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'Hometown Guest House' is a winner

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The chairman of the motel board, Darcy Reuter, frequently takes time out to check on the progress of the motel. With her is assistant manager Travous Kennedy. Kennedy formerly lived in the area, and returned to take this job. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
The Marcus community is pleased to have another business addition which adds to the community's varied services.

Winter weather and a wet spring dampened the opening but those who have used the motel found it was worth waiting for. Guests have left comments such as "very nice, great place, friendly people, very attractive"

The decorating was done to give it a slight French flavor in colors which blend beautifully. The entrance, dining area and lounge are all one huge room with the check-in desk angled adjacent to the lounge portion.

The floor is covered with beige porcelain square tiles.Theatre red paint on the north wall sets off an oak fire place. A couple of wing antique gold chairs compliment the coordinating sofa. Occasional tables and lamps set the French atmosphere. The coffee table has the large Marcus history book printed just a few years ago so all visitors can acquaint themselves with Marcus's past.

The west dining portion of the room is set off with high metal tables with glass tops and matching chairs. The seat cushions are beige. A matching bakers rack shows off Marcus centennial pitcher, bowl and rolling pin with some chickens.

In the southwest corner is a three-piece wicker set and table to relax in. The continental breakfast will be served from a built-in oak cabinet which will include muffins, donuts, fruit along with coffee.

The hallway is covered with a carpet composed from soft green, gray, gold and blue in a diamond pattern. The walls are painted in two tones of sage green with a chair rail separating them. There are clusters of black and white photos throughout the hall depicting life in Marcus years ago, a must to see.

Wall-hangings in each room vary. There is a huge clock hanging over the doorway going to the hall in a rustic iron.

Doris Downs headed the committee to select prints, wreaths and plaques to hang in the motel and looked for items which favorably suited the donor's wishes. There are some patriotic prints, several scenes, floral,hangings resembling pottery images of leaves and so forth. The variety gives a different flavor to each room.

There will be a plaque with names on it to show who donated toward pictures and other accesssories. One may call Downs at 376-4807 if one would still like to donate to the motel.

Not all rooms are carpeted in the same color. It is the same diamond pattern done in either dark green or red. The rooms are spacious with furniture in a honey oak and lamps and light fixtures coordinated in a bronze swirl pattern.

The spreads have a theater red background with a French floral pattern that goes with either carpet color. The pleated drapes are a light sage green which matches the walls.

There is a larger suite room which includes a hot tub and a king size bed.

There is also a handicap accessible room which includes a seat in the shower and much space to get around in. There are a few rooms which are adjacent to each other to accommodate families.

An apartment is also being set up for someone to be there all the time. It includes a living/kitchen area, a bath, closet and bedroom. There is also an exit directly to the outdoors.

Darcy Reuter, chairperson of the investors group whose funds built the motel, noted that they want folks to feel welcome when they first enter the motel and think of it as home away from home. One may call 376-4844 to make reservation or go online at hometownguesthouse.com.

Funerals, weddings, family gatherings and just folks passing by have gotten the motel off to a good start.

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