An open invitation

By: By Kristy D. Carter -
Inn opening up to public with coffee house, dinners

By Kristy D. Carter

In many ways the Ashford Inn plans to remain the same quaint bed and breakfast it has been for the last 20 years, but in an effort to bring more variety to the community, Julia and Eric Stadig have a few ideas up their sleeves.

“We wanted to open the inn up to the community,” Melissa Koss, creative consultant for the inn said. “We wanted to invite people in to have fun.”

Beginning next Friday, Aug. 7, the Ashford Inn will be offering the Side Door Cafe every Friday morning as an alternative breakfast option for the community. According to Stadig, the inn will be offering coffees, teas, flavored coffees and homemade baked goods. The coffee house isn’t just open to residents of the inn, but the entire community.

“People will be able to just come in the side door, get a cup of coffee and a pastry for breakfast and sit and enjoy talking with their friends,” Stadig said. “The coffee house is open to anyone.”

The cafe will be open from 6-9 a.m. and offer free WiFi for those who visit. Stadig said the cafe is unique in that it will only accept cash for purchases and the carport of the bed and breakfast will be turned into an outdoor lounge area.

“We serve breakfast at the inn and I just noticed how people would come into the patio area and just sit and enjoy their coffee,” Stadig said. “I thought having something everyone could enjoy was just add to the atmosphere.”

With the coffee house being open to the public, both Stadig and Koss said the new venture would offer the opportunity for the community to come in and enjoy the inn.

“We decided to invite people to come in and get to see the inn if they haven’t been able to come in,” Koss said. “We love showing people around the inn.”

“We thought other would enjoy being able to come in and sit and enjoy a cup of coffee,” Stadig added.

The coffee house isn’t the only new event being offered at the inn. Just last month, the first of a new dinner series was offered through the bed and breakfast. Next month, the inn will be offering a luau and at the end of September, an Octoberfest themed dinner will be held.

Approximately 35 people were served during the first of the dinner series.

The dinners, Stadig said, are open to the public, but require a reservation in advance.

“We wanted to provide an alternative to other great restaurants in Clinton,” Koss said. “Hopefully we will be able to continue to offer these.”

Stadig and Koss said they are open to suggestion, because making the residents in and around Clinton happy is just one of the many things the inn strives for.

“We want to give Clinton what they want,” Koss said. “If we can provide something, we will and tap into what the people want and need.”

Just as it has always been, the bed and breakfast is available for booking for receptions, private dinners, wedding and other parties. The calendar for Christmas is quickly filling up, so Stadig said to call now to reserve a date.

“We are looking into doing other events that will allow us to get the public inside,” Stadig said.

Stadig, a seasoned chef, also offers carryout options for holiday events.

If interested in any of the events or booking the inn for a party or special event, contact Stadig or Koss at 910-596-0961 or through email at Visit the website,, for more information.

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Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.