ELIZABETHTOWN — Just like Mary and Joseph were told, there’s no more room at the Inn.
On Friday, Elizabethtown Inn owner Chris Adams announced he’s hanging up his shingle and has closed the doors to Elizabethtown Inn.
“I ran into an insurance situation,” he explained. “All of a sudden, they were going to make me install an expensive fire system and wheelchair access, and it was going to cost as much as a new car — a nice, European car — to fix it.”
An architect by trade, Adams spent considerable time, effort, and money turning the 1834 home into a 6-bedroom, 6½-bath boutique hotel. The work, he said, is one thing he regrets.
“I went to so much trouble to upgrade the plumbing and things like that, that I probably wouldn’t have done if it were just going to be our house,” he said. “I just don’t want it to sit empty.”
The former inn owner said he plans to move back in and take up residence in the home, but it is currently on the market. He said several people have expressed interest, but nothing has panned out — yet.
“I would love to see someone take it over and continue running it as an inn,” he said. “I have four dozen towels I could offer, and lots of coffee and juice glasses.”
As a unique accommodation in Bladen County, the site was frequented by travelers and out-of-town business men and women.
“We’ve been quite busy, and the occupancy rate has met — and even exceeded — my expectations,” Adams remarked. “We were financially healthy.
“I plan to live in it until it sells, but it’s really, really suited to be an inn more than a residential home.”
For now, Adams plans to “sleep past 5:30 a.m.” and concentrate on his architecture business.
“If the inn doesn’t sell, I’m perfectly fine with that,” he said. “It’s a fabulous house, and I’d enjoy just living in it.”
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