century House

17 January 2008

Century House Makes Forbes.com Again

Forbes.com seems to like Century House. They named us here "Top Five Eastern US Summer Inn Destinations!" And after some of their writers visited us they talked about us here.

Well, we've been saying that the best things about Nantucket are free. Since we are giving away a "Yours and Ours Anniversary" package, forbes.com decided to write about it in ForbesLife Find of the Day .

our giveway | article in forbes.com | what forbes.com says about us

Here's is the article in full:

Century House Anniversary Giveaway
Have you made it past your silver anniversary? Century House, a charming bed and breakfast in Nantucket, Mass., says "well done." In fact, they're rewarding one long-lasting couple by giving away a three night stay at the inn. It includes a berry buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a complimentary bottle of champagne.

Just enter to win by emailing centurybnb@aol.com or by sending your name, spouse’s name, marriage date, e-mail address, physical address and phone number to Century House, 10 Cliff Road, Nantucket, MA, 02554. Make sure to send in your information by Valentine’s Day--Feb. 14.

Remember, you must be married for at least 25 years, and will be required to prove this, upon check-in, with a copy of your marriage certificate. Valid dates for stay are May 15 to June 15 and Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2008.

For more information, visit www.centuryhouse.com.

--Lauren Sherman

her blog

11 January 2008

USA Today talks about art in hotels

"Art can help create an experience" says Barbara De Lollis from USA TODAY. We knew that twenty some years ago when we began our Artist-in-Residence open to all our creative minds. Yesterday I talked about Gary Akers one of our artists being published in American Artist Watercolor Magazine

Nantucket Island is well known for being a place of inspiration. In the words of William Duffy "Over the last ten years, through the kind and energetic encouragement of JeanE and Gerry (not to mention the fabulous accommodations of Century House), Nantucket has become one of the places which puts me in a state of heart where I have done some of my best work." Our Diane Aeschliman believes in working from life as much as possible, whether portrait, still life or landscape. She accepts commissions in all three disciplines, and has traveled as far as Switzerland to paint a portrait. A member of The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, she has won four awards, including a first and second in their recent exhibitions. Her painting "Marissa" is included in the book How did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures Volume 2, published by International Artist, 2005.

Here some of them have to say about staying and painting on Nantucket:

Marla Korr, a New Yorker: "This year marks the 12th year since I have been coming to the Century House. I look forward to sitting on the verandah where I watch the fog lift off as I indulge in Gerry's-Berry-Buffet-Breakfast and rice pudding. I think about the breakfast all year and I look forward to my stay. It is a place where I find my inspiration as an artist .”

Michael Harrell: "Nantucket reminds me of America's nautical heritage...especially the cobblestone streets which were used as ballast on the whaling ships. I also like the fact that the Century House used to be a ship captain's house in the 1800's.”

Julia O'Malley Keyes "Nantucket Island is one of the most peaceful, engaging places on the face of the earth. In my humble opinion, the only REAL way to have a true island experience is to stay at the Century House, haven for the world weary..."

Lori Zummo: For the past twelve years, Lori Zummo has been one of Nantucket’s most popular and best selling artists, while showing every summer at the Robert Wilson Galleries. Original oil paintings can currently be seen and purchased at their Nantucket and Sarasota."
"I always love coming back to the Century house after a long day of painting at the beach. The friendly staff and comfortable accommodations provide such a charming respite right in the heart of beautiful downtown Nantucket. My stays here have always been a pleasure."

Don Mosher: "My wife and I stayed at the Century House many times over the last 15 years. JeanE and Gerry have always made us feel like part of their family. As artists we have the close proximity to downtown and to the beaches...a perfect location and a warm atmosphere."

Joan Chakonas: "My Nantucket experience for the past three years has been the Century House bed and breakfast. Each year I begin packing sooner and sooner because I cannot wait to arrive. It is an honor and privilege to have been invited to participate in the Artists Program. It is so nice to have such appreciative and generous hosts. The accommodations are elegant, the breakfast spread literally carries me through dinner so there is no interruption to our on site painting. Artists who are granted this privilege are very fortunate.”

10 January 2008

Our Artist Gary Akers in American Artist, Watercolor Magazine

Our very own Gary Akers, an Artist-in-Residence for many years has just been published in the American Artist, WATERCOLOR, Fall 2007 Issue. He visits Century House and Nantucket Island every season because it's also a place where he finds inspiration for his work. "My subjects come to me unexpectedly. I see the way the light is hitting an object, and I like the sense of depth or texture that is created." His work, among others', is proudly displayed in our art collection. Some of you may have met him this past season. And if you haven't he'll be here this 2008 Season.

Nantucket revivifies the imagination, the spirit, the creativity, and we always welcome beauty through the artist's eye! Jean Ellen and Gerry Have been involved in the arts for over twenty five years. The art-in-residence program is open to any creative mind.

Come and observe, or be a part of it.

"We are delighted that the Artist-in-Residence Program has evolved so well here at the Century House.
We look forward to seeing Nantucket through their eyes and potentially
sharing the experience with some of our guests.
” JeanE and Gerry, Innkeepers

09 January 2008

AskMen.com Rates Top Ten Most Endagered Locations

When you search prospective vacation destinations, it's important where you get your information from, even when it comes to Nantucket Island.

One guide that's always reliable is National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, Travel and Leisure, etc. Askmen.com, the ever so popular website rated the Top Ten Most Endagered Location for over-tourism, environmental causes, conflict, etc.

1. Dampier Rock Art Complex in Murujuga, Australia
2. Sonargaon-Panam City, Bangladesh
3. Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania, West Africa
4. Panama Canal, Panama City, Chagres River
5. Dhangkar Gompa, Himachal Pradesh, India
6. Old Damascus, Syria
7. Babylon, Iraq
8. Leh Old Town, Ladakh, India
9. The Coral Triangle, Sulu and Sulawesi Seas
10. Greenland

When it comes to Nantucket, we know a thing or two since we've been here for 175th year this Season 2008. Check our website at www.centuryhouse.com or our reviews

Otilia Herput

Coffee - the Nantucket Way

Good coffee, worth waiting for, is hard to find these days...unless you're on Nantucket. And not if you're talking about Starbucks. I know. Their coffee is in, more popular than ever. Yes, but frankly, I'm tired of standing in lines.

Palm Beach's Starbucks is equaly popular, so off I go this morning, to indulge my senses and to stand in line for who knows how long. In the winter Century House is hibernating, so we all spend our time in Palm Beach, FL. But I dream of Nantucket these days. Those Nantucketeers know a good ol' cup o' joe. But since we're closed until Spring, all I can do is dream.

Gerry's freshly brewed coffee, starting at 5am, available all day, awaits the guests. The smell of the aroma reaches all the way up to the third floor and the early birds come flying. I drink it constantly, but I like to break it up a little, so I walk down to the coffee shop, maybe five minutes max., close to downtown. For the curious coffee minds, such as myself, I suggest taking a leisurely, relaxing walk to The Bean, on Nantucket, one of my other favorite coffee places on the island. I'll be there. Not for Gerry's 5am coffee. But likely standing in line at The Bean. Worth every sip. And with that, I'm ok.

Read more about Gerry, the innkeeper.

Otilia Herput

08 January 2008

Triple-Sheet Beds?

According to Gary Stoller from USA Today, even professors at Cornell University explain "how to triple-sheet beds." Read article here. And Shannon Donnelly mentioned it in one of her daily column in the Palm Beach Daily News (or the Shiny Sheet - a Palm Beach Society Paper). Read the article.

We're ahead of the game folks. Gerry our innkeeper even mentioned it on the live interview with Martha Stewart Living Radio. Listen to what he has to say about it.

Century House on Martha Stewart Live Radio

Yes!! We could not believe it either: the famous Martha Stewart Living Radio show asking us how we make beds? So we agreed to go on the show LIVE to teach them a thing or two! You can listen to the Century House Nantucket interview here


BURRRRRR its Winter in the USA and for many of our guests this means ˜the snow is aflowing." Rather than the ignored pink elephant in the living room, the white elephant symbolic of "burr" beckons many of our guests to make their 2008 Summer Century House reservations. There is something about Gerry's hot coffee and berry buffet breakfast (I thinks it's the granola!) that evolves warmth and good cheer.

07 January 2008

24 Hours at the Century House

It's that time of the year. Yes. Time to plan a vacation. If you're like us, you need a vacation after a holiday vacation. It's cold. It's dreary. And we're tired of the winter. So Nantucket this summer is the best vacation idea. Here's what 24 hours look like with us.

Most stays are proceeded by months of anticipation either as a repeating guest with an educated expectation or new guests with fantasy fleeting thoughts after months of research and yearning. The slapping of the ocean against the ferry, or the winds pressing against the airplane's wings, arriving " on Island" is exhilarating either way --- truly an adventure---and arrival at the Century House is a highlight: ...the aromic delight of the cascading flora: tulips, daffodils, geraniums, roses, lilacs - smells in the air - along with freshly brewed coffees and teas & homemade cookies and cream.

A friendly greeting, a thoughtful nestling into one's chosen room and perhaps a cup of tea and a book, a snooze before venturing off to the lure of the beach, the bike path, the art galleries, or a scintillating bite to eat!

Soon the renown "sunset arrival "--- whether nestled on the beach or relaxing on the Century House veranda --- before heading out for the evening's soiree. Dinner time: the theatre, private party, jazz, dancing or just meandering the cobblestoned streets and discovering one of the freedoms of Nantucket's proverbial gardens. The salt air infects and at some unexpected point the lure to return to the Century House beckons and one sinks into the custom made mattresses with a smile on one's face.

Time passes and the wiff of Innkeeper Gerry's specially ground coffee beans pervade the air early- competing only with the smell of the freshly homemade goodies awaiting at Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast - ah! the berries cascading on his famous granola. Perhaps first a morning jog or leisurely stroll experiencing a new dawn awakening on this exquisite jewel of an Island Retreat. Discover the Freedoms and

Experience Nantucket Island...come aboard and you'll likely have the ride of you life!

Either way, we're open for suggestions!

Old Traditions, New Beginnings

Another new transformation is occuring only a block down the street from Century House and across the street from the White Elephant Residences... We welcome the new, evolving Point Breeze Hotel/Condominium.

Remarkably, the innkeepers, (confident of their selection of Century House as the premiere location on the Island back in 1984 when they first took over the day to day responsibilities of the inn) are discovering that not only the aforementioned NIR White Elephant Residences enterprise is in full swing, so is an unrelated venture across its streets (and again only 4 houses away from Century House).

The Point Breeze venture, restoring the old grand dame "Point Breeze Hotel" (originally constructed in the late 1800's) to its former glory for the Island Traveler, and is also offering Hotel/Condominium units. Its developers Bob and Mia Matthews, who live across the street from Century House on Nantucket Island are creating a boutique hotel/condominium with units starting at approximately $1,000,000. So why not enjoy the ambience of the Century House and indulge in the amenities of these enterprises that selected our neighborhood as THEIR PREMIERE NANTUCKET HISTORIC LOCATIONS!!

Hidden Treasures: Giving to Nantucket

Philanthropists come in so many colors and shades; and Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE - livng in two oasis of philanthropy have seen it all --- in this issue we acknowledge the gift of Summer Residents - Wendy and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google - in purchasing the property in Nantucket's downtown historic district to house the Nantucket Rapid Transit Authority (NRTA) as a gift to the Island... With goals to decrease automobile traffic and congestion, as well as the number of vehicles on Island, Nantucket created the NRTA , a series of shuttle buses that reach out over many of the beaches and highlights of the Island fom May to October. A gift to tourists and Islanders alike, the service has grown to such a point that a central "hub" was required and the town- in a referendum vote this winter- failed to receive the needed votes to acquire the designated property in the downtown area.

So Wendy and Eric Schmidt, CEO of GOOGLE who live a few houses north of Century House on Cliff Road (and very near the former home of painter Eastman Johnson (see story in October 2006 CH Newsletter or read here) purchased the property for the Island!!!

Thanks for Giving Wendy and Eric Schmidt.

The Hidden Treasure???? The fact that some of our Summer Residents are also the biggest supporters of the preservation of the Nantucket way of life.

Uniquely Nantucket

When I think of Nantucket, freedom is what comes to mind. Every time I visit, I feel completely free from stress, everyday pressures and routine. Each time I breathe in the salty air, problems seem so miniscule; there's a richness of serenity that fills the air and a special glow in the hydrangeas that capture the sun.

At the Century House, we treasure those moments everyday and share them with our guests throughout the season!

N - Natural beauty
A - Art and Inspiration
N - Noble and distinguished
T - Treasures that are hidden
U - Unique traditions
C - Cranberry tarts
K - Kick back and relax
E - Explore your freedom
T - Ticket to return!

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Didi Lutz

06 January 2008

Rosebud is Getting a Facelift

Beauty is skin deep... except, in this case, it goes much deeper. Yearly innkeeper Gerry, biographed here chooses a room for a complete makeover. We don't draw straws or anything; we simply look around, take a few notes and decide which one inspires Gerry to a new level.
For the 2008 season we decided Rosebud should become White Narcissus, complete with crisp white and yellow tones of Narcissus.

No two rooms are alike at Century House. Innkeeper Gerry, trained as an architect, combs the pages of Architectural Digest, Veranda, Martha Stewart Living and Coastal Living and others to enrich his design with Century House sophisticated clientele in mind. Some examples include his choice of wall coverings mixing stripes with floral, multi-textured fabrics and colors, chandeliers, sconses, and high hats...who would ever think of an enmese onyx floor in your bath such as the case of the beauties Daffodil and Partritdge Berry. These newly redesigned rooms are not your average look. They're luxurious, uniquely decorated, a mix of the old and the new, home-like, comfortable with modern amenities. Each of our rooms is not just a place to stay but work of art hung with original works of art

Other recent makeovers include Partridge Berry, Red Dahlia, Black Orchid, Thistle, etc. Watch for the White Narcissus "Coming out Party."

04 January 2008

Here's a Toast to the Hydrangea

This issue presents both an obvious joy to the Island - the hydranga story - one of the most beautiful flowers on Nantucket Island...the abundance of the magnificent colorful and plumb Hydrangea plant - and the little known fact that we have on Island a jewel of a florist farm at "HYDRANGEA FARM" with over 300 varieties of hydrangeas in half a dozen green houses- located on Madaket Road where the Century House street, Cliff Road, intercepts.

HYDRANGEA FARM busily propagates, grown, sells and ships hydrangeas all over the world. Owner by former Innkeepers and special friends of Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE, Mal and Mary Kay Condon, the Farm focuses only on hydrangeas that grow in Nantucket's USDA zone 7B or below.
Nantucket lies in the same growing zone as Atlanta , but the island experiences more colder days each year so it influences what hydrangea varieties do well on Island .

Learn more about the variety of hydrangeas growing both on Island and throughout the world (Mal is on the International Association) from Mal and Mary Kay for whom the Century House will be hosting a reception - for the
Century House Guests Only
July 9th,, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
at the inn। In the interim, check out their website at http://www.nantuckethydrangea.com where you will find a wealth of information about their specialty. A joy to be around, Mal and Mary Kay will be offering you a private tour of their farm the following morning at 11:00 AM.
Reservations required so please call 508-228-0530 to reserve you stay and participate.
Discover Little Known Treasures through the Century House!!!

The timing of this offering is perfect, as the Nantucket Garden Show is displaying at the New School this same week