12 December 2007

Neighboorhood Nostalgia: Harbor House Village Gone



WHAT: 1 ROOM
WHEN: 4/11/81.
RATE: $45.00
WHERE: HARBOR HOUSE

Pictured to the left you will see a bill from 1981 when JeanE and her mother came to stay there. The room cost $45.00 + tax. Nowadays $45.00 dollars will get you to Nantucket in an hour, by ferry but you'll have to swim back to Hyannis. Prices have changed on Nantucket.

Hang on for the surprise below.

Oh the memories. Harbor House Village has been our neighbors for years. Many of our guests would visit it for some meeting or other, or most recently the Harbor Wok Restaurant, the only Chinese food on the island.

Thanks for giving us, Century House Inn such special memories. Pictured is a bill Innkeeperette JeanE paid when she came to Nantucket with her Mom in 1981 to purchase " a little bit of the turf" in Sconset on Nantucket Island. Although the Century House was just around the corner, it wasn't opened at the time and little did she know her future fate as its innkeeperette. Alas, speed forward 26 years and find this nostalgic mainstay on the Island , the Harbor House Village, owned and operated by Nantucket Island Resorts (NIR) transforming itself into a new venue as the upcoming White Elephant RESIDENCES Condominiums also owned and marketed by our neighbors, the Nantucket Island Resort (NIR). Located just 4 houses away from the Century House, we welcome our old neighbors in transition to their new status! Harbor House was built originally as a hotel, renting rooms to the island traveler. In 2006 was acquired by Nantucket Island Resorts. Harbor House been a great neighbor in times of need.
The new condominiums residences will start at $1,000,000. For those of you interested, don't forget to come by. You'll be just a "hop and a skip" from the best homemade chocolate chip cookies on the island.

02 September 2007

Hidden Treasure:Nantucket Atheneum and Century House

Question: What do the Century House B& B Luxury Inn and the Nantucket Atheneum have in common? Answer: they are both in the same age bracket --- the Nantucket Atheneum having opened its big double doors 172 years ago and the Century House entering its 175th year (Season 2008 )of serving the Island Traveler.

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing." Maria Mitchell, Atheneum's first Librarian (1836-1856) and the first astronomer (see article here).

The stewards know that the library is more than just an impressive and historic building; not a temple nor shrine to preserve the past, but a dynamic gathering place of ideas sparked by the information and the stories available within its walls.

In keeping with the traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries when speakers such as Frederick Douglas, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau spoke in the Atheneums' Great Hall, the Atheneum has continued to offer world class lectures including speakers such as David McCullough, Senator Bill Frist, Katie Couric, Lesley Stahl, Tim Russert and just this August 15 2007, the astute GE ex-corporate and business gurus Jack and Suzy Welch, Business Week Columnists and Authors of Winning.
Discover the freedoms of Nantucket! and enjoy the luxury of strolling just a few blocks down down the cobblestones and attending one of these prestigious lecture series in the intimate setting of Historic Nantucket. No traffic nor crowds to fight, just the simple pleasures of Island breezy living.

By the way, the Atheneum also owns an exceptional special collection of island-related artifacts and artwork. From whaling ships' logs to records of the town dating back to 1688, the special collection provides a window to the past centuries on Nantucket .

07 July 2007

7/7/7 - A Nantucket Wedding

7/7/7 on Nantucket will be a time to remember for John, Klare, and their guests staying at the Century House. John and Klare met on match.com and fell in love. He lived in New York and she was new to Michigan when they first met. Their first date was at the Henry Ford Museum and four months later their first vacation was Nantucket. Over the next year and a half they went on 21 trips including wine tasting in Santa Barbara, horseback riding on Mackinac Island, dancing and dining in South Beach, hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, seeing the Alamo in San Antonio, enjoying sake and sushi at Roku in Las Vegas, seeing Niagara Falls from a helicopter, cheering for Danica Patrick at the 90th Indianapolis 500, and more. But out of all the vacations, they still remember Nantucket as the first place they fell in love. That’s why they have planned their wedding to take place on the island which is one of the best wedding spots. John, Klare and their guests will be arriving on the 4th of July and look forward to watching the fireworks, enjoying the island, staying at the Century House, and celebrating their wedding. The event will take place out at Great Point on 7/7/7. They have rented six 2007 silver Jeep Rubicon Unlimiteds for everyone so they can enjoy the ride out across the sand heading to Great Point. We have been promised a picture of the cavalcade of Jeeps on the sand along the ocean. John and Klare plan to revisit Nantucket every year thereafter to celebrate their anniversary and we will look forward to having them stay at the Century House.

02 May 2007

Visit the Night Sky... Nantucket Constellations!



We are highlighting the work of the Artist-of-artists with the help of Maria Mitchell Association's (MMA) Loines Observatory (pictured here) where Islanders and visitors alike become stargazers and learn which constellations are visible in Nantucket's night sky! Loines Observatory and Vestal Street Observatory is located close to Century House.

Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) was born on Nantucket and called the Island her home for life. She was the first professional woman astronomer, first woman professor of Vassar and first woman to discover a comet in 1847 which was named after her, the MITCHELL.

FACT: During this time Captain Calder had opened the doors of the Century House as a guesthouse to the islanders.

Maria Mitchell's Observatory was built above her father's bank at the top of Main Street. In addition to several historic museums (including her birth-home) affiliated with Ms. Mitchell, the MMA boasts two observatories on the island, where the visitors can observe the Universe's artistry - weather permitting.

The Maria Mitchell Association Association celebrates its opening of the 2007 Season on June 14th. We celebrate Nantucket's hidden treasures - art and the Master Artist, Maria!

02 April 2007

Savoring Nantucket Scallops!


Scallop: - a shell of any of various marine bivalve mollusks of the family Pectinidae, with circular or fan- shaped shell valves.

It is this edible flesh of these mollusks that has become the quest for many guests who ask Century House innkeeper Gerry, “Where can I get Nantucket scallops for dinner?” So famous is this sweet, delicate treat – a taste so unlike any scallop in the world (there are over 400 varieties) and sadly the answer is usually “nowhere” as the Commercial Scalloping season is November 1-March 31, when the Century House is closed.

However, in October of each year there is a special opportunity for recreational scalloping and the Century House may offer an adventure in scalloping to celebrate in 2007, so stay tuned...

As for the process, using push rakes or dip nets (dredges if commercial permits) along the harbor while wading, diving or snorkeling, the scalloper painstakingly gathers the scallops into the container. Now imagine a bushel of these gems – shells intact – going off to the “shucking shack” where one deftly splices the shell to abstract the “flesh”. Innkeeperette JeanE did this one fine October day with her sister Joanne - who’s Harbor Front Cottage was once used in the early 1900’as a shucking shack- and discovered that the bushel’s yield was minuscule!!!! Enough for a dinner for two at best.. No wonder scallops are so dear!

With the yield of approximately 117,000 bushels harvested in 1980-81 reduced to 5,500 in 2005 and Season 2006 predicted to be lower than previous year, one questions the impact of environmental changes on our coveted Nantucket scallop and Scalloper. And we need to remember that the commercial venture is held in bitter cold, raw, barren winter weather so watch for the “easy living” alternative in October, 2007!!

Discover the Beauty of Nantucket's Coffin Park


Someone once said that "those who wonder are never lost." In the truest sense, the wanderers are explorers without a map. They are the ones who live by no one's rules or blueprints; but love the unknown. They live to explore and discover. On Nantucket they might get lost and stumble across any one of its many treasured possessions.

One of the Nantucket's newest gems is COFFIN PARK, just minutes from Century House on Cliff Road and conveniently located next to one of our favorite picnic eateries, Something Natural!!! Nantucket cleared out this premiere site the Winter of 2005. A semi-swampy parcel of land owned by the Town of Nantucket, was overgrown with thickets, shrubbery and vines. Today, the elevated wooden walkways provide idyllic pathways to explore intimate flowerbeds, shrubberies and privet hedges – all indigenous to Nantucket--- or simply to enjoy a picnic feast on the secluded lawns.

This serene spot, only a stone’s throw from Century House provides just one more discovery for the curious island wanderer. Explore the park and discover many indigenous plants. Look...find...wander and wonder on Nantucket Island! picture courtesy of the Nantucket Land Council.

Nantucket Cranberries Galore!

Fall on Nantucket is a time to "Toast the Cranberry," so named because of its pink blossoms that resemble the head of a crane. The berry was first cultivated in the United States in 1816 on Cape Cod where it flourished when cultivated under growing conditions similar to those found in the wild-including an acid, peat soil; a surface layer of sand that is frequently replenished-shifting in the seabreezes.

Cranberries have been grown on Nantucket since 1857 and is an important part of the Island’s economy until the mid 1940’s - in fact the Island's 234 acre bog off Milestone Road was the largest contiguous natural cranberry bog in the world until 1959.

The berries were individually handpicked until the early 1900’s when the wooden cranberry scoop was developed. Since the mid 1940’s, growers have used an assortment of mechanical pickers, and it is this process that visitors to the Island can observe during the October harvest. Savor the joy and fascination upon learning of this colorful production! October guests will enjoy the extra cranberry treats Gerry incorporates in the fare during this festive time of year.

Century House toasts the cranberry every fall!

28 February 2007

Nantucket Appeals to the Senses!

Nantucket has always been a luxurious destination, where there is something for everyone. Ever wondered about what the Faraway Island is all about? Here are some 2007 season events that are taking place:

April 27-29, Daffodil Festival. Rejoicing that spring has arrived, the main highlight of this event is the Antique Car Parade
May 16-20, Nantucket Wine Festival. For the eleventh year, Nantucket will be the host to over 100 wineries of international reputation!
June 13-17, Nantucket's Film Festival will take place for the tenth year. Celebrating Hollywood glad and the art of screen writing, this festival is one you don't want to miss.
September 29-October 7, Nantucket Arts Festival. It is a celebration of arts on the island sponsored by the Nantucket Arts Council. The festival brings together the best of performing, visual, and literary arts.

With these and many other events happening, you want to choose a place that offers an intimate alternative of a five star hotel. The historic Century House is the inn on the cliff, featuring sensible luxury amenities, all in a relaxed setting. Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast is offered daily and has been recognized in Forbes.com and Zagat. To make a reservation visit: www.centuryhouse.com

Freedom is the best form of luxury, and Nantucket has it all! Discover what appeals to your senses and visit Nantucket this 2007 season.

14 February 2007

Truckie - the Love of a Lifetime


Meet Gerry's mistress: Truckie, a perfectly engineered love, beyond belief, who serves dutifully. You may have seen her around the Century House: ostentatious, unpretentious, quiet spirited and a bit shy...a perfect Stepford wife-like one may say. Her portraits are displayed all over the Century House, Gerry's private homes, and everywhere else one can think of so others may see her beauty.

Gerry first fell in love with "Truckie" back in the '80's, about a year after meeting and marrying his one and only true love JeanE. His love for Truckie is forever growing. Innkeeperette JeanE has been known to state: "have you met the mistress?" However, after all these years JeanE has come to understand that love needs to be sacrificial to be growing and lasting.

You may meet Truckie during your stay! Just ask innkeeper Gerry to show her off and he will proudly do so.

08 January 2007

Scalloping Adventury on Nantucket


Scallop: - a shell of any of various marine bivalve mollusks of the family Pectinidae, with circual or fan- shaped shell valves.

Little Known Treasures:

It is this edible flesh of these mollusks that has become the quest for many guests who ask Innkeeper Gerry, “Where can I get Nantucket scallops for dinner?” So famous is this sweet, delicate treat – a taste so unlike any scallop in the world (there are over 400 varieties) and sadly the answer is usually “nowhere” as the Commercial Scalloping season is November 1-March 31, when the Century House is closed.

However, in October of each year there is a special opportunity for recreational scalloping and the Century House may offer an adventure in scalloping to celebrate in 2007, so stay tuned...

As for the process, using pushrakes or dipnets (dredges if commercial permits) along the harbor while wading, diving or snorkeling, the scalloper painstakingly gathers the scallops into the container. Now imagine a bushel of these gems – shells intact – going off to the “shucking shack” where one deftly splices the shell to abstact the “flesh”. Innkeeperette JeanE did this one fine October day with her sister Joanne - who’s Harbor Front Cottage was once used in the early 1900’as a shucking shack- and discovered that the bushel’s yield was miniscule!!!! Enough for a dinner for two at best.. No wonder scallops are so dear!

With the yield of approximately 117,000 bushels harvested in 1980-81 reduced to 5,500 in 2005 and Season 2006 predicted to be lower than previous year, one questions the impact of environmental changes on our coveted Nantucket Scallop and Scalloper. And one needs to remember that the commercial venture is held in bitter cold, raw, barren winter weather so watch for the “easy living” alternative in October, 2007!!

07 January 2007

Century House

Century House-Nantucket Inns
फ्रीदोम्स ऑफ़ नन्तुक्केट
फ्रीदोम इस थे ग्रेअतेस्त फॉर्म ऑफ़ लुक्सुरी. थे बेस्ट थिंग्स अबाउट नन्तुक्केट अरे फ्री. एक्ष्पेरिएन्के. दिस्कोवर. एक्सप्लोर. इर्रेसिस्तिब्ले बेअचेस, ओसान ब्रीजेस, अरोमटिक विल्ड रोसेस, अ वाल्क ओं अन ओल्ड हिस्तोरिक कोब्ब्ले-स्तोनेद स्ट्रीट, अ बीके रीड तो स्कोंसेट, विंड ब्लोविंग इन यौर हेयर, अ क़ुइएत् टीम ओं थे वेरंदा वात्चिंग थे फोग लिफ्ट ऑफ़, अ स्पेक्टाकुलर सुन्सेट, अ वोयागे अत ४ ऍम व्हें इस पूरे दय्लिघ्त, येत थे इस्लंद इस स्टील असलीप. दिस्कोवर थे फ्रीदोम्स ऑफ़ नन्तुक्केट! व्व्व.सन्तुर्य्हौसे.कॉम
व्हें इ थिंक ऑफ़ नन्तुक्केट, फ्रीदोम इस वहत कोमेस टू मंद. एवेरी टीम इ विसित, इ फील कोम्प्लेतेली फ्री फ्रॉम स्ट्रेस, एवेर्य्दय प्रेस्सुरेस एंड रूटीन. एकाच टीम इ ब्रेअठे इन थे सल्टी एयर, प्रोब्लेम्स सीम सो मिनिस्कुले; तेरे'स अ रिचनेस ऑफ़ सेरेनिटी ठाट फिल्ल्स थे एयर एंड अ स्पेशल गलो इन थे ह्य्द्रन्गेअस् ठाट काप्तुरे थे सुन.

अत थे सन्तुरी हौस, वे ट्रेझर ठोस मोमेंट्स एवेर्य्दय एंड सहारे थेम विथ ऑउर गुएस्ट्स थ्रौघोउट थे सीज़न!

न - नातुरल ब्यूटी
अ - आर्ट एंड इंस्पिरेशन
न - नोबल एंड दिस्तिन्गुइशेद्
टी - त्रेअसुरेस ठाट अरे हिडेन
उ - उनिकुए त्रादिशन्स
क - क्रेन्बेर्री तर्ट्स
क - कीचक बेक एंड रेल्स
ए - एक्सप्लोर यौर फ्रीदोम
टी - टिकेट टू रिटर्न!

03 January 2007

Our innkeeperette


When JeanE and Gerry fell in love and decided to get married, they wanted to be together (an impossible feat in her position with a small start up company, with prime responsibility for all marketing “East of the Mississippi”). They chose to look for a project in which they could create a vision of their own. Becoming the innkeepers of the Century House with its historic place as the oldest continuously operating inn on the Island – and one that had fallen into disrepair- became their baby.

But after fifteen years of 100% togetherness, they agreed that Gerry, ever the quintessential Innkeeper, would run the Century House and JeanE would revert to her love of real estate – and become a full time broker with Corcoran Group in Palm Beach, Florida (augmenting her part-time broker activities in Massachusetts since 1974). So JeanE, known to many as Jean Ellen rediscovered who she is, and that indeed is a privilege allotted to those who seek to live who they are.

And...A perfect win/win situation with Jean Ellen commuting to Nantucket throughout the Season. You may visit her website at www.palmbeachrealestatebroker.com