03 December 2010

Nantucket Christmas!!!

Greetings from the Innkeeper Gerry!! The Christmas Holiday Season's BIGGEST Weekend on Nantucket is in full swing: "Christmas Stroll"!! Originally created for the Island's tight knit year round community to kick off the Christmas Holidays, to toast to good cheer and enjoy a convivial gift shopping celebration, the STROLL has taken on a life of its own with people traveling from near and far to embrace the festivities and simple elegance on our "far away Island "in the middle of the sea!

Just spoke with the Islanders and learned it was a blistering 36 degrees BUT no forecast of snow. The Island is a'buzz; we miss the excitement, but now find enjoying the 78 degree sunny southern weather a bit more gentle on our bones!!

Happy Holidays one and all, Gerry and JeanE
Century House, http://www.centuryhouse.com

Postcard from the Inn at Little Washington


I was very excited to get a postcard from The Inn at Little Washington, located in Washington, Virginia, a Relais and Chateaux property. The innkeepers of Century House visited and mailed me one. I am now convinced that everyone that visits and stays at a BB should take a minute to send postcards to family and friends. The postcard was a vintage print of a painting of the Inn. How cool is that? One of our postcards at the Century House is by Richard French artist, and one by Caggiano and they make the best little gifts or notecards.

I love artsy anything! And this tops my list. Seriously, when you visit a bed and breakfast, see if they have their own postcards. Vintage? Even better. It wouldn't make sense for a hundred plus year old bed and breakfast to have postcards that are ultra modern. So, the best memory gift you can give yourself is a postcard. Mail yourself one!. Mail them to your friend and families! And one day when you go through that pile of papers stacked up that little 'vintagey' postcard might just make you smile.

A while back, I also discovered that our Nantucket award winning artist Armand Cabrera is also an artist showing his art at The Inn at Little Washington. What a coincidence! See Armand painting at the Inn. Century House Nantucket has had an artist-in-residence program for many years, where artists can grow and expand themselves.  You can find Armand's blog here. http://www.artandinfluence.blogspot.com/  or twitter http://twitter.com/ArtAndInfluence 

Armand says: "Painting from life, when approached with integrity, is the most honest form of painting I know. There is no filter between the artist and his or her experience; no camera or computer to crop the image and freeze the light moving through the sky. It is just you and your ability--or lack thereof. I appreciate artwork that reveals a dedicated artist in command of their craft---paint calligraphy, color harmony, strong design and interesting composition---all under control of the painter’s hand, manipulated to depict a single, clear idea sincerely expressed in an individual style. The painting must be a unified whole with no inappropriate passages to distract from the artists intentions. Its impact must linger, not just grab with superficial handling."

The innkeepers, of Century House Nantucket, a luxury bed and breakfast Zagat Rated 2010, visited this fabulous place for their anniversary and had an unforgetable time. I always heard great things about it. JeanE and Gerry will have to just blog about their experience there.

Cheers everyone,

Otilia

PS In case you decide come to Nantucket in the near future, give us a ring, at 508-228-0530 or visit our super awesome Nantucket BB website http://www.centuryhouse.com/. If you happen to like our Nantucket blog, where I talk about anything related to Nantucket, please leave me a comment or a question.

02 December 2010

Nantucket Little Known Treasures: ~the Love of the 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)

Historic Century House. 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.

29 November 2010

Nantucket 2011 Events

Here are the upcoming special events dates for Nantucket Island. We look forward to celebrating with you.

-Daffodil Festival Weekend April 29 - May 1, 2011

-Nantucket Wine Festival May 19 - May 22, 2011

-Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week June 6 - June 12, 2011

-Nantucket Film Festival June 22 - June 26, 2011

-Nantucket Comedy Festival July 27 - July 30, 2011

-Boston Pops on Nantucket August 13th, 2011

-Sandcastle & Sculpture Day August 20, 2011, Jetties Beach

-Nantucket Race Week August 13-21, 2011

-Opera House Cup Regatta August 21, 2011

-Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week dates soon :)

-Nantucket Noel Celebration
dates soon

Make your plans for Season 2011. Stay at our bed and breakfast, Century House. Visit http://www.centuryhouse.com
There are many options for luxury places to stay on Nantucket. Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island with completely renovated luxury rooms. For room reservations at our Nantucket bed and breakfast, please call Century House at 508-228-0530 or email centurybnb@aol.com

Have a great day!

16 November 2010

A Nantucket gift certificate to a bed and breakfast


Surprises are special. They are the best gift one can give. They come in different sizes, shapes, or forms. Their value is priceless, always appreciated and never forgotten.

A gift certificate for a visit and a stay on Nantucket Island is the perfect surprise to celebrate the one you love on any occasion. The Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Thanksgiving, Valentine's, Christmas, New Year's or any other Holiday Celebration on Nantucket Island will be the memory of a lifetime!

Nantucket is like no other...

Send someone to discover its beauty, its hidden treasures and take back its secrets. The holiday season is upon us. We wish you happiness and love all year round. Make these holidays special for your family and friends. Call 508-228-0530 or visit http://www.centuryhouse.com for more information about Nantucket Island.

Cheers,

Century House, http://www.centuryhouse.com
Our Nantucket bed and breakfast is on twitter @chnantucket and facebook facebook.com/centuryhousenantucketisland

"If you find yourself charmed by a visit to the Century House, you won't be the first. The executive producers of Wings, the 1990s sitcom about brothers running an airline out of Nantucket, chose the Century House as the representative Nantucket home on the island. One glance at the wrap-around veranda, grey-shingled facade and outdoor patio where guests eat breakfast and store their bikes, and you won't want to leave, either." forbes.com

15 November 2010

Nantucket Highlights

Nantucket Highlights
by Katrina and Martin Shelley, London, 1993

Cranberries, cobblestones and clam chowder
Endless empty beaches
Names like Sacachacha, 'Sconset and Sankaty
Take - your- breath - away houses
Undulating sand dunes at Surfside
Riding the bike trail down to Madaket
Yachts with billowing sails rounding Brant Point Lighthouse

Hearing the sound of the fog horn
Orange glow of Halloween jack o'lanterns
Unparalleled view from the Congregational Church tower
Sid Willis paintings and sudden sea mist
Experiencing serenity of Smith's Point

Exquisite, elegant light ship baskets
Nestling in front of the fire and chatting with new found friends
Jean and Gerry our warm genial hosts
Omnipresent smell of pine whilst out cycling
Yellow, red and russet of autumn in Nantucket

{Note: This was a gift from former guests. The first letter of each sentence, top to bottom, spells 'Century House Enjoy'}

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 in May and ends in October.


For more information about Nantucket and Century House visit http://www.centuryhouse.com

12 November 2010

{Nantucket} this was the stuff of a paradise island dream!

This was a beautiful submission by one of our guests from London who visited Century House and Nantucket, http://www.centuryhouse.com for many years. I absolutely adore the vintage card and photos sent to the innkeepers. She was artsy; she loved the charm and history of the inn and the quaintness of the island. She found peace in nature and inspiration in the wilderness. We miss her and someday we'll meet in the other paradise. Rest in Peace Katrina Shelley.

On our second evening we walked up Cliff Road looking for the beach. The houses set back from the road became progressively grander, eking out sights of envy and admiring glances. Summering was over for another year, so they were mostly empty. Hibernating perhaps, waiting to be woken by the next turning key in the door.

We came to a path and instinctively knew it would lead us to the sea. And there it was! A flight of wooden steps took us to the sand below. Strolling along the water’s edge, one caught the occasional glimpse of a roof top peeping over the brow of sand dunes, but not another soul in sight. The light began to fade and to our utter delight, we realized we were to have an Indian summer sunset. The sun slowly turned into a cerise beach ball and began falling somewhere beyond Eel’s Point.

Time to walk back, turning often enough to admire the stunning view. Surely this was the stuff of a paradise island dream! Climbing up the steps past wild magenta roses and goldenrod, one could see the silhouetted coastline and the languid waves splashing soft, white spray up into the deep rose light.

When we came back into Cliff Road, we were astonished to see an enormous full moon overhead. A huge golden milk top foil, in the early night sky. The man in the moon smiled his benevolent smile. The scent of evening jasmine hung in the air and Century House beckoned.

We were going to enjoy Nantucket.

Copyright Katrina Shelley, London, 1993 and Century House, Nantucket, http://www.centuryhouse.com

27 October 2010

15 October 2010

Nantucket Island 2011 Upcoming Events: Wine Festival, Film Festival, Restaurant Week, Boston Pops, and Other Special Events

Nantucket Island 2011 Upcoming Events: Wine Festival, Film Festival, Restaurant Week, Boston Pops, and Other Special Events

We had a fabulous time during the Season 2010. All the events: Wine Festival, Film Festival, Spring and Fall Restaurant Week, Boston Pops, Comedy Festival were absolutely unbelievable! Thank you to all our guests, lovers, honeymooners, families, artists, and friends from all over the world for adding so much value to our place through memories and experience. Century House is going into its 178th year as a guesthouse serving Nantucket Island and 26th since Gerry and JeanE have been innkeepers. We completed a major renovation in 2009, so come and see!

Please note the following dates for the Wine Festival, Film Festival, Restaurant Week, Boston Pops, Comedy Festival, Sandcastle Contest for the Season 2011.

Nantucket Wine Festival 2011 - May 19 - May 22; twitter @NantucketWine
Spring Nantucket Restaurant Week June 6 - June 12, 2011; twitter @NantucketRestWk
Nantucket Film Festival - June 22 - June 26, 2011; twitter @NantucketFilmF
Nantucket Comedy Festival - July 27 - July 30, 2011 on twittter @nantucketcomedy
Boston Pops Nantucket - August 13, 2010
Sandcastle Contest - August 20, 2011

Save your dates today and reserve your stay with Century House, the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island. Built in 1833, renovated in 2009.

See you on Nantucket in 2011!

You can always follow me on twitter @chnantucket for up to date news about Nantucket Island, and of course live photos! Become a facebook fan (facebook.com/centuryhousenantucketisland) or a facebook friend (facebook.com/centuryhousenantucket)

Cheers,

Otilia

01 October 2010

Day and Night at the Century House

I love how the inn takes a different look at night than during the day. See below glimpses of this beautiful transformation! Hope you love my blog post!

Otilia


29 September 2010

Nantucket Events for Season 2011


Nantucket Wine Festival: May 19 - May 22, 2011
Spring Restaurant Week: June 6 - June 12, 2011

Film Festival: 2011
Comedy Festival: July 27 - July 30, 2011

Boston Pops Nantucket: August 13, 2010
Sandcastle Contest: August 20, 2011
Cranberry Festival: 2011

Don't forget Columbus Day Weekend is next weekend and this Saturday, October 9, 2010 is the Cranberry Festival.

Make your plans for Season 2011.

There are many options for luxury places to stay on Nantucket. Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island with completely renovated luxury rooms. For room reservations at our bed and breakfast, please call Century House at 508-228-0530 or email centurybnb@aol.com

Have a great day!

Otilia

17 September 2010

Artist in Residence on Nantucket




It was great having artist in residence Christopher Wheat at the Century House this past season. Find him on twitter @nantucketartist
A little bit about Christopher at www.christopherwheat.com

"Christopher is a self-taught artist whose oil paintings capture the subtle nuances that make a painting come to life for the viewer. His attention to detail capture the subtle changes in light on the landscape and pressing shadows push his paintings to a level of execution that is hard to find in the art world today, making owning one of his paintings something very special.

"My goal as an artist is to capture the feeling of the subject and bring the viewer into the image, evoking the feeling of being there," states Christopher, "I have been fortunate to do the one thing that I have always dreamed about doing for my work, to be an artist. There is a freedom that is hard to explain that comes with doing what you were meant to do in life. The joy I bring to the easel with me each day is hard to contain as I work on a painting. I have found that this is really what makes my paintings come to life. I truly enjoy creating beautiful paintings!"

"Becoming a part of the environment that you paint is very important to me", says Christopher, "I have been painting through out the New England coast for the past 18 years and the subject matter is very close to my heart. My focus currently is on creating art of Nantucket. Last year I was able to spend much of my summer painting on island thanks to my dear friends (Inn keepers) Jean E and Gerry at the Century House on Cliff rd just a short walk from town and shopping. They are oldest running Nantucket inn and the best place to stay"."

Happy Fall!

28 August 2010

Fall on Nantucket!


Fall on Nantucket is one of the most spectacular times to visit. Here are 'Ten Reasons to Visit Nantucket in the Fall!'

Also, read our blog post on an article written by Susan Fogwel Early Autumn in Nantucket is Best!

Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week is September 27 - October 3, 2010

Here are other Fall events on Nantucket Island, such as the Cranberry Festival, etc.

For accommodations please visit out bed and breakfast, the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket at http://www.centuryhouse.com

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/chnantucket
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/centuryhousenantucket

Best and Happy Fall!

Otilia

Note: photo above by Terry Pommett http://pommettphotography.com/

14 June 2010

Wings TV Show: Here It Is: The Big Wedding, Part 3 (Nantucket & Century House)

Wings TV Show in the 90's was filmed on Nantucket Island: See Century House, Nantucket Bed and Breakfast @ 2:44 on this Wings TV Episode "Here It Is: The Big Wedding Part 3"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mocdRKtsvw

Century House, Nantucket Island http://www.centuryhouse.com

29 January 2010

Some Online Travels Sites Got In Trouble!

USA Today reported yesterday in "22 online shopping sites supoenaed" article that 22 online shopping sites have been issued subpoenas by investigators. These online businesses were suspected of "linking unsuspecting consumers to membership programs that charge fees under the guise of discount offers." "Consumers who shop at the sites are often offered a discount or cash back as they complete the purchases. Clicking that option transfers the shoppers to fee-based membership programs." The practice "isn't illegal" per se, but it is "deceptive." Among them there are the travel sites: orbitz, priceline, travelocity, hotwires, expedia/hotel.com.

How true it is. While you navigate the web, travel sites and hotel booking sites promise to offer you this, and that, and the best deal out there, only to find out you got more than you signed-up for. So, do they really deliver? Do you really know what you are getting? How do you know it is a good deal? Are they trustworthy? Are these sites honest? Are they there when you show up at the hotel? Will they be there for you five years later when you want to return to the same place? Will they know who you are?

Probably not.

Today we are perfectly ok with trusting what the internet tells us! And everyone has an opinion and a say about everything. And if you buy enough advertising you can sell anything. But what happens when you don't get what you pay for? When you don't get what you were promised from these sites, good luck trying to get in touch with someone to fix it. Bed and breakfasts are different than hotels. They offer a more personal service and undivided attention. And the innkeepers will actually remember who you are five, ten, years later. You won't likely hear a guest say "I booked my vacation stay at a bed and breakfast through a booking engine." It sounds so impersonal, so commercial. They likely called the B&B directly, and someone is there waiting for them. It's like going over to someone's house...

So our suggestion is, take it easy, go back in time, call - the old fashion way, book your place to stay for a vacation, but book it with someone who will be there to answer all your questions, who knows the area and wants you to experience it, who might give a care whether you will have a good time or not who can tell you where you can find a good restaurant.

And that's just a suggestion.

Century House