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The Red Chair coming to Alton on coast-to-coast journey

Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon
Alton, IL –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 after a long day, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and Bed and Breakfasts throughout America.It’s all part of a multi-year bed and breakfast awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, hospitality and friendliness of bed and breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.

Thanks to a partnership with, 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 listed on host the Red Chair, chronicling its stay with blog posts and photos on .

July 30 to August 3, 2017 thanks to the partnership with IBBA, Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association (, the chair is making its way to historic Alton, Illinois and The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn. Look for innkeepers Jim and Sandy Belote and assistant shooting images of the Red Chair at a long list of attractions, historic sites, and natural wonders that make up the Meeting of the Great Rivers All Around Alton, IL.

It all started in winter 2012 with a single image. Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod 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.”

Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Tales its Alton travels will be available on The BEALL MANSION’s blog ( and Facebook page (
Jim and Sandy Belote said, “We are excited to have this icon of travel visiting the Meeting of the Great Rivers All Around Alton area. There is so much to do and so many things to see. It is a privilege to have a part of showcasing this often overlooked but incredible travel destination.

The Beall Mansion is the only 4 star rated lodging property in the Meeting of the Great Rivers All Around Alton, IL area and is a destination for leisure and business travelers alike. It is located 25 minutes from the St. Louis Gateway Arch and 12 blocks from the Mississippi River on Millionaire’s Row in historic Alton, IL.
Built in 1903 as a wedding gift by railroad baron Z. B. Job and later the residence of Senator Edmond Beall, the mansion was opened to the public by Jim and Sandy Belote as a bed and breakfast inn in 1998.
Each guestroom features a triple sheeted feather bed; private bathroom with Italian marble floor, shower and whirlpool for two or clawfoot tub; HDTV, DVD, hardwood floors and oriental rugs. Luxury rooms have both a whirlpool for two and a fireplace with hand carved mantle and gas logs.

Property amenities include a complimentary 24 hour “all you can eat” chocolate, chocolate, chocolate buffet, optional in room massage and spa services, small meeting space, corporate rates and extended stay discounts, and free Wi-Fi.
Nearby attractions and activities include winter eagle watching, the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail, Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, Lewis & Clark Trail Site #1 and Museum, Confluence Tower, Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, mythical Piasa Bird, restaurants, nightlife, and so much more.
For more information about the Beall Mansion or to schedule a narrated tour visit or call 618-474-9100 or toll free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325).

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