16 December 2009

Boutique B&B's - Not Your Mother's B&B

Most people view bed and breakfasts as something old, worn out, and hoakie; where the furniture is ancient with your mother's old sheets, the stairs make strange noises, and the bed had seen better days.

Well it isn't so. The bed and breakfast industry has grown, evolved, and kept up with the Joneses hotels. Nantucket bed and breakfasts have quite a history and they have kept up also. We offer Internet, just because although we don't recommend using it while on vacation. The TV's are flat screen. Like many others Century House has entered the new era smoothly. Change and progress is good after all but only in limited quantities. Some B&B's are very modern but there is something soul soothing about a B&B which can mix old and new well. You don't give up the charm while throwing away that old Victorian frilly bedspread.

Century House still has that old Nantucket charm, not old as in old, but old as in special, going back in time charm. It is not New York-ish, or over the top. It's Nantucket style. A place where guests understand and talk to each other, passerby's say hello, cellphones are put to sleep, and TV's are rarely on. In Nantucket you pick up your bike and ride it or walk into town for an icecream cone. You're left at your own free will, exploring without the fear of getting lost, or over-tintilized.

So here's something you might not have known. Freedom is the greatest form of luxury, we believe. And that lies in the guest's choice to be free. Century House reflects that. At a bed and breakfast you should relax and have some privacy and freedom. Hotels can get a little sterile, a little too commercialized. And while it is nice to have the option to go to the spa, or the pool, or the ocean, or dine in the hotel, or in town those choices can be overwhelming. They do cater to you hand and foot, so that by the time you leave you need another vacation! Once in a while it is nice to put your feet up and just have some beautiful relaxing 'leave me alone' private time, away from the hustle and bustle.

So, while hotels are popular, the bed and breakfast will continue to have that homelike ambiance and offer the weary traveler that non-complicated vacation where you do step away back in time and relax.

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Century House Manager

25 November 2009

VP Biden arrives on Nantucket for Thanksgiving | CapeCodOnline.com

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Vice President Biden Arrives on Nantucket for Thanksgiving

The quiet island of Nantucket just made the news again with the arrival of Vice President Biden and his family.

According to the Inquirer and Mirror, today "Air Force Two touched down at Nantucket Memorial Airport just after 11:30 Wednesday morning carrying Vice President Joe Biden and his family for their annual Thanksgiving holiday visit to the island.

The modified Boeing 757, which dwarfed the other small aircraft on the tarmac, landed in a thick fog as Secret Service agents and Nantucket police shooed away curious onlookers who had attempted to stop on Monohansett Road for a view of the plane.

Biden and his family were whisked away through the operations gate off Airport Road in an 11-car motorcade, and proceeded to their vacation home: the Washing Pond Road waterfront estate of Louis Susman, a significant contributor to President Barack Obama's campaign who was recently appointed ambassador to Great Britain."


This was no small surprise to this tiny island, located thirty miles out to sea. Vice President Biden spent his Thanksgiving on Nantucket with family last year as well. This is a family tradition for them, for more than 30 years. His arrival last year was more traditional though, the passenger ferry from Hyannis Port. This time around he is the Vice President of the United States. So it probably became a little more complicated. Yesterday, about seventeen Black SUV's arrived on the ferry. The Air Force Jets have been flying in and out of Nantucket airport for the last few days bringing in supplies and security paraphernalia. The security is tight over land, sea, and water.

According to the Inquirer and Mirror "For the past week, airport manager Al Peterson said the government has been flying C-17 cargo planes into Nantucket Memorial Airport to deliver specialized vehicles for Biden’s motorcade and other support equipment...The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction (TFR) within a three-nautical-mile radius over the northwest shore of the island which will restrict all aviation below 3,000 feet. The TFR, which will go into effect this morning and last until Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., is necessary for “VIP (Very Important Person) movement,” according to the FAA advisory."

We welcome you back Vice President Biden. Have a Turkey Day!

Century House, Nantucket Island

21 September 2009

A Fall Day on Nantucket, Watch!

I love fall! So yesterday I took my camera and videotaped a Nantucket moment! You can see the video here http://www.twitvid.com/C691A The leaves are changing. The weather is crispy enough to wear a sweater yet still comfortable for a T-shirt or polo. The sun is shining brightly. In the background you can hear silence and of course, the ducks.

What a day! Enjoy!!!

08 September 2009

Labor Day and and glad no one was 'In-Labor'

This labor day weekend it was a fabulous time for a Nantucket getaway. Quiet, relaxing time. Beautiful weather. Sun filled days. Happy guests. Guests came in different packages, shapes and sizes. We had the law student, the high schooler, the neuro-surgeon, the attorney, the medical doctor, the mom with her sons, the IT exec, the pharm rep, the business owner, the conversationalis, the makeup artist and many more I can't remember; and then there were the pregnant guests. We discovered at breakfast that four women were all pregnant. All had the perfect belly. All babies were due in November. And all were having their first babies. It was fun watching them compare 'bellies' and talk about their new adventure while the significant other looked on. It was one of those moments you just have to blog about.

Hello to all!!! Congratulations to all parents to be!!! And thanks for giving us all these great moments.

04 September 2009

Love Note to the Century House



How very sweet to receive this written note from mother/daughter:

"From the moment we crossed your threshold we knew we were in a special place. Century House has all the elegance of an old world charming classic Inn combined with the lovely appeal of friendly comfortable ambiance. Jean and Gerry are two of the most knowledgeable, creative and enjoyable hosts. Plus Gerry's breakfasts are the best on the Island. Tastiest homemade oatmeal, fresh specialty breads and scrumptious granola. We loved our stay!" MaryBeth & Emily (mother & daughter) pictured with Innkeeper Gerry 08/09

03 September 2009

Nantucket Cranberry Toast and Irish Oatmeal


Yes, we offer beds. Yes, we offer breakfast too. While the Century House retains its service consistency, we've added some new enhancements to the breakfast buffet. This Season we, once again, expanded Gerry’s Berry Buffet Breakfast to include two new breads --a Tuscany white bread baked an hour before the buffet starts – how fresh can it be! Couple this with Gerry’s original Cranberry Raisin Bread – made without any preservatives and full of healthy berries and wheat. Both breads await your slicing! Cut one big or slim -- and for the sweet lovers slab on a topping of our imported French fruit preserves -- this year’s favorite seems to be wild cherry preserve. On top of all these carbs , Gerry has added his famous Scottish Oatmeal, slow cooked for two hours just before the breakfast door opens... a special treat for the oatmeal addificios who swear it’s the best they have had!!

02 September 2009

Hidden Treasures - Our Neighbours



This newsletter issue we highlighted the joy of Century House Neighbors! With special attention on Frances Karttunen and husband Alfred Crosby who - along with several other Century House neighbors - live here year around! A twelfth-generation descendant of Nantucket’s English settlers, Frances was brought home to Nantucket ten days old on the steamboat and graduated from Nantucket public schools, matriculating at Radcliffe College and subsequently earning a PhD in linguistics.

After 30 years, Frances returned to her roots on Nantucket, living next door. Here she spent four years researching and writing “The Other Islanders” a history of Nantucket ’s rich cultural diversity. The book introduces all lovers of Nantucket to the original Nantucketers – the Wampanoags - as well as to African slaves, Pacific Islanders, Irish refugees, Azoreans and Cape Verdeans who over the years have found a home on Nantucket . Currently, Frances, is completing a four book series entitled Nantucket's Places and People. Books can be purchased at local bookstores, and if the guest is so inclined, Frances is available to sign your book and tell you a tale or two about our neighborhood.

Alfred is a historian, professor & author of such books as The Columbian Exchange (1972) and Ecological Imperialism (1986). In these works, he provides biological and geographical explanations for why Europeans were able to succeed with relative ease in what he refers to as the Neo-Europeans of Australia, North America, and southern South America. More recently he authored America's Forgotten Pandemic-The Influenza of 1918 (2003), which has received international attention in light of the recent coverage of the H1N1 (swine) flu.

11 August 2009

Newest breakfast addition: healthy Nantucket cranberry toast


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We take this known fact seriously. "The breakfast [at the Century House] buffet is a bountiful affair of berries, fruit, granola, and other things healthy... Boston Globe, July 2008
Welcome to Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast. If you like Gerry's granola you will love his cranberry creation!! So many have asked the innkeepers Gerry and JeanE about the newest addition to the breakfast buffet: the cranberry/raisin toast.

According to Gerry at the Century House the Cranberry /Raisin is one of the two signature morning breads introduced this season to convey the feeling and smells of a guest house from the last 'century' as in 'Century House. It is made to our secret recipe by the local on island baker Daily Breads Bakery as we do not have the type of oven with controlled heat necessary to make it, the initial baking would increase the kitchen temperature to unacceptable levels.

Over six changes have already been made to this bread this season including two changes just to the actual shape.

Gerry says "I believe it to be the only grain totally natural - no preservative cranberry raisin bread on the Nantucket Island and it was designed to be either toasted or plain and used with cream cheese or butter. And by the way our granola has no nuts."

Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast: Guests are encouraged to enjoy the complimentary berry bountiful buffet breakfast each morning, warm Irish oatmeal with granulated Maple Sugar, Century House cranberry toast, fresh fruit, organic yogurt milk and fresh baked bread and to delicious muffins and coffee-cakes. Our signature dish "Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast," mentioned on forbes.com will add memories to your stay; best enjoyed on the wrap-around veranda, patio, or the garden or dining area! Early morning Gerry goes to the market for fresh fruit. He then prepares his berry bountiful breakfast: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries cascading on his famous granola. Pineapple, melons, mangoes, bananas, and other fresh fruits also available. Homemade coffee-cakes & breads, bagels, cream cheese, English muffins, jams & jellies, juices, cappuccinos, espressos & latt├ęs, teas & the best coffee served!

So if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, cranberry toast should be a good addition to our buffet. See you @ breakfast!

Otilia
Century House Nantucket

20 July 2009

Yes, we are on twitter...

We've been tweeting, or twittering from Nantucket, with love; and are quite happy to do so. We love talking about all things Nantucket, about those who visit it, stay for a while, and return many years later. We also read tweets and love to meet 'tweeple' from all over the world.

Thanks tweeple for being faithful friends, for welcoming us into the world of social media, and for loving us when we had no idea where to even begin.

Have a twitter day!

@chnantucket

15 July 2009

Juicy details...Nantucket and the pineapple story



According to wiki pineapple 'is the common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit. It is native to the southern part of Brazil, and Paraguay. Pineapple is eaten fresh or canned and is available as a juice or in juice combinations.'

Pineapple is also the fruit served at the Century House for breakfast. Beautifully arranged to display its color and juicy-ness. But it goes deeper than that. Most probably did not know that the pineapple fruit is a symbol of hospitality and welcome. According to thegoldenbasket.com it also "dates back to whaling days when sea captains brought this tropical fruit home to Nantucket and displayed it to announce that they had returned and guests were welcome." How quaint! How Nantucket-tee!!

So the next time you see pineapple wood carvings, motifs, symbols, decorations etc. think of Nantucket and its hospitality. (photo of handmade sterling silver pineapple napkin holder, nantucket; courtesy of lecherchemidi-nantucket.com store)

24 June 2009

The Lobster Roll at Straight Wharf Fish Store on Nantucket makes "America's Best Sandwiches" List

The Lobster Roll at the Straight Wharf Fish Store is indeed the best in the nation according to Playboy's 'America's Best Sandwiches' List released today. For $17.95 you get the real deal. Innkeeper Gerry has been sending guests there for many years for the lobster roll. If that's not your thing a must is the crab cakes or the swordfish sandwich. Absolutely amazing and a must when on Nantucket!

See you on Nantucket for more fun and delicious finds!
Otilia

23 June 2009

Ten things to do on Nantucket when it's raining

It's that time of the year on Nantucket. Rain. Not really of course. But you don't have to let the rain get you down. It comes and goes when you least expect it. Sometimes the weather channel gets it right, sometimes it doesn't. You never know, thirty miles out to sea. This is your time to explore the inside Nantucket, the behind the doors. You will discover the uniqueness of this island, such as Maria Mitchell-first American woman astronomer's birthplace. Nantucket's history is fascinating. And it will add memories to your trip.

So here are ten things you should do on Nantucket while it's raining.

1. Get married. For luck reasons of course, because rain brings luck so I've heard. We found a great picture of our guests who eloped and got married here. In the rain. Thank you Terry Pommett. See photo below. Umbrella it's on us. Cookies and champagne also complimentary.
2. Marriage not in the cards? Romance your way through it. Your creative side should be kicking in by now. :)
3. Visit the Whaling Museum. It has a sperm whaling skeleton, an 1847 candle factory restored, with its original whale-oil beam press, the only such artifact in the world still in its original location, exhibits, rooftop to view the Nantucket harbor and plenty of history. The museum was restored in 2005 and it is one of the few in the US to receive the accreditation of American Association of Museums.
4. Have a cup of Joe at the local coffee shop down the street, The Bean. They also have some of the best teas. While you're there head down to the wharf at the Fish Market for a great sandwich of freshly caught swordfish. They have some great crab cakes (fresh crab meat). Yum! For dessert have a smoothie at the Juice Guys.
5. Spend some time at the Atheneum, Nantucket's amazing library. It's been there as long as the Century House has been, 175 years. Here you will find a large selection of gossip magazine, daily newspapers, and books, books, books. Find a little corner and read away. Internet is also free.
6. Take the historic tour of Nantucket. You can use the public transportation. It is also walkable and close by. Explore and learn. Quaker Meeting House, Whitney Gallery, NHA Research Library, Aquarium, Historic Coffin School: Egan Maritime Institute, The Hadwen House, Fire Hose-Cart House, Greater Light, Maria Mitchell Birthplace, Vestal Street Observatory, Natural Science Museum, The Old Gaol (Jail), The Oldest House and circa 1700 kitchen garden, Maria Mitchell Observatory, The Old Mill, African Meeting House, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum.
7. Shop indoors! Leave the window shopping for later. Shop for classy unusual designs, unique local jewelry, the famous Nantucket Reds, the Nantucket basket, antiques and many other fun trinkets to remind you of Nantucket.
8. Hop from gallery to gallery. Discover the unique talents of local artists who capture the beauty and uniqueness of this charming island. You will be amazed!
9. See a movie or catch a play. There are two theatres on Nantucket, Starlight and Nantucket Casino (for old movies). (An open theatre, the Dreamland Theatre will have open air movies starting in July, shown on rain-less days). Or search or movie collection of over 150 films and snuggle. You can also view the Wings TV Show, and discover that Century House was one of the show's locations.
10. This is your chance to explore the island. Take it all in!

Otilia

18 June 2009

Nantucket Film Festival- behind the scenes

One of the fun things on Nantucket every year is the Film Festival. This year the Nantucket Film Festival takes place June 18 - June 21 with opening show at Sconset Casino, June 18, 7 pm. Celebrities, actors and actresses, comedians, film producers, and the volunteers all make this spectacular event happen. The Nantucketeers are always there to help. Without the dedicated volunteers many events would not take place. Our very own Jillian DiPilla is assisting this year in the Film Festival and we thank her for he hard work and dedication. Jillian is the face behind the scenes also at the Century House, always with a smile. A recent graduate of University of Massachusetts, with a love and passion for the film industry. She most recently completed an internship with 20/20 and Primetime at ABC and worked on Barbara Walters specials. This is her third summer on Nantucket

12 June 2009

On going to Martha's Vineyard

I have nothing, absolutely nothing against Martha's Vineyard. The name sounds familiar to many, affiliated with the Kennedys and of course the name itself evokes charm and curiosity. They say once you've been to Nantucket, you will always go back to Nantucket. It awakes the soul, it becomes part of you. So often we have guests who inquire about a trip to Martha's Vineyard, while on Nantucket. And yes you can take a day trip but you have to stay overnight. Most recently we found that our guests were wanting to take ferry to Hyannis Port from Nantucket, early in the morning, then take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard from Hyannis Port. Same for the return trip (take ferry to Hyannis from Martha's Vineyard and then take ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis) all in one day. They were here for one week and they desperately wanted to see Martha's Vineyard. The downfall being that you spend several hours on the ferry and only little time on MV.

Or you can fly over in just minutes.

I am not opposed to a trip to Martha's Vineyard from Nantucket, but I always wondered if it was worth it. So I took a trip, met some friends and had a great time with them. I stayed in the Harbor View Hotel, in Edgartown, which by the way was a beautiful resort. Location. Check. Luxury amenities. Check. Service. Check. Pool. Check. I didn't need the pool since the beach was just a couple steps away. Also, the rooms were grand, clean, beautiful in a hotel kind of way but it still wasn't like staying in a bed and breakfast. It was too commercialized. And there was no personal touch. Of course it is a beautiful hotel, but it seemed to have missed the very thing that draws people to these islands, the charm. You can always stay at a beautiful hotel, just as you can always stay at the Ritz. Edgartown is charming though. White picket fences, small cottages, and the beach. And dinner was superb, one of the best I've ever had. I love seafood but I had the best lamb chops in the world at LoLa's Southern Seafood, in Oak Bluffs So good I am still dreaming of it.

So the experience was unforgetable. With the island being so close to mainland you get many daytime visitors, so the island is packed. Nantucket is 30 miles out to sea and most come for several days to two and three weeks. But the main difference in staying on Nantucket and anywhere else, is that Nantucket Island has kepts its original whaling town ambiance, it stayed true to its roots. You do step back in time. You do get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are no commercial stores or restaurants. There are no traffic lights. No Starbucks. The old fashioned lamps still line the cobblestone streets. And you can still hear the church bells ringing. The island is also only 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, and almost half of Nantucket is preserved land for the wild life.

Otilia
Century House

22 May 2009

Get your green on Nantucket style

Gone are the days when the only air conditioning in the rooms was wide open windows with natural summer ocean breeze blowing. That was of course back several decades ago and that's just fine with us. We're into the 21st Century where we like to accommodate every need a guest might have. That doesn't mean you can't vacation environment-friendly though. We want every guest to experience the true Nantucket, the Nantucket we know and love and will never get enough of. We have not forgotten the true beauty of what Nantucket has to offer: fresh air, walkable cobblestone streets, starry skies, ocean breezes, sunshine rays, and the natural habitat of birds and wild flowers. Hidden away from mainland USA, 30 miles out to sea, hundreds of years later Nantucket Island is still the prime choice spot for weary summer vacation travelers looking for a way away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is what makes Nantucket unique as a destination. About 40% of the island is preserved. We appreciate those who care to preserve its natural habitat. Read here more about island preservation.

Activities on Nantucket are plenty: riding a bike on its well constructed enchanting bicycle paths, swimming in sparkling ocean waters, bird watching, kayaking, feisty fishing, watching the whales, basket weaving, riding the waves, We encourage guests to discover the beauty of Nantucket, and explore nature by a bike ride, walk to town, stroll on the beach. Bicycles are the most affordable, pleasant and environment friendly way to see Nantucket.

Also, in an effort to support healthy living we serve Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast, now a popular choice for guests and mentioned in numerous media outlets. Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries cascading on his famous granola, organic yogurt, warm oatmeal with granulated maple sugar, cranberry toast, baked bread, fresh orange juice is just the beginning of this bountiful delicious meal. For dinner plenty of healthy choices await you from the fresh fish caught the same day, vegetables from Bartlett's farm and many other dishes served in our favorite restaurants. Call us for dinner references and we'll give you the scoop!

For bicycles go to http://www.nantucketbikeshop.com/ or call 508-228-1999, friendly staff, free fast complimentary island delivery and over 30 years of same ownership.

21 May 2009

Nantucket Treasures: Oh give me land, lots of land...



"Oh, give me land - lots of land - under starry skies above - and a place to call my own, please don't fence me in...just turn me loose," Cole Porter

Imagine for a moment where you live. Visualize approximate 50 sq. mile of your surrounding neighborhood. Now replace about 40% of this 50 sq. miles area with open space of undisturbed natural habitat, including beaches, wetlands, aquifer recharge areas, moorlands, heathlands, cranberry bogs; rare species habitat; ocean, pond and harbor frontage, and properties for passive and active recreation.

Welcome to Nantucket Island, where an aggressive land conservation program is acquiring, preserving, and protecting these open spaces and endangered landscapes in the name of the love of the land and for the use and enjoyment of the Nantucket community. Hundreds and hundreds of acres are protected by various conservation groups. This is a first of its kind in the nation. These active groups, artists, community citizens who cherish Nantucket's natural beauty raise funds to prevent environmental degradation by purchasing the open space.

Many of these properties are within 1-2 miles of the Century House, including Tupancy Links, Eel Point and Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture --- the glorious turfs upon which to discover the freedoms of Nantucket and the wonders of the land. Explore, enjoy, live...discover! (photos courtesy of Nantucket Land Council).

Century House
http://www.centuryhouse.com

01 April 2009

Century House Welcomes You to Nantucket - Season 2009

 
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We will be opening the inn May 15. Looking forward to showing you the true Nantucket experience!

Century House
http://www.centuryhouse.com
Season 2009
15 May - 15 October

05 March 2009

Naples Wet Painting Festival

The Annual Artist in Residence Program at Century House Nantucket Kicks off with Naples Wet Painting Festival in Naples Florida with Paul Arsenault, http://www.arsenaultstudio.com/ and Don Mosher, http://www.moshergallery.com/ pictured here with Jean Ellen Heron and Gerry Connick of Century House.





JeanE and Gerry are immensely involved in the arts. They inspire artists to reach their full potential. Aside from the arts JeanE and Gerry's passion involves Century House, http://www.centuryhouse.com on Nantucket Island where the program was started back in the 80's, showing others true living and selling luxury homes in Palm Beach and Gerry's other love Truckie, the mistress, as his wife calls it, a well taken care of 1940's beauty.

The Artist in Residence Program of features Nantucket Artists/Painters of over twenty years and has attracted the talents of Tom Heinsohn, William Duffy, Richard French, Christopher Wheat, Paul Arsenault, Kevin Shea, Diane Aeschliman, John Bannon, Gary Akers, Gary Korlin, Marla Korr, Leonard Mizerek, Don Mosher, Julia O'Malley Keyes, Sergio Roffo, David Schock, Robert Farber, Russ Kramer, Barbara Lussier, Bill Fein, George Augusta, Douglas Smith, David Bareford, John Chakonas, John Caggiano, Catherine Elliott, West Fraser, Jessica Fine, Michael Graves, Gary Akers, Michael Harrell, Greg Sobran, Stephen Hodecker, Lori Zummo, Ralph Waterhouse, Chris Magadini and others. To find information about the artist program go to http://www.centuryhouse.com/charette.htm

12 February 2009

Little Known Treasures: Abraham Lincoln, River Queen, A Nantucket Camel Ride



(Photo Above: River Queen (steamboat) at the wharf in Nantucket in the 1860's.) As we all are aware this is the 200th year celebration of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln's birth, February 12th, 1809. What I didn't know was some of the connections President Lincoln had with various important aspects of Nantucket life in 19th century. President Lincoln and two of his civil war generals Grant and Sherman met on the sidewheeler ferry River Queen up to 48 hours before President's Lincoln's assassination. The River Queen was one of four steamers operating for the New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Co. when it was organized in March 1886. The River Queen had sailed the route to Nantucket since 1871 operated by other owners. It was said that both Grant and Lincoln enjoyed their trips on this vessel. It was taken out of service in 1911.




Another little known fact and Nantucket concerns the "Nantucket Camel Ride." Lincoln, was the only president to hold a patent for invention PATENT No 6469 (wikipedia.org). The "Nantucket Camel" was a pair of hollow barges that would be filled with water and floated on each side of a fully loaded whaling ship and then pumped out so as to lift the ship over the sandbars surrounding the entrance to Nantucket Harbor. At about this same time the 1840's A. Lincoln also applied for a patent in Washington for his invention to help lift boats over sandbars. Lincoln apparently was very pleased with his patent, but ship owners did not flock to use it and Lincoln continued to stay in Washington working on political endeavors. So steamboats were always close to both Lincoln and Nantucket citizens.

Century House
www.centuryhouse.com
508.228.0530

Innkeeper's Column: Lincoln, Darwin & Evolution of Century House


Along with Abraham Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12 1809 another famous individual also celebrates his 200th birthday, Charles Darwin. While President Lincoln was busy with our Civil War Mr. Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species" was enjoying considerable success and brings up the next word I would like to use in describing Century House in this column that is evolution, and the evolution of Century House.

During the same time that Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Darwin were becoming world figures Century House was evolving into what it is today as a result of the changes taking place around it; the difference being that changes at Century House were in a larger part the result of technology rather than the environment. But in another vein our development, much like the changes Darwin observed, were the direct result of the separation between the Island of Nantucket and the American continent - the major one being that Nantucket's 19th century buildings continued to remain much the same during the architectural upheavals on the continent during the 20th century. This is how the "Grey Lady" and "Nantucket Style" came about by resisting external changes but making use of internal improvements.

Century House during the 1860's and 1870's went from being a private home with six major rooms, those with fireplaces to a full fledged boarding house now with seven major fireplaces plus one "cooking unit" in the lower level used to heat water and prepare meals during the 1880's. It was by the turn of the century that Century House really became a guest house for summer travelers seeking a moderate cost option to the more expensive resort hotels that were built during 1880's and 90's such as Sea Cliff Inn located up the street from Century House at 71 Cliff Road, until it was razed in 1972; and the Point Breeze Hotel on the other side of Century House at 77 Easton Street. After much neglect, this hotel is being returned to its former glory as a club with rooms selling for $3,000.00/sq foot. Around 1910, Century House made various changes adding a porch and opening up more rooms on the 2nd floor adding a main floor kitchen to serve its winter boarders and adding more bathrooms.

Century House stayed quite the same until after the second world war when the main kitchen was redone and a small laundry was added to the rooms on the lower level. At this stage up until the 1980's Century House appealed to the frugal traveler staying on Nantucket for a week to the entire season. During the 1980's both Century House and the private homes on Cliff Road began to evolve into the way we see them today. "The Cliff" again became the place to summer on Nantucket with its close location to both town and restaurants and the beach and the ocean. The Cliff Road location also has the benefit of consistent ocean breezes. The 1980's brought the change of Century House into a "Bed and Breakfast" in the "Laura Ashley" style. Ashley's own in house decorators came to Nantucket to wrap Century House in hundreds of rolls of distinctive wallpaper and bolts of unique fabric along with custom made room lamps and rooms named after island flowers. During the 1990's technology took its place with the addition of air conditioning, television, dvd and cd players and internet access.

Century House was one of the first to supply free internet access and a computer workstation on each floor. Credit cards also became an acceptable form of payment so the twice daily walk to the bank was eliminated. The last five years have seen the renovation of both the six deluxe rooms and the patio spaces which are presently being reconfigured to be more breakfast friendly. So you can see that the Century House has evolved from the times of Darwin and Lincoln to become the same consistent moderate priced option in the new era of expensive condo-hotel rooms that lack the real history of the island. Come be a guest and experience the Freedoms of Nantucket.

Century House
www.centuryhouse.com

06 February 2009

Ode to the Camera Shop

We are very sad to know that the Camera Shop on Main Street will be changing locations. Over the years Camera Shop has served our needs whether developing photos, renting our favorite old movies, or buying postcards. So au revoir, good-bye, auf wiedersehen, arrivederci, la revedere, le'hitraot!! The new location is 49 Sparks Ave.

02 February 2009

Century House in Soco Magazine February 2009

We are happy to announce that Century House, Nantucket is in this month's Soco Magazine, New England's Favorite Magazine on stands now. The issue covers Eva Leon, the Spanish "violin virtuoso," getaway ideas for lovers (which of course includes Century House), restaurant review, and of course accessories to your daily wardrobe. For more information about the issue visit socomagazine.info

We are now the only bed and breakfast in Nantucket Zagat Rated in 2009. Most recently we were also mentioned in the

In 2008 we also made the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Travel and Leisure, Upscale Living Magazine, Chicago Business, Charlotte Observer, Kansas City Star, Forbes.com for the third time, Frommers, Lonely Planet Guidebook, USA Today Hotel Hotsheet, Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach Post, The Nantucket Independent, Cape Air's Bird's Eye View Magazine. In the past Century House has been mentioned in National Geographic Traveler, The American Lawyer Magazine, the Inquirer and Mirror, Affluent Magazine, Palm Beach Life, Richmond Review, USA Today Life, Delta Sky Magazine, Coastal Living, Martha Steward Radio Live Interview, Boston Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, The Capeway Traveler, Yankee Books, Fodors, Robert Farber's Book 'By the Sea' (a book project encouraged by Jacqueline Onassis), the Japanese magazine Figaro and Spur) and many others.

Best,
Century House

01 February 2009

L-O-V-E

Hello Nantucket Lovers:

This month is the month of Love. Celebrate love by creating memories. We have many fond memories since we've been innkeepers. Thank you for loving us for 25 years and for loving Century House for 175 years. We will continue to provide excellence and most of all the true Nantucket experience, the only Nantucket we know.

Much love,

Gerry and JeanE

29 January 2009

Zagat Rated in 2009 - Century House


Century House

Hi Nantucket lovers and Century House guests:

We are now Zagat Rated 2009 and one of the only three Nantucket Island accommodations to be featured in Zagat. Click on the above logo to view our inn in Zagat. We look forward to seeing you in Nantucket in summer 2009.

"In addition to becoming the world's best-selling publisher of restaurant guides, Zagat Survey has developed business relationships with thousands of leading companies. Acura, Bank of America, Citigroup, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Merck, Merrill Lynch, MGM, Microsoft, The New York Times, Pfizer, Sony, Toyota, Verizon, Visa, Wellpoint and many others have commissioned customized guides for their customers or have sponsored Zagat content in various media." zagat.com

"Over the years, Zagat Surveys have won universal applause. For example, the Newhouse Syndicate has called Zagat Survey "the most up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable guides ever published," while The New York Times called Zagat Survey "a necessity second only to a valid credit card." " zagat.com

Zagat's mission is "to be the most trusted, useful, up-to-date, fun-to-read source for quality dining, travel and leisure activities, enabling savvy customers to share their experiences, make smart decisions and take action." zagat.com

Thank you for your love and support and loyalty of over 175 years.

Best to all,
Otilia

16 January 2009

Weddings. Nantucket Style.

Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg
Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg

We host intimate Weddings.
Comfortably, Privately and One at a Time.

Welcome to Nantucket Island, MA! You are now in the premier spot for events and most of all for an unforgetable wedding celebration. Hydrangeas, the famous Nantucket reds, Nantucket baskets, the lighthouse, footprints and cobblestones. Those are all part of a stereo-typical Nantucket wedding. A more private sophsticated celebration, your way, your style is best. If a wedding is not in your schedule, you can plan to elope. We have plenty of those at Century House as well. Most of them we don't discuss since they are surprises to the extended family. Who doesn't dream of saying "Hey, we got married over the weekend! We eloped!" Nantucket is classier in its own way than Las Vegas after all. Just ship in your wedding dress. One couple last year spent a couple days at the inn, woke up on a quiet Saturday morning and off they were to get hitched. We didn't even know about it until I saw her walking downstairs in a wedding gown. She, in a beautiful classy white wedding dress, he in a black suit and a hat. Just the two of them, away from the hustle and bustle of life. "We wanted just the two of us, on a quiet morning, away from everything," the bride sayd. The bride carried a small bouquet from Flowers on Chestnut, one of our favorites. They had their photographer and their little ceremony by Brant Point Lighthouse. Perfection in Two. Read the Fall 2008 Upscale Living Magazine Article on Nantucket Weddings and Century House: "Wedding Bells Chime Over Nantucket Sound"

Conde Nast Traveler (Readers Choice Awards) chose Nantucket as the Top Three Best Islands in North America in 2008.

Below find exclusive photos of one of our 07.07.07 intimate, private wedding of John and Klare.

"...Your premises, verandas bathed in sunrays and full of flowers, spectacularly furnished rooms and delicious morning berry services were enjoyed by every single one of our guests..." John and Klare, 07.07.07 wedding

Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg
Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg
Photo courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg


For weddings at Century House call 508.228.0530 (photos used with permission by Claudia Kronenberg http://www.claudiak.com

Century House in the Inky

NEWS: Nantucket, MA - Century House Makes the Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Island's newspaper since 1821 - January 16 2009.

"Century House receives international honor"
"The Century House, the island's oldest continuously operating guesthouse, this week received the International Restaurant and Hotel Award for Best of City.
'In the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, the International Restaurant & Hotels Awards are the world's most prestigious awards recognizing the best value, moderate and luxury travel establishments in the industry," according to the IRHA website. A panel of distinguished hospitality professionals, from chefs and writers to professors and advertising executives, chooses each year's winners.
The Century House has provided accommodations on Nantucket since the mid-1800s and has been recognized by Frommers, Zagat.com, forbes.com and most recently the Boston Herald, Upscale Living Magazine, Travel and Leisure and The Boston Globe for its hospitality."

More information about Inquirer and Mirror


Century House, a lodging guesthouse since 1833

06 January 2009

Nantucket's Historic Century House Wins International Award "Best of City"



Nantucket's Historic Century House Wins "Best of City"

Oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island MA receives international recognition by the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards

Nantucket Island, MA - January 13, 2008 - The oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts joined several prestigious hotels & inns in receiving international recognition. International Restaurant & Hotel Award for Best of City was awarded to Century House this week.  "In the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, The IRHAS & the International Restaurant & Hotel Awards are the world's most prestigious awards recognizing the best value, moderate and luxury travel establishments in the industry.." www.irhawards.com
 
Century House has provided accommodations for the island traveler since the middle 1800's and has been recognized by Frommers, Zagat.com, forbes.com and most recently appearing in Boston Herald, Upscale Living Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Boston Globe for its hospitality.

For decades the refined island visitor has singled out Century House as the place to base their Nantucket stay. Century House is itself part of Nantucket Island's history offering the same hospitality, at the prestigious Cliff Road location, that was only available to millionaires in the middle and late 19th century. Even though the large very expensive hotels built during the late nineteenth century, have disappeared, Century House has continued to deliver a consistent product built on caring hospitality regardless of the ups and downs of the financial and economic markets. Celebrating its 175th year history Century House prides itself in continuing to provide guests a memorable experience of historic, true Nantucket.

Herman Melville in Moby Dick once said "Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse. Look at it - a mere hillock, and elbow of sand; all beach, without a background. " On their 25th year anniversary as innkeepers of Century House, Gerry and JeanE still believe that "everyone is touched in some way by being by the sea" and that Nantucket is still "just like a lover - so familiar and comforting...so wild and unpredictable." Nantucket and Century House will continue to attract explorers, beach lovers, artists, history aficionados and those who want to take a step back in time, away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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, Century House was built by a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder. According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. More information about this historic bed and breakfast at http://www.centuryhouse.com



We are honored to announce that Century House Nantucket was awarded 2008 BEST OF CITY International Hotel Awards.

We are sharing the spotlight with other international hotels in the category:

BEST OF COUNTRY UNITED STATES RECIPIENTS:

The Broadmore & Penrose Room | http://www.broadmoor.com/penrose-room.php

The Grand Del Mar | http://www.thegranddelmar.com

Ace Hotel Portland | http://acehotel.com/portland

Inn at Snowbird | http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/innatsnowbird.html

Here are other awards

To see the list of countries and cities click

BEST OF CITY INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AWARDS: CENTURY HOUSE

See Winner List

See Best of City, Nantucket

"Mission: To celebrate the world's finest value, moderate and luxury hotels and restaurants committed to the highest standards of quality service and to promote the global appreciation of travel, dining and cultural exploration. The Irhas celebrates legends of the travel and dining industry and those in the creative community that assist traveler's and foodies in planning unforgettable experiences." www.irha.com

The historic 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, 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. Season begins May 15 and ends October 15.