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Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Nation's Only Literary-Themed Hotel

Many people have heard about the illustrious Chautauqua Institution — the historic community renowned as a center for the performing arts, literary arts, and the discussion of the important social and political issues of our time.


But did you know that at the heart of the Chautauqua Institution stands The Spencer — the nation’s only literary-themed boutique hotel?


The historic Spencer is a popular vacation spot not only during the Chautauqua Institution’s summer season, but year-round. That’s because the hotel is not just a place to stay — for many visitors, it is the destination itself.


The 25 rooms in the Spencer celebrate the life and works of history’s most revered authors—from John Keats to Beatrix Potter, Charles Dickens to Agatha Christie.


Each room in this unique hotel pays homage to a renowned author, depicting scenes from their most famous works.


For instance, in the C.S. Lewis (Room 302), a mural dedicated to The lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe depicts the image of stepping into Narnia, complete with the famed Wardrobe. In the Isak Dinesen (Room 203), a play on the Out of Africa theme allows guests to slumber under their very own dream-like safari tent while the Jules Verne (Room 306) offers the playful impression of sleeping up in a balloon traveling Around the World in 80 Days.


In addition to the beautiful murals and decorations, each room features a musical CD to add to the mood of the theme. Copies of the featured writer’s works are also shelved in each room, and available for purchase — the perfect souvenir to remember your stay.


Many visitors come just to relax in the literary surroundings. Others take advantage of workshops, packages, and events sponsored by The Spencer, such as the poetry workshops in May and June with Douglass Goetsch and Madeline Tiger or the Murder Mystery Theater. There are also spa packages, wine-and-cheese packages, and more.


To learn more about The Spencer — the nation’s only literary-themed boutique hotel — visit www.thespencer.com. While you’re there, make your reservations online, or call The Spencer at 1-800-398-1306.

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