Oscar H. Hanson House 2010 Best of Madison Award Winner
On Friday, June 18, 2010, Duke and Mary Jane Mihajlovic, Innkeepers of the Oscar H. Hanson House Bed &Breakfast received the bronze award in the 2010 Best of Madison Best Bed & Breakfast category. The awards event was held at the Madison Sheraton Hotel in recognition of all the winners in the Best of Madison readers’ poll. The evening featured ice sculptures, small bite appetizers, dainty desserts, balloon bouquets, treats from some of the gold award businesses, a cake walk with treats from the 2010 winners, music by the 2010 DJ, door prizes, and a party photo booth.
Duke and Mary Jane moved to Cambridge in September 2003. They have operated as a bed & breakfast for 5.5 years and have continually made updates to the home and property. Last year the Mihajlovic’s added a second set of stairs off the East side of the porch with a paver walk for easy access to the garden and replaced the fence that separates the lower garden from the upper courtyard. This year they are repairing sections of the flat roof and garage balcony along with some interior work.
When asked what they like most about innkeeping, Duke and Mary Jane stated that they enjoy meeting the many interesting and wonderful people who stay at the inn. “Everyone has a story to tell. We just take the time to listen.” Over the years, there has been a large percentage of returning guests who have brought their friends to the inn. “We like to catch-up with what’s new in their lives…We very much enjoy cooking for our guests.”
Since opening, the Hanson House has been involved in a Friends of the Cambridge Library fundraiser; supported Community Hope events and the food pantry; hosted a library thank you tea, the local writers group, helped sponsor a Mother’s Day concert at the Historic Museum and hosted a Chamber Business After Hours event.
“We meet the greatest people and have the best guests…people are generally celebrating an important milestone when we meet them… In what other business do people hug you when they leave?”
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