For several years the Riverview Inn on the corner of Hawthorn St and N. Irving sat empty. The art deco building one of the highlights of archeticture in Colonial Beach.
Then Bob and Kelly Vaughn, who own a second home on Mattox Creek, went looking for a business to invest in for his retirement. They looked into multiple businesses around town from opening a restaurant to a bowling alley, but during Bike Fest last year they came through the town and the property struck them as one to look into.
When asked why they invested in Colonial Beach, Bob said, “We wanted to be part of a community and when we looked into this that is what thrilled us most. We could come here we could be owners of the hotel, but part of Colonial Beach.”
The Vaughns made the property a local affair from local contractor Trinity Builders, LLC doing the work on the building to purchasing items from local shops. Furniture came from everywhere from Compulsive Cravings to Unique House.
Kelly spoke of some of the linens and decorations being bought at Raggs and Rankin’s furniture store. Each room of the motel has its own theme from flamingos in the accessible room, which is one of only two ADA rooms in Westmoreland County to an octopus themed room in room eight. Most of the rooms feature artwork on the dressers by local artist Andrea Cirbee.
Cirbee spoke with excitement over all her painting done for the Vaughns. Like a proud new parent she showed off many pictures of the beautiful designs on her cellphone recently.
The lobby of the inn features light peachy pink paint and a beautiful wooden floor. With the shape of the room you feel like you’re stepping into the past, but with modern amentities. The entire building is set up for wireless internet access so that guests can hop on the internet while there.