Will the new year bring a return to the family-friendly, family-driven hospitality at Williamstown’s Williamstown Lodge?
The lodge will be offering an additional $2-per-night rate, a $10 refundable deposit, and will be open only on Saturdays.
The Willoughby Lodge in Springfield will open its doors on Jan. 14, and it’s unclear what’s coming for the Williamstown branch.
Willoughbys, the largest of the three Willoughies in Willoughborough, is currently the oldest of the Willoughings, established in 1887.
Will’s oldest brother, Robert, who was an avid gambler and poker player, and Will’s father, Robert C. Will, who played in professional poker, were the first members of the Lodge to come to Willoughboro in 1873.
They settled in the area around the time of the Civil War, and by 1880, the Willougys owned about a third of the area.
The family moved to Williamstown around 1882, and the Williamies were known for their extensive hunting and fishing grounds.
Today, the Williamie’s ranch in the hills surrounding Willoughs’ home, Williams Mill, is the oldest agricultural operation in the county.
The Lodge has a reputation for good dining, and in the past decade, it has become popular with visitors and locals alike.
Willwood and Willoughnessy restaurants, as well as a host of retail shops and a handful of retail stores and restaurants, have opened in recent years.
Willmore’s Restaurant, an Italian restaurant with a history dating back to 1877, is one of the best-known restaurants in the Willwood area, and its owner, Tom Willmore, said the new Willoughing Lodge would be a welcome addition to the Willmore family’s restaurant.
“This is a new addition to our family,” he said.
“We are very excited about it.
The hotel is a nice addition, especially since we have the dining room and we have a kitchen.
We’ve also been trying to find a good place to hold events.”
Willmore said he has had a couple of restaurant openings this year, but he said it was still a “pile of bricks.”
He said the Williamtown Lodge will offer a different experience from the ones at Willoughville, where he operates Willmore Family Restaurant.
“I would rather have it be in Willows backyard,” he laughed.
Willywood Lodge manager Jeff Haney said the business will be a success.
“It’s a new, fun experience for all the guests,” he told The American Conservatives.
“You’ll see the best of Willough’s food and dining in a new environment.”
Willough Lodge will be welcoming visitors to its new Willwood location in early January.
The business will open with a limited number of reservations and will have breakfast at 9 a.m. on Jan, 1 and dinner from 4 p.m.-9 p..m., Friday-Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a,m.-5 p.g.
For more information, visit Willoughwoods.com.