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Spring 2012

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Nantucket Bulletin:  In and Around Century House

In this issue:

Innkeeper’s Corner

Frommer’s Guide 2012

Nantucket News

Connect with Us

Ambling Up Prestigious Cliff Road

Spring Summer Fall Special Events 2012

Spring Artist in Residence

Historic Century House

Innkeeper’s Corner

(Century House on Historic Cliff Road, 10 Cliff Road, Nantucket)

The Nantucket Season 2012 is upon us!!! Spring arrives early this year with the colorful flowers popping up everywhere. Century House opens its doors May 16, 2012 for its 179th Birthday since Captain Robert Calder (of the good whaling ship The Alto) purchased the land to build his Captain’s Mansion. In this issue we highlight the renown street upon which Century House resides…”Ambling Up Prestigious, Historic Cliff Road.”

Check out our Special Rates and our luxurious rooms available in the Spring at

Frommer’s Guide 2012

Frommer’s Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard highlights the Century House location “close to town but removed from the hustle and bustle…”  Of the rooms “cheery and comfortably snug…” “The style could be called “literary Victoria” – Meaning lots and lots of books…” You can find out more about the Nantucket guide by purchasing a copy, or by visiting

Nantucket News


(Nantucket Thrift Shop photo:

The Annual Opening of the Hospital Thrift Shop has been announced …. Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM sharp! For all you bargain hunters, get there early to be the first to survey the array of offerings. Great buys and great cause, proceeds contributed to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Founded in 1911, the hospital serves the community year-round. The Thrift Shop remains a source of income for the hospital donating funds for the purchase of equipment, and many other contributions.


Nantucket Book Festival June 15 – 17 will celebrate the rich literary resources of its past, encourage the present community to get involve and install enthusiasm for books to the future generations. It will connect authors with readers and develop the love for reading. World class authors are expected to attend.

(Mitchell Bookstore on Main Street, Nantucket)


The Mitchell’s Book Corner situated on Main Street and Nantucket Bookstore located on  is now under the leadership of Nantucket Remain.

Speaking of books, Innkeeper Gerry has amassed another selection of 2011-12 books (many of them from the Mitchell’s Book Corner) and DVDs for your leisurely pleasure AND for those of you planning long term stays, Gerry has the complete to date set of DOWNTON ABBEY, BORGIAS, CLOSER, DAMAGES and 24…. In addition to the extensive Century House library of free movies.

Connect with Us

Ambling Up Prestigious Cliff Road

It was – and is – all about the location, location, location —the coveted Residential Historic District within walking reach of four harbor beaches, a gazillion restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, theatre, concerts etc.

(right to left, discover historic Cliff Road, Nantucket, MA)

The charming, renown, historic Cliff Road starts four (4) houses below Century House!!! — not only the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island but also awarded Best Nantucket Bed and Breakfast Inn by the luxury magazine, Cape Cod Life.

Another 9 houses North from Century House you traverse over the site of the elegant lady of hospitality, The Sea Cliff Inn. Built in 1886, it towered over the cliff during the heyday of Nantucket’s grand hotels, and survived until 1972 when it was razed to make way for the “mega mansions.”Beyond here was the home of Eastman Johnson. One of the most gifted artists of the last half of the nineteenth century, known best for his insight into American culture an his efforts to establish the Metropoliatan Museum of Art. To the Nantucket Lover, his work, ‘The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket’ is his major accomplishment. (From his window on the cliff he observed and painted the picking of the berries below in what is now know as Brandt Point).


To the 19th Century art collection, he was granted the appellation of the “American Rembrandt.

Another 6 houses and you can enjoy the ecologically friendly Coffin Park, an idyllic setting to stroll the paths deeply entrenched with local flora. Adjacent to the Park, stop by the “mouthwatering” Something Natural Bakery. Good Things to Eat” creator of some of Century House breakfast breads…. Many a Summer Owner or traveler will stock up each Fall, freezing their favorites upon returning to their mainland homes… a touch of Nantucket to experience all Winter long!

Here too, you can exit Cliff Road for a double treat, two of the best intown beaches, Step’s Beach and Jetties Beach … views of the harbor, sailing boats and the arriving ferries from the Mainland.

Back onto Cliff Road and up the road just a piece, the bike (and jogging) path to Madaket begins … along the way passing Tupancy Links, formerly a Golf Course, generously gifted to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation by Professional Golfer Oswald “Tup” Tupancy and his wife Sallie. (

Further down the Cliff Road is Maxcy’s Pond, Burial Grounds of Tristam Coffin, one of the eight founders who bought Nantucket for 30 pounds and 2 beaver hats, and several other prominent settlers.

With the daunting Nantucket Water Tower hovering over all – not withstanding its façade of white to blend with the clouds, we end our journey along Cliff Road. “Wannacomet Water serves fountains at five locations: Main Street in front of the Pacific Club building, Milestone Rotary, Surfside Bike Path, Mill Hill Park on Prospect Street and the Madaket Bike Path. The Tower “supplies the Town with a capacity of Two Million Gallons” ( of The Spring Fed Delicious Water.

Whether an early morning run/bike-ride , a stroll in the park, a day at the beach or a sunset in Madaket guests meander back to Century House for the tasty fare depending on time of the day!

Spring Summer Fall Special Events 2012

MAY 2012

• Nantucket 16th Annual Wine Festival (May 16–20, 2012)


JUNE 2012

• Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week (June 4–10, 2012)

• Nantucket Conference (June 7–9, 2012)

• Nantucket Book Festival (June 15–17, 2012)

• Nantucket 17th Annual Film Festival (June 20–24, 2012)


JULY 2012

• Nantucket Garden Festival (July 20-23, 2012)

• Nantucket Dance Festival (July 24-28, 2012)

• Nantucket Comedy Festival (July 25–28, 2012)



• Nantucket Race Week (August 11–19, 2012)

• Boston Pops on Nantucket (August 11, 2012)

• Sandcastle and Sculpture Day (August 18, 2012)

• Nantucket Opera House Cup  (August 19, 2012)



• Nantucket Arts Festival, (September 28 – October 7, 2012)

• Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week, (TBD)



• Family Scalloping (October 1, 2012)

• The Nantucket Project (October 5-8, 2012)

• Nantucket Cranberry Festival (October 6, 2012)

Visit for Special Event Rates, Availability and Rooms.

Spring Artist in Residence

To date, Greg Sobran, Catherine Elliott, Deborah Leonard, Diane Aeschliman, Jennifer Holmes, Frank Corso are but a few of the artist anticipating a Spring respite on the Island will be attending the Century House Spring Program. Be sure to ask about their dates of stay if you wish to secure a reservation while they are on Island.  The Artist in Residence Program has evolved since 1987 into a bi-annual event, celebrating the creativity and the beauty that Nantucket has to offer.

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 more information or to check availability and rates for the Season 2012!

Century House • 10 Cliff Road • Nantucket • MA • 02554