Move aside Flat Stanley; your traveling days are so three-weeks-ago. It’s true. Flat Stanley’s role has been been usurped by the Red Chair. The Red Chair is quickly taking on a personality of its own. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, this lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and one that has been welcomed at inns and B&B throughout Cape Cod, including DINE’s own Captain’s House Inn. Today the Cape, tomorrow New England! The Red Chair has captured the imagination of DINE members who hope to welcome it to their inns for for New Hampshire escapes, Vermont getaways, and Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island romantic vacations.
The Red Chair started out as a simple addition to the porch furniture at the Woods Hole Inn. One day innkeeper Beth Colt shot a few photos of the Red Chair and its infamy was born. Photos of the Red Chair were compelling enough to capture attention from artists coast to coast. Beth decided if the Red Chair was intriguing enough for her inn it would be even more fun to send it on a journey across Cape Cod. The Captain’s House Inn enthusiastically signed on to host the chair and took it on a journey throughout Chatham.
Throughout its journey, the Red Chair has developed quite a personality. While visiting Captain’s House Inn we learned of its pension for bars and banana jelly beans, for example.
Becoming quite accustomed to posing, the Red Chair soon sought out scenic settings for its portraits in and around Chatham.
With a flair for the drama, the Red Chair ended its journey back where it started alongside the Captain House Inn’s signature wagon wheel, proving that old fashioned symbols for inns and B&Bs like doilies and teddy bears have been replaced by cool personality-filled symbols like Red Chairs.
Stay tuned for future DINE blog posts when the Red Chair ventures throughout New England and visits other DINE members. Meanwhile to follow the journey of the Red Chair, visit www.redchairtravels.com.
Look for red, blue, white, yellow and green chairs at DINE member inns throughout New England. This is the time to start thinking about your own summer journey while there’s still plenty of availability during busier summer months. n