The Sylvia Beach Hotel is a perfect get away for a book lover! The hotel is located on a bluff above Nye Beach, Oregon and overlooks the Pacific Oceam. The hotel is steeped with history and was reinvented in the 1980’s to become a literary hotel. There are 21 rooms, each room includes details and books to reflect the life and writings of 21 different authors. There is a family style dining room, aptly named The Literary Cafe. What the hotel does not have is equally important; no telephones, no televisions, and no wi-fi.
I have heard about this hotel for years from Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey, and the story was featured in Rev Mary’s book Building Your Field of Dreams. The story of how Goody Cable and her best friend since childhood, Sally Ford started this hotel is as interesting as the history described on their website.
Goody owned a coffee shop in Portland where people would meet to discuss literature and have deep and meaningful conversations. The evenings would go late into the night, but always ended to soon.
Feeling some discontent, Goody wondered what was next in her life. Goody and Sally would discuss what they would love to do next. They dreamt of a hotel, dedicated to authors, where people could come to discuss literature and life. The dining area would be family style, to promote conversations and gatherings.
They used the dream building skills they had learned in church. Soon, they formed a business partnership, and started taking steps. It wasn’t easy. They were rejected by bank after bank, but did not give up on the dream. I don’t know anyone that would continue to pursue their dream after 10 rejections, let alone 29. What an amazing example!! The 30th bank said yes. The work began, and Sylvia Beach Hotel opened on Sylvia Beach’s 100th Birthday. 1400 people attended the opening in the pouring rain.
Spending a weekend there is on my bucket list!
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