28 June 2011

Travel: Nantucket is a Peaceful Island Escape - Features & Columns - AllMediaNY

Enjoy this great article about Nantucket Island from AllMediaNY.

Cheers, Century House

Travel: Nantucket is a Peaceful Island Escape - Features & Columns - AllMediaNY

When thinking about summer vacations, many people imagine southern beaches and tropical paradises. The first thought when traveling is to go towards the warmer parts of the world, not to New England with its chilly waters and colonial landscapes. Perhaps that’s what gives Nantucket, Mass., its exclusive-feeling charm.

Located off the coast of Cape Cod right next to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket may only really be known for its perfect ability to fit into a limerick, but the island is no joke. While it is a popular summer vacation spot, Nantucket still feels somewhat undiscovered—how many New York City people do you know boasting about their Nantucket vacations? Truth is, the island is more laid back than the Hamptons or neighboring Martha’s Vineyard, which is why it has a greater appeal.

Very few vacation spots keep their friendly attitude through the summer. Nantucket residents aren’t afraid to say “good morning” while walking down the street, and shop and restaurant owners are happy to serve crowds with any budget—the rich crowd and the middle class intermingle, but there are still many locations that won’t break your budget. Perhaps it’s the peaceful surroundings that keep everybody friendly, and even rainy days don’t feel so horrible if you know where to hang out... www.allmediany.com

Travel: Nantucket is a Peaceful Island Escape

24 June 2011

The first tiger lilies are coming into bloom at Century House which means the June weddings and the film festival will be fading out. Nantucket Island is well into the beautiful summer season!

This will allow the water to warm and the summer flowers and smells to reign.  The beaches will spring with summer color and the grills will be smoking.  Century House is well into its second century of welcoming visitors escaping the summer heat of the major eastern and now European cities.  We are looking forward to seeing many of you on Nantucket the far away place this season.

16 June 2011

Century House Wins Best Bed and Breakfast on Nantucket in 2011

Century House Won Best Bed and Breakfast on Nantucket Island in 2011. To view the best on Cape Cod and The Islands go to www.capecodlife.com/best  You can also view it on stands in the Cape Cod Life Magazine, Issue of June 2011. See below our Press Release! To view our other press releases please see our website
Century House Selected The Best Bed and Breakfast Inn By
Cape Cod Life Magazine Reader's Choice
Century House, Best Bed and Breakfast of Nantucket Island
(Nantucket Island, MA) – June 2011 Century House, the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket was recently selected by Cape Cod Life Magazine Readers and won Gold for the 2011 Best Bed and Breakfast Inn on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The readership of Cape Cod Life Magazine had voted Century House the Best Nantucket B&B for the first time.  The Silver award went to Jared Coffin House.
According to Cape Cod Life Magazine Best of the Cape & Islands Reader’s Choice is an annual poll "where readers weigh in with their region-by-region favorites from throughout the Cape and the Islands."
A congratulatory letter was sent by the President and Editor of Cape Cod Life Magazine announcing the Gold Winner and stating "our readers have a great loyalty to the magazine, and they take pride in voting for their favorite places on the Cape and the Islands- you were voted among the very best."
The Best of the Cape & Islands winners are announced in Cape Cod Life Magazine, June 2011 issue available on stands now and reflect six regions and around fifty categories. The entire list can be viewed online at http://www.capecodlife.com
Cape Cod Life magazine is “a regional lifestyle magazine that has captured the historic charm and panoramic beauty of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket for over 30 years.  Cape Cod Life publication is recognized nationally and internationally as the Cape and Islands’ premier publication reflecting this world famous region’s unique and diverse lifestyle in eight annual magazines full of stunning photography and in-depth columns and feature stories.”  capecodlife.com
If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with innkeepers JeanE and Gerry, call our Media and PR Director Otilia at 508.228.0530 or email centurybnb@aol.com.  
Century House 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, the Century House was built by a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder. 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. Like on facebook; follow on twitter; read our blog.

06 June 2011

Innkeeperette Reflections and Memories: Nantucket Irises

I arrived on Island after a misty, glorious passage to Nantucket on the Steamship Fast Ferry just in time for the Memorial Day Celebration.  It is always the time of my first trip back to the Grey Lady for the new upcoming Season.  Innkeeper Gerry keeps me a distance away while he takes the month before Opening to ready the inn with staff. I stay in Palm Beach handling our real estate business activities where I am a realtor with Fite Shavell & Associates; and yes, there is positive movement in the market there; condo buyers are particularly perched to negotiate incredible deals).

One of the most immediate and exciting visions I have upon arrival, is the field of wild Irises off New Lane … while I have missed the tulips, daffodils, pear tree blossoms whirling in the breeze like rice thrown at a wedding, I always appreciate that the blooming Irises – wild and planted – await my arrive to bloom and enjoy…. So elegance, majestic and delicate!  I think my Iris Love Affair started years ago at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where I first gazed on Vincent Van Gogh’s IRISES about fifty year’s ago ….and then the repetitive theme of a semi-real pattern of Irises on the paper bags of Bonwit Teller’s stores  (now I bet that brings back memories for a lot of you!) 

At any rate, as I feast my eyes on the Irises – soon to move on – the roses are now moving into the forefront!!!  What a delight to spend the Season on Nantucket butterflying from one exquisite flower to another.

03 June 2011

The cutest comment you'll ever see

Love note from an artist

Love "love notes" who doesn't but oh my, just saw this in our guest book today.  Our artist in residence Deborah Leonard left a great little note. I love the words, but most of all the creativity. She is a painter, an artist, and well, it reflects it even in her little love note. How cool is that. Love the paintbrush and the note on the canvas. How creative.  Check out her work at http://www.deborahleonardart.com/

Deborah Leonard Art

Deborah Leonard Art
Here is more about the artist:

"My love of nature through observation and academic study has a strong influence on my painting……I find enjoyment, interest, and beauty in my surroundings wherever I may be. In the more traditional pieces, color and vibrancy are used to express my subject matter. I prefer to emphasize the simple elegance of a single tree or even part of one. I am blessed to live in an especially beautiful area, with soft meadows and rolling hills. I enjoy painting outdoors whenever possible. In my work I try to capture light and presence. I strive to record the feel of a place or time."

"My abstract work is more about chance and intent. I call it "in your face art", because, when viewed up close, these pieces present a totally different vision. Relationships vie for focus and new interactions take place. Synchronicity works its magic and the painting starts its journey."

Deborah Leonard is co-founder of the annual Farmington Valley's City and Country Canvases event with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She is president of the Avon Arts Association and a member of the West Hartford Art League, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and Simsbury Open Studios.

She teaches art classes for adults in Simsbury. She has created and maintained local artists programs in Avon and Bloomfield, allowing a venue for monthly shows and receptions to area artists.

Her work has appeared in numerous juried shows and is part of a permanent collection in the Children's Room at the Simsbury Library and private collections here and aboard. She has a designed jewelry for the Farmington River Watershed Association. Her work is currently for sale at Fastframe in Avon, Puffins Gallery in Watch Hill RI, Le Cherche Midi, Nantucket, MA, Petrini Gallery in Avon and Bill Selig Jewelers.

She serves on the boards of directors of the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, and the Avon Art Association." http://www.deborahleonardart.com/