Cocktails on the roof anyone? Fort Wayne’s first boutique hotel officially opens

“You won’t walk into another hotel and get that feeling.”

These are the words of Barbara bradley Baekgaard, Vera bradleyco-founder of, describing a new five-story hotel she co-owns in downtown Fort Wayne called The Bradley.

Vera Bradley co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard enjoys the opening of The Bradley at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

The latest member of the Portland-based group Provence hotel group, The Bradley celebrated its grand opening on July 15 at 204 W. Main St. near Landing in downtown Fort Wayne, making it Summit City’s premier boutique hotel.

Since the beginning of the 2010s and the rise of Airbnb, boutique hotels have become a rapidly growing segment of the hosting industry, with IBISWorld reporting an 8.6% growth rate before the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than just providing customers with a comfortable night’s sleep while traveling, charming hotels make the stay an experience in itself. From exceptional service to local decor and signature pieces, they are designed to offer a glimpse into the life and cultures of the cities in which they reside.

True to form, The Bradley shares a part of the Fort Wayne identity by showcasing bold patterns and prints at every turn, which pay homage to the handbag and lifestyle brand, Vera Bradley, as one of the the largest companies in the region.

The hotel also showcases the work of local artists. Each room is decorated with botanically inspired letterpress prints specially commissioned by Fort Wayne artist Julie Wall of Hedge Studios. Additional works in the hotel’s public spaces were created by Theoplis Smith III, aka Laundry Phresh.

The hotel even has a revolving art gallery in its main lobby, showcasing the work of the students, faculty and alumni of the Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Art and Design. These works can be put up for sale.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

The Bradley has 124 guest rooms and nine suites, each individually decorated and named after cities in Indiana. Its three meeting rooms are also named after counties in northeast Indiana.

Along with local art, design features and names, The Bradley offers views of the downtown Fort Wayne skyline from its open-air rooftop bar, Birdie’s, open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily with bird cages, fire pits and a full food and drink menu. The Bradley also has a restaurant, Arbor, on its ground floor, which serves local utopian coffee and breakfast from 6.30 to 11 a.m. Lunch and dinner services will be added to the menu over the coming months.

We took a photo tour of the Bradley during its grand opening to get a taste of all the special touches that make it a unique Fort Wayne experience.

The Bradley is located at 204 W. Main St.

The Bradley is located at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy the grand opening of The Bradley and its Arbor Restaurant at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy the grand opening of The Bradley and its Arbor Restaurant at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Special keys at the Bradley at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Fort Wayne artists Julie Wall, Daniel Dienelt and Theopolis Smith presented works at The Bradley.

Birdie’s rooftop bar serves signature cocktails with a dinner menu and city views.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Guests can enjoy The Bradley’s grand opening at Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Mayor Tom Henry enjoys the opening of the Bradley in downtown Fort Wayne.

Fried mac and cheese balls are served at Bradley’s Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Fried mac and cheese balls are served at Bradley’s Birdie’s Rooftop Bar at 204 W. Main St.

Provenance Hotels President and CEO Katherine Durant and her friends enjoy the opening of the Bradley in Fort Wayne.

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