A normally dead time at Mountain Lake Resort in Giles County is very busy this season, as new management looks to make improvements to the historic hotel.
"It was really a unique business opportunity to say, 'How can we turn this special place into something even better?' and so it's a very thought-out, well-executed plan," said Jeffery Burrell, hotel manager.
Burrell now manages the resort for Mountain Lake L.L.C. The resort's endowment is investing millions of dollars into renovating the property over the next five years. Renovations include getting new carpet and bedding in most of the guestrooms. And with the management change, according to Burrell, only a few employees are no longer working at the resort and nearly all of them are seasonal.
"The thing that makes the property so special is the people that have been here for, many of them who have been here for 20 plus years, and we are going to keep as many as we possibly can," he said.
Likely the most noticeable changes here inside the hotel is at the restaurant, where they'll be getting a new chef as well as a bit of a facelift. Also, the former library is being turned into a bar. When it comes to the outdoors, you may not be spending as much time on the grounds.
"We are hoping to add a world-class aerial adventure park on the property," Burrell said.
Improvements may include a zip line to view the 2,600 acre property like it has never been seen before. So much like the changes to Kellerman's Resort in the movie "Dirty Dancing," a new beginning is underway at Mountain Lake.