Loving the Sign!
The young woman at the desk didn't know much about the history, but I found this framed photo showing when the Old Dutch had barber shop. I also read that when the building opened in 1923, it was a butcher shop. Lot's of chopping and cutting happened in this old building! About 10 years after construction, the building became a hotel. It was in it pretty bad shape in 2010 when the current owners rescued it. I love rescue stories and I'm always glad to give support as a customer!
I loved our row of windows letting in tons of bright light. Nice bed and linens, fresh paint and carpet! I'm a big fan of retro and I'll put up with all sorts of cobwebs to experience a little history. But we didn't have to here.
We didn't get to enjoy the hotel's Restaurant/Tavern till about 9:00 pm. It was filled with a lively mix of mostly locals, who greeted each other in a way that made me envious. It was "small town" without feeling backward or limiting. You can't be too small of a town and offer 50 kinds of micro brews!
Chili Cook Off...Earlier
The reason we hadn't been so hungry, was because we lucked into the annual Chili Cook Off, earlier in the evening. Ordinarily we avoid festivals that complicate our stays. But what a treat to walk down from our hotel to the lively downtown square, just above the Missouri Riverfront. Don and I bought a couple chili mugs and went around getting samples from all the decorated booths. You may notice the corncob pipes in this fellow's overalls. He was representing Meerchaum's Corncob Pipe Factory. We weren't about to forget that Washington is the Corncob Pipe Capital of the World!
The next day, we made use of our great location and had a predawn walk along the riverfront. We walked by the Meerschaum Factory, built in 1883. Did I mention that Washington is the Corncob...?
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!