The Dunay Family waited for many years in
hopes of a buyer that would not only purchase the Wood Hotel,
but would also restore it instead of tearing it down.
In 2003, Joedda McClain and Jay Latterman
appeared as the ideal buyers. They had many years of experience
in restoring aging, rundown and burned out properties and houses.
They had owned and operated bed & breakfasts, a restaurant
and a celebration hall with in-house catering.
Latterman is a lighting design contractor,
owns a successful business in Pittsburgh, and McClain has 18 years
experience as a restoration contractor and owned Pine Lodge Camp
on Fourth Lake.
The couple no sooner took ownership of The
Wood Hotel, than they were at the Town of Webb Historical Association's
fundraiser auction buying back furniture and other items that
were original to the old Wood Hotel.
They set their dual goals for the property
of securing historic designation and restoring it to current building
codes while still retaining its vintage Adirondack hotel character.
The first they achieved by the summer of
their initial year of ownership. The second was a loving but longer,
more labor intensive process.
They renamed the old Wood Hotel The Woods
Inn while at the same time winterizing it and replacing all the
The warp around porches and
stairs, with the panoramic views of Fourth Lake and the surrounding
mountains, were restored to their original 1897 appearance. The
39 rooms and six baths became 21 beautifully appointed rooms,
each with a private bath, and the lakeside cottages are as Fred
Hess built them over 100 years ago (but much more comfortable).
Behind this monumental effort
was the new owners' stylistic/philosophical view to recreate the
generous ambiance with modern amenities, a fun and stress-free
So The Wood Hotel is born again.
After months of anticipation, the grand opening celebration for
the Woods Inn was June 27, 2004. The hotel, the restaurant and
the tavern are open for business. When before World War II, Inlet
boasted 10 Adirondack hotels, The Woods Inn is now the last historic
hotel open year 'round.