Courtesy of the Inn at Crescent Lake
By Jonas Weir
In 2009, Beverly Bohnert and her husband, Patrick Delugeau, were seeking change. Their corporate jobs in Normandy, France, were too stressful. So, the two looked to buy a business that offered a relaxing change of pace. The Inn at Crescent Lake then entered the picture.
“We just fell in love with this place,” Beverly says. “We drove through the gates, and it just took our breath away.”
A year later, Patrick died, but Beverly continued to run the inn. She remarried Craig Bohnert in 2012, and they started looking into the inn’s past. Douglas Stinson built the fifteen-room Georgian colonial estate in 1915.
Ten years later, the mansion’s most notable resident, Aretus McCleary, bought the house. The founder of a sanatorium and clinic in Excelsior Springs, McCleary and his home were pillars of the community. He hosted Easter egg hunts, tea parties, and more for up to two hundred people.
This year, the inn turns one hundred, and Craig and Beverly are celebrating by showing their guests the same kindness McCleary showed his.
“There’s hospitality in this property’s DNA,” Craig says, “and we just enjoy the opportunity to extend that.”