Summer 2007

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Freedoms of Nantucket 

                            little known treasures


Summer 2007

In This Issue
From the Travel Experts!!!!
Spotlight: The Black Orchid Room
April Showers bring Summer flowers!
John Bannon: 2007 New Artist
Featured Article: Discover the Hydrangea Farm on Nantucket!
From the Experts!

sharonfakeTravel Expert Review.Travel Experts flaunt their expertise to those seeking a place waiting to be discovered.  They represent the sophisticated vacation traveler.  Nantucket Island is the new “it” destination vacation place.  Their “affiliation with Virtuoso represents decades of professional experience, worldwide connections and luxury product, lifestyle and destination expertise.” For more about their agents go to  Sharon Fake, the Director of Operations of Travel Experts, pictured above visited Nantucket Island.  Of the Century House she says, “I had the good fortune of spending 2 nights at the Century House recently.  This classically decorated inn situated just a few steps from the downtown area of Nantucket is the epitome of gracious hospitality.  The welcome mat is clearly out for guests who appreciate the extra thought that has gone into making it feel like you are spending time with long lost friends.  Their kitchen is your kitchen as you gather for a lush continental breakfast and help yourself to the abundance of fresh fruit, cereals and pastries.  Each guestroom is individually decorated, blessed with Molton Brown products, cable television and a selection of reading materials.  Beverages are always available and a wide sweeping front porch and accompanying patios offer a lovely place to gather.   Innkeepers, Jean and Gerry, make a special effort to reach out to their guests and to share the Nantucket they love.  You will love it too.

Spotlight – The Black Orchid

A large first floor, corner room viewing a restored 18th century Kite Hill Estate.  Totally renovated in Spring 2007, this room boasts a high ceiling with exquisite layered molding, vaulted enlaid ceiling, crystal chandeliers, original antique cast iron fireplace, majestic queen four poster, Victorian marble-top bureau, love seat, original wide pine floors, refrigerator, an outrageous black marble sink, & Venetian tub surrounded by two shower heads to sooth your soul.

View Black Orchid Room

“April Showers bring Summer flowers”





 “April Showers bring Summer flowers” and this issue highlights lots of flowers and a unique “Innkeeper Gerry’s guaranteed assurance policy of a dry  stay during your Century House visit as you stroll thru the gardens and pathways of this beautious Island.  A new amenity has been added to the inn’s list of TLC(tender loving care) room items during your stay. Come and enjoy the island in all weather!!!

John Bannon- 2007 New Artist-in-Residence 


Painting on Cliff Road.  Of the Century House he says: “It is wonderful. This is the only place I get to talk to other artists.”   The Century House welcomes its newest Artist in Residence mid June with the arrival of John Bannon, whose home and studio are in a wooded, historic Virginia suburb of Washington , where he specializes in landscapes, still life, and portraits. States Bannon”My paintings are to celebrate the BEAUTY of our visual world and the joys of seeing. I paint directly from nature because one must be in its presence to fell the whole gamut of emotions and sensual impressions aroused by the subject.”Bannon had the distinct honor of being a student, assistant and ?? of M. Jacques Maroger, former Technical Director of the Louvre Laboratories, Paris, himself a renown painter and expert in the drawing and painting techniques of the old masters.Pictured above Bannon captures one of the millions of vistas Nantucket offers the artist.  His work is hung at the Wilson Gallery on Nantucket Island . Please visit his website at for addition information on this delightful and caring new addition to the Century House Artist in Residence Program 

Discover the Hydrangea Farm on Nantucket Island!

Here’s a Toast to the Hydrangea

This issue presents both an obvious joy to the Island – the hydranga story – one of the most beautiful flowers on Nantucket Island…the abundance of the magnificent colorful and plumb Hydrangea plant – and the little known fact that we have on Island a jewel of a florist farm at “HYDRANGEA FARM” with over 300 varieties of hydrangeas in half a dozen green houses- located on Madaket Road where the Century House street, Cliff Road, intercepts.

HYDRANGEA FARM busily propagates, grown, sells and ships hydrangeas all over the world. Owner by former Innkeepers and special friends of Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE, Mal and Mary Kay Condon, the Farm focuses only on hydrangeas that grow in Nantucke’s USDA zone 7B or below

Nantucket lies in the same growing zone as Atlanta , but the island experiences more colder days each year so it influences what hydrangea varieties do well on Island .

Learn more about the variety of hydrangeas growing both on Island and throughout the world (Mal is on the International Association) from Mal and Mary Kay for whom the Century House will be hosting a reception – for the Century House Guests Only July 9th,, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

at the inn. In the interim, check out their website at where you will find a wealth of information about their specialty. A joy to be around, Mal and Mary Kay will be offering you a private tour of their farm the following morning at 11:00 AM.

Reservations required so please call 508-228-0530 to reserve you stay and participate.

Discover Little Known Treasures through the Century House!!!

The timing of this offering is perfect, as the Nantucket Garden Show is displaying at the New School this same week

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