30 March 2011

Nantucket Summer!

Hello summer! Are you here yet?

Love, Nantucket

Innkeeperette Reflections: Nantucket and Palm Beach Pizza

{photo via pizzaalfresco.com Palm Beach, Florida}

Last night Innkeeper Gerry hosted our year round staffer Otilia and her IT consultant Loudmouth Creative to dinner at our favorite neighborhood outdoor café in Florida Pizza al Fresco (under the umbrella of Worth Avenue’s Renato’s Restaurant – a main stay on the Island for decades) off of the Via Mizner.

We always take a table in the courtyard which is surrounded with Mediterranean outdoor stairways cascading with Bougainvillea vines and leading to second story villas …oozing with charm. The birds are chirping, the Palm Trees towering over us and the blue skies with puffy clouds shining down on us. On the South side of the courtyard is a four story home, originally built by and for the renown architect Addison Minzer, who along with Paris Singer (of the Singer Sewing Machine claim to fame) put his festive Mediterranean mark on the architecture of Palm Beach.

Of course, on the theme of Nantucket Reflections, I compare this with Nantucket’s traditional grey shingled properties through-out the Island…known for its Quaker heritage and stoic practicality --- not a famous architect’s name/mark but a pragmatic and aesthetic soothing façade provided by a collection of architects marching to the same quiet, un-assuming elegance, promoting a sense of serenity and calm.

And now for the other connection … THE PIZZA Gotta tell you we love Pizza al Fresco --- the food, the ambiance and the joyful staff ….and how we compare with the pizza choices of Nantucket …Steamboat Pizza {508.228.1131} is our mainstay; I am not saying it is Daniel Boulud quality but it’s convenient AND you can ask for the tomato and pesto which we really like--- bringing them back to Century House to sit around the tables in the inn’s courtyard and listen to the sounds of Nantucket --- the birds, the leaves swaying in the breeze (a very different sound than the Palm Tree fonts of PB), the Brandt Point fog horn declaring its safe guarding presence on misty eves, the bikers giggling as they peddle up our mini “hill” at the beginning of Cliff Road, the guests enjoying cocktail hour on the inn's inviting veranda; and, of course, for the sensitive ear…the flowers growing around the perimeters. It may seem trivial, but in Nantucket we think Century House has the best courtyard around for guests and Innkeeper to enjoy family, friends and PIZZA!!

Innkeeperette JeanE!

28 March 2011

Nantucket fog

Untitled by justapaperbag
Untitled a photo by justapaperbag on Flickr.

Here's what the flickr user 'justapaperbag' says: "I know I am very lucky to be spending the summer in a place where the temps. have not risen above 85 all summer, while my brethren in NY simmer. However, I have seen exactly one sunrise in two months due to the incredible amount of fog this summer. All that humid air just cools down out here and drenches us in fog. This is my neighbors house a few yards away."

How true of Nantucket! I love the fog early on a summer morning. It is unlike anything you experience, because suddenly the sun starts to come out signaling a beautiful day. I remember strolling down a historic cobblestone path during a foggy day; it seemed old, haunted as if I was in another world.

This island, Nantucket, is another world. It is located thirty miles out to sea, where everything just sort of stops. Everything seems slower paced, less stressful, more free. Nantucket awaits those who treasure those things and are willing to fight for them. Yes there will always be those who come in, who attempt to bring their world; but for the most part Nantucket will always remain serene, modest, unpretentious, and most of all formidable in its intrigue!

Nantucket among other things is also called "The Grey Lady" "due to the almost regular fog," (wikipedia.com)

{photo by flickr user justapaperbag }

24 March 2011

News on the Nantucket Restaurants via zagat.com

According to the article Ventuna, Pazzo and Others Opening in Nantucket This Season via Zagat.com entry Posted on March 18, 2011 12:23 many changes will take place this season in the restaurant business.\

photo credit: 21federal.com

Here's the summary:

1. Straight Wharf Restaurant owners take over 21 Federal; it becomes Ventuna Restaurant.
2. Lo La 41° Restaurant owners take over Sfoglia Restaurant; becomes "Mediterranean bistro Pazzo"
3. Cambridge Street Restaurant becomes 21 Degrees East Nantucket Restaurant.
4. Cinco's Michael Sturgis, will open Brick House Bistro at Jared Coffin House replacing Harbor Wok, a chinese restaurant.

Straight Wharf Restaurant owners have taken over 21 Federal Restaurant. 21 Federal will become Ventuna Restaurant. "Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon, partners in life as well as business, are doing little to change the 1846 Federal House–style interior, except to keep the dining room spare and freshen it up with some paint."

The owners of Lo La 41° will take over Sfoglia. Sfoglia will become "Mediterranean bistro Pazzo in its former digs (130 Pleasant St.)."

Cambridge Street, 12 Cambridge St., will become 21 Degrees East Nantucket, "a bistro and raw bar."

Also, Cinco's Michael Sturgis, "will open the Brick House Bistro at the Jared Coffin House Inn, where he plans to serve "comfort food with a twist." " The Brick House Bistro will replace a Nantucket favorite Harbor Wok, a chinese restaurant.

Posted on March 18, 2011 12:23

To read the article please go to the post on Zagat.com entry Posted on March 18, 2011 12:23

23 March 2011

{Nantucket} Innkeeperette Memories and Reflections

In just a month, Innkeeper Gerry will be traveling North to Nantucket to open the Century House for the Season! As Meryl Streep says “IT’S COMPLICATED”!...taking almost a month to get all the rooms “on line” what with the painting, wall papering, scrubbing down the Winter Weathering, turning on the plumbing, “dressing the rooms” which were stripped to bare surfaces in October; and, of course, re-hanging the art work, freshening the floral landscaping and baking the daily fare…And, as with all tradition, one of the last Winter events that Innkeeper Gerry looks forward to is his annual trip to the middle of Florida, to the Sebring Race Track for the 59th Twelve Hour Endurance Race sponsored by Mobil ...

This year, I joined him – getting up at 4 AM to “beat the crowds” (Nantucket has never seen a traffic jam like this one!!) and having an experience of a lifetime as we traveled northwest and watched the setting of the Moon the night it was its largest in 18 years. What a vision as we journeyed thru the early morning mist in the dark…. So much so that it reminded me of the hugh full Fall Harvest moons in Nantucket … the clear black sky a’twinkling with an array of bright stars dancing in the Universe.

And THE RACE!! Let me tell you we were in for a treat! As early arrivals and guests of Porsche in their Hospitality Suite, we were selected to be the two attendees to have the privilege of riding in one of the Porsche safety cars checking the race track (at 120-150 mph!!) just before the race began…all compliments of BMW’s Braman of Palm Beach and Morristown, NJ. Dearlerships. What a memory of a lifetime … knowing at this speed we would have sped from Sconset to Madaket in less than 8 minutes!!!

Now, I grant you it’s a stretch, but I honestly did think of the Nantucket Marathon races through-out the Season on Island, with the sights of human bodies running up Cliff Road - passing in front of Century House with our guests cheering on the participants - pushing themselves to their limits, just like these Le Mans P1 race cars…with intense sportsmanship and comraderie. What a scene of excitement and power!!

So now Innkeeper Gerry gears up for his daunting “race to open Century House in time for Season 2011” and returns to the 1993 white jeep and 1945 pick up truck tailored to Island speeds.

Nantucket Island Spring, Summer, Fall 2011 Events

Nantucket celebrates life! Each season the island prepares for the annual events where people from all over the world gather together to have a memorable time. Here are the events for Season 2011. For more information or daily events visit Yesterday's Island.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival, April 29 - May 1, 2011

Nantucket Wine Festival 2011, May 19 - May 22, 2011 on twitter @NantucketWine 508-228-1128

Nantucket Restaurant Week 2011, Spring, June 6 - June 12, 2011 on twitter @NantucketRestWk 508-228-1700

Sam Sylvia Golf Tournament, June 11 - 12, 2011

Nantucket Film Festival, June 22 - June 26, 2011 on twitter @NantucketFilmF 508-325-6274

Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Clambake, July 10, 2011

Nantucket Annual Summer Kitchen Tour, July 14, 2011

Small Friends Annual Folk Art Show, July 14-17, 2011

Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, July 22 - 23, 2011

Nantucket Triathlon 2011 Race Day: Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nantucket Comedy Festival, July 27 - July 30, 2011 on twitter @nantucketcomedy 888-555-1212

Nantucket Antique Show, August 5-7, 2011

Boston Pops Nantucket, August 13, 2011

Nantucket Race Week, August 13-21, 2011 508-228-6600. NantucketSailing.com

Nantucket Sandcastle Contest, August 20, 2011

Opera House Cup Regatta, Sunday, August 21, 2011 508-228-6600 NantucketSailing.com

Nantucket Annual Island Fair, September 11 - 12, 2011

Nantucket Arts Festival

Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week, September 26 - October 2, 2011

Nantucket Historical Association Harvest Fair, October 1, 2011

Egan Maritime Festival, October 1, 2011 508-228-2505

Nantucket Cranberry Festival, October 7, 2011

Nantucket Historical Association's Festival of Wreaths, November 23 - 27, 2011

Annual Tree Lighting & Community Caroling, November 25, 2011

Nantucket Historical Association's Festival of Trees, December 2 - 19, 26 -27, 2011

22 March 2011

Super Moon, Nantucket

Super Moon, Nantucket by ghinson
Super Moon, Nantucket a photo by ghinson on Flickr.

Here is a photo of the Super Moon on Nantucket Island. So happy someone captured this magnificent shot! I thought I'd share. A fascinating moment since according to nasa.gov this was "a full Moon of rare size and beauty..." "a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years."

By the way our island is gorgeous during a summer night, the sky sparkles; so make sure when you're on vacation on Nantucket you remember to look up at the night sky!

Cheers and Happy Tuesday everyone!
{photo by ghinson on flickr}

21 March 2011

Getting to Nantucket Island from Hyannis, MA via Steamship Authority Ferry

Two ferry companies that offer ferry service from Hyannis Port or Hyannis, MA to Nantucket Island, Nantucket, MA are Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises. The map above shows the directions from Steamship Authority ferry doc in Hyannis MA to Steamboat Wharf doc in Nantucket, MA.

Above is a map of how to get from the ferry doc Hyannis Port, MA to Century House Bed and Breakfast located on Nantucket Island, MA by the Steamship Authority. Steamship Authority (http://www.steamshipauthority.com) has a fast ferry (Iyannough) and a slow ferry (Steamship).

Find directions to the ferry port in Hyannis from where the Steamship Authority operates here. The main address in Hyannis for the Steamship ferry port is 141 School Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Both Steamship Authority's slow ferries and the fast ferry (Iyanough) from Hyannis arrives on Nantucket at the Steamboat Wharf, which is closer to our inn than Straight Wharf. The fast ferry (one hour) Iyanough 508.495.3278, is for passengers only (no cars). The slow (two hours and fifteen min. approx) ferries 508.477.8600 operate year-round with service including for cars, passengers, and bicycles.

Hy-line Cruises operate a fast ferry from Hyannis Port, MA, and it arrives at the Straight Wharf on Nantucket. For complete schedules visit http://www.steamshipauthority.com and http://www.hy-linecruises.com

for more information about our Nantucket inn go to http://www.centuryhouse.com

find us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/chnantucket

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17 March 2011

{Innkeeperette Memories} Nantucket Reflections

First and foremost ’Top of the Mornin’ to you this St Patty’s Day!! Both Innkeeper Gerry and I have roots in Ireland (via Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada) and we lift our hats to you all! Went strolling with Innkeeper last night – down to the end of our street to the town docks… so many of the yachts “in residence” consider the Nantucket Boat Basin “Home” in the Summer --- and, of course the scene ignited a flash back to our strolls down to the wharves at the Nantucket Boat Basin watching the boats with tourists coming back from a day of fishing or sailing or just plain relaxing. We usually get a lobster roll or soft shell crab sandwich from the Straight Wharf Fish House and sit at one of the wooden benches along the way…sometimes we stop and chat with the new arrivals coming off the ferry, exuberant about their landing “on Island” and ready to explore its beauty. We recall all the flower beds swaying along the wharf’s paths, lined with boutiques and mini art galleries! All this washes over us as we watch the sun set on Florida’s West. Oh, by the way, I need to add the vista to our right as the Floridian fishermen on the Intracoastal Bridge cast their poles in search of the evening meal… so familiar a sight as the tourist and natives alike fish off the wharves and boats of the Nantucket Basin.

16 March 2011

{Nantucket} Family at Jetties Beach, 1906

Recently just found out that the Nantucket Beaches are #6 in the Top Ten according to National Geographic. Of course! So while thinking about the beach days and summer time on Nantucket and reflecting on a new Season coming up, I found this incredible vintage Nantucket photo of a family beach-day. Jetties Beach looks a lot different in our day. For example, I haven't seen any horses and buggies on the beach, or on any Nantucket roads. Ever. Wow! Found any other differences? Jetties Beach is a beautiful couple of minutes walking distance from Nantucket's Century House Bed and Breakfast

by nha.library on flickr.com:
Family at Jetties Beach, 1906
A group of people at Jetties Beach, some in bathing suits. Label states: "Mother in the black suit with white collar, and her sister, Aunt Fan, in all white dress. Fat Aunt Fan never appeared in a bathing suit." 1906.

Image number: A11-18

14 March 2011

Top 10 Beaches - Travel - National Geographic

Top 10 Beaches - Travel - National Geographic

Nantucket is once again in the Top 10; According to National Geographic # 6 is
"Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

The most popular beaches on this island in the North Atlantic are Surfside and Children’s. The waters here are relatively calm, and there’s plenty of sand to use for sunbathing or castle-building. Madaket Beach is known for its rougher surf and not-to-be-missed sunsets. Quidnet Beach provides great views of Sankaty Head lighthouse.

We love Nantucket and this thirty miles out to sea quaint island truly does have some of the best beaches in the world! Madaket is actually a bike ride away from Century House. Come see!

Getting a jump on Nantucket spring - Globe-trotting - The Boston Globe

Getting a jump on Nantucket spring - Globe-trotting - The Boston Globe http://t.co/wAyZECq

Getting a jump on Nantucket spring
from THE BOSTON GLOBE - Boston.com travel desk
By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent

You know it’s a sure sign of impending spring when deals for stays on Nantucket start popping up. They’re having a couple at Century House, reportedly the oldest continually operating guesthouse on the island, one that’s been a lodging establishment since 1833.

Nantucket in a Bucket” runs from May 19-June 19, where you get a deluxe room for $295 a night or superior room for $225, both Sunday-Thursday only. It includes lodging, breakfast and a bottle of champagne and box of chocolates in your room.

“Nantucket Festive Fantasy: Bicycle Built for Two” gets you a tandem bike to use to peddle around the miles of the island’s bike trails, lodging and breakfast. Rates are the same as in the first deal. Deadline to book for both is March 20, and both require a two-night minimum stay. Prices do not include taxes and fees.

The average daily temperature in Nantucket for that time is about 65 degrees. Not exactly summer but given the winter we’ve had, we’ll take it.

For more information, visit www.centuryhouse.com

11 March 2011

Steps Beach Nantucket, Painting by Christopher Wheat

We love, love love, love Steps Beach, and it is nearby Century House. Unforgetable, quaint, with a touch of privacy where the summer breezes and the aromas of pink and white wild roses surround you. I was happy to find that one of our artist Christopher Wheat has painted this scene. Read his post below or here http://www.paintingsofnantucket.blogspot.com

Nantucket Steps Beach Roses 18x24 Oil on Canvas
posted Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here is the the steps beach painting that I started this past year on island. I just finished it up and wanted to post it here for you all to see. The smell of the roses and the soft ocean air can almost be felt as you look at the painting. Lovebirds beware, many have been engaged and married at this little beach on Nantucket. The perfect Nantucket anniversary gift or Nantucket wedding gift for that special someone in your life. I look forward to getting back this summer to do more painting as for now check out more Nantucket paintings at http://www.christopherwheat.com I'll be posting more in he next few days.

for more go to http://paintingsofnantucket.blogspot.com

09 March 2011

Nantucket Daffodil Festival: Michael Bloomberg & Mathew Swain

I found this amazing photo of the Daffodil Festival on flickr and I thought I would share. Annually the Daffodil Festival takes place on Nantucket to celebrate Spring and showcase millions of daffodils. Along with those pretty things they showcase antique cars all decorated with the yellow blooms. In the picture you can see Michael Bloomberg and Mathew Swain at the 2008 Festival.

2011 Daffodil Festival takes place April 29 - May 1, 2011.

According to Nantucket Chamber "Originated by the late Jean MacAusland, a summer resident of Nantucket and former publisher of Gourmet magazine,who persuaded the Nantucket Garden Club to sponsor a daffodil show on the island in 1974. The first planting of daffodils took place along Milestone Road. Each year thousands of bulbs were added to the fields & roadsides, slowly achieving the ultimate goal of one million daffodils. In the early 1980s, Mrs. MacAusland ordered another eight tons of bulbs directly from the Netherlands and with the help of professional landscapers planted another 100,000 daffodil bulbs. Island residents embraced the idea with enthusiasm and many began to join in the planting. In the fall of 1994, the Garden Club planted an additional 10,000 “late-blooming” bulbs, hoping to extend the daffodil season. Today an estimated three million blossoms, which have naturalized over the years, bloom along the island’s roadsides, gardens and shop windows with blossoms of yellow, orange, white and even pale pink.

Daffodils are in bloom for about five weeks – early and late bloomers from early-April to mid-May. Springtime on Nantucket brings delightful weather and offers opportunities for seal cruises and outdoor activities such as bicycling, hiking, fishing, photography, bird watching and nature study. Visitors are encouraged to leave their cars behind, as all activities are accessible by walking, bicycle, or taxi." See Daffodil Fest events here.

Century House opens with the Wine Festival, May 19.

{picture by flickr user Nantucket Plum}

08 March 2011

Nantucket Railroad, c. 1900s

Nantucket Railroad, c. 1900s
Nantucket Railroad; train leaving for Siasconset on Easy Street.

This is a great vintage photo of Nantucket in the 1900's. Nantucket had a railroad then. I wanted to share with everyone. Amazing isn't it? Thank you flickr user: nha.library

Carly Simon to perform at the Boston Pops on Nantucket August 2011

Carly Simon by Leann Keller
Carly Simon a photo by Leann Keller on Flickr.

"Simon to headline 2011 Pops on Nantucket"
(March 7 , 2011) Popular singer-songwriter Carly Simon will perform at the 15th Boston Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital Aug. 13.

CBS News anchor Katie Couric will again host the annual concert, which attracts more than 8,000 people to Jetties Beach to hear the Keith Lockhart-led Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

This year's event will also serve as a 100th birthday party for the hospital."

Read more Nantucket news at http://www.ack.net

{photo by: flickr user Leann Keller}

{article: http://www.ack.ne}

07 March 2011

Innkeeperette Memories: {Nantucket}: I’m almost there, whew

The “pause that refreshes” is a popular phrase, often associated with a drink… but it occurred to me this morning as I journeyed through my gym workout how the “pause” between repetitions of weight lifts brings memories of Nantucket …. Seriously!! I remember "pre-Century House" working at a highly stressful sales/marketing position up to 80 hours weekly traveling ‘east of the Missippi” to visit clients and the “wanna be”. And the “pause” in that world of business was usually the flight or drive back and the thoughts of the weekend when I would be headed for ‘Sconset' where I had a tiny cottage overlooking the Atlantic . It was an “I’m almost there, whew” kind of feeling. And as I took my lifting weights “pauses” I found myself thinking similar thoughts today of mindless, serenity – a free floating calm (that I experience most on Island) before I began the next set of lifts.

At any rate, with the upcoming arrival of Spring and Season, trying reflecting on Nantucket and see if it doesn’t make your work-out go more quickly!!!

Your innkeeperette

04 March 2011

Nantucket Restaurants

The Season of 2011 is bursting with excitement with the opening of the new in-town Nantucket restaurants. The stately Jared will again be a place to stop and dine; 21 Federal will be reborn with a new menu and ownership; both with hosts experienced in the ways of the Season and Off-Season demands of the Island.

The recent write-up “here and there” in the Inky shows that journalistic management is very interested in good food and possesses the ability to interpret different cuisines.
We hope that we again see an informative weekly food column in our local rag.

This early Season would be a great time to come to Nantucket and really discover some new food choices right down town mixed with the added freshness of Spring.

I will continue during the next weeks with openings of other new venues on Nantucket Island, along with reviews of each.

A quick mention of our Southern neighborhood --- Palm Beach --- a swell new restaurant “Buccan” restaurant has opened up on the corner of South County and Australian Avenue – a block away from our favorite Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel.

01 March 2011

Nantucket "wash-a-shore" and Avenue Q Star Makes the Front Page of New York Times

Yes! We love art and artists. So it was very exciting to read the New York Times and the article 'In Twist, Off Broadway Looms Larger for Hits' by Patrick Healy about the off broadway show 'Avenue Q'. The star, Anika Larsen, pictured on the front page of New York Times, is a dear friend of the Century House Nantucket Innkeepers who have known her since her singing/acting career started when she was 3 years old, producing entertainment shows at her family's annual Christmas Party. She is most of all, you guessed it, Nantucket lover, as well. Below you can see her with Innkeeper Gerry and again with guests who immediately recognized her.

Someday will tell you what a Nantucket wash-a-shore is.