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The Red Chair Makes Coast To Coast Journey
Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California –Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and B&Bs throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers, and July 10th the chair is making its way to Carmel-by-the-Sea and The Vagabond’s House. Look for innkeeper Thomas Rogers shooting images of the Red Chair at Carmel Beach and downtown Carmel, Carmel City Hall, The Carmel Mission, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos and Pebble Beach, Soberanes Trail and Big Sur as well as at The Vagabond’s House.
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 nine month tour. Follow the Red Chair’s travels on www.RedChairTravels.com where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands. Throughout 2013 and 2014 photos and stories from the Red Chair’s journey to nearly twenty states will be added to the website as they are captured.
It 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 Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, 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. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring and then throughout the six New England states last fall and winter. As innkeepers all over New England were inspired by the chair, it has taken on a personality of its own.
“Now it’s time for the chair to branch out,” expressed Beth Colt. “Innkeepers across the country are clamoring to host the chair, so it’s time to send it coast-to-coast in every corner of America the Beautiful. There would be no Red Chair without the generosity of innkeepers and B&Bs. It’s a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana,” concluded Colt.
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 The Vagabond’s House at facebook.com/VagabondsHouse.
At The Vagabond’s House we are excited to welcome the Red Chair to enjoy the company of our collection of Americana. We house collections of ink wells, Little Big Books, cap guns, comics, toy soldiers and Indians, clocks and more. Our history is based in novels of California, penned in our rooms by best-selling author and artist Don Blanding. First editions of his novels round out our collection.
For a compilation of Red Chair 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 The Vagabond’s House visit VagabondsHouseInn.com or call 831.624.7738.
About The Vagabond’s House
Fun Americana and modern conveniences combine to provide our guests with an experience that is uniquely Vagabond’s House. We offer a variety of rooms at several price points, all with cloud like beds, Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, floors of hardwood, heated marble or 100% wool carpeting. Most rooms offer fireplaces and some even offer modern freestanding tubs, marble showers with Bluetooth pairing showerheads, Smart LED televisions and USB wall outlets.
The Vagabond’s House
4th and Dolores, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California