The Quaint And Cozy


By Chuck Thurston

Not long ago, my wife and I hosted two cousins — vintage widows from Europe — and the four of us traveled out of state in a rented minivan to attend a family wedding. We were eager to show our foreign relatives some authentic Americana, so my wife booked rooms in a bed and breakfast close to the wedding site. Their web page showed an impressive Victorian structure and my wife gushed on about how "quaint" and "cozy" it was.

My alarm system should have gone off. You remember the Victorian notions of comfort, don't you? This was the era that put men in high starc...

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