Brian and Jeanee Linden, owners of the Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, were recently recognized in the New York Times for the Linden Centre – their boutique hotel in China’s Yunnan Province.
The article, “From Outsiders to Innkeepers in China’s Sleepy Countryside” by Mike Ives, was published in the Aug. 14 issue of the New York Times and tells of a recent trend of visitors frequenting “boutique retreats” rather than luxury hotels in China.
The Linden Centre is a lodging facility in a rural setting that offers educational activities and programs such as walking tours, a tea plantation tour, dumpling-making classes, cormorant fishing and a variety of other cultural-immersion activities.
Upcoming themed programs include “A Photojourney in Yunnan with Douglas Beasley” from Feb. 19 – Mar. 3, 2014, and “Adventures in a Chinese Kitchen” from Feb. 25 – Mar. 9, 2014. Janice Thomas of Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay and Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor will lead the culinary tour along with the Linden Centre’s chef and the Lindens.
The Lindens’ earnest desire to share a culture they love is evident in their work at the Linden Centre and the gallery. Brian, in a recent interview for the autumn issue of Door County Living, said, “My greatest mentor in life has been China for embracing an outsider, and giving me a sense of confidence.”
The Door County Living article focuses on the Linden Gallery and will be available around Labor Day. For more information about the Linden Centre visit linden-centre.com.