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cfc Mar 1st, 2009 09:28 AM

Thank you all - this is a GREAT collection!!! I've actually come across one in NC that's unmistakably the same style, too.

The book is fiction but it's based on a real hotel near Lake Sunapee where I worked 45 summers ago. I have pictures of it, remember it quite clearly; but it was razed a little while after that summer, the same year many others were. Fire did claimed some, but the advent of Holiday-Inn-style motels actually claimed more. Families quit spending weeks at the big resort "arks" (think "Dirty Dancing") and instead went on car tours, staying at roadside motels.

I'd begun to wonder how many "grand-dames" were left, was considering coming up with a kind of mixture-hybrid of several to provide illustrations/sketches in the book. Also thought it would be interesting to see which ones had histories I could use for background. And of course, kind of like the idea of a tax write-off for a go-see research trip BUT if you haven't had any writer's income for several years, you can't really write stuff off. :-(

gyppielou Mar 1st, 2009 09:51 AM

redrum redrum.........

good luck with your writing. I admit thinking about half of the places posted here, and the other half were an 'of course' moment. I think it's time to invest some of my hard earned after taxes cash on a grand dame visit......thankfully, here in NE there are many great ones to choose from!

I adore the one in WatchHill. It was closed. Have they reopened? Renovated. It had some definate ghosts and whispers of the past - in a good way!

cfc Mar 2nd, 2009 07:47 AM

OK gyppielou, what is "redrum" reference.

colbeck Mar 3rd, 2009 10:13 AM

My favorite "Grand Dame" hotel is The Balsams in Dixville Notch NH -- a wonderful place.

djkbooks, the inn used for the opening scene of The Newhart Show was the Waybury Inn (no longer painbtd white), an old stagecoach inn in East Middlebury VT. It did go through a period of being somewhat rundown many years ago. Today it is a lovely, charming inn with an excellent restaurant.

gyppielou Mar 3rd, 2009 10:50 AM

cfc, put the computer down and go watch the movie "The Shining" which location is exactly the type of place you seem to be scouting.

without giving too much away, Redrum when seen in the reflection of a mirror on this horror story staring Jack Nicholson reads Murder

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You really should watch the movie to get the idea of an isolated grande dame hotel, regarless of the horror story.

Good luck with you writing!!!

cfc Mar 4th, 2009 06:45 AM

OK, thanks, gyppielou!

agajohnson, thank you SO much for topping my thread for me, but this letter brought the whole forum "some trouble and unhappy." We aren't here to read advertising, and much as some people like shoes or bags, they don't like shoes or bags as much as we hate people who break the rules by advertising.

You are welcome to come back, tell us about what to see in your own country, and bring the forum no trouble and more happy. But I'm afraid you probably have gone on to post your ad on a chatroom for hamster trainers or former chauffers.

cfc Mar 4th, 2009 06:46 AM

Woops, a second too late - the eds got rid of agajohnson's post. Oh well, for those who have NO idea what I was talking about - he plastered an ad all over the forums this morning.

Back to the hotel business.... ;-)

SMILE! (And thanks, all, again)

ILUVPARIS Mar 4th, 2009 08:03 AM

How about The Manor on Golden Pond?

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