The Fairhope Inn is indeed a treasured place… with a bright new face.
Built in 1906 during Fairhope’s heyday as a utopian destination for idealists and populist thinkers, the Beckner house has a long and bustling history at the center of town. First home to a founding family, 63 South Church Street is best known to generations for the fish market out the back door that lasted more than 50 years. Locals recall their first taste of an oyster or buying a haul of flounder and crabs after a jubilee. Later an inn, the farmhouse style property was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. A decade later, renovation brought new life and a creole cottage style as the Eastern Shore’s go-to restaurant bed & breakfast. Owner/chef Tyler Kean built an award-winning reputation for spectacular food and experience, before selling the Fairhope Inn to Paige Dawson in 2019.
Dawson set out to preserve the Inn’s celebrated history and culinary tradition, but the stoic old property was calling for a facelift once again. The restaurant closed for a 100-day renovation of the restaurant areas, courtyard, and upstairs lodging. Longtime friend and designer Lila Bailey led the interior makeover, while Paige gathered noted local artists Sarah Otts and B’Beth Weldon to the mix. The Inn’s three upstairs suites today offer casually elegant décor, exquisite bedding, and well-appointed details. Each night’s stay is topped with the Inn’s classic Southern Breakfast.
Just outside the door lies the downtown shopping, bayfront parks and cafes of the town deemed one of the South’s most charming destinations. Whether a short stroll to the Fairhope pier, bike ride to Point Clear or just a perch in the courtyard to read a book…. the Inn offers a perfect getaway drenched in Southern Hospitality.