Pubs and hotels may not hold the most sparkling of reputations, however they are a part of the colonial heritage of Marlborough, with taverns springing up wherever miners, stockmen, and merchants might be found. Pubs are the places of legends, where stories are told and retold, or where events themselves that become legend occur. Marlborough is no different to other areas of New Zealand, with a good number of pubs, taverns and hotels constructed around the region. Few of the original buildings survive, as originally many were constructed of wood, and many were destroyed by fire over the years, but a few notable examples remain. One of the first buildings of what is now Blenheim, was in fact, a hotel established by James Wynen.