During the endless days of 2020, I learned patience and I practiced gratitude. I learned that my family and friends and I were among the lucky ones during the proliferation of the pandemic- we had food and shelter and some degree of financial security. I learned how little I really needed. I learned an entirely new appreciation for our resilient family of friends and guests. I call my lessons from 2020 “2020 Vision” and I am a better human with my 2020 vision. My perspective has changed; my empathy for those less fortunate increased.
Did you know that the month of February has nearly 230 holidays in its 28 days? In the past, the shortest month of the year has been my longest, but not so in 2021. A tradition since 1886 and a February event that continues to this day that most everyone is familiar with is Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog, came out of his snug winter abode this year and saw his shadow, portending six more weeks of winter, and sure enough, many snow storms are predicted for this month. Nantucket had its own nautical version, Quahog Day, bought to the isle in 1982 by former harbormaster Allen Holdgate, Sr. and H. Flint Ranney. Quentin the Quahog predicted the timing of winter’s end not by shadow, but rather by spitting his juice to the left this year, echoing Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter. In true New England practicality, unlike Punxsutawney Phil who continues his celebrity from year to year, once Quentin’s services are completed he becomes a snack!!
Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated of February’s events. Long known for flowers, chocolates and romantic excursions, it too offers a break from the long winter and a weekend to look forward to as the days lengthen. Here at Martin House Inn, we offer an array of rooms with fireplaces and canopy beds to sink into and cozy up with your sweetheart after a day hiking our many trails, combing our endless beaches, strolling the Town’s historic streets on your self-guided walking tour, or simply relaxing in in front of a crackling fire. The Artist’s Association will be featuring its Valentine’s Work Online exhibition through Saturday, February 13th, a perfect opportunity to bring a piece of Nantucket home and to offer your mate a memorable Valentine’s gift.
reopens February 12th. It is an outstanding way to learn
of Nantucket’s fascinating history from the Whaling days to the Great
Fire. And the magnificent Festival
of Trees will be on display through President’s Day. And don’t forget
to climb to the roof deck for a spectacular view of the island and harbor (and
the Martin House Inn)!
Call and book between now and February 10th your next stay and enjoy a 15% discount (not to be combined with other offers). A Nantucket escape will soothe your soul!