‘Big city comforts, small town hospitality’
Published: December 18, 2012
The Harrington name is an historic one for residents in Dushore. For some, the name most likely carries memories of ice cream that Harrington and Company distributed throughout the Northeast from the 1920s to the 1970s.
However, as time waits for no one, the Harrington home was bought by Aimee Plastow and her husband Dr. Jerry Plastow in the 1980s and they turned the property into a family home and dental practice.
In 2009, the Plastows turned the large home into a bed and breakfast after recognizing the need for local lodging. The couple decided to name it the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast to recognize the Harrington name.
“We stayed pretty full,” Aimee Plastow said. “When the gas industry arrived a few years ago, we saw the need to expand, so we added 10 rooms, a laundry room and an exercise room. We also renovated and added more modern amenities to our front entrance, lobby and breakfast area and renamed the business to Hotel Harrington.”
Plastow noted that being located in downtown Dushore on Route 220 gave them an ideal advantage to expanding the hotel.
“It was a calculated risk,” she said. “We’re located right between Bradford County and Williamsport, two of the most active areas for the gas industry. Also, being located on Route 220, we’re literally right on the path of these two areas.
“We also already had water and sewer infrastructure,” she added. “Pretty much everything worked in our favor when we planned this.”
The addition of many modern features was a big focus for the Plastows as they developed Hotel Harrington.
“We have high-speed Internet, cable TV, in-room phones with free local and long distance as well as voice mail and wake-up calls,” Aimee Plastow said. “We’ve also added kitchenettes to the rooms that include a refrigerator, microwave and coffee. For business travelers, we have a small conference room and business services like fax, copying, scanning and printing, and they can book rooms by phone or online. Our king-size beds split into twin beds. We have the only handicap-accessible rooms in Dushore; we’ve done a lot to modernize the hotel.”
As much planning and preparation as the Plastows put into the Hotel Harrington, it was the non-business travelers that caught them by pleasant surprise.
“We didn’t expect to have as many leisure customers that we’ve had,” Aimee Plastow said. “We’ve had people stay here that are visiting the state parks, or they’re hunters, or they’re just visiting local family. We’ve had a lot of people say that they have been waiting for a hotel like this to open in Dushore.”
While upgrading the amenities of the hotel was a big focus for the Plastows, they’ve also stayed true to the small-town hospitality that they grew on as a bed and breakfast.
“We have a great staff,” Aimee Plastow said. “We’re a five-minute walk to town and we have a breakfast bar with freshly brewed coffee. That’s been our motto: ‘Big city comforts, small town hospitality’.”
Johnny Williams can be reached at (570) 265-1639; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.