By now you may have read on Facebook that the Red Chair is coming to the Historic Inns of Rockland. What’s the Red Chair, you’ve undoubtedly asked. Step aside Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is here to take armchair travelers on a scenic tour of New England’s inns and B&Bs, including Maine’s Midcoast and the Historic Inns of Rockland. Here’s the story.
The Red Chair had humble beginnings at a consignment shop first then as an addition to the porch at the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA. One day Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt shot a few photos of the Red Chair and the road to celebrity was launched. Photos of the Red Chair were compelling enough to capture attention from artists coast to coast and one such artist came all the way from California to shoot a dramatic photo of the chair on a Cape Cod beach, which has turned into a best seller in that artist’s gallery. Beth decided if the Red Chair was intriguing enough for one artist to visit the inn inn it would be even more fun to send it on a journey across Cape Cod.
Throughout the spring, the Red Chair made its debut to Cape Cod’s inns and B&Bs, traveling from one end of the Cape to Martha’s Vineyard and back. Taking on a personality of its own, the Red Chair’s journey clearly offered innkeepers a backdrop to highlight the beauty of their surroundings and armchair travelers the opportunity to take a trip to the Cape through the eyes of a very lucky red, high backed traveler.
The chair had so much fun exploring the nooks and crannies of Cape Cod, it was chomping at the bit to venture further into New England. At the same time, innkeepers throughout New England following the adventures of the Red Chair requested their own photo sessions with the Red Chair. The next thing we knew, a New England journey was being planned for the Red Chair, and the Historic Inns of Rockland were lucky enough to be chosen as a stop along the way.
The Red Chair will visit Historic Inns of Rockland August 15-18, when innkeepers PJ Walter of LimeRock Inn and Joan Hantz of Granite Inn will photograph the chair on the Rockland Breakwater, at each of the inns including Berry Manor Inn, Granite Inn and LimeRock Inn. In addition, look forward to a few surprise photos depicting scenes from Maine’s Midcoast. Keep checking the Historic Inns of Rockland blog for photos of the Red Chair’s visit to our inns.