Hawk Mountain closes inn and restaurant
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | December 29,2012
PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth vacation destination is closing its inn and restaurant due to difficult financial circumstances.
The Hawk Mountain Inn and Mountain Resort announced that its 50-room inn and award-winnng restaurant, The River Tavern, will no longer be serving guests as of Jan. 3. Jim Nielsen, Hawk Mountain executive vice president, confirmed the closures.
The Hawk Mountain Inn and Resort offered fine dining, rooms and suites, villas and seasonal rentals, a spa and fitness center and real estate.
Nielsen said the effects of a sluggish economy, Tropical Storm Irene and a poor 2011-12 winter compromised business. Inn reservations were lower than expected going into the 2012-13 winter season and owners and management took a month to make the decision.
“Guests who made inn reservations in February have either rebooked in our (mountain condos) or refunded. The economy hasn’t been as strong. It was a difficult decision to make,” Nielsen said.
Villas and seasonal rentals will remain open as will the pool and spa, ice skating and cross-country skiing. The Hawk Mountain Inn and Resort will now focus on summer weddings and fall foliage tours.
Local residents were surprised by Hawk Mountain Inn and Restaurant’s abrupt closing. Chase Morsey of Plymouth lives near Hawk Mountain, uses the spa on occasion, and had several meals at the restaurant.
He hopes ownership will reconsider their decision for the benefit of the town.
“Everything Plymouth had has gone away. Bear Creek ski area and our local general store and gas station are all gone. Now Hawk Mountain seems to be going. It was a great destination,” Morsey said.
Ursula DePaul of Plymouth knew people who worked at the restaurant and was concerned about their job statuses. She said she hopes their jobs will be spared and ownership can find a way to reopen again.
“I don’t know how it’s going to affect everyone. It brought in money. It’s a shame,” DePaul said.