Hazard bed and breakfast helps bring tourists to area

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Hazard only has one bed and breakfast. Harmony House Owner Sherry Spradlin tells WYMT in her first year in business she has seen a steady stream of guests.

The table is set and the halls are decked for Christmas at the Harmony House. Since opening in February, Spradlin said she has been amazed with how folks will travel to enjoy the simple pleasures of mountain life, like an always ready pitcher of sweet tea.

"I actually had a mother and daughter, who came from Switzerland, also had a couple from Korea who stayed with us," said Spradlin.

Each bedroom in the Harmony House is named after a famous composer. For example, there is a Beethoven room. Spradlin said that is in memory of the building's history. The bed and breakfast used to be a school of music in the 1930s.

"We try to carry the theme throughout, every room has musical connotations in it," said Spradlin.

From the old piano to sheets of music hung with pride, Spradlin said she makes sure her guests appreciate their surroundings before checking out. One way she does that is by leading them to local tourist attractions in town.

"Once I gave them information about Hazard, they went everyday and saw something. They loved it," said Spradlin.

Mayor of Hazard Nan Gorman said she welcomes any help that brings people to the city.

"I think Hazard is a place worth visiting if you want to see a town that has grown from the prosperity of a railroad and coal. This is it," said Gorman.

Mayor Gorman was a student when Harmony House was a music school back in 1937. She said charming people into returning to Hazard is a must to ensure the town's survival.

"Tourism may be one of our most important things to bring out for the future," said Gorman.

On Sunday, December 8th, the Harmony House will participate in the Hazard Woman's Club "Christmas Tour of Homes' from 1 to 5 o'clock. That event costs $10.00 to participate in and all proceeds will go to children in need. If you would like to participate or simply book a room at the bed and breakfast, you can call 606-435-2079. You can also visit their Facebook page. A link is attached below.

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