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We have had a couple of down days.
Highlights included finding a pair of fresh water lakes in the Nickerson National Park which helped as we have discovered they are having a bit of a shark problem on the cape!
Brush with the law- went to ...
... just kept explaining the we were from the UK which seemed to satisfy our audience.
Dried off, did a bit of long jump and then sat up in the Life guard's chair- it was about 6pm and all the lifeguards had left. The sun was cooling off but the wind was still up. As it happened the hollow tubes at the back of the elevated chair we were all crushed into kept catching the breeze and playing different notes- a really unexpectedly magic moment.
Headed home a bit windswept.
... white, even the jail is white. The business district is Vineyard Haven. Approval must be sought to start a business and there are restrictions of the type of signage that can be displayed (no rooftop and no neon). We also saw the beach where Steven Spielberg shot the movie Jaws. Two of the islanders had parts in the movie and a lot of others were used as extras in the beach scenes. The island became popular as a bolt hole for the wealthy and famous during the 60s. We drove ...
... team competitive meal making with Tom and James on one team and Ruth and me on the other. Team T&J did BBQ extraordinaire and Team A&R are doing a homage to our holidays in Greece with Greek salad and Mousaka.
Really nothing more exciting today except that Tom has relinquished the driving to me as he is better with maps. I needlessly inspired great confidence by mixing up accelerator and break but ok since then!
Dull day but needed down time.
... These because summer cottages in the Victorian 'gingerbread' style. The visits to the area became less spiritual and more recreational and grew longer with each summer. The popularity spread but the island was slow to grow as it was known for being a place to enjoy the simple life and a poor local economy. During world war 2 the Vineyard was used senna air base; this is on the centre of the island today where the airport is located. This meant that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Century House Nantucket
Absolutely Loved the Century House!
We had a terrific time at the Century House! The location is just perfect, only a short walk to Main Street, and far enough from the hustle and bustle. I still dream about the breakfast, that delicious granola and fresh berries. The innkeeper says he buys them fresh every morning and it shows in the quality. Yes, some rooms are small, but I heard they have renovated some of them, but then again it is to be expected because it is one of the oldest inns on the island and the innkeepers wanted to keep the layout the same. They have computer stations too if you want to check your email or go on the web, which is neat. I look forward to going there again.
Cramped and hot
Stayed at Century House in August 2005. While bedrooms are air conditioned, the public spaces are not and are so hot that they are not used. Single rooms and bathrooms are uncomfortably small (no tables, small shower), while prices for such rooms are too high. The Inn is clean.
The breakfast is a high carb affair with no hot or healthy food choices. The breakfast room is in the kitchen and really hot. Would advise trying another inn.
Our stay at the Century House was nice. Our room was quaint even although our private bathroom was down the hallway. We were on the 3rd floor & we had A/C & it was much needed!
Cozy home-like atmosphere
What a wonderful stay we had at the Century House. Our room was beautifully appointed and the communal breakfast was outstanding - lots of fresh fruit, and the homemade granola is addictive!! The location is within walking distance of town and the wharf, so it was an ideal place for us, as we had no car on the island during our stay. We would highly recommend the Century House to others visiting Nantucket Island!!
I have been visiting Nantucket Island now since I was a young child.
Loved the Century House!
My husband and I just booked our third stay at the Century House. The innkeepers are very accommodating, kind and helpful. They seem to really love the Century House. We enjoyed listening to them telling us about the history of the inn and how it is the only continuously operating guest house since 1800's! Maybe this is why some people may not understand its value. And we especially liked the breakfast it is homemade with only the best ingredients. We also saw that most rooms have been completely renovated, making the Cenutry House a must this summer! I defenitely recommend it to all who love Nantucket and its history.
Our room was way too small for the $300 a night we paid and was on the third floor without an elevator or bellhop to help with the luggage. We also had a very unpleasant run in with the Innkeeper. Late the first afternoon we were there, we left our room and in the interest of exploring, went out an unlocked screen door to an outside stairway. When we were 5 steps from the bottom, an older woman appeared out of nowhere and shouted "You can't come this way! It's the emergency exit! You must go back up the stairs." She had a crazed look in her eye like a mad serial killer. Since we had never seen her, our first question was "Who are you?" "I'm the inn keeper" she responded. "OK we assure you, we won't use this exit again but we're only five steps from the bottom so we're coming down this once." As we descended the next step, she lunged up the first stair with a body language suggesting she was preparing for a physical confrontation and repeated "No, you must go back up." I thought I had stepped into the script of a Stephen King movie. Since we did not desire a physical confrontation, we allowed her to herd us back up the stairs. I thought to myself "I'm paying $300 a night for this abuse?" As we were being herded, we informed her that she had offended us and if we had not prepaid and if we thought we had a ghost of a chance of finding another room on the Island, we'd be gone. Obviously customer service was not her concern because she did not respond. This incident tainted our visit to Nantucket enough that we will never return.
The inn is located in a nice spot-- few minutes from the mayhem of "downtown" but still within easy biking and walking distance from town. As for the room-it sounds like we had the same room as a previous reviewer--first floor, directly off the front entrance hall with windows facing the front porch that everybody walks by--therefore no real privacy in the summer with people walking by day and night.
Well, I guess the proprietors of the Century Inn don't read TripAdvisor - or if they read the Carlile review from 2002 they certainly didn't change anything; we were there in mid August 2003 and it is just as the previous review described... So why am I writing? 1st, I wanted to endorse the previous view, and 2nd, to add further criticism of what seemed to me to be somewhat sharp practice; we booked very late and got a cancellation (Nantucket is bulging at the seams in the summer - hence the disgraceful lack of value for money in these shabby bed and breakfasts reminiscent of my childhood just after the war - 2nd World War that is - in the UK); $295 - reduced to $265 a night when we balked at the first price and said we intended to stay a week - the 'best' type of room - which had no air conditioning (some of the rooms do but it was not up to the task in the first room we were in); when we got there we were given a room which was not as had been described - much smaller - on the ground floor by the front door with concomitant house and street noise - and on querying this were told that we could have the room we had been described the next day, although throughout this conversation the attitude was 'well, if that's what you remember we don't want you to be unhappy'! In fact, the rooms have individual names (plants and flowers) and we had asked and been told the actual name so that we could look at it on their website and that was not what we had been given when we arrived so I am left wondering if we had not asked whether we would have had any sort of redress; the room we had for the first night was definitely not one of the $295/265 rooms but that didn't get any reimbursement at the end of the stay; BTW remember that on top of the price quoted, there are state, town and service charges which are not insignificantIt is a scandal in my opinion that places like Nantucket continue to get away with this sort of minimum quality accommodation for maximum price; both rooms we were in could best be described as tatty, with the sort of junk furniture that is coyly described as antique - the marble top to the dresser was split for example and the drawers were sticky and difficult to pull; the sound of our neighbours going to the lavatory in the middle of the night was not particularly exciting at our age, and I don't suppose they welcomed our ablutions; in the UK, back in the 1960's, the advent of cheap, excellent value for money, package tours to the Mediterranean with guaranteed good weather and new comfortable hotels killed off most of the B&B's; the US deserves a lot better
You can do a lot better for the price in Nantucket than Century House. We felt mislead by the inn's brochure and website. The promised "cozy fire" in the sitting room was never lit, even tho' it rained and was cold the whole weekend we stayed. The traditional "afternoon tea" consisted of help-yourself Lipton packets, flat soda and a stingey bowl of Pepperidge Farms fish crackers and stale Oreos. The decor was cluttered, haphazard and out-of-date. It's clear the proprietors are looking to wring every last rent-able inch out of the place, as everything but cramped eat-in kitchen and a cluttered sitting room has been turned into pinched guest rooms, including the dining and living rooms. They shoo you out of the sitting room by 10:00 pm ("The sitting room is closed") and breakfast, except for the fresh berries, was nothing special. The proprietors are the definition of odd.