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Fall 2008

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Little Known Treasures

Summer-Fall 2008

Nantucket Lovers, 

Seasons come and go. This season came upon us fast with plenty of good changes.-Our lovebirds contest winners were here.

This year Rosebud room became White Narcissus.

-Check out the special Fall announcements on our blog.

-Social networks we are on facebook and myspace.

Little Known Treasures

Behind every beauty there is hard work. At least when it comes to Century House. The abundant flowers makes Century House and Nantucket an unforgettable site. This issue features “the gal behind the flowers” at Century House!!  Landscaper Joan Libby has been a friend and Nantucket year-rounder since we first met 25 years ago, ourselves as bright eyed neophytes as the Innkeepers of Century House.  At the time, there was this terrific – and would you believe, reasonable year round restaurant called the North Wharf Fish House where Joan waitressed.  Friendly, sincere and hardworking, Joan ventured off and establish her landscaping business with Century House becoming one of her early and faithful clients.  Not only does she keep the property a’blooming in Season, she nurtures the flora and shrubbery through-out the dormant Winter months so that the Spring flowers soar through the rich earth with joy!!   Joan uses eco friendly products to prevent contamination of soil and Nantucket waters.  Pictured above is Joan with Innkeeper Gerry enjoying the fruits of her labor.

Enter to Win A Stay 
 Upscale Living Magazine is doing a promotion on Century House.  Enter your information to WIN A FALL STAY with us.  As a thank you to our lovers of Nantucket and Century House we are giving away a two-day week-night stay for the fall season (September – October).  Restrictions apply.  Summer 2007 Issue  of Upscale Living Magazine said about Century House: “The building boasts a wraparound veranda and a breezy, hilltop location in the elite historical district on prestigious Cliff Road, a very short walk away from downtown…within walking distance are some of the most spectacular beaches on the East Coast.”WHAT: Win Two Day -Week Night StaysWHEN: September 12 – October  12SIGN UP HERE:

DEADLINE TO ENTER: August 31, 2008

We Made The Boston Globe!!!
  “The inn, which once put in its top-five list of American summer inns, is a short walk from downtown and sits on a wedge of land at the corner of Cliff Road and Center Street, boasting a beautiful wraparound porch, with hydrangeas, pansies, and geraniums enfolding the entire place in a veritable floral rainbow. It is classic island architecture, with white picket fence and a delightful sitting garden populated with Adirondack chairs. The breakfast buffet is a bountiful affair of berries, fruit, granola, and other things healthy, bought fresh daily at local markets.” Boston Globe, Travel, Sunday, 20 July 2008 Read Boston Globe Article Note: photo reflects current date, not the actual printed date.

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Unveiling White Narcissus

Picture Perfection in hues of Narsissus white and yellow. and , Viola you have a new room at Century House!!!! Introducing our newest room White Narcissus. 

The renovation of the now retired “Rosebud” room took most of the Winter and Spring Season and features a whole new summer breezy look topped off with a  cherry wood bath ceiling. Michael Price and Kim Sargent, photographers known for capturing exquisite architectural renderings for leading magazines, have asked to shoot the room with the thought that one of his publishers would be interested in Innkeeper Gerry’s visionary rendering, creating an inn accommodation providing such upscale comforts for the 2008 sophisticated traveler.  See the New White Narcissus

Ask the Artist: Jan Dolan
Artist Jan Dolan joins the Century House Artist-In-Residence Program this July as its newest member, visiting Nantucket for the first time with her husband, writer, Taylor Morris, to attend the Opening Night of her work at the Quidley Gallery.  Jan was born in Peterborough, NH and has lived there for the better part of her life.  She was mentored in the tradition of the French Academy and American impressionists in the Studio of Sidney Willis himself a student of Robert D. Hunter, who was in turn a student of FHI Gammel and William Paxton. An accomplished portraiture artist, we asked her what her experience is as she navigates the challenges of executing her work.“Portrait painting is one of the most interesting areas in all of painting because of the endless fascination we have for the human face and form.  As the subject of a portrait, you may wonder: Will the painter be able to portray what is special about me?..Will I feel good about what I see when the painting is completed?”  Jan is committed to caring about the subject’s aspirations and executing a portrait that is the perfect physical and spiritual likeness so that the portraiture becomes part of one’s personal history and remains for other generations to enjoy.  Learn more about Jan Dolan here.
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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 15.

Top Travel Magazine Selects Century House

Special: Century House chosen by Travel + Leisure!   In the June issue, our historic guesthouse made in one of the world’s top travel publications.  Century House currently celebrating 175 years of continuous operation, was selected for a special summer story spotlighting 30 exclusive T+L deals from around the globe.  Ours was none other that the FREEDOMS OF NANTUCKET PACKAGE, which includes three nights in an ultimate deluxe room with double occupancy, champagne upon arrival, one day’s use of a tandem bicycle, Gerry’s famous Berry Buffet Breakfast and much more, all for just $350 per night*, based on availability through mid-October.  Century House was the only New England property included in the Travel + Leisure story!   Interested in booking the T+L exclusive deal to discover and experience Nantucket’s greatness in the Fall?

  OTHER FALL SPECIALS: Start at $200/night*. Special tickets to Little Known Treasures of the Island.  Ask for the Little Knows Treasures Package.  *Tax and service not included.

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Lovebirds Contest Winners

“We create memories for couples just like the Hutchinsons. Nantucket offers countless ways for people to discover themselves. Century House celebrates Nantucket, and now that our history has moved into the 21st Century it continues to operate with the attentive hospitality it did in the late 1800’s.” Century House, Since 1833

We had the Hutchinsons here at the Century House Bed and Breakfast Inn on Nantucket Island. And it was wonderful trip on memory lane for them. They were selected randomly for our “Lovebirds Contest” out of thousands of entries. This “Lovebirds Contest” was to celebrate our 175th year as a guesthouse and 25 years as innkeepers. The winners had to be married to each other 25 – 175 years. The contest was featured in USA Today,, Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Charlotte Observer, The Enquirer Journal and Kansas City Star and several other sites.Here’s what John and Gail had to say about their stay: 

Monday, June 09, 2008  We arrived on Friday, June 6th. It was a cold, rainy day. Hy-line’s Great Point ferry delivered us to the Nantucket pier. We were wet and cold. When we arrived at the front door of the Century House, all of that changed. We walked directly into the sitting room where one guest was comfortably [relaxing]. The early American décor accentuated by marvelous oil paintings and soft background music made us feel warm, cozy and welcomed. Otilia soon joined us and oriented us to our room (the Black Orchid) and the house. Our room was beautiful and perfect. We put our leftover cheddar cheese and fresh cherries in the room’s fridge. They were our snack, along with a box of Triscuits, on the ferry boat, reminiscent of our first date, 34 years ago. Romance was in the air. our room was so very cozy and warm. Our windows looked out through the climbing wisteria. The well stood private bath has a luscious deep tub and the light over the bed along with the lights on either side were dimmer controlled. Yes! After unpacking our bags we went back out to the sitting room. How did they know that coconut macaroons were a favorite. A bowl of them with hot and cold drinks for our pleasure. Later, at 3:30, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies replaced the macaroons. Can you believe it? Gerry Connick came in though the kitchen and we were introduced.  Through the next four days and three nights, we felt so at home. Many new friends were made in delightful conversations in the sitting room, people from all walks of life. Breakfasts were smorgasbord of fresh fruit and berries to garnish homemade granola. Bagels, English muffins, scones or toast to go with delicious fresh brewed coffee or tea. And fellowship with Gerry and other guests during breakfast was always a plus. And if you wanted you could take your breakfast out onto a spot on the porch that surrounds the house.

The next three days were sunny & warm. We chose to walk and enjoy many of Nantucket’s beauty slowly. Although on Sat. afternoon, we did rent some bikes and paddle out to surfside to sit on the beach and finish off our Triscuits, cheese & cherries the same as we had 34 yrs. ago.

Our anniversary visit to Nantucket, made possible by The Century House has blessed us in so many ways and will of itself be a wonderful memory. One we hope can be revisited.
Thank you, Century House!
Your ‘old lovebirds,’
John and Gail Hutchinson