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Fall 2011

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Nantucket Bulletin:

Comings and Goings In & Around Century House

Innkeeper’s Corner

Reflections: We became the Innkeepers 28 Seasons ago with the intention and desire to bring Nantucket’s oldest continuously operating inn, Century House gently into the 21st Century as a summer island inn it is today — and Season 2011 kicked off with the announcement by the luxurious magazine, Cape Cod Life, that Century House had been awarded Season 2011 Nantucket’s Best B&B!!! We want to thank all of you for your support over the years and sharing of our dream.

Enhancing our commitment to our guest in a familiar, understated elegant way, current staff represents close to 100 years collective Century House guest services. Our goal was and continues to be the delivery of a sincere, friendly welcome in an inviting, comfortable island setting. In this issue, we simple highlight the some of the benefits of choosing a Fall Stay on Nantucket Island —and, as an extension, “Why Century House?”

To achieve the latter, we took a variety of 2011 Guest comments from the Season 2011 Guest Book. Hopefully this CH Newsletter will have you consider a trip to this jewel of an Island this Fall.

Why Nantucket In the Fall

BARTLETT’S FARM /fresh vegetable, fruits, and flowers. Pack a picnic!

SMELL OF AUTUMN in the air / sunshine/salt air/ refreshing swimming or strolling the beach (water 20 degrees warming due to Gulf Stream, cranberry harvesting opens up.

ART GALLERY HOPPING and the Annual Nantucket Arts Festival, September 30 – October 9.

WORLD REKNOWN FISHING at its best alone or on a charter.

SUMMER CROWDS HAVE GONE. Fine dining at its best. Lunch or dinner by the sea air, where you can enjoy the sunset or the fog rolling in. Your choice. Check out Nantucket Restaurant Week (Sept 26 – Oct. 2) specials too!

BOATING— sunset cruise, morning coffee or ice-cream cruise. A great way to see the island and the ocean. 

BIKING – For most Nantucket Lovers biking is the ultimate relaxing activity. Ride through the natural flora and fauna of the island listening to the birds chirping.

THEATRE Phenomenal and unforgetable plays at the Theatre of Workshop, along with comedies, short plays. Short Play Festival, September 13, 2011…a fun time with family and friends.

HISTORIC TOURS: Historic House Walking Tour Visit three NHA Historic Houses from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries: Hadwen House, Macy-Christian House, and Greater Light. Tours of Greater Light Explore the remarkable historic summer home of Quaker sisters Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, and the gateway to the Nantucket art colony era. Tour of 2 Lighthouses Escorted van tour (3.5 hours) to Sankaty Light and Great Point Light presented by Sconset Trust and Trustees of the Reservations.

BASKET WEAVING … Visit the museum, weave your own little basket, make memories.

ATHENEUM … music, classes, workshops, or just spend a quiet day in this historic beautiful building.

Notes from our Guestbook!




$225 – $325


   based on availability. 2 ni. min. cannot be combined; not available online Mon-Th; September 5-October 7

Mention FALL2011

Why Century House

VOTED BEST Nantucket B&B and continuing its heritage of guest services and eager to please —




PATIOS/NOOKS – lots of little tucked away spots to enjoy the solitude or mingle with new friends.


LONG TERM STAFF edging toward 100 years of combined service.

FLOWERS/SERENITY abound tintillating the sensory. Fresh flowers are everywhere at the Century House, inside and outside.

OVER 5000 BOOKS/300 dDVD/ so you can watch the latest movie in the convenience of your room or read from the 5000 book library.

ARTISTS’ GALLERY OF PAINTINGS Surrounded by original works of art by noted artists and plein air paintings of Nantucket.

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.


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