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October 9, 10 and 11 – The Red Chair Makes Journey to Connecticut

Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon

MEDIA CONTACT: Victoria Kolyvas, Tidewater Inn 203-245-8457,

NEWS FROM and The Tidewater Inn, Madison CT

Madison CT, October 8, 2012 – Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and B&B throughout New England.

It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among New England innkeepers, and this coming week the chair is making its way to Madison CT and the Tidewater Inn. On October 9, 10 and 11, look for innkeeper Victoria Kolyvas shooting images of the Red Chair at various locations in and around Madison and the central CT shoreline as well as along the nearby CT River Valley and at the Tidewater Inn.

Throughout the spring, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of Cape Cod to the other. Follow the Red Chair’s travels on where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands. Throughout late summer and fall photos and stories from the Red Chair’s journey to Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut will be added to the website as they are captured.

It all started last winter 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 Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn. Julie’s visit resulted in a beautiful photo of the chair on Nobska Beach now hanging at the Woods Hole Inn. Colt blogged about the chair and soon interested fans were asking for more. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring. As innkeepers all over the Cape were inspired by the chair it has taken on a personality of its own.

Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to the Tidewater Inn B&B on

For a compilation of these blogs, visit For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit and get ready to be inspired. Stay updated at To learn more about the Tidewater Inn B&B visit or call 203-245-8457

About the Tidewater Inn: Elegant, romantic, inviting, the Tidewater Inn offers comfortable accommodations and gracious hospitality in a relaxed setting. Situated in the heart of the Connecticut shoreline, and mid-way between Manhattan and Boston, the inn is less than a mile from the center of the village of Madison, from Hammonasset State Park, and from the nearest town beach. A rocking chair and love seat on the front porch welcome you and invite you to stay and enjoy. It is the perfect place to escape to.

Each guest room is elegantly furnished with its own unique character, combining creature comforts with convenience. You’re sure to feel pampered by their plush and thirsty towels and bathrobes and spa toiletries. Amenities include hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, television with cable, air conditioning, telephones with voicemail and wireless internet access for your pc. – The Shoreline Times Readers' Poll voted the Tidewater Inn to be the Shoreline's Comfiest B&B for 6 years in a row and one of the most authentic New England inns on the Shoreline.

Start the day with a delicious full breakfast in the dining room, warmed by the sunshine coming through the front bay window. The beautiful seaside village of Madison offers many opportunities for relaxing, pursuing special interests or satisfying your sense of adventure, and the innkeeper and your fellow guests will share insiders’ tips on where to go and what to do. Return to relax by the fireplace in the sitting room for the welcome back to the inn reception or sit and let the peace surround you in their English Garden. Fine dining to satisfy every taste is right nearby.

You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do. Once you’ve come, we’ll welcome you back again and again.

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