Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
May 26th, 2020
After much deliberation, many tears, and a few sleepless nights, we are making the decision to not open the Quarter Way Inn at all this season. It absolutely breaks my heart.
2020 is not turning out how anyone expected and we are all tired of the new reality we find ourselves in. For lack of more articulate phrasing: this sucks and I am over it. I desperately want to swing open the doors, announce that we are welcoming the hardy souls traversing the Appalachian Mountains on their adventure of a lifetime, and restart the business I worked so hard to build. I want to have a normal, awesome season. But, these are not normal times.
The Quarter Way Inn was designed as a place to rest, relax, and enjoy the company of fellow hikers. Whether sitting together on the couch watching a movie, devouring an enormous breakfast around the dining room table, laughing together while playing a game, or rocking side by side on the porch - strangers communing here is a big part of the magic. So many things about how we operate would have to be altered to meet the current CDC and VDH guidelines that I am afraid the spirit of the place would be lost. These alterations would also take time and money, and frankly, I need to focus on other money-making pursuits (one of which I think you hikers will love).
I am truly heartbroken for the AT Class of 2020 and all of the businesses that rely on robust hiker traffic to survive. But, I am more heartbroken for the people who have lost friends and family members to COVID-19. We all have to choose what we think is the best thing to do right now, and for us, we are choosing to stay closed.
I wish everyone the best as we all try to navigate this new reality and make decisions we can all live with.