Walla Wallas Green Gables Inn Enters a New Era of Elegance | Business – Advice Eating

Twin sisters Connie Blumenthal (left) and Karrie Blumenthal Dutton are the new co-owners of the Green Gables Inn, renaming it an upscale, luxury-style experience.

Sometimes it really takes two.

Walla Walla’s long-established Green Gables Inn has new owners, a new look and a new business plan.

Twin sisters Connie Blumenthal and Karrie Blumenthal Dutton bought the business — which they now refer to as “GG” — in December 2021. The pair have spent the last five months painting, wallpapering, redesigning and redoing every room in the house to arrange creating a luxurious experience for their guests.

The idea is to bring an eclectic style and European flair to reinvent and repurpose the historic home, not just into a high-end bed-and-breakfast, but into a tourist destination, the sisters said.

Built in 1909 by Clarinda Green and her husband, Rowland Smith, the Bonsella Street home was once owned by the Upper Columbia Medical Missionary Organization. For 30 years it housed nurses who worked at the first Walla Walla General Hospital and students from Whitman College.

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The Green Gables Inn – or GG as its new owners call it – at 922 Bonsella St., Walla Walla, Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Blumenthal and Dutton grew up in Seattle and began working in the family uniform shop as children. They learned a strong work ethic from their father which they have carried over to their company, Walla Walla.

“We like to get to know our customers before they come here so we best know how to serve them,” Blumenthal said.

“We really care about the guests and the experience they have,” added Dutton.

Blumenthal said her inspiration is to create a nostalgic luxury while building relationships.

“We want people to come as guests but leave as friends.”

Luxury is the key

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The lobby area of ​​the remodeled Green Gables Inn, Thursday April 28, 2022.

After freshening up all guest rooms and public areas, Blumenthal and Dutton held their official reopening on April 27 and, according to their website, GG “entered a new elegant era”.

It was a labor of love, they said.

“This place really appealed to us,” said Blumenthal. “We feel like it found us, and we didn’t find it.”

A trip to Paris in March gave the business owners inspiration for how they wanted to model and promote the renewed hospitality venue.

Her stay at Hotel De Carillon, a luxurious five-star hotel, created a vision for European-style elegance.

“Paris has set what it should look like,” Dutton said. “Everything was over the top beautiful. We bought sundries from the little shops and merchants in Paris and brought them to help set up the GG.”

Blumenthal supported her twin. “We wanted it to feel more European. And give the feeling you get when you come to the place where you can see interesting things every time.”

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Louis Vuitton suitcases can be found at the remodeled Green Gables Inn on Thursday April 28, 2022.

The guest rooms are furnished with linens, cutlery and trays brought from Paris by the sisters and each has its own style. All rooms feature a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase to add another ‘special’ touch.

Larger suites offer a king bed, whirlpool tub and walk-in shower, gas fireplace and private balcony.

Each stay includes a European breakfast with a selection of pastries, cereal, cereal, fruit, coffee and tea.

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One half of the four bed cabana room at the remodeled Green Gables Inn, Thursday, April 28, 2022.

For larger groups, the Cabana Room is a separate house on the premises and sleeps up to eight people. Its pink decor and bright lighting are meant to evoke “a very LA vibe,” Dutton said, and it’s being marketed as the perfect weekend or bachelorette party space for girls.

Above the Cabana Room is an outdoor smoking area created for those waiting for their dates to turn up to enjoy cigars and drinks, Blumenthal and Dutton said.

Commitment to guests

The sisters said they expect GG to be a place where people come to celebrate life’s moments.

“We want a place where people feel warm, welcome and special,” said Blumenthal. “When you are here, you are special.”

The store offers dinner parties and “boozy brunches,” she added, the sort of options that will enhance the experience.

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The dining room at the newly remodeled Green Gables Inn, Thursday April 28, 2022.

Reservations can be made for Italian-style family dinners, and GG can cater for dinner parties for up to 22 people and weddings for up to 70 people.

Cooking classes are offered by Blumenthal’s husband, Mauro Golmarvi, owner of Assaggio’s restaurant in Seattle. Golmarvi is a master chef and gives private lessons to guests.

Then there’s the GG Speakeasy, where a guest can order bespoke dinners from an in-house chef. The space fully embodies 1920s attitude, including Prohibition-style cocktails.

“We wanted a house that felt like living in,” said Blumenthal. “We meet up with our friends, share our passions and enjoy chatting.”

The company also offers winery tours, a fitness boot camp session, and transportation to and from local golf courses with a six-pack of beers.

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