The Red Chair Travels is coming to Wisconsin! The WBBA is so excited to part of this phenomenon that started 5 years ago in Cape Cod, MA. Beth Colt is the innkeeper of the Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod. She took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole in the winter of 2011. When she posted the photo on Facebook her computer lit up with “likes” and this simple image journeyed all over cyberspace, and landed in the in-box of a California-based photographer, who was inspired to come visit the Woods Hole Inn in the off season. When she asked to borrow the chair she was surprised; when the fruits of her labor arrived in the mail Beth was in awe.
The red chair became a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries. In 2012 Beth contacted other Inns in Cape Cod to see if they would like to “host” the Red Chair for a few days and photograph the chair’s visit. Since then the Red Chair has visited more than 20 states in the U.S., and parts of Canada.
For Beth Colt, “the red chair is an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place. It is an open seat at the table of relaxation. It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature. It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.”
We know the Red Chair will feel right at home in Wisconsin and we are excited to see all the different adventures it has along the way. Listed below is the schedule for the Red Chair Travels in Wisconsin. Are you ready to Seek the Unique? Book your stay at one of the participating WBBA B&B’s today so you can take part in the Red Chair Travels!
|3/29-4/3||Curriers Lakeview Lodge||Rice Lake|
|4/4-4/8||Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast||Hudson|
|4/9-4/13||Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast||Chippewa Falls|
|4/19-4/22||Crystal River Inn||Waupaca|
|4/28-5/1||Franklin Street Inn||Appleton|
|5/2-5/6||Brayton Bed and Breakfast||Oshkosh|
|5/7-5/11||Greenway House Bed and Breakfast||Green Lake|
|5/12-5/16||Hidden Serenity B&B||West Bend|
|5/17-5/21||Honeybee Inn Bed & Breakfast||Horicon|
|5/22-5/25||Inn at Pine Terrace||Oconomowoc|
|5/26-5/29||Pedal’rs Inn Bed and Breakfast||Wales|
|5/30-6/3||Christmas House Bed and Breakfast||Racine|
|6/4-6/7||At The Lake House||Lake Geneva|
|6/12-6/15||The Livingston Inn||Madison|
|6/16-6/19||Inn at Wawanissee Point||Baraboo|
|6/24-6/27||Valley Springs Farm||Reedsburg|
|6/28-6/31||Bowman’s Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast||Wisconsin Dells|
|7/1-7/4||Fountain Chateau B&B||Hustler|
|7/5-7/8||Justin Trails Resort||Sparta|