Fall 2005

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Freedoms of Nantucket   Little Known TreasuresOctober/November 2005
Dear Nantucket Lover !Fall is upon us here thirty miles out to Sea…the Island’s most precious and intimate time of the year. Imagine the smells of Autumn and the Sea as you stroll peacefully along the cobblestones and sands of Nantucket…Come indulge your senses and soul!

in this issue
The 13th Annual Arts Festival!

Celebrate the Art Festival October 1- 9. – a showcase of art, and talent of the island’s cultural community featuring an impressive roster of exhibitions, lectures, live music, walking tours, art demonstrations, book signings and other community events to re-energize and inspire yearround residents and visitors alike.

Specials of All Specials: Two weeknights at our fall standard rate with a third weeknight at 50% off! Call us for more information at 508-228-0530.

Harvesting the Cranberries!

Experience the unique opportunity of harvesting cranberries October 2 – 14. Intimate touring available Sunday – Friday. Stroll the Island’s renown bogs (once considered the largest contiguous natural bogs in the world) and witness the multiple stages of the harvest, flooding completion -an ecologist’s dream with every part of the process utilized as produce- from the whole berries and/or juice to the less known dried berries and gardening mulch. We know that for the rest of your life, the taste of the cranberry will bring back fond memories of this one-of-a-kind experience!

Come and see how shops decorate their windows with the famous berry theme and restaurants feature special recipes toasting the merits of THE CRANBERRY. (Photo: Michael Galvin/Courtesy of Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce).

Century House complements the event with special breakfast and homemade treats through-out the day for your enjoyment, featuring the “healthy berry.” Feast on Manager’s Debby special Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Cake. The recipe is included in the e- newsletter.

Specials of All Specials: Include two weeknights at our fall standard rate with a third weeknight at 50% off!

Hidden Treasures…

This Newsletter’s featured hidden treasureon Nantucket Island is the availability of several dedicated Yoga professional Studios. Complementing the Island’s serene setting, what better place for a wandering traveler to experience the peace of Yoga Practice.

Innkeeper JeanE, along with frequent Century House guest, Eileen Arsenault (a yoga teacher herself) have been “on again/off again” practitioners of Yoga for years and jumped at the chance of attending a special Yoga Workshop conducted with renown Teacher, Rolf Gates and offered by Will & Natalie, founders of the YogaSmith Studio on Nantucket Island. For more information visit

Weekend Yoga Workshop Offered

JeanE was first introduced to Rolf through his book, “Meditations from the Mat” ( Random House), which Gerry gave her for Christmas a few years ago… It has been a treasure of a book that she has worn thin with yellow hightlights and wise thoughts. The weekend was dedicated to the use of energy and intention both on the mats and in one’s life. The workshop combined intensive vinyasa practice sessions with instruction in the principles of the Anusara methodology, using these energies to explore new dimensions of practice.

“What we carry in our hearts is who we are, and who we are is our gift to the world,” Rolf says. To learn more, visit his website at Pictured above: Will, Natalie, Rolf, JeanE and Eileen Arsenault.

New Beginnings…

One of the most gratifying comments that we receive from our guests is the enthusiasm, professionalism and service that each brings to her experience of the Century House from the first phone conversation to the guest’s day of departure. Today, we introduce you to two of these women – our newest employee and our most senior staffer.

The “Newest Employee” is Otilia. She recently received her Master’s degree in Florida. As the new interface with our visitors, Otilia’s responsibilities include the bi-monthly e-newsletter, communications, marketing, website, front-desk, and reservations. Her key impressions of Nantucket were, “the charm, and the beauty of the flowers throughout the season; the romance and the sense of retreat from the demanding lifestyle of a full time student”. She also included her sense of belonging within the Century House: “This experience is very enriching. If walls could talk, you would get a glimpse of each guest’s life in which we all partake briefly. Everyone that passes through has a unique story to tell, and shares his or her life journey. This serves as a life lesson and adds so much value to this historic inn.”

Old Traditions…

The “Most Senior Staffer” is Gloria Savizon, a citizen of Jamaica. She has been part of our family for four seasons. While Gerry and JeanE quickly came to rely on her housekeeping skills to ensure that the guest rooms are immaculate, staffers and guests alike agree no one does the job better. The final touches to bedding, bath and decor have gained songs of praise richly deserved.

When asked about her first impressions of Nantucket, Gloria was surprised to see how grey and monotone the views of the island were compared to the colorful terrain and housing of her homeland. But as the Season progressed, she had the opportunity to visit behind the shingled façade “discovered that Nantucket was truly a land of paradise and color.”

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 for details. Season begins May 15 and ends October 18.

Fall on Nantucket…
Fall on Nantucket is Gerry and JeanE’s favorite time to fall in love and celebrate romance; indeed they got married here October 19, 1985 – hosting their familiy and friends at the Century House.This time of year the weather is beautiful, the pace less hectic than the summer, and the Island’s flora is so rich with color. Mauves, purples and lilacs cover the heather in the moorlands (a Scotland experience close to home), the deepest cranberry reds adorn the Island’s bogs, once claimed to be the largest contiguous bogs in the World with natural barriers filtering the flood processing during the harvest.Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, the Innkeepers say, “Check out the exceptional Century House ‘Special of all Specials’ including two exciting Festivals geared to tintalate your imagination.

Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Cake


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • Confectioners’ sugar for garnish

12 to 16 servings.1. Butter and flour 8-cup ring mold. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In large bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

3. In small mixer bowl, beat eggs at medium speed of electric mixer until foamy. Beat in granulated sugar, oil, and pumpkin until blended. Add to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.

4. Gently fold in cranberries. Spread batter evenly in mold. Place mold on baking sheet.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes until skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in mold set on rack 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of mold to loosen. Remove from mold. Cool on rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.



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*gift certificate posted by 15 November receives 10% additional value

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