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January 2009

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Century House Receives International Recognition by the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards


CenturyHouseSignsmNantucket Island, MA – January 13, 2009 – The oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts joined several prestigious hotels & inns in receiving international recognition. International Restaurant & Hotel Award for Best of City was awarded to Century House this week.  “In the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, The IRHAS & the International Restaurant & Hotel Awards are the world’s most prestigious awards recognizing the best value, moderate and luxury travel establishments in the industry..”

Century House has provided accommodations for the island traveler since the middle 1800’s and has been recognized by Frommers,, and most recently appearing in Boston Herald, Upscale Living Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Boston Globe for its hospitality.

For decades the refined island visitor has singled out Century House as the place to base their Nantucket stay.  Century House is itself part of Nantucket Island’s history offering the same hospitality, at the prestigious Cliff Road location, that was only available to millionaires in the middle and late 19th century.  Even though the large very expensive hotels built during the late nineteenth century, have disappeared, Century House has continued to deliver a consistent product built on caring hospitality regardless of the ups and downs of the financial and economic markets. Celebrating its 175th year history Century House prides itself in continuing to provide guests a memorable experience of historic, true Nantucket.

Herman Melville in Moby Dick once said “Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse. Look at it – a mere hillock, and elbow of sand; all beach, without a background. ”  On their 25th year anniversary as innkeepers of Century House, Gerry and JeanE still believe that “everyone is touched in some way by being by the sea” and that Nantucket is still “just like a lover – so familiar and comforting…so wild and unpredictable.”  Nantucket and Century House will continue to attract explorers, beach lovers, artists, history aficionados and those who want to take a step back in time, away from the hustle and bustle of life

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, Century House was built by a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder.  According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. More information about this historic bed and breakfast at


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