The Red Chair Makes Coast-to-Coast Journey
Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon
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 & B’s and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.
Blessings on Sate Bed & Breakfast was pleased to host the Red Chair last week. We picked Red up at Peace of Earth Lodge in Rushville Wednesday evening. What a wonderful “great outdoors” lodging option! They offer lodge guest rooms, cabins, and even a Tree House!
The timing for hosting the Red Chair was tricky, since I was already scheduled to be traveling for work, but one of our community partners, Tiffany from Warmowski Photography, took the lead on the project. Tiffany faced some challenges, too, including high humidity vs. camera lenses, rainy days, and her own travel schedule, but she met those challenges and took some terrific photographs! We’ll share some today and some in future posts. Be sure to follow our Blessings Facebook page for updates and our upcoming Red Chair photo contest.
The first morning, we took pictures with Red at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast before I headed out of town. Val was at summer camp, so we missed her in the pictures. Next we moved just two blocks down the street to take pictures of Red at the Governor Duncan Mansion. This beautiful mansion served as the Illinois Governor’s Mansion between 1834 and 1838, during Joseph Duncan’s term of office. The mansion is owned and operated by the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter, NSDAR, and it houses many original Duncan family furnishings. It is the only existing Governor’s Mansion outside Springfield. Jacksonville has many connections to Abraham Lincoln, including Governor Duncan. Abraham Lincoln served his first term as State Representative under this governor.
No visit to Jacksonville is complete without dinner at Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant. Located in a restored train depot built in 1906, Lonzerotti’s is recognized for their hand-cut steaks and specialty pastas, fluffy bread sticks and their house salad dressing. The restaurant opened in the fall of 1987, ten years before we came to Jacksonville. It is located in the Chicago and Alton Railroad station building. Special features of the restaurant include utilization of the original waiting rooms as dining rooms and location of the entrance lobby in the station’s office and ticket area. The kitchen is located in what was the station’s baggage room and the food prep area was originally used by the railway express. We highly recommend dinner at Lonzerotti’s and our other local restaurants and we’re happy to make reservations for our guests.
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 here on our blog and on our Facebook page.
For a compilation of Red Chair Travels 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.