Ye Olde English Inn in Hollister, Missouri was our destination for this month's StoneBridge Ladies Luncheon. A beautiful historic Inn showcasing The Stone River Restaurant and Black House Pub. A great selection of luncheon delights was selected right off the menu and everyone ordered individually. Our waiters & waitresses were responsive and attentive and comments from our group included "delicious, wonderful, presented beautifully, a good place to bring my friends". My personal favorite was the beautiful spinach salad with the fresh apple slices and pecans.
While we were enjoying our lunch the new owner, Janet Dailey came to share with us some of the history of Ye Olde English Inn. It was built in 1909 and in it's heyday, Hollister was the destination for sportsmen who came to fish the White River and hunt in the Ozark forests. Today, the downtown business district of Hollister is listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts.
All of the downtown structures were built in the Tudor style of architecture, including Ye Olde English Inn. Today the building is structurally sound and retains a great many of it's original finishes. Janet is in the process of renovating the hotel's 20 rooms and will also host social events & weddings when completed. She has been told that Harry Truman, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby has stayed there and Bob Barker spent his honeymoon at the Inn and she is in the process of trying to find out if that information is correct.
Janet Dailey is from Iowa and is a prolific author. Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. In 1974, after commenting again to her husband, Bill, that she could write a better romance novel than those she had read, Dailey's husband challenged her to prove it! The rest is history. In 1980, Daily and her husband moved to Branson, Missouri, where Bill promoted and produced shows at one of the theaters. He passed away in 2005. Janet Dailey considers Branson "an ideal place to live. The weather is generally good, the country is beautiful, and the people are so friendly--and unobtrusive."
She shared that her next book will be a Christmasy one and the title of the new Calder book will be SANTA IN MONTANA - this has the Calders returning to the Triple C for a family gathering with Chase.
The winding staircase and some of our ladies from StoneBridge Village!
Ye Olde English Inn, The River Stone Restaurant & Black House Pub - 417-334-4888