Lovins cut the ribbon

Denise Lovin, right, cuts the ribbon on the Horton Hotel as daughter, Hallie, second to right, husband, Fulton, second to left, and front desk associate Gentry Turner, far left, watch, on Sunday, June 23.

BOONE — With nice weather, a crowd on the rooftop bar and deck toasted the the Horton Hotel as the Boone Area and Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce held a grand opening event on Sunday, June 23.

“We are so incredibly proud of our sweet downtown and to be nestled in King Street,” co-owner Denise Lovin stated. “Our mission as a business is to help foster long-lasting relationships, to be a good neighbor and offer extraordinary customer service in a unique environment.”

The ribbon was cut by Denise, husband Fulton and daughter Hallie, flanked by staff.

Prior to cutting the ribbon, N.C. Rep. Ray Russell (D-Boone) issued a proclamation to the Lovins, commending them for opening the hotel and helping to preserve a piece of Boone’s history.

The 15-room boutique hotel opened in February after over a year of renovation and construction. The 800-square-foot rooftop lounge, where the ceremony took place, opened a few weeks later.

The hotel’s name comes from the building, named after H.W. Horton, who built the space in the 1920s.

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