Little red chair visits the Captain Freeman Inn

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner


Beth Colt, owner and innkeeper of the Woods Hole Inn was inspired by a little red chair that she found in her local swap shop. Over the cold winter months she took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole and posted it on Facebook. 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. Since then the red chair has become a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries. For Beth, the red chair was 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.

Beth decided to share her symbolic chair with many other innkeepers so that the many beautiful parts of Cape Cod can be seen in a unique prospective. And so this spring, the red chair will travel from Woods Hole to Provincetown and back. The journey will be chronicled on a web site that Beth is updating. In each B&B, the red chair will be treated as an honored guest. Innkeepers all over Cape Cod and the Islands will share with you the unique landscape that the red chair will be fortunate enough to enjoy.

And so, the little red chair came to the Captain Freeman for a very brief visit. Resting on the beautiful wrap around porch, overlooking the center of Brewster, life does go at a slower pace. The chairs travels in Brewster can be seen on Byron’s blog and future travels can be seen on Beth’s blog.

Here’s to taking life at a much slower pace and cherishing the special moments with friends and family.

Happy Easter everyone!

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