“What wonder, then, that these Nantucketers, born on a beach, should take to the sea
for a livelihood!… Two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer’s.
For the sea is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires. ”
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Freedom is the greatest form of luxury. The freedom to explore, discover, and enjoy an island dating back to the 15th Century. Read the History of the Island. Century House is also dedicated to preserving the island’s original state, history, beauty, and purpose- that of offering natural beauty – only to ask in return admiration and a sense of loyalty. Nantucket is a 13 miles by 4 miles charming island, 50 miles out to sea. It is a captivating destination, famous for its unbridled, wild, unpredictable lifestyle, an unforgettable, quiet, unpretentious escape from the daily life. Miles and miles of breezy beaches await. As our guest, you will be close to all the wonderful Nantucket Island Massachusetts activities, without having to stay right in the commercial distance. Our quiet residential sophisticated neighborhood is near shopping, restaurants and beaches, yet allows you to enjoy Nantucket Island’s serenity when you want to escape the crowds. Guests can enjoy historic cobblestone streets. Historic tours await. Buildings dating back to late 1600’s can be visited. More than 800 historic buildings, each at least 100 years old; over a dozen museums, including Whaling Museum, to preserve the culture and history of Nantucket Island. Follow where the path may lead you. Miles of beaches, bike paths for sunbathing, sightseeing, biking. Take a deep breath. Look around. And Smile. The Island is a one of a kind. See where Maria Mitchell, the first American woman astronomer was born.
ART & GALLERIES
Marvel at the ever-changing venues of art. Visit the numerous galleries where well-known artists present their work. Observe the Century House Artists-in Residence. Learn to paint. Sketch. Take a dance class.
–Arts Nantucket | Artists’ Association of Nantucket | Century House Artist in Residence | Cavalier Gallery | Gallery At 4 India | Quidley & Co. | Sketching Tours | Pierce Galleries | Sosebee Gallery
Retreat to timeless moments of silence in the salty air. Escape the noise, the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Pristine, hidden, breezy beaches. Some sheltered by dunes. Calm waters, surfing waves, swimming. Scenic beaches where you can watch the boats come in. The freedom to explores miles and miles of sand is at your doorstep. Discover the freedom to find little known treasures, simple pleasures so irresistible, so available. 80 miles of sparkling beaches await you. Here are the beaches
–Town Guide | Chamber Guide | Brant Point | Children’s | Jetties | Steps | Francis St. | Dionis | Surfside | Cisco | Miacomet| Madaket | Tom Nevers | Nobadeer | Sconset | Pocomo | Great Point | Coatue |
Miles and miles of beautiful bike paths await to be explored. Most paths have rest areas and water fountains. Breezes, wild aromatic flowers, birds, and beautiful scenery, sunsets and sunrises. Here you find the freedom to explore at your own pace. Approximately 40 miles of bicycle paths await you!
–Town Guide | Madaket | Cliff | EEl Point | Bartlett | Cisco | Milestone | Nobadeer | Old South Rd. | Polpis | South Shore | Surfside | Airport | Fairgrounds
BIKE AND MOPED RENTALS
Biking is one of the best activities on the island. Wonder no more if there are things to do on Nantucket. Rent a bike or a moped and you are on your way to discovering the island. Note: over 40 percent of the island is preserved in conservation and yet available for exploration. See the Bike Paths or to explore on foot see our Nantucket Nature Trails Moors and Bogs section.
–Nantucket Bike Shop | Bike Tours | Affordable Rentals
BOOKSTORES, LIBRARIES AND BOOK SHOPS
Vast selection of fiction and non-fiction books are available at the Century House. For the book lovers, there’s the renown Nantucket Atheneum along with all fashion book stores. Get your favorite newspaper or magazine detailing world and local events here.
–The Hub | The Atheneum | Mitchell’s Book Corner | Nantucket Bookworks
Get your morning cup of coffee or gourmet tea at Century House or meander into town and explore the cozy coffee shops.
–The Hub | The Bean | Esspresso To Go | Culinary Center | Corner Table | Petticoat Row Bakery
Several festivals take place in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. See our Events Calendar section for all events which also include the Restaurant Week, Boston Pops, etc.
–Wine Festival | Film Festival | Book Festival | Dance Festival | Comedy Festival | Cranberry Festival | Arts Festival | Birding Festival | Shorts Festival
FLOWERS AND FLORISTS
Spring flowers such as lily of the valley, daffodils, tulips and lilacs are abundant. In the Summer roses grow everywhere and wild roses are present on the beaches, roof