The main lodge in a converted barn is the heart of the Old Fort Inn. The guest enters through a reception area and Sheila Aldrich?s charming antiques shop, full of whimsical treasures. Beyond is a large room with enormous beams, weathered pine walls and a massive brick fireplace.
That?s where she and husband David, transplanted Californians, set out a scrumptious buffet breakfast each morning. Guests pick up wicker trays with calico linings and help themselves to an assortment of fresh fruits, berries, pastries, and an variety of other mouth-watering goodies -- croissants, sweet breads, quiche, scones, waffles, granola, jams, and Sunday?s sticky buns. Guests have a choice of enjoying their breakfast in the lodge area, on the enclosed (heated) porch, or outside around the large fresh water swimming pool. In the afternoon, refreshments are served on the enclosed porch.
The main lodge and brick carriage houses contain 14 spacious and luxurious guestrooms and 2 suites. The elegant antique appointed guestrooms feature canopied or four poster beds with down comforters, fine fabrics and beautiful wall coverings. All rooms are air conditioned with private baths outfitted with Aveda amenities and heated tile floors (some baths feature Jacuzzis), private phones, hidden cable television, and hidden deluxe wet bars. Several rooms have gas fireplaces. In the hall, Sheila?s artfully framed shadow boxes containing Victorian outfits are conversation pieces.
The Inn is a quiet retreat tucked away on 15 acres of immaculately maintained grounds and woodlands, away from the tourist hubbub, but within walking distance of the ocean. The Inn offers a large heated fresh water pool and private tennis court. There are two 18-hole golf courses within a 5-minute drive from the Inn, and just 1-1/2 miles from the charming town village (Dock Square). Many guests are repeat, long-term customers, and it?s easy to see why. |