StoneFort Inn Featured In Southern Living

Saturday, November 27, 2004
Innkeepers Maura and Harry Phillips.
Innkeepers Maura and Harry Phillips.

Chattanooga's StoneFort Inn is featured in the December issue of Southern Living as "A Romantic Retreat."

The full-page article by Vivian Canedo is headlined: "Indulge in a relaxing weekend at the StoneFort Inn, where European style and Southern hospitality converge."

The article notes that the "elegant, adults-only stay caters to couples and those wanting a relaxing retreat."

The author says that "interesting architecture and exquisite taste set the StoneFort Inn apart."

She recounts how owners Harry and Maura Phillips spent more than two years converting a run-down hotel on 10th Street to the plush bed and breakfast inn.

Maura and her sister, Margo Estrada, designed the 16 rooms in distinct styles, the author notes. "While one room boasts black-and-white toile, another features green-and-pink floral prints, and yet another has a playful dog theme."

She says the guests rooms have "quite possibly the most comfortable beds you'll find in any lodging. The Phillipses spared no expense for the overstuffed, pillow-top mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets."

She notes that guests "enjoy a Continental breakfast that may include croissants with cream and jam, as well as a fruit parfait topped with granola. On weekends, a gourmet breakfast has dressed-up versions of classics. For instance, spiced plums, strawberries, and an orange-infused maple syrup top the French toast. The hearty banana bread and blueberry muffins with fresh berries also please."

The author notes that the inn had added Nathan's restaurant since her last visit.

The innkeepers said they have already gotten a number of inquiries about room reservations since the article came off the presses.

StoneFort Inn
StoneFort Inn

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