Published On: Wed, Jun 11th, 2014

Morning Glory Inn earns top marks

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Morning Glory Inn bed and breakfast owners Karin Anderson and Rod Molidor recently received awards from two travel-related websites. The couple opened the inn, located near Snowshoe, in 1998. S. Stewart photo

Morning Glory Inn bed and breakfast owners Karin Anderson and Rod Molidor recently received awards from two travel-related websites. The couple opened the inn, located near Snowshoe, in 1998. S. Stewart photo

The guests have spoken and whether they were humans or their four-legged counterparts, they all agree – the Morning Glory Inn at Snowshoe is excellent.

FidoFriendly.com and TripAdvisor.com awarded Inn owners Karin Anderson and Rod Molidor top marks recently after scoring reviews submitted by guests.

“The Fido Friendly – we got five bones,” Anderson said. “It’s kind of cute, instead of five stars, you get five bones.”

The national award is given to only five percent of all pet-friendly accommodations.

The Inn also received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, an award given to the top 10 percent of accommodations worldwide.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” Anderson said. “You have to have so many five-star reviews and so many reviews all together.”

The Inn is designed as a bed and breakfast, with a total of seven rooms – one of which is pet friendly – a communal living room, dining room and expansive front porch.

The couple, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, has always made a living in the hospitality industry. After their children left the nest, the pair became nomads and spent summers working at one resort and winters at another. That’s how they found Snowshoe.

“We were working in Wyoming for Grand Teton Lodge Company,” Molidor explained. “The people who had that concession was CSX, which owned the Greenbrier at that time. My boss was Rod Stoner, who ran the Greenbrier. We found out about winter jobs at Snowshoe and tried it out.”

After their first winter on the mountain, the couple didn’t think they would return, but their jobs went from part-time to full and they decided to stay put.

In 1998, Anderson and Molidor decided to go out on their own and become their own bosses with their own place.

“We basically wanted to get out of the food and beverage merry-go-round,” Anderson said. “You know, working a bazillion hours and never seeing each other, that kind of thing. The property came up for sale and we bought it, and opened a bed and breakfast. It was kind of an evolution of everything we already knew because we’ve always been in the hospitality business.”

In the past 16 years of running the inn, Anderson and Molidor have met a plethora of people from all over the world.

“We get people from all over the world that come for the train – Israel, Argentina, a lot of people from Great Britain,” Molidor said. “We were amazed at how many train buffs there are out there. We were pleasantly surprised because of the summer business.”

The Inn is located between Slaty Fork and Snowshoe and shares an entrance with Slatyridge Farm.

For more information on the Morning Glory Inn, visit www.morninggloryinn.com

Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@pocahontastimes.com

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