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>>Deborah: THE SHOWPIECES OF
DOWNTOWN CARY ARE COMING INTO FORM THESE DAYS. A NEW PARK AND A COBBLED STREET
ARE STILL IN PROGRESS, AND A NEW BREWERY, AN OLD-TIME THEATER,
AND A HISTORIC PHARMACY HAVE ALL COME INTO PLAY. TONIGHT, RICK SULLIVAN
INTRODUCES US TO ONE OF THE TOWN’S NEWEST AND
SHINIEST CROWN JEWELS.>>Rick: CARY’S NEWEST
ATTRACTION, THE MAYTON INN, MIGHT JUST BE THE ONE THAT PUTS
THIS DOWNTOWN ON THE MAP.>>TO ME, IT’S THE INTRODUCTION
OF THE WORD DESTINATION. DOWNTOWN IS NOW A DESTINATION. IT’S A PLACE THAT YOU CAN COME,
YOU CAN SPEND THE NIGHT. THERE’S A COUPLE OF CULTURAL
FACILITIES SO THAT YOU CAN CATCH A SHOW OR CATCH A MOVIE.>>Rick: AND AT NIGHT’S END, YOU
WON’T NEED A CAR TO GET TO YOUR ROOM. THE MAYTON INN IS RIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING, LITERALLY. CONSTRUCTION OF A COBBLED
STREET, A NEW LIBRARY AND DOWNTOWN PARK, THEY’RE
ALL UNDERWAY. AND ALL WITHIN VIEW OF THE
OVERSIZED HOTEL TERRACE RAISED 14 FEET UP FROM STREET LEVEL. INSIDE, THE FOUR-DIAMOND
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE ALREADY WAITING FOR YOU.>>WE SET OUT TO BUILD A
BUILDING THAT WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC
BUILDING IN 50 YEARS. IT WILL BE A NATIONAL
LANDMARK IN 50 YEARS. WE OPTED FOR A GRAND STAIRCASE
WITH A CURVED LANDING, OVERSIZED MOLDINGS, GIANT
WINDOWS WITH TRANSOMS. WE WANTED TO MAKE CHOICES THAT
MADE IT FEEL LIKE THIS BIG, GRAND, BEAUTIFUL BUILDING
THAT IT WILL BE.>>Rick: THE OWNERS, DEANNA AND
COLIN CROSSMAN, HAVE DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF MAKING THINGS
APPEALING NOW, AND IF YOU’VE EVER HEARD THE JOKES ABOUT CARY
BEING SORT OF VANILLA OR BEIGE, NOT JUST IN HOUSE COLORS, BUT IN
ATTITUDES, THAT NARRATIVE HAS JUST BEEN DESTROYED.>>WE LIKE TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE. PEOPLE ARE MORE ADVENTUROUS WHEN
THEY STAY IN A HOTEL. YOU CAN HAVE PERIWINKLE WALLS,
CHARTREUSE WALLS, AND THEY GET TO FEEL LIKE THERE’S AN EXTRA
LAYER OF ADVENTURE.>>WE LOOK AT WHAT’S THE BEST
ASPECTS OF A BED AND BREAKFAST AND WHAT’S THE BEST ASPECTS OF A
STANDARD HOTEL AND TRY TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE PIECES
THAT WE LIKE. AND ONE OF THE BEST ASPECTS OF A
BED AND BREAKFAST, AS LONG AS YOU DON’T GO TOO FAR, IS THE
FEELING OF HOMINESS.>>WE WANT A COMFORTABLE,
CASUAL, LUXURY EXPERIENCE.>>Rick: THE INN IS FURNISHED
WITH THE WORK OF LOCAL ARTISTS, INCLUDING SEVERAL
PHOTOS TAKEN BY COLIN. THE FURNITURE WAS
UPHOLSTERED IN THE TRIAD. EVEN THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
HAS A DIRECT LOCAL CONNECTION. CALL IT NEIGHBORHOOD INPUT.>>THE COMMUNITY’S
AWESOME DOWN HERE. THEY WERE INVITING US OVER FOR
DINNER PARTIES WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT DOING THE HOTEL. WE HADN’T DECIDED YET. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT HOW GREAT
DOWNTOWN IS AND WHY THEY DECIDED TO MOVE DOWN HERE. WE HAD A SALES PITCH FROM A
HUNDRED LOCALS WANTING US AND OUR FAMILY TO START HERE AND THE
HOTEL TO COME AND, YOU KNOW, THEY ALL INFLUENCED
THE DESIGN A LOT.>>Rick: ONE OF THE MORE
IMPRESSIVE WINGS OF THE INN IS CALLED THE TRINITY.>>THE TRINITY IS THREE ROOMS. TWO KING SUITES AND
A SINGLE KING. TOTAL OF FIVE BEDS, THREE BATHS,
AND THEN YOU HAVE A PRIVATE ANTEROOM WITH A DINING TABLE,
COUCHES, AN AREA TO RELAX. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR BRIDAL
PARTIES SO THE BRIDESMAIDS CAN HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE, HAIR,
MAKEUP, A BRIDAL LUNCHEON AREA. IT’S TURNED OUT TO BE POPULAR
AMONGST THE BUSINESS CROWD. THREE COLLEAGUES CAN WORK
TOGETHER AT THE CENTER TABLE AND THEN ALL HAVE
THEIR PRIVATE SPACE. AND NOBODY IS IN EACH
OTHER’S SPACE.>>Rick: COLIN AND DEANNA PLAN
TO LIVE IN THE HISTORIC MAYTON
HOUSE WHICH THEY RECENTLY MOVED
FROM ACROSS THE STREET. THEY’RE LIKING THIS NEW CARY
THING AND MOST ESPECIALLY THE NEIGHBORS THEY’VE MET WALKING BY
WITH THEIR DOGS AND STROLLERS. THE EXPANDED PLANS FOR THE HOTEL
TERRACE ARE AS A RESULT OF THE FRIENDS THESE TWO HAVE MADE.>>THEY WANTED TO COME AND HANG
OUT AND HAVE A PLACE, A NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERING SPOT THEY
CAN COME WITH THEIR PETS AND FRIENDS AND BABIES. SO THEY REALLY HELPED US DRIVE
AND EVOLVE THE DESIGN AND THE VISION FOR WHAT CARY
WANTED AND NEEDED.

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