Hotel reopens in Hindman, owner hopes to boost local economy

By: Morgan Lentes Email
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HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - For more than a decade, Hindman has not had a hotel. But that changed earlier this week, when the historic Quiltmaker Inn reopened under new leadership.

Owner Shawn Owens said he is hoping to give the area a boost.

Locals will tell you Hindman is a historic town with a rich, vibrant past and now some hope a building built in 1937 will help enrich its future.

"We believe firmly that our history is what makes us who we are," said Owens.

The rooms at the Quiltmaker Inn are open once again. Owens co-owns the hotel with his wife. He tells WYMT that he saw an opportunity to help his community and he took it.

"We did not have a hotel and we saw the need for lodging in the area for people to actually come in and stay all night," said Owens.

He said he plans to encourage the hotel's guests to get out and enjoy the rest of downtown Hindman.

Corbett Mullins, who runs the Appalachian Artisan Center, is excited that more visitors could soon be coming through his front door. He said he has long known about the problem of no lodging in town.

"Well yeah, you have got events going on there. But what about lodging? Where can you put people up? I was embarrassed to say that we did not have any. But now we do," said Mullins.

Both men think the inn's more traditional look will appeal to the visitors they attract.

"The art and culture community is pretty much what kind of people are drawn in to Hindman and that is what I think is going to be our strongest aspect in tourism," said Owens.

The hotel is decorated with local art.

To learn more about room rates, you can call the inn at 606-785-5622.

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