Highland Inn Re-Opens To Guests

Since it was opened in 1904, The Highland Inn in Monterey has served as a vital resource to the community, filling lodging and dining needs year-round. That was in jeopardy last year, though, as the Inn’s doors were closed to business at the end of October. Salvation came in the form of The Highland Center, the non-profit business incubator also located in Monterey. The Center needed a location to relocate staff and tenants during the renovation of it’s historic school building site, and that, combined with the Center’s mission to retain and create economic development, convinced the Center’s board of directors to move ahead with purchasing the property.

The Inn’s rooms were opened for guests who had previously made reservations for this year’s Maple Festival, but regular overnight stays had not been available during the remainder of the spring, while needed improvements and organization occurred. In mid-May, the doors to the rooms were again opened to the public, and guests have been arriving steadily since then. Susie Newlon, owner of Highland Mountain Flowers in Monterey, has been serving as manager, and spoke about business since the re-opening.

“We have been open for about two weeks at this point – we have been amazingly busy, in my opinion. We have had our second floor rented out the last two weekends – we’ve had a full house.

“We are accepting reservations and walk-ins, weekends only. Check in time is anytime after 2:00 PM – check out is any time before 11:00 AM. We also serve Continental breakfast in our Tavern for all of our guests.”

Ms. Newlon noted that there are plans to re-open the dining room and the Black Sheep Tavern later this summer, but details have not yet been finalized. She provided contact information for more information and reservations.

“All of our information is on our website, www.highland-inn.com. You can also reach us by telephone at 540-468-2143. Our e-mail address is info@highland-inn.com.”

And why should a guest want to stay at the Highland Inn?

“Our unique nature, our antique feel, and most certainly, the community and county that we live in – and the personal service that you receive.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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