In October of 2017, The Trestle Inn, a renovated residence-turned Bed and Breakfast opened its doors to the public in efforts to provide a stress-free environment for a hostess. But, it’s not like others, according to partners Sandy Grubbs and Barb Hutt - it’s a fill-in home to families.
“We want this to be a home to share with people,” said Trestle Inn Co-Owner, Sandy Grubbs. “We want women to not have to worry about their home [for events and holidays].”
Used for special occasions, celebrations, and more, the residence provides families with rooms to host.
“I come from a very big family and if they come into town, they could stay here” said Manager of The Trestle Inn, Barb Hutt. “It’s nice that somebody can come visit and know that there is a place to gather.”
A residence with history
Aged like wine, the residence has lived a series of lives since its construction in 1920.
Built by Madeline and Dr. Smith in 1920, according to Grubbs, the house later added an addition in the back which then housed a doctor’s office in 1948. After the Smiths passed away, the house was sold to a couple who turned the building into a beauty shop. Later, the residence would become a five-bedroom apartment complex.
“The destruction was terrible in the house,” Grubbs described. “Holes in the floors, holes in the walls - it was a total renovation.”
The 306 South Main Street residence caught the eye of Grubbs’ daughter, Andi Dalton.
“My daughter wanted to buy this house, it was her dream,” Grubbs said.
Grubbs had previously flipped around thirty homes in her past and decided purchasing the residence would be another flip project.
“It [plans] changed so we eventually bought the house from the kids and bought half of them out,” Grubbs said.
Teaming up with longtime co-worker, Barb Hutt, Grubbs decided to work on the project together.
“We wanted to do something after we retired,” Grubbs said. “This was the dream; we used it as a rental for one year and then Barb was talking about retiring and I thought she could be the manager and care taker.”
“There’s a lot of hats that go along with the Bed and Breakfast.”
The Trestle Inn debuts in Woodward
The Trestle Inn, named after the lighted High Trestle Bridge, was completely renovated by the duo and Joseph Warnock, who has since passed away.
“Anybody can go and fix up a house, anybody can do that, [but] to restore these big girls - to keep the integrity is really hard,” Grubbs said about the renovation.
The bulk of the house was tended to; updating larger items such as the roof, and items as small as wall sockets - all had to be done during the renovation.
“We both felt, and Andi felt that we wanted to keep it [residence] comfy and keep the old wood and woodwork,” Grubbs said.
The Trestle Inn can sleep up to 16, which accumulates from the two queen bedrooms, one king bedroom, several couches, pull-out beds and additional blow-up mattresses.
“We furnish snacks for everybody, free WiFi and free DVD players,” Grubbs said.
For those wishing to host for the evening, the bed and breakfast has dishware, kitchen appliances, tabletop decorations in place, and food in the fridge to feed.
“We can do a whole [table] setting for twenty people,” Grubbs said. “We’ll have tables all set up for them, we always have some kind of fresh flower bouquet and we get them from Donna Jean’s [Flowers by Donna Jean in Woodward].”
There is no rush in the morning for those who stay over, as both breakfast and check-out are offered at noon.
“We’re not making people jump and run,” Grubbs said.
During the summertime, the Trestle Inn hopes to cater to the biking community as there’s a bike barn located in the garage area which can store both bicycles and motorcycles.
The support from the Woodward community has been overwhelming, Grubbs explained.
“We had to get a variance because this is in a residential zone and it was voted unanimously and they have thanked us for bringing in a new business,” Grubbs said. “The warm welcome we’ve gotten into the community [has been surprising], not even here, but Perry, Ogden, the surrounding places it’s just word of mouth.”
The residence encourages outside business, Grubbs says.
“We promote places to eat, the grocery store, the Picket Fence at the end of the town as really cool places to get snacks,” Grubbs said. “We promote all businesses around here.”
The Trestle Inn is meant to house all and fill in as a warm place to host.
“Nothing is priceless in this house in our hearts, it’s to be shared,” Grubbs said. “I want people to come in and enjoy it.”
“We’re not a typical bed and breakfast; we’re more homey - we’re like your grandma’s house.”