Over the course of it’s 100+ year history, the Featherstone Inn has been famously accommodating to pets. Although, there have been a fair share of odd stories involving pet owners and their vacationing companions.
Back in 1989, a family from Seattle brought their two Irish setters, Harry and David, with them on a trip to the Shore. Normally welcoming to pets, staff at the Feathersone had to turn the couple away. The owner said one of the Irish setters, Harry, could only sleep if he could lick someone’s feet, and asked if a member of the staff would be willing to let him lick their feet each night before he went to sleep.
One vacationer brought his pet parrot, Barney, with him during a stay at the Featherstone. Despite assurances that the bird would be quiet and not bother other guests, they were asked to leave after the first night after Barney sang “H.M.S. Pintafore” the entire evening.
Once a regular, Mrs. Otis Womplebanger died during the winter of 1933, but management allowed her two cats, Fidelio and Leonore, to remain at the Featherstone. They became mascots, and people would marvel how the inseparable duo would stick together, including sitting on the deck and enjoying the weekly fireworks over the ocean. Observant guests will notice all the linens at the Featherstone are embroidered with two cat heads, although staff has since disposed of their porcelain litters.
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