Last month Ken and Donna Arold celebrated ten years of operating Flemington’s only Bed and Breakfast Inn, Main Street Manor. You can find this beautiful Victorian Manor House mid-block in the residential historic district of town. The inn offers a vintage style with an eclectic collection of old-world antiques and family heirlooms that reflect the Arold’s love of home, friends, and family.
Main Street Manor allows for lodging in five uniquely decorated guest rooms, each with modern amenities, and overnight guests can expect a freshly-prepared farm-to-table breakfast each morning. The inn’s grounds and gardens also reflect the Manor’s grand style; likewise, the front veranda is a favorite gathering place for folks to reconnect and escape for a while.
Building a Better B&B
“I have been preparing for this my whole life,” says Donna. Her customer service background includes 25 years in the spa and beauty business . “This business is really a lifestyle for us and has evolved into a blending of things that we love and things that we’ve learned through life and hard work. Making people feel special and appreciated is really at the core of our business, and why we have been successful.”
Main Street Manor has hosted several thousand overnight visitors and almost 150 weddings over the last ten years; of course, this is how long the Arolds have owned and operated the business. Meanwhile, the manor has received numerous local awards for beautification, B+B industry awards, and wedding directory awards; as well as international awards from TripAdvisor.
Locally known as the Schenk House, 194 Main Street was built by the Schenk family in 1901 and has remained a prominent feature of Flemington history. To Donna and Ken, making the inn their own means opening the manor for benefits and special events, in addition to weddings and parties.
“Part of the enjoyment of this type of business, is that the possibilities are endless!”
Main Street Manor Highlights
Since owning Main Street Manor, The Arolds have welcomed garden lecturers, winemakers, chocolatiers and spirit mediums, to name a few; all for events that are open to the public. In fact, each Christmas the couple hosts an open house showcasing their collection of vintage holiday decorations and antique ornaments.
Flemington residents, as well as people from surrounding towns, can enjoy a light snacks while touring the inn. Each year the tour benefits a local non-profit. This year will be the Arold’s 11th year hosting this informal Holiday house tour; which will take place on Sunday, December 20 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This year’s tour donations are going to the Kimi Goetz Olympic Fund; which helps support Olympic hopeful, and Flemington hometown hero, Kimi Goetz pursue her dream of going to the Olympics.
“Ken and I as owners of the inn are thrilled to have reached this milestone. It reinforces that our guests appreciate the experience we provide. We look forward to continuing to be a place of rest, relaxation and escape from the fast pace of life for all who enter. We sincerely thank our past guests, our past wedding couples and the Community for the support and love we have been shown. [Ken and I] look forward to many more good things to come!”