Listening to stories and drinking wine have become some of man’s top recreational activities, just after contemplating infinity and napping in the fridge. Let tales entertain you with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $19.99 for two “Truth Be Told” admissions and one bottle of wine (a $39 value)
- $29.99 for four “Truth Be Told” admissions and one bottle of wine (a $59 value)<p>
On the second Wednesday of every month, master storyteller and host Norm Stulz invites guests of the Holly Hotel to share their own true tales. Each night sees a new theme—past themes have included “Love and Romance” and “Admission/Confession”—and Norm works with each storyteller for a few minutes in order to help shape their anecdote into a riveting tale. Each speaker gets five minutes to bring their story to a satisfying denouement. Those who prefer to listen can sit back with a bottle of wine and aid in determining the crowd’s favorite yarn at the evening’s end. Seating starts at 6 p.m., with stories beginning at 7:30 p.m.<p>
Shows are scheduled for April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11.<p>
Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the Holly Hotel's three-story Queen Anne-style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation. The building's long, strange history has inspired countless legends and ghost stories—phantasmal cigar smoke from the inn's 1890s owner has been seen floating through the halls—but nowadays, the Holly Hotel is just as devoted to modern niceties as historic myth.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world.
Beyond gourmet meals, the hotel also regales its guests with top-notch entertainment. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.