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Cottages best of Alton

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rosemary Cass was recently presented the 2008 Best of Alton award in the Corporate Lodging category by the U.S. Local Business Association. Cass and her husband David own and operate four bed and breakfasts in the Alton city limits. She is sitting in front of one of them, Ivy Cottage, located at 302 Vine Street. Photo by Jan Thompson
ALTON -- An Alton business, Cottage Overnight Lodging, owned and operated by David and Rosemary Cass, has received the 2008 Best of Alton Award in the Corporate Lodging category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

A spokesperson for the USLBA said the award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

"These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and community," the spokesperson said.

Rosemary said she learned of the award July 20 through the mail. She said she didn't apply for it or fill out anything. She said someone possibly affiliated with the USLBA stayed at one of her bed and breakfasts and really liked it. "I was totally surprised," she said.

The Cass' have four bed and breakfasts all in the Alton city limits. They are: Rose Cottage (their first that opened in 1999) located at 300 Vine Street; Ivy Cottage at 302 Vine Street; Cotton Cottage located at 401 Hall Street: and Cane Bluff Lodge located at 505 Cane Bluff Road.

All four cottages were built in the 1950s and have been refurbished with modern appliances including microwaves, DSL, washers and dryers, linens, air conditioners and dishes.

"Each cottage seems to have its own personality. As we start to remodel them, I can just see and feel Miss Pearle or whoever it was that use to live here. All people have to bring is food and themselves," she said.

All of the cottages have fire pits and barbecue grills.

"We are kid friendly and encourage whole families to come," she said.

Rosemary said most of their business comes from the Internet. "The Internet is a wonderful gift to a small hidden community like ours," she said.

She said December through February are usually their only slow months. "In March business starts picking up again and is in full swing by May. At Thanksgiving business starts slowing down again," she said. Rosemary said she already has three of her cottages booked for next Christmas.

Who comes to the four cottages nestled deep in the Ozarks of southern Missouri?

"We get people from everywhere; New York, California, Florida and Texas seems to bring a lot of travelers our way. Next month we have a family coming from Los Angeles to stay several days," she said.

And why would anyone want to come to Alton?

"It's the river. Our area is peaceful and remote. All the things city people dream about," Rosemary said.

To learn more about Cottage Overnight Lodging call 417-778-7782 or 417-270-0782 or go online at www.cottageovernightlodging.com.

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I know this is an old story but still would like to respond to it. I have no doubts this story about the cottages and owners was positively accurate at the time. I came to Alton Missouri to visit(2014)and on the word of friends in the area(1 family had rented the same cottages "The Rose&Ivy". We rented "The Rose" to come for a visit. I'd like to say the cottages were sold back in 2010 or 2011 to a Canoe Rental place. Renting the Cottages is under the same link as is mentioned in this article.I'd like to WARN anyone reading this its not worth the money since being sold. You will regret it. I won't go into great details but just save yourself a headache if you are from out of town. Get a hotel out of town. The town itself is beautiful. People were very friendly and helpful. We will go back but learned our lesson about renting a cottage there. Our friends who are local felt bad they had recommended the place but their previous experience was an A+. I grade it as an F only because the grading scale goes no lower!

-- Posted by Kim4962 on Sat, May 31, 2014, at 2:34 PM

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