DUSHORE - The natural gas industry has created all sorts of opportunity in the Northern Tier and brought increased numbers of travelers through Sullivan County who need a place to stay.
Since opening in October, the Hotel Harrington has seen its share of lodgers.
"It's better than we expected," said Aimee Plastow, who with her husband, Jerry owns and operates the hotel.
The Hotel Harrington expanded from a bed and breakfast in Dushore.
Located near downtown Dushore, it was operated for several years by the couple as a bed and breakfast.
"The bed and breakfast was going well, but we always said we wanted to add on more rooms," she explained. "On the Route 220 corridor between Towanda and Williamsport, there was no modern facility in the way of lodging."
The hotel offers 16 rooms and various amenities.
Plastow said it is unlike any other hotel or motel in Sullivan County.
"We do breakfast, which is included in the rate. We have a dining area, but we are not a restaurant," she said. "We have wireless Internet. We have microwaves and refrigerators in all the rooms."
Also offered is free long-distance and local phone calling.
"We do this because cell service can be spotty up here," she said.
Lodgers can also take advantage of the hotel fitness center and a meeting room with audio visual capabilities.
Plastow said the hotel has a great location.
Being in town with public water and sewage made it easier to expand the building and accommodate more guests.
So the couple decided to take a chance with a hotel.
"We are right here on this main road. There is no better advertising than that," she said. "We are unique in the sense that we have a variety of rooms we can offer. We have families, gas workers, people up here on business. We have leisure travelers."
Her husband, a dentist, continues to have his practice in the hotel.
"He's still there, so there's a lot going on here," she said.
Her hope, she said, is to continue drawing people to the hotel.
"We kind of went into this with our eyes open," she said. "We hope to keep the place filled for a good, long time. And we hope it be a pleasant place for people to stay."
The hotel employs six part-time workers.
More information is at www.hotelharringtonpa.com