Baldwinsville Red Mill Inn celebrates five years
| Photo by Baldwinsville Messenger
The Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville is observing its fifth
Located on riverfront in the heart of the village, the 32-room
facility continues to gain in popularity, not only as a place
to stay, but for a wide array of catered and special events
ranging from conferences to baby showers, wedding receptions
and other special events.
Recently, Jimmy Wulforst became general manager, bringing
with him extensive experience in all aspects of the hospitality
business, having operated major hotels and resorts in the
western United States. With an enthusiastic and positive attitude,
Wulforst has been winning new friends by spreading the message
both locally and far and wide of what the Red Mill Inn has
The Red Mill Inn's popularity and uniqueness is attested to
by the return business in the way of visitors who rave over
the attractive and warm ambiance of the rooms and conference
facilities and the personal service they receive. The hotel
also has a 43-car parking lot and is equipped with high-speed
Internet and teleconferencing systems designed to accommodate
business travelers. All rooms have cable TV, a DVD/CD player
as well as individually-controlled heat and air conditioning,
and a full size iron and board.
History of 'The Red Mill'
John McHarrie and Stephen Baldwin, among the first settlers
of Baldwinsville, built what today is the Red Mill Inn as
a three-story gristmill in 1828. It took two years and thousands
of man hours to complete. Throughout its history, it was referred
to as "The Farmers Mill" and "The Red Mill."In
2005, Mercer Milling Co. moved to a new facility, leaving
doubt as to the future of the 150-year- old "Red Mill," as
it was called.
It was the sole survivor of the flour and grist mills and
other local industries that once lined the banks of the Seneca
River through Baldwinsville. Local entrepreneurs Jay Bernhardt
and Jake McKenna felt this historic landmark should be preserved
and transformed into a high-end hotel. The community wholeheartedly
supported the effort and over the course of a year the structure
was completely renovated. Former Mayor Dan O'Hara, now State
Fair Director, lauded Bernhardt and McKenna as "professionals
who understand economic development." It is officially
owned by J&J Enterprises.
Since then, The Red Mill Inn has become one of the village's
most prized functional historic landmarks. Every effort has
been made to preserve the architectural and historical integrity
of the building, which is enhanced by an appropriate interior
motif, which reflects good taste in blending the old with
One of a kind
The Red Mill Inn is unique in the fact that it draws clientele
traveling by car and by boat as it is located along State
Route 48 adjacent to Lock 24 of the New York State Canal System.
During the navigation season many boaters traveling through
stop off and stay at the Red Mill Inn to see the sites and
patronize other local businesses.
The rooms are on three floors and guests have full access
to the activity room and business area. The rooms include
a variety of double queen and king size beds. Also featured
is a variety of suites with panoramic views of the river,
canal and surrounding landscape. The Bernhardt Suite offers
a board-room atmosphere suitable for corporate meetings. The
hotel is decorated in a "Mission" style, reflecting
the simplicity of the Arts & Crafts movement in America
a century or more ago. The overall decor preserves and accentuates
the historical nature of the building.
The Red Mill is a green facility. That means it is energy
efficient, and all cleaning supplies are made of natural ingredients
not harmful to the environment. Coincidentally, The Red Mill
Inn Store offers its own line of botanically-formulated personal
products as well as souvenir glasses and mugs.
The handsomely appointed first floor banquet room is moderately
priced and accommodates up to 150 people. The hotel has a
list of caterers suited for any event. Assistant Manager Pam
Christensen has become well known in this field and has received
wide praise for her attention to detail.
Since it opened in 2006, The Red Mill Inn has hosted numerous
events, one of the most notable being the annual four-day
Wild Carp Classic that draws seasoned carp-angling professionals
from a wide area.
One of the new amenities being planned is a small bar, with
a flat-screen TV. It will feature a selection of New York
State wines and bottled beers as well as soft drinks, but