Revitalizing a Main Street Icon

http://files.ctctcdn.com/e2d41090101/d759a772-b970-446c-b502-3ad1c557d748.jpgLast fall, the future of the Highland Inn was unclear.  The 111 year-old hotel, a National Landmark building that is the county’s largest lodging facility, closed its doors due to financial constraints and the need for major upgrades.  The Highland Center purchased the Inn last February with a loan from a private citizen and has been welcoming overnight guests throughout the summer.  Plans for the restaurant are underway, and the inspected kitchen is in operation to serve complimentary breakfast for guests and prepare home-delivered meals for Bath and Highland seniors  through Valley Program for Aging Services.  Plans for the restaurant include a fresh and healthy menu that showcases local meat, produce, and other Highland products.

In addition to being a treasured landmark that is critical to tourism and the Main Street economy, the Highland Inn also has great potential to attract young people to the county with workforce development opportunities for those in the culinary and hospitality industries.  The Highland Center is in talks with regional community colleges to develop an apprenticeship program in those fields.  This and other initiatives are being planned with input from the community and guidance from the Highland Inn Steering Committee.  Renovation of the Inn is a major priority, and the Center is asking for community donations as well as exploring state and federal grant opportunities.  The goal is to maintain the historical integrity of the hotel while making it more attractive and comfortable for guests.  If you are interested in becoming involved in the project, please contact Executive Director Betty Mitchell at (540) 468-1922 or bettymitchell@htcnet.org.

Help us meet our challenge grant

We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received to help purchase and renovate the Highland Inn.  Most recently, several generous donors issued a $111,000 challenge in honor of the Inn’s 111th birthday.

Gifts and pledges made by December 31st may be matched 1:1 and go directly toward renovating the Inn.  You may give online, fill out a pledge form, or stop by the Inn to make your donation.

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