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 then shared on the Facebook page of Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, California, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn and took a second photo of the chair on a local beach. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers by sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod and then throughout the six New England states.
As part of a consciousness-raising experiment among innkeepers, the Red Chair is currently being welcomed at inns and B&B’s throughout America. And from February 2 to February 10, the chair is making its way to Louisiana.
While the Red Chair is in The Pelican State, she (yes, the chair is a she!) will be hosted by several inns across the state, including Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast and Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans, The Stockade Bed and Breakfast in Baton Rouge and The Caldwell House in Abbeville.
Innkeepers Patrick and Karma Ashton, Joe and Bebe Rabhan, Janice DeLerno and Carolyn Sagrera have eagerly been planning for Ms. Chair’s arrival, and are planning on showing her the time of her life. While in New Orleans, the Red Chair will visit Mardi Gras World, Rock ‘n’ Bowl, Café du Monde, and Jackson Square. Afterward, she will head to Baton Rouge, where she will visit Mike the Tiger at LSU and tour other member properties of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association to get a taste of what Louisiana travel is all about.
“We’re really looking forward to having the Red Chair come to our state because we want to show her exactly how we pass a good time here in Louisiana,” said Janice DeLerno, Innkeeper at The Stockade. “We have big plans for Big Red — that’s what I’m calling her!”
The Red Chair’s travels have been well documented on her website and Twitter account, where the Red Chair can be seen everywhere from beaches to bandstands. And more photos and stories from the Red Chair’s ongoing journey across nearly twenty states will be added to the website as they are captured. To learn more about the Red Chair’s Louisiana adventures, be sure to visit www.RedChairTravels.com or check out the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association’s site, http://www.louisianabandb.com.
In the tradition of Southern hospitality, we would like to share the following article from the Huffington Post with you. Sometimes, we innkeepers get frustrated doing our best to engage with our guests for a more pleasant B&B experience. Since you are coming to stay in our homes, we want to make sure that you have the best possible experience. Help us help you! Communicate with your innkeeper. The more we know, the more we can be of service. If things change, keep the innkeeper in the loop.
The ever-changing world of technology has changed the way innkeeping works for us. But the desire to please our guests is still the most important thing. You are our newfound friends for the duration of your stay. We are honored that you have chosen to stay at our homes. We hope you recognize that we are running a race with limited staff and need time to accomplish things like housekeeping, maintenance, and grocery shopping — all the things that are necessary to ensure your comfort. Innkeeping is like having a really large family with lots of different interests and activities. The Smith family has come to visit with their LSU freshman daughter Daniella whose birthday is tomorrow, the Black family is attending their son’s graduation ceremony and Mr. White has a very important board meeting in the morning. My goal is to make sure that all of our guests have their needs met.
Serving as the president of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association has given me the opportunity to know many innkeepers. What we all have in common is the love of the calling, the opportunity to preserve history on our individual properties and the opportunity to share what we have with our guests. Beyond that, it is work, work, work, just like any other job. The income barely covers the cost of doing business, but it helps to offset the costs of maintaining the property, and offers the innkeeper a lifestyle which can be fun. Did I mention that it is WORK, WORK, WORK?
All kidding aside, it is a privilege to know some of the most wonderful, interesting people who have chosen innkeeping as their calling. I am blessed to have many of them as my close, personal friends. In our kitchen hangs a framed saying which reads “Kiss the Cook.” From time to time, somebody actually does! Well, kiss mah grits, nothing could be better. And if you want my recipes, you are welcome to them. Just don’t expect me to know “exactly” what is in them besides my heart and soul.
I guess the point is that we’re happy to have you stay with us. And if there is anything that you need, please ask. We are happy to help, but can only do so if we are aware of your needs.
Yours in Hospitality,
Janice DeLerno, Innkeeper
Football season is upon us, which means that it’s time for tailgating! Here are some things to keep in mind before you head out to your next Tiger Stadium tailgate.
1. Dress the part
There are only two sartorial rules of tailgate fashion at LSU: 1. Wear purple. 2. Wear gold. Anyone who shows up to the game wearing the opposing team’s colors will find themselves on the receiving end of the dreaded “Tiger Bait” chant, and nobody enjoys that.
2. Stock up on beverages.
A Southern tailgate wouldn’t be complete without a few cold ones. Luckily, in addition to mouthwatering cuisine, Louisiana also has a lot to offer in terms of locally-brewed beers. Abita Brewing Company, Parish Brewing Company and Bayou Teche Brewing all make excellent local brews that allow you to support Louisiana business while you cheer on the Tigers.
3. Cook a mean brisket.
A crucial element of a great tailgate is great food. Here’s a recipe for brisket from our good friend Chef Kenny that will leave your guests in awe:
- 2 1/2 pounds beef brisket
- ½ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
- ¼ c. honey
- 2 c. red wine
- 1 onion (cut up
- Tony Chachere’s seasoning
- Garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a roasting pan, place brisket fat side up. Rub seasoning all over brisket.
In a small bowl, combine rest of ingredients and pour over brisket.
3. Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 3 to 4 hours. Uncover the brisket during the last hour of cooking.
[NB: You can also put the cooked brisket on the BBQ pit for a little while to crisp the outside and use your favorite BBQ sauce. Many people don’t realize that the trick to cooking beef brisket and beef ribs is to cook them in the oven first, then transfer them to the pit for a short time; the oven cooking is what tenderizes the meat, and the pit puts the char on the meat.]
Now what are you waiting for? GEAUX out and enjoy an awesome tailgate party!
There are plenty of local venues where cultural aficionados can experience live music, but there are few venues that allow art-lovers to experience live art. Spontaneous Combustion, an art event that pairs local musicians and artists, is here to fill that gap.
Recently, the Stockade Bed and Breakfast hosted a Spontaneous Combustion event. A small audience gathered to watch as musicians improvised on drums, guitar, and harp while artists painted to the beat.
While Joel Willson, the event’s organizer, performed on the violin alongside his fellow musicians, painters Janene Grodesky and Alex Harvie mimicked the band’s rhythms with their brushstrokes.
“The night was an interesting mix of fun and creativity, and I really felt like a part of the art that was taking place through music and painting,” said David Benedetto, an LSU senior who attended the event.
Spontaneous Combustion was founded by Daniel Willson, his brother Joel Willson, and their friend, Ben Herrington. Spontaneous Combustion has been performing together for the past three years at various local venues. The group’s mission is to spread the love of art in the Greater Baton Rouge community — a mission that we fully support here at The Stockade!
Did you know that The Stockade Bed & Breakfast got its name from the Civil War Highland Stockade that was once located on its grounds? The Highland Stockade was a strongpoint built by Union troops to protect the southern entrance into Baton Rouge. In fact, archaeological investigations have unearthed four clusters of artifacts on our property, including four Civil War-era bullets, a brick feature, and several personal items.
According to an account written by Guy C. Pierce, Lt. Major 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, Captain Pierce and his Company went with Major Craigne on November 7th, 1864 and occupied the Highland Stockade, which had been built by Major Craigne just the year before. Their job consisted of guarding the river and preventing the rebels from transporting salt and beef from western LA and Texas across the river.
The Highland Stockade remains an important historic site and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It’s a perfect example of the small camps and check-points the Union constructed to guard major roads leading into cities. The Stockade’s rich historical significance makes it an ideal spot for history lovers to visit — so if you or someone you know is a Civil War buff, why not book a room today?
The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association (LBBA) blog was named one of the 100 best hospitality blogs across the country. LBBA’s blog was ranked third out of “100 Best Blogs and Businesses in Hospitality” under the bed and breakfast category.
The LBBA blog was recognized for its up-to-date content about events and amenities, and for its organized listing of the bed and breakfast institutions across the state.
“We can’t thank Mae Mayeux enough for her efforts on our behalf,” said Joe Rabhan, Innkeeper at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans. “Having a well-written and consistent blog is great for visitor attraction and interest in our member properties … Mae has graciously volunteered to compose these articles for the blog, and her hard work is paying off.”
For more information about LBBA, visit http://www.louisianabandb.com/.