Staying in Bellefonte: Our Fair Lady A Storied B&B Waits for You
It was a happy coincidence that I got to tour Our Fair Lady Bed and Breakfast the same week that I took my daughters to see FUSE Production's My Fair Lady. My Fair Lady (the musical, that is) was a lush, loving retelling of the classic Lerner and Loewe production. It is my very favorite musical, and getting to see it play out in my favorite hometown was the absolute best way to watch it. Because when people love what they do, and love where they do it, it shows.
Just a few days later, I was walking through the stained-glass doors of Our Fair Lady on Linn Street in Bellefonte. This Victorian mansion was built in 1883 and has been a stage to stories for her hundred plus years. She started out as a love gift to a lumber baron's wife (the house has the most gingerbread detail of any mansion in the area, testament to his woodworking prowess). Years passed, and with World War II, she became a rooming house for married women whose beds spilled out into the sitting rooms and dining rooms as they waited for husbands to return from battle. In 2008, she was bought by Bob and Tami Schuster who prompted named it after My Fair Lady, where Tami had played Eliza once upon a time and Bob worked on the stage crew. They lovingly restored the house to its original beauty (marble sconces, floor to ceiling shutters, walnut pocket doors) with modern sensibilities (six new bathrooms, tiled showers, in-room wet bar). And then when they were finished pouring love and attention into the house, they opened it up to you.
It's advertised as a bed and breakfast and it fits the bill to perfection. But it's so much more than that. It's an experience: quiet evenings in a Victorian gazebo, trumpet vines and hummingbirds, stories and laughter. With four rooms for bed and breakfast visitors, an extended stay suite with full kitchen, and extensive grounds, this house is perfect for football weekends, quiet winter getaways, intimate weddings and tea parties. At just nine minutes from the stadium, it is the best of both worlds – a comfortable and elegant night in the past just a few minutes from world-class shows, food and football.
If you go: Ask Tami for her favorite breakfast recommendations! Guests beg for them! (ourfairladybnb.com, 313 E. Linn Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, (814) 355-1117)