What is it about an old house that makes people want to stop and look around? To be let inside so they can meander and peek? Being a host at last month’s open house at The Marie Bed and Breakfast gave me some good ideas. Style, craftsmanship and history definitely play a part. People want to see how a house is furnished and dressed. What colors and patterns adorn it. They also want to see what old artisan touches still exist. The original wood floors, the stained glass, the etched hardware. They also like to hear about previous owners. To imagine all of the lives that were lived beneath it’s roof. All these things are true. But I believe people are drawn to old homes because they seem to have lived a life all their own. They have personality. The house that is now The Marie is pretty old. 126 years old, as a matter of fact. Only three years younger than the state of Washington! This old house has seen the development of every neighborhood, commercial center and park on the west side. It has kept generations of Olympias warm and safe through a thousand rainy nights. It has been lovingly maintained and refinished by innumerable hands. She’s stood the test of time and still calls people to her. We at The Marie want to thank everyone who heeded that call and came to our first open house. We also would like to thank everyone who stayed at the soft opening and provided feedback about their stay. We are looking forward to hosting seasonal events, open to the public, starting with a harvest party in the fall! Stay tuned to The Marie’s blog for more info about events, our food offerings and local vendors and attractions. Cheers!
Jacci Butler / Innkeeper