Beth LaMacchio helps
a friend’s dream come true
She brings LaRita Boren’s vision to reality; we have a new B&B
UPLAND, Ind. – A deep friendship, some courage and a touch of Oklahoma sunsets kept LaRita Boren’s dream going. And, because of all that, Grant County has its newest bed and breakfast.
What became LaRita’s Lodge, at 9315 S. 950E, near Upland, was once the LeLaLo Farm, owned by Leland and LaRita Boren. (They’re the “Le” and the “La” in the farm’s name; “Lo” is Lori, their first child.) When the Borens built a new home, LaRita’s vision was to create a bed and breakfast at the farm.
“She had such a welcoming personality, and she wanted a place would feel welcome,” Beth LaMacchio says of LaRita. Beth is a longtime family friend and a cousin of Loren.
Running a bed and breakfast, much less creating one, was new to Beth, but she said she would do it, and the project began.
“(LaRita) had some very definite ideas about what the place should have,” LaMacchio says. “She started it. We were remodeling.”
However, LaRita died, unexpectedly, in February 2011, before the project was completed. Beth’s compassion and loyalty for her friend drove her to finish the task. LaRita’s Lodge opened in September 2011, and Beth says she’s been busy ever since.
The farm still has its buffalo, llama and miniature horses. And it still has its trademark pink barns.
“Yes, the pink barns are still here,” Beth says. “And there’s a beautiful deck with a view of the lake.”
The barns are pink because of LaRita’s fond memories of growing up on a farm in Oklahoma. At sunset, the red soil reflected pink off the barns. So, the barns on the Boren farm in Indiana were pink.
The lodge reflects other passions.
“LaRita loved birds, and we wanted to carry out the bird theme in the bed and breakfast,” Beth says. Each of the guest rooms has a bird name: Cardinal, Blue Heron, American Eagle, Hummingbird, Robin’s Nest.
Comments from guests suggest LaRita’s vision has been achieved.
“What a wonderful, relaxing place to stay,” once guest writes in an online comment. “The hospitality made us feel welcome and right at home. Every room was so light and cheerful. We are looking forward to coming back.”
“We had an absolutely lovely stay,” writes another. “Our room was warm and inviting with a fireplace and pleasant decor. We’re planning our return.”
For more information about LaRita’s Lodge, go online to www.LaRitasLodge.com or call 765-998-1002. For more information about Grant County travel opportunities, visit www.showmegrantcounty.com or call 765-668-5435.