The Morning Glory Inn provides several common areas to relax in: the Great Room, a Loft Library, the 1700's Parlor and the Breakfast Patio. And all guest rooms have sitting areas for reading, watching TV or surfing the internet. Each room has a personal outdoor area with seating (either a mahogany deck or brick patio).
The Classic Cape House viewed from the street is just the beginning of the Morning Glory Inn. It was originally built on the Isle of Shoals just off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. This house was disassembled and rebuilt on Seabury Road sometime in the 18th century.
During the Revolutionary War, the residents of the Isle of Shoals were forced to flee their homes to seek safety on the mainland. They elected to bring their homes with them. They had cut the lumber and crafted each house by hand. It only made sense to bring their materials with them.
In 1979 a retired couple purchased the property and hired a contractor to build an addition. It would provide plenty of space and bedrooms for visiting grandchildren. Two bedrooms (one a master suite), a new kitchen, and a great room expanded the little cape house dramatically. The old kitchen was moved and connected to a chicken coup at the rear of the property. It is now our garden potting shed.
Bonnie and Bill purchased 120 Seabury Road in 2005 and dedicated 2006 to a renovation of the entire home. Bathrooms were gutted and updated. Guest rooms were painted and carpeted. Private mahogany decks were added. Simultaneously, a large three room addition was created which connects to the kitchen to function as their personal residence. The addition also connects to the 1840's barn which offers storage and a workshop.
The inns design is a bit eclectic. It honors the home's colonial post and beam roots. There are Early American antiques but some Mission style pieces as well. The final product has a Craftsman touch. Every room has been designed with relaxation in mind.
Guests can enjoy the refinement and intimacy of a special home. They will also appreciate the atmosphere created for them. At the ring of a bell, the hosts can appear and be of service. They strike a balance between being helpful and providing you with privacy.
About the Inn Keepers
Bonnie and Bill Alstrom began inn keeping in 1999 when they purchased a large Victorian "cottage" in York. It had a lot of history and wonderful 1890's architecture. They operated it as a B&B through 2005 until it was sold. They spent 2006 creating the Morning Glory Inn and opened for business in May of 2007 to much success.
Prior to becoming an inn keeper Bonnie worked as a Human Resource Specialist for a large restaurant corporation headquartered in the Boston area. Bill was a General Manager of Home Depots in Massachusetts and Maine. They value the business experiences and the skills they learned at those jobs. But being inn keepers is the most enjoyable job they have ever had.
Bonnie and Bill have added a new feature to the Morning Glory Inn. They received a special gift this year. "Sophie" came just for a visit on Christmas day. Sophie never left. If you are a dog lover and would like a "doggie fix", Sophie will comply.