Nestled amongst decades old pecan and oak trees, lies a 1960s brick house that has been renovated into a mid-century modern boutique hotel, aptly named, The Terrace Inn. Owners, Mark and Jane Price, celebrated their opening day, April 1st and were kind enough to give me a tour and some history of this charming home.
Coleman’s local jeweler, Earle Smith, constructed the home in 1958 and tirelessly pored over the plans and oversaw the construction. He wanted it done just right! The home has only had four owners since its inception, which has led to most everything being unchanged and intact. Mark and Jane Price have kept with that tradition and have used as many authentic items from the era as possible including decorations, books, an old record player, some furniture and maintained the original counters, stove, sinks, built in closets and so much more.
Guests have three different accommodations to choose from while planning their stay; The Sinatra Suite, The Marilyn and The Loft. The Sinatra Suite, which was the original master bedroom, has sprawling views of Coleman along with a large en suite bathroom. Various pictures of “Old Blue Eyes” himself are found in the suite, along with a picture of downtown Coleman in 1957. The Marilyn also offers a scenic view of Coleman with access to a private, fenced patio. Each of the suites offers top quality, luxury linens, king-sized Posture Gel mattresses, Turkish towels and premium, top of the line toiletries. Even though one is “stepping back in time” each suite has a large flat screen TV, should the guests want to “tune in.”
A short walk across the grounds will bring you to The Loft. Built in 2013 by previous owners, Bonnie and Bill Hennig, this modern two-bedroom, 1 ½ bath guesthouse is sleek, comfortable and offers outstanding views of Coleman. Even with all of the modern amenities, such as a full size kitchen, the space stills brings about the class and flair of the 60s.
Each morning, guests staying at both the Terrace and The Loft, can enjoy a full breakfast with a rotating menu that includes sourdough pancakes, pure-pork sausage, bacon, sourdough blueberry or cranberry “buffins”, home-made cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, granola, gourmet coffee and espresso, and juice. Many of these items are family favorites including the sourdough, which has been in their family for over 40 years. The Price’s want each and every guest to feel like they are special and their mission statement “…is to have you arrive as guests, but depart as friends!”
The Prices moved to Coleman in 2014 after both retiring from Shell. They loved the small town feel and were looking for something to contribute to the town. Mark recalls the picture of downtown Coleman, in the Sinatra Suite, from 1957, “Look at that! There is nowhere to park. Why can’t it be like that again?” Thus the boutique hotel idea took flight. What is a boutique hotel? It acts like a bed and breakfast, but doesn’t feel like one with its cool, sleek and laid back design that only the 1960s can bring. Mark and Jane were very clear that they wanted to maintain the integrity of the house and tried to only enhance with minimal changes and decorations from that era. In fact, in the Marilyn, Jane motioned for me to look on top of the built in desk at a small, baby doll’s highchair, “See that? That was mine when I was a little girl” she stated with a smile and a laugh. Their own personal touches are seen throughout the house, which just shows the love and dedication they have poured into this project.
“A lot of good things are happening in Coleman and we hope we can contribute to that,” says Mark. While hoping to attract out of town guests, the Prices also hope this will be a venue for bridal showers, lady’s weekends, reunions and so much more, for the people of Coleman and Coleman County. There is nothing like it in the area, that offers not just a place to stay, but an experience. They have a website up and running which will soon be able to take reservations, as well as a Facebook page. While this isn’t your typical run of the mill B&B, as Mark stated, “It’s a little out there, bizarre, I get it. But doing something different isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” Having seen the property myself I can say that it is most definitely a good thing. So I implore you all to check out this wonderful gem right here in our hometown. You won’t regret it!