The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

East Park Inn, Racine

One of my favorite things about the Lake Trek was occasionally being able to stay at a historical inn along the way. In Racine, I stayed at the East Park Inn (formerly the Christmas House). Located just a block off the lake, this inn was built in 1893.

I had a beautiful view of the sunset from my third floor suite.

This grand house has had a complex history, beginning as a family home built for Emily Baker, widow of Robert Hall Baker who was one of the founders of the Case Company (manufacturer of construction and farming equipment). It was also the family home for the Horlicks, founder of the Horlick's Malted Milk Company. After that, it was used for over 30 years as a dormitory for nursing students.

Today it is a grand inn. What a wonderful way to preserve history in such an accessible way.

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