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An Escape to the Cape at Camp Adelaide — A Rustic-Chic Airbnb Stay in Barnstable, Massachusetts

On this epsiode of Behind the Stays, Zach interviews Kristen Bishop — a real estate professional who purchased the historic guest on the Filene family’s estate that would become “Camp Adelaide.”

The Filene family owned and operated “Filene’s Basement”, also called The Basement, which was a Massachusetts-based chain of department stores that was owned by Retail Ventures, Inc. until April 2009 when it was sold to Syms.

The oldest off-price retailer in the United States, Filene’s Basement focused on high-end goods and was known for its distinctive, low-technology automatic markdown system.

After purchasing the home in 2019, Kristen has made Camp Adelaide her nights and weekends project…slowly, but surely, restoring the home without disrupting its deep character. 

Listen in to learn more about the serendipity that led to Kristen’s acquisition of the home, the story behind why she decided to become an Airbnb host, and what “home” during a global pandemic means to Kristen and her family. 

You can book a stay at Camp Adelaide, here. Mention “Behind the Stays” and/or “Sponstayneous” and Kristen might just cut you a special deal…but no promises :).