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When John Enns landed a teaching position in Monterey in 2003, he and his wife, Gail—and all the art in her gallery in Washington, D.C.—moved to Pacific Grove, a sleepy respite from nearby Monterey.
"We couldn't find anything that would be suitable for a gallery, so we bought a motel," John says.
Soon after, Gail and their daughter Ilana opened Anton Inn as a motel/gallery, using the slow winter months to renovate.
The 10 rooms have new electric fireplaces, tile floors, and subdued color palettes that complement the paintings and sculptures.
On Thursday nights, the family hosts dinners for artists and any guests and friends who are interested in art. "We've had golfers, Japanese businessmen, an English playwright, an artistic director from an Israeli kibbutz, newlyweds from Egypt, and a wonderful German woman who spoke no English but delighted us all with her personality," says Gail. "One thing's for certain—it's always an experience."
Rate includes breakfast.