All year long, we celebrate the unique touches that make independent hotels remarkable — their history, their connection to their communities, their heartfelt service, and their free-thinking, free-wheeling attitudes.
This season, we’re celebrating homegrown experiences that make holidays with friends and family unforgettable. Like the independent-hotel spirit, true holiday spirit cannot be duplicated, fabricated or mass-produced.
Here are some treasured traditions from Stash employees that make our holidays happy and uniquely ours.
The Gift That Keeps Giving: Re-gifting isn’t rude, it’s an art. Reappearing under our trees is a cow skull named Ben, and a Disney puzzle (ages 5 and up).
Remember Your Roots: One staffer has an angel ornament that graced her newly-immigrated parent’s very first Christmas tree in America. After 42 years, and some glue, she’s still the star of the show.
Committed to the Claus: At one house, dad bangs sticks on roof to simulate the sound of reindeer hooves. One of us gets a heartfelt type-written letter from Santa (aka “Grandpa”) – 31 years and going strong! On the family farm in Illinois, Santa skips the sleigh and delivers presents on a John Deere front loader – Ho! Ho! E-I-E-I-O!
The Stash Team