The Riverside Hotel’s History
In 1889, the new C&O Railroad connected the little town of Friendsville with the outside world. In that same year, the Riverside Hotel was built to accommodate the growing number of travelers and workmen. The business closed in the 1940’s when construction of the Youghiogheny River Lake terminated the rail line. In 2003, the previous owners purchased the rundown property, and spent two years on renovations. The historical character of the hotel has been preserved while adding necessary improvements.
The New Proprietors
In July of 2016, the Hotel was purchased by Kyle Burton and Cara Heasley. Both attended college in the western Maryland area to then return home to Baltimore in order to be closer to family. Kyle, an Adventuresports Institute graduate from Garret College, and Cara, a long term Social Science and Art student at Frostburg State University, soon missed the lifestyle the mountain and river community had to offer. As soon as they laid eyes on The Riverside, they fell in love with its unique beauty and local energy that followed. They soon felt right at home. The porch and hammock are perfect for appreciating the river while enjoying a meal, or reading a book. Each room has character and great views of the river or garden, while providing exceptional comfort. While the garden was rich in produce, and the soil was remarkable. Inspired by the endless opportunities the community and home could offer, Kyle and Cara decided to dive into not only a wonderful project, but a new, and more rewarding lifestyle. The couple hopes to bring their new ideas to the community, as well as continuing to bring great food and lodging to locals and travelers alike.