Jake Mckenna and Jay Bernhardt struck gold with the Red Mill Inn.
The remodeled hotel is coming into its second year anniversary on Paper Mill Island and already boasts international visitors and hosts major events such as the carp tournament and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Built in 1828, this grist mill was known as "The Farmers Mill" and "The Red Mill." The mill was the first built mill in the area and is also the last mill building in existence. It operated as a flour and grain mill up until 2002 when the business was shut down and moved to a different location. McKenna and Bernhardt felt that this was a historic gem that should be saved and renovated. In doing so the Red Mill Inn came to be with renovations that kept the original beams from the original building, adding to the character of the new facility.
This hotel, housed right in the heart of Baldwinsville, has been vital to the community. In the past year they were the main headquarters of the Carp Tournament, and plan to continue being the main headquarters for the upcoming tournament this spring.
And business has been good for the hotel. Currently they have three guests coming all the way from Norway.
"The community is very excited about the mill," said Assistant General Manager Pam Christensen. "We try and fit as many people in here as we can."
The hotel has a banquet room, which can accommodate up to 130 people. This room is great for wedding parties, retirement dinners, baby showers, graduation parties, along with business meetings. The room overlooks the Seneca River, where the waterfall gives the room a nice scenic backdrop. The hotel also has a business boardroom upstairs that can accommodate up to 20 people.
Each room at the inn overlooks the river or canal. The local Salt City Soap Works in Syracuse provides natural organic homemade soaps, shampoos, and conditioners for guests and a spa robe is available in each room, along with high speed internet and cable television with over 80 channels.