In celebration of this month’s theme, “Inn Love,” enjoy this guest post by Sarah Armour-Jones of the Concord’s Colonial Inn in Massachusetts. I love Inns, and I love history so this story was just my cup of tea. Follow them on Twitter: @ConcordsInn
A 125 Year Old Love Story …
Last year we heard a story that combines love and history, and it’s quickly become a staff favorite. A 90-year old patron was touring the Inn’s social event spaces with his grown children. They were planning his 90th birthday party and needed a large room. He stopped in the doorway of the Thoreau Room, one of our smaller function rooms, which wouldn’t work for his event. Director of Sales, Steven Jones, explained that the Thoreau Room couldn’t be configured to hold the number of guests they anticipated. The patron replied that he was just stopping to enjoy the room and said that his parents had been married in that room 125 years earlier. As a boy, this now 90-year old man had come to the Inn with his family and had always heard stories about his parents’ wedding. His family had a huge connection to our Inn, and he was celebrating a terrific milestone in the very place that his parents began their lives together.
We love that sense of attachment people have to our Inn. Meaning and sentiment are often lost in an industry that focuses on reward points, cookie-cutter event spaces and chain locations. Concord’s Colonial Inn is one of those amazing places that’s been part of our nation’s history since before it was a separate country. The original structure was built in 1716 and the building has served as a Revolutionary War hospital, home to the Thoreau family, and a welcoming Inn to countless guests (including some famous ones like Queen Noor of Jordan). Some say it’s home to ghosts as well.
While the buildings have evolved over the years, guest rooms in the Main Inn have the kind of Colonial wide-plank floorboards that can’t be replicated, and one of our taverns is in the original 1716 structure.
With a nearly 300-year old building, we live and breathe history, and we’ve seen our share of beautiful romantic moments, weddings, engagements and anniversary parties. Highlights include a nervous older gentleman proposing to his lady friend; a wonderful wedding that booked the entire Inn and was unbelievably fun (with the best bride, groom and family ever); and a couple getting away from kids for the first time to enjoy a well-deserved weekend break. People who choose the Inn want something unique – something that has stood the test of time, something with charm and character (like a good spouse) that becomes part of their family history.
So this February we celebrate the friends and customers who allow us to be part of their family histories. That’s something to love.
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