For quite some time, Rebecca Hink daydreamed of being an innkeeper of her own bed and breakfast. From her years of business traveling, she developed an appreciation for the comfort and personalized hospitality that a B&B offers over a hotel. On Oct. 30, she made her vision a reality when she purchased the Jacqueline House in New Wilmington.
“I’ve been involved in the corporate world for a long time,” Hink, formerly of Ellwood City, said. “This is a chance to get back into the real world and give people hospitality and relaxation.”
The house will open on March 20 and will have a community open house TBA in May.
Although built in 1993 by Bob and Lynn Harry, the Jacqueline House was designed to create the feel of an older place. The Harries incorporated salvaged antique pieces such as the fireplace mantels, large stained glass window and a detailed stair railing.
Later, John and Ida Felix purchased the house. While continuing the bed and breakfast operation, they also specialized in business retreats and converted a 1st floor bedroom into a conference room.
The house also has an ongoing partnership with Westminster College, hosting guests for the college’s celebrity series.
Hink, her daughter Katanya Cathcart, and her daughter-in-law Loralei Hink, intend on combining the two elements. While focusing more on a Victorian design, the house will also be comfortable. “I want something that is both luxury and comfort. Victorian isn’t always comfortable,” Hink said.
The new design will feature a spa, an upgraded in ground pool and an expansive patio, giving guests a relaxing outdoor environment.
The Jaquelin House will offer its hospitality to both conventional bed and breakfast tourists as well as catering to special events and business conferences and renewing its partnership with Westminster College.
For the breakfast half, the Jacqueline House intends to “take breakfast to the next level.” All meals will be made from local produce, eggs, and meat. The house will serve intricate morning meals such as banana upside-down baked oatmeal and savory waffles with poached eggs and spinach. The house will honor gluten free and allergen free dietary requirements as well.
The Jacqueline House is located on 3213 PA-956, New Wilmington. Find out more about the history of the house at thejacquelinehouse.com.