Harkness Hotel Gets Ready to Open It's Doors

Harkness Hotel (Deanne Coffin, Harkness Hotel)
Harkness Hotel (Deanne Coffin, Harkness Hotel)
Reported by: Deanne Coffin
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Updated: 6/27/2014 7:26 pm
Back in the day it was a one stop shop of the early 1900's, as it was originally a bank, a hospital on the upper level, and a store in the other part of the building.  Now it serves as a hotel named after the Harkness name which is recognized by many in the area.
The Harkness Hotel is owned by Aaron Hunsaker who bought the building last July and it's been a labor of love with his family working to get it remodeled for their big grand opening.
Aaron grew up in McCammon and moved away to Washington DC where he was a designer and then him and his wife decided to move back out west where he was inspired to make a hotel that has the feel of a hotel you would see back east or in Europe.
Hunsaker said the project would be well over a million dollars if his family was not helping with the restoration work, which is saving him about half of that amount in costs.
Each room is a unique and different design. The rooms will run around $100 to $200 dollars a night.
Hunsaker says it's different than any place you will find in the area.
"It's a different place that I think people are really going to enjoy.  The design, the history of the building, as we have worked on it, I have been learning more about the history of the building, the town and we are going to display old photographs and newspapers that we have found and people have donated to us, but I think to just enjoy it as kind of a place where you can experience a little bit of luxury," says Hunsaker.
The Harkness Hotel Grand Opening will be Saturday June 28th from 10 to 8 with a local arts and crafts fair, wagon rides, and vintage cars.
4th of July weekend will be the first weekend the hotel will be open for business.
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