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

Red Chair(Carlisle, PA) - 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 America.  It's all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers, and from August 28 thru September 7, the chair is making its way to Carlisle, visiting the Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast and Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast.  Look for innkeepers Alan and Mary Duxbury (Carlisle House) and Kit and Robin Stauffer (Pheasant Field) shooting images of the Red Chair at the PA State Capitol, Dickinson College, the US Army Heritage and Education Center, the Appalachian Trail, The Army War College at Carlisle Barracks (A Salute to our Veterans), and at various locations in and around the Carlisle House and Pheasant Field B&Bs.

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 nine month tour. Follow the Red Chair's travels on where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands.  Throughout 2013 and early 2014 photos and stories from the Red Chair's journey to nearly twenty states will be added to the website as they are captured.

It all 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 Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, 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. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring and then throughout the six New England states last fall and winter.  As innkeepers all over New England were inspired by the chair, it has taken on a personality of its own. 

"Now it's time for the chair to branch out," expressed Beth Colt.  "Innkeepers across the country are clamoring to host the chair, so it's time to send it coast-to-coast in every corner of America the Beautiful. There would be no Red Chair without the generosity of innkeepers and B&Bs.  It's a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana," concluded Colt. 

Stories from the Red Chair's travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair's travels at and

The Carlisle House Innkeepers - Alan and Mary Duxbury opened their Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast almost 10 years ago.  "It had to be a place where WE would like to stay, with all the amenities and standards that we would appreciate elsewhere.".  In 2011, the Carlisle House was honored with membership of the Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America.

Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast - Kit and Robin Stauffer are new and enthusiastic Innkeepers having recently acquired Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast in July.  "We're new residents to Carlisle and we're excited to take "Red" with us as we explore the areas that so many of our guests enjoy during their stay at our Inn."

For a compilation of these blogs, visit  and for a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about these two inns, visit their websites (717-249-0350) and (717-258-0717).

About the Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast - Our Select Registry B&B is in Downtown Historic Carlisle, just 3 miles from I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and a half-mile from I-81. Carlisle is just 30 minutes west of Harrisburg, the State Capital, and is within an easy drive of all the major cities of the Mid-Atlantic region.

When you stay with us, you can easily forget your automobile and stroll around a town bursting with great restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and a variety of stores of all sizes and styles.  Carlisle provides easy access to the trails, fly-fishing streams, and events throughout the Cumberland Valley, and is just one mile from the Carlisle Fairgrounds, home of the 10 major automotive events held each year in Carlisle.

Located just 3.5 hours from New York and Pittsburgh, and 2 hours or less from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC, we provide the perfect weekend getaway!

About Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast - Our B&B inn is conveniently located just east of Carlisle, Pennsylvania - an easy drive to Gettysburg, Hershey, Harrisburg, Boiling Springs, Mechanicsburg, and Amish country. Our Carlisle, PA lodging features eight guest rooms - one of which is wheelchair accessible. We also offer pet friendly lodging, overnight horse boarding, and extended stay lodging in our one-bedroom apartment. You can relax by hiking on the Appalachian Trail or fly fishing in the Yellow Breeches or the LeTort Spring Run. Our B&B is a perfect site for weddings, receptions, special gatherings, retreats, and family reunions. Business travelers will be pleased to know that we offer high-speed, wireless Internet access, use of our printer, in-room desktop power sockets and early breakfast service. The comfort of the historic home, coupled with our convenient location and high-tech amenities, make Pheasant Field B&B a wonderful Harrisburg hotel lodging alternative for corporate travel.