The inn is named for the two families who lived here prior to its becoming a bed and breakfast. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nearing bought this 1947 neo-colonial house from its original owner and made renovations to a 2-story sun porch on the south side of the building, adding additional living space to the family room and a fourth upstairs bedroom. In 1960 the Nearings sold the house to my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Fletcher McDowell.
How often can an innkeeper say that the house wanted to be a bed and breakfast? When the McDowell family moved into this house in 1960 it was on the edge of town practically out in the country. It was a great place to grow up with my two younger brothers. Fast-forward 45 years. The senior McDowells continued to live here. They built an addition to the house with a first floor bedroom and moved the laundry up from the basement, but it was now time to sell the house.
The responsibility of selling this 5-bedroom house on a 4-lane thoroughfare fell to me. But after a year on the market, no offers were made. The house was showing her age, and young families were less interested in raising children on such a busy road. As the realtor's contract was nearing its end and I was getting more frantic, I drove by the For Sale sign on Tillotson Avenue and the thought popped into my head that the house was perfect for a bed and breakfast. So I had my marching orders.
The old girl got a facelift. After a year of paperwork and a year of remodeling she was ready for guests. She now has modern wiring and plumbing (adding three more bathrooms and a new kitchen were the major projects) as well as new colors and furnishings.
In retrospect, the two year wait was good for the innkeeper-in-training also, because I had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before embarking on this new adventure. We have been open since November, 2007. As I explain to my guests, I'm still getting the hang of it.
Each guest room has American handmade furniture, a ceiling fan, cable TV with DVD/VCR and a four season electric fireplace. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, two with whirlpool tubs, two with roomy showers.
Guest common areas include a sunlit dining room with a 24-hour beverage station and guest refrigerator, a parlor with gas fireplace, and a library with an eclectic assortment of books, videos, and games.
If the need ever arises, the house is now equipped with a natural gas fired generator. Landscaping to the north includes a rain garden, making use of native plants to help decrease runoff from storm water onto adjacent properties.
The photo is of your innkeeper taking possession of her electric car. The most recent addition to the B&B is an electric car charging station. A NEMA 14-50 outlet is adjacent to the parking lot and a J1772 plug is available with advance notice for any of our electrified guests.