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Friday, July 24, 2015

10-room hotel, with restaurant and bar, to open in Mount Tremper

Story from the Daily Freeman:

This building on Andrew Lane in the Shandaken hamlet of Mount Tremper will be home to the Foxfire Mountain House. From foxfiremountainhouse.com
MOUNT TREMPER >> A combined hotel, restaurant and bar will operate on Andrew Lane in this town of Shandaken hamlet.

Tim Trojian, owner of the property at 72 Andrew Lane, has been given permission by the town to renovate an existing structure on the site and turn it into a business called the Foxfire Mountain House. The hotel will have 10 guest rooms.

Trojian, speaking at a July 8 public hearing about his plan, said the building was constructed more than a century ago, when such facilities dotted the local hillsides and trains brought visitors up from New York City.

“Our goal is to restore the inn which was originally built around 1900 and known as the Mountain Breeze House,” he said. “We’ve taken the time to do the best we can to restore the inn — not to historical values, but to make sure it stays as a piece of the town’s heritage for the next hundred years.”

Several neighbors have voiced concerns about traffic flow on the half-mile road that leads to the inn.

Trojian’s property sits at the end of the narrow, dead-end Andrew Lane. Several houses are located along the way up the hill to the site, and many are close to the road.

The Shandaken Planning Board said it will ask the town highway superintendent to take a look at the road. The board also plans to recommend a lower speed limit.

Concerns also have been voiced about noise from the new business because Trojian said he plans to host weddings there as soon as next month.

The Foxfire Mountain House will be on hillside on the south side of Route 28, just west of the Emerson Resort and Spa.

Trojian and his wife, Arden, have established an online journal at foxfiremountainhouse.com to tell the story of their adventure as the property’s new owners. They said they bought the site in 2013.

The website feature old photos of the site’s former inn during its glory days, as well as images showing how it fell into disrepair and the restoration efforts.

“Here’s the situation at its core: We are the proud new owners of a property in sleepy, lovely Mouny Tremper which was once the famed Mountain Breeze Guest House,” the Trojians say on the site. “In between its previous life as a hotel and coming to us, the property has fallen into overgrown, crumbling, love-needing disrepair. ... We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got miles more to go.” We hope you’ll join us along the way....”

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