As the tourism industry continues to grow in Connecticut, one local family has been re-investing and expanding on the shoreline for generations.
The Tagliatela family's Tall Tales luxury guesthouse, which is located inside the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, opened for business in Old Saybrook on Friday.
There were six "named" guestrooms in this Victorian Era inn including one for former selectman Barbara Maynard, who was on hand for Friday's celebration.
"They picked out decor, theme and colors that kind of compliment that person,” Saybrook Point Inn General Manager John Lombardo said. “And then we have memorabilia that we put throughout."
The Tagliatela family started 36 years ago when they tore down the Tara Marr and built the inn. Three years ago, they reinvested and re-built the Three Stories, which is a renovated Victorian mansion and luxury suites, and now we have Tall Tales.
There are water views from each individually designed room. Each room is also complete with balconies, a cozy fireplace and tales of local history.
"We're very blessed that we really stuck a shovel in the ground and we keep digging,” innkeeper Stephen Tagliatela said. “And we find new things to do down here."
As a matter of fact Connecticut just named Stephen Tagliatela, the state's tourism leader of the year.
During the summer of 2015 visits to Connecticut’s top attractions was up 12 percent, hotel occupancy rates were up 4 percent and lodging tax receipts up 7 percent. Per trip travel spending rose from $633 in 2014 to $711, which is 12 percent increase.
"It's a big, big industry here in our state and so this is just a great part of what Connecticut Tourism is all about,” Connecticut Office of Tourism Director Randy Fiveash said.
The Tagliatela family said the formula for their success is no secret. They said they provide customers with quality accommodations along with exceptional food and service and they'll be loyal customers for years to come.
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