Where travelers once held up photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest after a long day, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and Bed & Breakfasts throughout America.
It’s all part of a multi-year B&B awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, hospitality and friendliness of bed and breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.
Recently, thanks to the partnership with IBBA (Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association - illinoisbnb.com) the chair made its way to Jacksonville and Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. Tiffany Warmowski, Warmowski Photograghy, partnered with Innkeeper Gwenn Eyer to shoot images of the Red Chair at The Duncan Mansion, local colleges, Jacksonville Mainstreet, Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast and other locations throughout the area.
The Red Chair project all started in winter 2012 with a single image. Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house and watched her page light up with “likes.” The picture was shared on the Facebook page of a nature photographer from California, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn and took an amazing second photo of the chair on a local beach.
Throughout 2012 and early 2013, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own, being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of New England to the other. Starting in Cape Cod, the Red Chair journeyed throughout the six New England states on a 9-month tour.
“This chair is the little engine that could,” said Colt. “I could never have imagined that it would travel so far, to every corner of America, all on the kindness and hospitality of innkeepers. It’s a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana.”
Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast and Jacksonville on https://blessingsonstate.com/blog/ and on the Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast Facebook page. Gwenn said, “We enjoyed hosting Red at Blessings. It was fun thinking of places to highlight as Red traveled through Jacksonville. We were able to spotlight several Jacksonville favorites, from Blessings on State, to the Duncan Mansion, to fresh breadsticks at Lonzerotti’s, to the new Antiquarius store downtown, and more. I was excited to have local support during Red’s visit and I’m very thankful for Tiffany’s dedication to this project.”
For a compilation of these blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html . For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast visit www.BlessingsOnState.com or call 217.245.1013.
About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.