Husband-and-wife team Penny Province and Jon Emanuel are your welcoming hosts at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast. With over three decades of combined inn-keeping, culinary, and hospitality experience, Penny and Jon can’t wait to share the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast with you.
Penny’s family history in Caledonia and the surrounding areas can be traced back over a century and a half. Penny’s great-great grandparents, Columbus and Caroline Bean, were among Caledonia’s earliest Scottish-heritage settlers, and their original portraits adorn the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast’s parlor area. Penny grew up in nearby Flat River, MO, but much of the time she could be found at her grandparents’ farm, just a mile or so down the road from the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast. Montgomery Farm is still owned and operated by Penny and her family. Penny was the owner/innkeeper of the beautiful and acclaimed Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast in Rocheport, MO for a decade. Her background in home staging is evident in her beautiful decorative touches at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast; and her time as an etiquette educator might have some influence on her graceful approach to hosting our guests! It was Penny’s spirit of gracious hospitality and love for the Village of Caledonia that inspired her to open the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast.
Jon has been a professional chef for 25 years. Trained at the California Culinary Academy, Jon’s experience has taken him around the world. His first Executive Chef position was at the incredible Glacier Bay Country Inn, located in the wilds of bush Alaska. His next turn as Executive Chef was at South Pole Station, Antarctica, to which he made seven deployments over six years to feed scientists and support crews at one of the planet’s most challenging locations (oh, the stories Jon can tell you!). Jon spent his most recent Executive Chef position providing nutritious, potentially life-saving meals to thousands living with life-threatening illnesses at Project Angel Heart, a non-profit in Denver, Colorado. Jon also taught culinary arts as a Chef Instructor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver for several years, as well as butchery at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat. Over the span of his career, Jon’s work as a chef has received mention and praise in Food & Wine, Saveur, the Denver Post, and the New York Times. He has also made several national and local television/radio appearances, including features for PBS, ESPN, NPR and National Geographic TV, as well as dozens of cooking demos on local TV. Jon’s passion for great food, love of community, and fondness for meeting new friends inspired him to open the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast with the love of his life, Penny.
Penny and Jon met at an inn-keepers’ convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2000. After a long-distance romance between Missouri and Alaska, they both settled in Denver after Jon’s promotion at the United States Antarctic Program in 2002. They married in 2003 on the island of Kauai, Hawai’i. For years, they worked to move back to Caledonia, finally opening the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast in 2016.
They are thrilled to share their home, their Village of Caledonia, and their hospitality with you!