The West Lane Inn is owned by Debbie Prieger. Her mother, Maureen Mayer, opened the Inn in 1973. Her father, Henry Prieger, owned and managed the Ridgefield Inn (now Bernard’s, next door) for many years and her paternal grandfather, as well as great-grandfather, had been in the restaurant and hotel business in New York City going back to the late 1800’s.
Built in 1849, the West Lane Inn was once the home of Harvey P. Bissell who established Bissell Pharmacy, which still operates in Ridgefield. Mr. Bissell was also a state senator and comptroller of the State of Connecticut in the early 20th Century. During this time Mr. Bissell’s home was referred to as the “White House.”
The West Lane Inn is registered in American Historic Inns.
“The West Lane Inn combines the charm of an intimate country inn with the conveniences of a large hotel,” said Sue Siburn of the inn. “Eighteen beautifully appointed guest rooms, including some with fireplaces and some with kitchenettes and private patios, are available for short or long term stays.”
The Inn is also highly recommended by the Insider’s Guide to Connecticut.