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Mon April 23, 2012
A Hemingway-themed hotel in Michigan's northern woods?
Looking for a clean, well-lighted place to lay your head?
A company has plans to develop a slew of Ernest Hemingway-inspired hotels and resorts. The folks behind Hemingway Hotels & Resorts only have a website at this point, but their plan is to build a minimum of 30 hotels worldwide, all based in places that were in some way relevant to the life, times and adventures of Papa Hemingway.
Tuckey Devlin is president of the hotel company, which has been licensed by the Hemingway estate. He says they're planning hotels in Spain, Portugal, Florida Keys, Bahamas, and "Cuba...if and when we can."
As for whether there's a hotel in the works for northern Michigan, where Hemingway's The Nick Adams Stories take place, Devlin would only confirm that his company's in talks with a developer in northern Michigan.
Here's a blurb from the company's website describing the vibe they hope to achieve:
Ernest Hemingway’s greatest pleasure in life was the crafting of the “one perfect sentence.” He would then “refill the well” by spending the rest of the day as a “man of action.” Hemingway was the ultimate sportsman. He loved deep-sea fishing, hunting, nature and the active physical life. But he was also just as at home at day’s end with friends, enjoying the perfect martini in Paris, daiquiri in Havana or a Bellini in Venice, along with fine cuisine. Hemingway was always seeking the essence and fullness of each of life’s experiences, about which he would then write so beautifully. It is these experiences and lifestyle that Hemingway Hotels will deliver to our guests.
Devlin didn't have too many specifics about the hotels except to say that they'll be "four-star" establishments "with an exceptional concierge-level of service."
And likely a healthy amount of scotch available at the hotel bar.