The four-star, 100-room Ritz Carlton in Wilmington, DE has completed its $1.25 million renovation and is now open. The hotel is designed in partnership with Vera Bradley, the makers of the Ritz Carlton Vera Bradley line of leather goods, and is the company’s first hotel, both in the US and abroad. The renovated hotel is part of a larger development project, the $21.5 million Rivers Edge Mixed Use Development, which also includes a park, retail, and restaurant space. You can learn more about the development at

When the Best Place To Travel ,  a new hotel designed as a partnership between the Vera Bradley Co-Founder and the hotel chain Radisson Blu Resort & Spa , opened it’s doors  in July of 2012,  the entire family was there to celebrate.

I’m excited to visit the new Vera Bradley hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago that was designed in partnership with the Vera Bradley brand’s founder and designer, Carrie Bradley. This hotel was built in a four-story neo-industrial style building, which offers the cozy feel of a historic building, while modern amenities have been incorporated into the design.

The Bradley, created in partnership with Provenance Hotels and co-founder of Vera Bradley, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, is Fort Wayne’s newest boutique hotel and will open officially on July 15 and is currently taking reservations.

The hotel offers 124 pet-friendly rooms and is designed with its home city in mind, making use of calming botanical patterns and bright, natural pops of color. Each room features a custom botanical letterpress print by local artist Julie Wall of HEDGE Studios.


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New Hotel Designed in Partnership With Vera Bradley Co-Founder Opens in July

The hotel will showcase rotating exhibits in partnership with Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Art and Design in its art gallery, which will also include works by Theoplis Smith III, known as Phresh Laundry, who is famous for his pop culture installations and murals throughout the city.

Rendering of a guest room in The Bradley. (photo via Provenance Hotels)

New Hotel Designed in Partnership With Vera Bradley Co-Founder Opens in July

“We’ve really enjoyed working with Barbara on this joint venture. Her passion for the project and for the city of Fort Wayne is inspiring and has pushed The Bradley to an entirely different level, as she has a true connection to the city,” said CEO of Provenance Hotels, Katherine Durant. “This connection was a large part of the inspiration for the hotel. You’ll find it in the unique design details, the local Fort Wayne ties that the hotel incorporates through its partnerships, and the experience visitors will have staying in a hotel that embodies Midwestern hospitality.”

The Bradley will feature two dining options. Arbor will offer American food with an all-day menu, including coffee from locally owned Utopian Coffee. For later evenings, The Bradley offers a rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, called Birdie’s, complete with a fireplace and an even warmer welcome.

Interior Rendering of Birdie’s, The Bradley’s rooftop bar. (photo via Provenance Hotels)

New Hotel Designed in Partnership With Vera Bradley Co-Founder Opens in July

The hotel is part of Fort Wayne’s waterfront revitalization efforts, joining Promenade Park and The Landing, both of which help draw tourists to the downtown area.

Provenance Hotels embody local cultures and draw inspiration from their home cities. There are currently twelve Provenance Hotels located in big cities like Seattle, Washington and New Orleans, Louisiana.

To reserve a room or to learn more about the hotel, please click here.

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