Stables Inn open at T-Lanes complex
Renovated first floor shown off; NY-style deli and bakery in works
SALEM — Another piece of Timberlanes has returned, fully restored, renovated and improved upon in the form of The Stables Inn & Suites.
The hotel feature of what’s now known as the Timberlanes Complex quietly opened to guests recently and celebrated Wednesday with a ribbon cutting to show off the results to members of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and city officials.
“We’re so excited,” owner Brandy Pidgeon said.
She and her husband Brooke bought the Timberlanes property in 2012 and she said if there’s one positive lesson they’ve learned, doing the project in stages has worked out well for them. Little by little, they’ve labored on putting the shine back on the facility that had been a destination in Salem for many years.
“That was Brooke’s goal, to see the building remodeled and restored and saved,” she said.
The unveiling which is still in the process of happening began last year when they opened Boneshakers, the restaurant and banquet facility inside the complex.
Now they’ve opened the first floor of the completely renovated hotel, known as The Stables Inn & Suites, and next up is something new –The Carriage House Bakery & Deli — which they’re hoping to open by the end of October.
The bakery and New York-style deli will feature fresh bread, pastries, baked goods like pies and cakes, deli sandwiches and coffee, under the direction of in-house pastry chef Rachel Wolf and Boneshakers chef Eric Carcione.
Once that’s all done and they gauge the success of the first floor hotel operation, they’ll focus on the second floor of the hotel which will feature a VIP Suite and bring the total room count to 58 rooms, up from the current 21.
“We’re trying to maintain as clean and as reputable a place as we can,” Pidgeon said.
Gone are the brightly-colored plexi-glass panels that were familiar to many, with the hotel closed off to the elements and street noise for a quieter, cleaner environment. The lobby, rooms and new enclosed atrium have new furniture, new paint on the walls, new flooring and all new LED lighting, updated security and WiFi. Bathrooms have been updated with new toilet seats and shower fixtures, with new mattresses and new bedding in the rooms. They’re working on all new heating and cooling.
Hotel manager Jackie Bader said the hotel offers three types of rooms on the first floor, with the Queen for $99.99 per night, the Full with two full beds for $119.99 per night and the King Suite for $149.99 featuring a living room area containing a pullout sofa, coffee table, plush chair, mini fridge, microwave, countertops and cabinet space, with a separate bedroom and bathroom. All rooms contain flatscreen TVs with cable and a USB port for electronics.
Reservations can be made by calling 234-567-4671. Bader said the hotel is open now on weekends to accommodate people who may just show up and need a place to stay.
She said it’s a one-stop shop, with the full restaurant, bar, banquet facility and the hotel which offers discounts for AAA, corporate rate, miliary and AARP. Guests who stay Saturday night get 10 percent off the cost of the Boneshakers Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hotel also offers a daily breakfast of pastries in the lobby complimentary for all guests.
Pidgeon said they wanted to do something for the community and the operation is up to 40 employees and growing. They also wanted to recognize some family history with the the Stables name and the horse theme, giving a nod to Brooke’s grandfathers.
James Pidgeon played on the 1938 polo team on the historic polo fields to the north of the city and Eugene Brown was a harness racer at the Canfield Fair and at Northfield. A photograph of the polo team adorns a wall near the lobby.
Old barn beams in the lobby came from the Pete Johnson family, installed by Dunlap Construction, a company Brandy praised for all their help on all the building renovations. The original luggage rack is still there, too. She thanked the chamber and the city of Salem.
Bader said the community can see the potential that Brandy and Brooke saw when they first bought the building with many of the renovations complete.
Both Pidgeon and Carcione stressed that the restaurant and bar aren’t the Timberlanes fancy dining of old — anyone can feel comfortable there in casual attire and the prices are comparable.
To learn more, visit the website at www.timberlanescomplex.com. The Stables Inn & Suites also has a Facebook page.