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Inn reopens in Hindman





Cyndi Combs and Shawn Owens operate the Quiltmaker Inn in Hindman. (Photo by Karen Jones Cody)

Cyndi Combs and Shawn Owens operate the Quiltmaker Inn in Hindman. (Photo by Karen Jones Cody)

Visitors to Knott County who are planning an overnight stay will no longer be forced to drive to an adjoining county to find pleasant lodging. The Quiltmaker Inn has reopened in Hindman.

The Inn, located on Main Street in the second and third floors of the building that houses Forget-Me- Not Floral, mixes modern convenience with country charm. The atmosphere is quaint and inviting, and the Inn is decorated throughout with old-fashioned furniture, historical photographs and quilts. Amenities include a free Continental breakfast and free WiFi. There are 15 rooms available, including four suites, which have two bedrooms and an adjoining bath.

The Inn first opened in 1937 as Young’s Hotel. It became the Quiltmaker in the 1990s and was run by Orgus Seals and family. The building was purchased 12 years ago by Hindman Settlement School, and since then has only been used for additional housing during special events. Knott County Tourism Director Shawn Owens says he saw the potential for much more. “I asked Settlement Director Brent Hutchinson about leasing the facility — and he said yes!” Owens said.

Owens and his “better half,” Cyndi Combs, are beginning to add their own touches to the Inn. Their plan is to name the rooms in honor of local artists, crafters, and musicians who have been iconic to Knott County. “There are a lot of great people to choose from. We’d like staying here to be a history lesson and a pleasant experience all in one,” Owens said.

“We are also renting a studio in the Cody building — when artists stay here, it will be available to them as part of the package,” Owens explained. Two young artists have already added to the Quiltmaker atmosphere — Lacy Hale transformed the front door from ordinary to attention-grabbing, and Carrie Carter made the old innkeeper’s desk a perfect fit for the Quiltmaker theme.

The Inn will offer a discounted rate for service members, veterans, police officers, firefighters — and TransAmerica bicycle tourists .

Those interested in seeing more of the Inn may visit their website, www.quiltmakerinn.com, where rooms may also be booked. To reserve a room or find out more information, call 606-785-5622.


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