Cozy Christmas: Delano B&B, apartment on holiday home tour

12/01/2012 8:16 AM

12/01/2012 8:33 AM

Many guests have stayed in the 1910 bungalow at 305 S. Elizabeth since it became the Delano Bed & Breakfast a year ago.

A German pilot in Wichita for flight safety training, a British couple hitting their 48th state fair, and French-Canadians doing work at Spirit AeroSystems have been among the people bunking on the first floor of the house, while owners Brent and Becky Miller live on the second floor.

“It has been so much fun,” Becky Miller said.

If you want to partake of the B&B coziness – dark woodwork, forest-green walls and the addition of Christmas decorations – you can visit from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday as part of the free Delano holiday home tour. A large second-floor apartment over an antiques store on Douglas also is on the tour, which is free. A trolley will run between the two residences from 1 to 3 p.m.

Activities sponsored by Historic Delano are scheduled at various Delano businesses, including visits to Santa. A ceremony of the lighting of the clock tower at Douglas and Sycamore will be at 5 p.m. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be entertainment at the clock tower, and coffee and hot chocolate for those who donate clothing, toys and food for charity. Fireworks will take place on the river at 6:10 p.m. sponsored by River City WRAPS. (The Lights on the River boat display and activities will begin at 5 p.m. near the Wichita Boathouse and WaterWalk downtown. Waltzing Waters shows will be at 5:30 and 7 p.m.) For more information on Christmas in Delano, see the website

For the breakfast part of the B&B, Becky squeezes fresh juice every morning and makes a couple of specialty dishes: pear and cherry clafoutis, and ham and fresh rosemary quiche – with the rosemary coming from the Millers’ wood-stove-heated greenhouse in the backyard. Brent has been making improvements to the greenhouse, including flooring it with brick, improving the heating and making room to sit. The B&B guests like to go out there, too, the Millers say. Becky uses herbs from the greenhouse year-round in her cooking.

You can get a feel for the above-business apartments on West Douglas on the other half of the tour: Jim Martinson has decorated his 2,300-square-foot, four-bedroom apartment over Oldies-n-Goodies Antiques at 923 1/2 W. Douglas. It’s 24 stairs up, he says.

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