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ong be­fore Kris Kiger and JP Frenza bought the Red Rose Mo­tel and Tav­ern in Roscoe, New York (pop­u­la­tion: 541), they had it in their sights. The Westch­ester County–based cou­ple has been mak­ing trips to the Catskills since 1999 and ren­o­vated a farm­house just down the road. Once a beloved dance hall and tav­ern, the “Rose” had seen bet­ter days. “JP al­ways said, ‘I wish some­one would buy it and ren­o­vate it be­fore it falls down,’ ” says Kris. So when a For Sale By Owner sign popped up in 2016, the cou­ple rushed to see the prop­erty. “I wouldn’t say it was ex­actly turn-key ready,” says Kris. “It was in a state. The beds were all half-made like peo­ple had just been sleep­ing in them.”

Un­daunted, the cou­ple joined forces with ex­pe­ri­enced hos­pi­tal­ity pro­fes­sional and now-busi­ness part­ner Melissa Kawecki to turn the mo­tel into a year-round hot spot for peo­ple look­ing to get away from city life, spruc­ing up the grounds, adding in­su­la­tion, and lov­ingly restor­ing seven guest rooms and a small tav­ern, din­ing room, and lounge.

As they dug in, the trio made dis­cov­er­ies—in­clud­ing an old paint-by-num­ber col­lec­tion— that led to the de­sign di­rec­tion.

“It was an ob­ses­sive ren­o­va­tion, and we saved ev­ery­thing we could,” says Melissa. “We don’t give our style a name—it’s about be­ing true to the au­then­tic­ity of the build­ing. It’s noth­ing fancy. It’s all about com­fort.”


Orig­i­nally called The Amer­i­can Switzer­land, the mo­tel was built by prize­fighter Con­stan­tine J. Lam­brig­ger in 1938. (It was re­named the Red Rose in 1952.)

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