As we reflect on the last 40 years we are reminded of the vision planted by founders Marge Stock and Margret Schlichting. It has been the mission of current Owner Jason Nies to build upon and enhance that legacy. Below is a timeline of noteworthy events that have helped shape The Inn over the last 40 years. We continue to build, renovate, and reimagine all that The Inn can be and can’t wait to get started on the next 40 years!
1982 | The Inn officially opens for business on November 1st.
1984 | Arthur and Ruth Stock, Marge’s parents, built a house on land adjacent to The Inn.
1986 | The architect, Julius Blum, starts working on plans for the Club-Level Honeycomb addition – twelve earth-sheltered rooms dug out of a steep hillside.
1987 | Construction of the Club-Level Honeycomb rooms starts with the objective of offering guests privacy, serenity, luxury, and a return to nature.
1988 | The Club-Level Honeycomb addition opens September 1st.
1990 | The River’s Edge Trail is added. Now known as the Garden Trail.
1991 | 120 acres south of The Inn, and 47 acres to the north, are purchased by Marge to protect The Inn from encroaching commercialism. In November, The Inn is named to the “Uncle Ben’s Ten Best Country Inns of the Year” list. Marge travels to Chicago to accept the award.
1992 | A six-acre orchard and berry farm are planted on the 47 acres north of the property. This site is chosen for its high ground in order to prevent spring frosts. The same year, a house designed by Julius Blum is constructed on the same site. It is currently owned and occupied by a former staff member and his family.
1993 | Completed on October 1, 1993, the Trillium Cottage and Cardinal Cottage, located uphill from the Club-Level Honeycombs and tucked into the woods, open to great reviews. Mr. Blum again creates unique buildings with spectacular views and complete privacy. Each cottage offers two queen-size bedrooms, a living room, deck, and a wood-burning fireplace.
1995 | TheTreetop Pavilion opens in June with a party for Governor Voinovich and travel writers.
1996 | Responding to guest requests, the Trillium Cottage is converted from a two-bedroom guesthouse to a Honeymoon / Anniversary cottage and a Jacuzzi tub for two is added. The Inn also receives the “America’s Favorite Inns Award” by the editor of America’s Favorite Inns, B&Bs, and Small Hotels.
1997 | At the Board of Directors’ meeting in January, Marge resigns from the position of Innkeeper to gain more time to look after her mother and to fulfill other aspects of her dream for the area. She determines that the staff would select the new Innkeeper, with the approval of the Board of Directors. In July, the new Innkeeper, Rick Blum, assumes his role and Marge leaves The Inn to pursue new ventures.
1999 | Rick Blum resigns as the Innkeeper in June. The Inn is managed by a team consisting of five longtime employees.
2000 | Marge’s original weekend cottage, also designed by Julius Blum, becomes part of the rental property and is referred to as The Woods House. This increases the number of rental units to 40.
2003 | In January, Marge sells the property to Phil Jenkins.
2009 | In October, Phil Jenkins sells The Inn to Jason Nies, our current proprietor.
2011 | The restaurant is officially renamed Tarragon, and updates are made, including the addition of a lounge.
2012 | Wi-Fi is extended to the Club-Level Honeycombs and the cottages, giving all guest quarters connectivity. A new phone system offering voicemail for the guests is added, as well as DirecTV, Blu-ray players, and HD flat-panel televisions in every guestroom. A business center is added. The Wood Wall is relocated to the Hearth Room. A Gift Shop is added to the lobby area.
2013 | Six Tunis sheep are purchased to begin the Honey Run Flock.
2014 | A new barn is built for the growing flock of sheep and 2.5 acres of pasture are fenced for their grazing enjoyment. The decks outside of Tarragon and the Sage Room are remodeled.
2015 | Two beehives are added to the upper meadow. The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum opens in September with a “Haiku Walk” as its first installation, followed by “The Face of the Nations.”
2016 | “Being Time” is added to The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
2018 | “Chance Medley” and “Around the Bend” are added toThe Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
2019 | Both Club-Level Cottages are renovated to have King beds in each bedroom and 2 person hot tubs on the deck are added. Raised beds for herbs, a well, working electric, fruit trees, and berry bushes are added to The Honey Run Garden.
2020 | The Juniper Lounge at Tarragon opens with a new menu and decor offering guests a more unbuttoned dining experience while staying at The Inn.
2020 | “Primitive Gateways” is added to The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
2021 | The Garden at The Inn at Honey Run begins to bear fruits, vegetables, and flowers and the greenhouse is completed.
2021 | “Scaleshift” and “Totem of 5 Pliers” are added to The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
2022 | “3 C’s, 2 B’s, at 1 Honey Run” is added to The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
2022 | The Inn celebrates our 40th Anniversary on November 1st.