Last month Ken and Donna Arold celebrated ten years of operating Flemington’s only Bed and Breakfast Inn, Main Street Manor. The beautifully restored Victorian Manor House is nestled mid-block in the residential historic district of town. The inn is decorated in 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. The inn 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 have been refurbished to reflect the Manor’s grand style, and the restored front veranda is a favorite gathering place for folks to reconnect and escape from the fast pace of life.
“I have been preparing for this my whole life,” says Donna, who has a customer service background in the spa and beauty business for 25 years. “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.”
The inn has hosted several thousand overnight visitors and just shy of 150 weddings in the ten years the Arolds have owned and operated the business. The manor has received numerous local awards for beautification, B+B industry awards, wedding directory awards, and 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, has included opening the manor for benefits and special events, aside from the weddings and parties that are contracted. “Part of the enjoyment of this type of business, is that the possibilities are endless!” Since they have owned the Inn, The Arolds have welcomed garden lecturers, winemakers, chocolatiers and spirit mediums, to name just a few, for events that are open to the public. Each Christmas season the couple hosts an open house at the inn showcasing their collection of vintage holiday decorations and antique ornaments.
Flemington residents, as well as people from surrounding towns, are invited to enjoy a light snack and tour the inn in an informal fashion. Each year the tour benefits a local non-profit. This year will be the Arold’s 11th year hosting this informal Holiday house tour with tour date slated to be Sunday, December 20 from 3pm – 6pm. This year’s tour donations are going to the Kimi Goetz Olympic Fund, to help support Olympic hopeful, and Flemington hometown hero, Kimi Goetz pursue her dream.
“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. We look forward to many more good things to come!”