The Red Chair Travels to Franklin Street Inn

red chair sitting on shore along lake

The Red Chair is making its way across the United States, bringing attention to B&Bs and beautiful travel destinations.  It traveled along the East Coast and Southern states in 2014, spent 2015 touring the West Coast, in 2016 Red went international by venturing through Canada all the way to Alaska, and 2017 will be the year of the Midwest.  Participating B&Bs and inns host the Red Chair, chronicling its stay with blog posts and photos on their websites and on

From April 28 – May 1, thanks to the partnership between WBBA (Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association – and Bedand, the chair is making its way to the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Look for innkeepers Keith and Lori Hansen shooting images of the Red Chair at City Park, City Center Plaza, and other local attractions as well as the Franklin Street Inn.

Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for the tale of the Red Chair’s travels to Franklin Street Inn on We feel privileged to be a part of the journey of the Red Chair as it tours Wisconsin. We are happy to share our home with travelers, and we think the Red Chair is a great way to bring attention to the bed and breakfast industry, the WBBA, and Wisconsin travel in general.

The Red Chair’s first stop in Wisconsin in 2017 was the Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Hudson. Red Chair enjoyed the St. Croix River (pictured above) and will stop at more beautiful locations on its way to Appleton. After a relaxing stay at the Franklin Street Inn, the Red Chair will travel to Brayton Bed and Breakfast, Oshkosh, and will eventually visit 22 unique destinations on its Wisconsin journey this spring and summer. For a compilation of the blogs, visit . For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit and get ready to be inspired.

The Red Chair story started in winter 2012 with a single image. Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house and watched her page light up with “likes.” The picture was shared on the Facebook page of a nature photographer from California, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn and took an amazing second photo of the chair on a local beach.

Throughout 2012 and early 2013, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of New England to the other. Starting in Cape Cod, the Red Chair journeyed throughout the six New England states on a 9-month tour. “This chair is the little engine that could,” said Colt. “I could never have imagined that it would travel so far, to every corner of America, all on the kindness and hospitality of innkeepers. It’s a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana.”

We invite you to stop by and visit the Red Chair at the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast next weekend!