About Our B&B
Owned by Cuba, NY natives, Shawn and Marlene Doyle, The Inn at 28 was purchased to help with Cuba’s growth and offer a luxury place to stay, near Olean, NY, with small town charm. The Inn at 28 and “Grocerie” are part of Cuba’s initial history. The entire staff loves dogs so offering pet-friendly vacation accommodations was unanimous.
We are proud of and support “local” every way we can including using local products in our food offerings. While you explore the inn, be sure to notice the local artwork in the shared areas and guest rooms. Many of the pieces are available for purchase to enjoy at home and remind you of your stay at The Inn at 28.
Our staff has spent years enjoying the country living that this area offers and will gladly provide any information you may need. It’s our desire to be your lodging alternative to hotels for vacations in New York State. Do not hesitate to ask us about anything that will make your stay with us perfect. We do not have staff in house 24/7, but we are always just a call away.
Big plans are in motion for the future of The Inn at 28 and the “Grocerie.” Stay tuned…
Shawn and Marlene Doyle; Owners: Welcome to The Inn at 28! My husband Shawn and I (with our dog, Petri) are the owners of The Inn at 28 and sincerely hope you enjoy your stay. We love kids, dogs, and traveling. We also enjoy our empty nest. If you have kids or dogs or prefer an “empty nest,” we can accommodate you.
We love our Allegany County small town, and hope to share all country life offers. I (Marlene) hope to use my QA experience and love of meeting new people to offer the best possible experience to our guests and employees. We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities of this four-acre property. We have many plans for the property! Be sure to visit our Facebook page often to see our progress.
Peace and blessings,
Shawn and Marlene Doyle
Claire Worthington, Innkeeper: There are few people that can say they have the best job in the world, but I can! My goal is to make sure that you have nothing but the best experience while staying with us. From our one-of-a-kind rooms to breakfast that leaves you full and happy. I am always happy to take care of any special needs you might have, like putting an iron over a wrinkled shirt or to freshen up your room while you are out. All you need to do is ask. You would never be a bother.
Here is a little about me, so when you stay you do not feel like a stranger. I was born in a small village south east of London, England, not unlike Cuba. I am married and have 4 children and 3 amazing grandchildren. I live in a small hamlet called Rushford, which is about 15 mins from the inn. I also have 3 dogs, so if you bring your dogs they might get spoiled as well. Welcome to The Inn at 28! (photo)
Our entire staff is here to make your stay perfect!
In 1852, Russell Smith built his family “mansion,” now known as The Inn at 28, for his immediate family. With their notable wealth, the Smith family was a vital part in establishing Cuba, NY along with General Calvin T. Chamberlain (Chamberlain Room). It is said that Smith and Chamberlain were in competition acquiring property in Cuba, with Smith owning most of north Cuba and Chamberlain the south. The prominent Smith family even attended the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln.
The adjacent building, “Grocerie,” was constructed as a warehouse and hardware store to serve Genesee Valley Canal travelers. The canal ceased operation in 1878, and the building became a residence for more of the Smith family before being used as a schoolhouse.
The Chamberlain Room: In 1835, General Calvin T. Chamberlain built the first public house, opened the first mercantile and was instrumental in the growth of Cuba, NY.
The Ackerly-Sill Room: Ackerly, Sill and Co. was formed in 1871 to purchase and cure local cheddar. During this time, Cuba became the cheese center of the world.
Descendants of the Smith family, the Mountains, took over ownership of the property and lived at the residence for many years, up to the early 1980s. The Mountain Lake Room (link) was named for the Mountain family & Cuba Lake. Our beautiful lake was created in 1858 to help maintain the water levels on the Genesee Valley Canal.
Since then, The Inn at 28 has functioned as a bed and breakfast and a private residence. The “Grocerie” building had various functions over the years including a grocery, a gift shop, an apartment dwelling and several restaurants.
In 2016, business professionals looking to help the growth of Cuba, purchased the property and began the mission of re-establishing a historic, country bed and breakfast. In 2017, Marlene and Shawn Doyle took over sole ownership and are moving full steam ahead in developing the property into something Cuba can be very proud of.
For more on the history of Cuba, NY visit Cuba’s Historical Society.