In the winter of 2011, a Cape Cod innkeeper took a red chair from her Woods Hole Inn and whimsically placed it on the frozen pond outdoors. She posted a picture of it on Facebook, and was overwhelmed by the response she received. The Red Chair began its travels when a California photographer asked to borrow the chair for some photographs. The red chair became a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries.
In the past four years, the Red Chair has visited a good many bed and breakfast establishments, where the owners proudly pose it and post the photographs to the website. The Red Chair has been involved in a Vermont wedding, hiked up a hill in New Hampshire, posed on a bicycle in Massachusetts, hung out with the Coast Guard in Oregon, and did yoga at Cape Cod. Rumor has it there was a brief affair with a Blue Chair in California (oh, my!)
Here are some of the amazing and humorous photos of The Red Chair as it has been making its way across the country. And here is the big news: The Red Chair is coming to Tucker House, Friday Harbor, WA! Glance through these photos, then send us a suggestion as to how we should pose the chair at the Tucker House. Send your thoughts to us so we can represent Friday Harbor and San Juan Island at its best!
The original Innkeeper says the Red Chair is an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place. It is an open seat at the table of relaxation. It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature. It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.