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"There would be no Red Chair without the generosity of innkeepers and B&Bs. It’s a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana." In the Bay Area, the chair visits Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay (at Landis Shores) and San Francisco.

Half Moon Bay, California – Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon. Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and B&B properties throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers, and July 29, 2014 the chair is making its way to Half Moon Bay and Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn. Look for innkeepers Ken and Ellen Landis shooting images of the Red Chair on our balconies, on the beach, in our wine cellar and in our common area as well as Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn.



Throughout 2012 and early 2013, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of New England to the other. Starting in Cape Cod, the Red Chair journeyed throughout the six New England states on a nine month tour. Follow the Red Chair’s travels on where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands. Throughout 2013 and 2014 photos and stories from the Red Chair’s journey to nearly twenty states will be added to the website as they are captured.


It all started in winter 2012 with a single image. Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house and watched her page light up with “likes”. The picture was shared on the Facebook page of Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn and took an amazing second photo of the chair on a local beach. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring and then throughout the six New England states last fall and winter. As innkeepers all over New England were inspired by the chair, it has taken on a personality of its own.


“Now it’s time for the chair to branch out,” expressed Beth Colt. “Innkeepers across the country are clamoring to host the chair, so it’s time to send it coast-to-coast in every corner of America the Beautiful. There would be no Red Chair without the generosity of innkeepers and B&Bs. It’s a barn-raising of sorts; the sharing of a piece of Americana,” concluded Colt.


Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn on our website. The Red Chair will arrive at our doorstep from Santa Cruz, and will head to San Francisco after spending time with us at Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay.


For a compilation of these blogs, visit For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, call us at 650-726-6642.


About Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn located in Half Moon Bay, California


Ken and Ellen built Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn from the ground up in 1999, complementing one of the most beautiful coastlines California has to offer. Here, you'll discover an escape from your daily stress, while relaxing in front of the fireplace or taking in the beauty of the ocean from your private balcony, where the crashing waves roll into shore. Watch harbor seals and dolphins frolic in the water before you, and view fishing boats dancing on the water as fishermen capture fresh catch from the sea. Enjoy a secluded piece of heaven here with a loved one, or perhaps it's time for a meditative journey on your own.


During your stay, savor appetizers and wines from the Inn's wine cellar, and delight in a piping hot breakfast each morning in your room or at a table for two in our common area--your choice. Numerous activities await you: exploring the quaint downtown on Half Moon Bay’s historic Main Street, walking, biking or jogging along the beautiful coastal trail, swinging golf clubs at the stunning courses nearby, visiting local wineries, or discovering hiking trails all around the area, just to name a few.


Venture out to Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay. You’ll be glad you did!


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