Alyce McNamara, owner of the Dew Drop Inn in West Lafayette, hangs one of the Santa figurines on the Christmas tree in the living room of the inn.

Alyce McNamara shows off one of her many Santa Claus figurines; this one is a ceramic bird house.

The fiber optic village display is located in the "bear room" of the inn.

These figurines were purchased from family members of the late June Saylor estate.

A group of carolers greet residents coming in from the cold at the inn.

Dew Drop Inn: Decked out in holiday style

Niki Wolfe

Newcomerstown News

WEST LAFAYETTE -- That home away from home feeling is truly what you get at the Dew Drop Inn and that feeling is accentuated more now -- at Christmastime.

"There's always people needing a place to stay," owner Alyce McNamara said about opening the inn. "I just put my whole heart into it."

Alyce and her husband, Larry, were able to purchase the home and property -- which is directly next door to their home -- approximately eight years ago. It was after much prayer, that they decided to turn the two-bedroom house into an inn for a one-family occupancy per day. The inn can be rented any day of the year (never closes at the end of any season) and has had visitors from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia.

But at Christmastime, the inn takes an entirely new persona as it turns into a magical Christmas house with Santa Claus, angels, bears, Nativity scenes and the like displayed throughout every room -- including the bathroom, kitchen and basement.

Alyce began collecting Santa Claus figurines nearly 35 years ago. She said each one has its own face and expression, and that's what makes them special.

Her entire holiday collection took several days to actually put-up and she was assisted by her friend Carol Cain who also helps with cleaning.

But Alyce is not alone in her holiday collections as Larry, too, collects fiber optic houses that are displayed in a special village scene in one of the bedrooms which also displays her bear collection.

The other bedroom is decorated with angels. The bedrooms are referred to as "bear room" and "angel room."

"I've met some wonderful people and they always say how 'homey' and peaceful it is here," Alyce said.

The Dew Drop Inn, invites friends and neighbors to do just that -- do drop in -- because they will have the inn open every evening from now until the end of the year from 6 to 8 p.m. to show off their holiday collection.

Dew Drop Inn is located at 22328 State Route 751, West Lafayette, and the McNamaras may be reached by calling 545-7431.