CHESTERTOWN - A landmark inn in northern Warren County has reopened under new ownership.
Panther Mountain House in downtown Chestertown is now in full operation, with beverages and sandwiches available in the tavern as of Friday, and rooms being rented to area visitors for the past three weeks.
The inn had been closed for several months.
The Panther Mountain House's three new co-owners, Don and Darlene Butler and Keith Wilkinson, bought the inn June 1 from its former owners, Tom and Margaret Carroll. The Carrolls had operated the hotel for approximately 52 years, Don Butler said Monday.
Butler and Wilkinson are proprietors of Brant Lake Taxi, which is now situated in the inn.
Some changes under the new ownership include refreshed room decor, new client amenities including complimentary morning coffee, and a refurbished tavern including expanded patron area and an updated jukebox.
All available rooms in the Panther Mountain House were rented this past weekend, Butler said.
Upcoming changes include an expanded menu, including pizza, he said. Also, the aim is to have Trailways establish Panther Mountain House as bus stop, which will likely boost business, he said. Already, promotion of the inn has been boosted by marketing over the Internet, Butler said.
"Customer service is a top priority for us," he said, noting that the new owners seek to cater to the New York City crowd, offering a shuttle service to North Creek for skiing and whitewater rafting. The inn will be open year-round, Butler said.
"We look forward to meeting all of our customers' needs - and providing them with a clean, friendly and memorable experience," he said.