With a passion for entertaining and hosting, and a strong interest in local food and the culinary scene, it was the perfect match for Eilis and Jim Petrosino to collaborate in the opening of a bed and breakfast in Upstate New York.
As a young couple, Saratoga has always been a destination city for them, visiting for the races, to see a concert at SPAC in the summer, or simply to visit friends. When it came to choose a location to pursue their dreams, Saratoga could not have been a more perfect fit.
We invite you to embark on your own journey, and to let us offer the warmth and comfort of your own home away from home while doing so. We hope to see you soon!
The Innkeeper & Event Planner
Austin comes to Saratoga Springs by way of the Berkshire of Massachusetts. Years before, she left corporate event planning in Boston to pursue her culinary calling. A move to Nashville where she showcased her elegant, contemporary, and fresh style quickly got her sought after in the Nashville event scene.
Once her daughter, Jovi, was born she and her husband wanted Jovi to grow up near family. They headed back to the Berkshires where they both had spent most of their youth. The Mezze Catering and Events group soon learned that Austin does not sacrifice ascetics for flavor and asked her to join their team. She focused on wedding cakes and the polished execution of events. She continually surpassed the expectations of wedding and event clients with her attention to detail and her unique creative presentations.
Excelling in the Berkshires but feeling as though something was missing, her and her family looked elsewhere. Austin and her husband, Jonah, missed the busy Nashville scene and while staying with family in Saratoga Springs knew that this exciting city was the new great adventure. Austin immediately fell in love with the Inn at Five Points. She finds herself combining all of her talents at the Inn and she is very excited to welcome you to come and see what makes the Inn at Five Points so special. When asked what she loves most about her work, Austin simply responds with “I love giving guests the best experience possible”. We invite to you come meet Austin and have the best experience possible!
Before The Inn at Five Points came into existence, the property that is now 102 Lincoln Avenue (formerly 72 South Street) had a series of owners since it was first purchased in 1885. George W. King, a physician from Wilton, NY, resided at 102 Lincoln Avenue with his wife and son. In fact, his son, named Almeron, was a carpenter by trade and worked on the construction of many large buildings in Saratoga, including the Windsor Hotel.
In 1886, the two-story Stick style house was constructed, a popular style between 1860 and 1890. Typical of the style, the house which still stands today, features a steeply pitched roof with overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, wood cladding interrupted by patterns of horizontal, vertical or diagonal boards, and tower. Since Almeron King was a carpenter, he was the person who most likely built the house, especially because according to directories, the new house at 102 Lincoln Avenue was under construction and “unfinished” in 1886-1887. Almeron moved into the house the same year it was built with his wife and his son Earl, who was born in 1876 and had become a physician and surgeon by 1898.
In 1899, George King and his wife sold the property to Lavinia M. Edwards of Saratoga Springs. Lavinia lived there with her husband, Gustavus W. Edwards, and their son, Edward M. Edwards. According to directories, the Edwards family moved to then 72 Lincoln Ave, and it became 102 Lincoln Ave after properties on Lincoln Ave were renumbered in 1904.
In 1923, Lavinia sold the property to Isaac Speiser of New York, New York and Bertha Blond of the Bronx, New York. Speiser and Blond turned 102 Lincoln Ave into The Edwards House, a boarding house which they operated and lived in between 1923 and 1924. Speiser and Blond entered into a mortgage agreement with Mary Margaret Hazzard when they acquired the property in 1923, but unfortunately defaulted on their payments to Hazzard, who commenced a successful mortgage foreclosure action against them. When the property was put up at public auction, Hazzard was the highest bidder, and acquired the property on February 26, 1936.
In December of 1936, Moses and Anna Charak (immigrants from Poland) purchased the property from Mary M. O’Connor (previously Hazzard). After the passing of her husband in 1946, Anna remained in the house until she sold it in 1984. Anna Charak sold 102 Lincoln Ave to Karel A. and Audrey A. Weits of Dix Hills, New York on March 28, 1984. The Weits, who never moved to the property, conveyed it to Robert L. and Stephanie H. Melvin of Washington, D.C. on November 25, 1986. The Melvin’s restored 102 Lincoln Avenue and opened it as the Westchester House Bed and Breakfast.
The Melvin’s sold 102 Lincoln Avenue to the current owners, James J. and Eilis A. Petrosino of Hyde Park, New York, on September 19, 2015. The Petrosino’s opened The Inn at Five Points in May, 2016, and the rest is history!
We are proud to feature locally grown, natural, organic produce and baked goods! With a seasonal menu, we source only the freshest ingredients we can get our hands on! We are proud to team up with local businesses!