The Hotel Emma has opened at the Historic Pearl Brewery. It is the crowning jewel of the campus, which has been revitalized under the supervision of local philanthropist Kit Goldsbury.
For those of us who remember the ruins of the area more than a decade ago, the renovation of the ornate centerpiece building at 136 E. Grayson St. is nothing short of miraculous. But thanks to the efforts of acclaimed design team Roman & Williams as well as a great many locals, the building is now as stunning inside as it is outside.
Every nook and cranny in the hotel, as least those I saw on a recent tour, which did not include the rooms, seems to have been filled with something of history, from the transformation of beer vats into private bar areas to a board room filled with volumes on beer making that date back to when the original brewery was in operation.
The library is both intimate and overwhelming. It seems to draw you to an overstuffed chair with the book of your choice from the massive collection of local writer Sherry Kafka Wagner.
Sternewirth, the bar, will keep your eye busy at every turn, whether its focused on the spiral staircase in one corner or the silo sitting areas.
In the Larder, you can grab a coffee, get a freshly baked pastry or stock up on gourmet treats, such as locally produced Sandy Oaks Olive Oil or a bottle of wine.
Supper is the hotel’s restaurant, and it features the finest and freshest foods in season. All of the food operations come under chef John Brand.
A demonstration kitchen area is available for cooking classes, one way to show off the food lover’s aspect of the hotel.
So, let your sybaritic self luxuriate in all that the Hotel Emma has to offer. You don’t even have to stay there to enjoy the place. Go in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a drink, a snack or just a look.
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