The Red Chair was born at the Woods Hole Inn, where proprietor, Beth Colt, took a snapshot that would change the simple red chair into The Red Chair that now travels the nation. “I took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole last winter,” she says. “I posted it on Facebook and my computer lit up with ‘likes.’” Julie Cramer, a California-based photographer, came across the photo and was inspired. Cramer’s own picture of The Red Chair solidified the object as, what Colt describes, “A symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries.”
Now, The Red Chair travels to B&Bs of different regions in the U.S., and B&B owners chronicle the Chair’s travels with pictures that are then posted on the Red Chair’s website. From Sept. 23-Nov. 10, 2013, the Red Chair visits B&Bs in Virginia, 12 of which are InnVirginia members.
Celeste Borel, Innkeeper of L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA, expresses her excitement at being a part of the Chair’s movement. “It makes me think that guests can envision themselves sitting in the chair,” she says, “enjoying the view and appreciating the countryside.” She and Humminbird Innkeepers, Patty and Dan Harrison, welcome anyone to come see the Chair at their establishments, even non-guests.
These Innkeepers, in addition to those of the Arcady Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville, VA, have specific plans for the Chair, including: a wine tour, a carriage ride, a photo-op at the tomb of Robert E. Lee, the overlook on Skyline Drive, and so much more! Samuel and Sharon Elswick, of the Holladay House, say: the “Red Chair will experience everything our guests experience – and take photos of everything just like they do! A comfortable room, at the breakfast table with a locally-sourced meal, sneaking homemade cookies from the cookie jar, and the classic photo every one of our brides and grooms take: on our portico with our historic house in the background and the sign waving in the wind.”
The Red Chair has become an icon of hospitality for B&Bs across the east coast, and will continue to be so for B&Bs it has yet to visit across the nation. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the Red Chair’s journey!
- L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA – Sept 23-25
- Woodward House on Manor Grade, Front Royal, VA – Sept 26-28
- Stonewall Jackson Inn, Harrisonberg, VA – Oct 2-4
- Arcady Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville, VA – Oct 5-7
- Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville, VA – Oct 9-11
- High Meadows Vineyard Inn, Scottsville, VA – Oct 12-14
- Holladay House, Orange, VA – Oct 15-17
- Iris Inn, Waynesboro, VA – Oct 18-20
- Hummingbird Inn, Goshen, VA – Oct 21-23
- Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg, VA – Oct 30-Nov 1
- Rockwood Manor, Dublin, VA – Nov 2-4
- Mountain Song Inn, Willis, VA – Nov 8-10
Follow the InnVirginia Facebook page to see the photos of The Red Chair as it travels Virginia.