Historic Properties for Sale: Slightly Suggestive Signs Edition

Posted on: May 13th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

Today’s post is all about historic inns and hotels that are listed for sale. And while it’s unlikely that the majority of this blog’s dedicated readership is in the market for such a property, there's always a handful available, they’re pretty to look at, and it’s Friday, which means that you’re already daydreaming so you might as well dream about historic hotels.

Bed and breakfast for sale in Charlestown, New Hampshire. (Click the photo to see the listing.)

At this point you’re sitting in front of your computer thinking: This guy has gone nuts. Slightly Suggestive Signs Edition? What does that have to do with hotels? You’ve got a point. But you probably wouldn’t have clicked on it if I had titled it Historic Hotels Edition – and come on now, do you really think I’d go to all this trouble just to make you read? (Don’t answer that).

Moving right along…

We’ll start up north in Charlestown, New Hampshire – the town first known only as Plantation No. 4 – and move down the East Coast. First up is this gorgeous c. 1755 bed and breakfast featuring seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and the charm and good bones to be around for another 250 years. Situated on a half-acre lot in the largest historic district in the state of New Hampshire, this DIY inn can be yours for $334,900. Tack on an extra $60K if you want to maintain it as a bed and breakfast. Website included.

Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida. (Click the photo to see the listing)

This next property is much more hotel-ish (think 17 bedrooms instead of seven), but not in the highway-exit Holiday Inn Express kind of way. Think hotel from The Shining (happy Friday the 13th by the way) with a lot more gingerbread Victorian detailing. Located in the heart of Monterey, Virginia (which is located in an area called “Virginia’s Switzerland”), the Highland Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and features a wide double front porch, lots of rocking chairs, and crisp mountain air.

Skipping down to the warmer climes of Sebring, Florida is the Kennilworth Lodge. The historic Spanish-style main building was built in 1916 and has 84 hotel rooms and two ballrooms. Outside are an additional 18 poolside cottages and 6 one-bedroom apartments. The hotel is in active use, and is a popular destination for golfers and, due to its location near Sebring International Raceway - one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States, diehard Formula One fans.

But wait! The Kenilworth Lodge is also known for its sign, which features the hotel’s name, but also space for custom messages. Messages interesting enough for the local News Sun to write a public interest piece about:

[The general manager] likes the sign to be “slightly suggestive,” but not over the line. An example of this could be seen on July 31, when the sign simply said: “Last chance to make jokes about Baked Bean Month.”

“That’s as suggestive as we get. We’re trying to keep it clean with nothing R-rated.”

Ahh, the power of creative marketing.

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One Response

  1. Kevin O'Shea

    May 16, 2011

    Thanks for a fun article on Historic Commercial Properties for sale. I am a broker in White Plains NY
    and I have one of the oldest homes in the nation for sale right now. It is a beautiful colonial in White Plains Greenburgh,
    originally built in 1685 and a huge expansion was done ca. 1719-21. http://activerain.com/blogsview/2166300/is-this-the-oldest-home-in-the-united-states-for-sale-today-white-plains-greenburgh-historic-home-for-sale.

    It is interesting to see people view this house, some people are afraid of it some are in awe. It is a pretty cool house, I sold it before for the previous family and now it is available again.

    Thanks for your article and a great site.

    Kevin O’Shea
    Homes of Westchester