Vacant hotel gets new owners
ENTERPRISE — Nearly a year after its closure, the former Best Western Rama Inn in Enterprise is getting a new name and new owners.
Susanna and David Hurley closed on the purchase of the hotel Thursday with Lewis and Clark Bank of Oregon City. The hotel will undergo a name change to Eagle’s View Inn and Suites.
The Hurleys came to Wallowa County from Georgia when David Hurley was offered a job as an accountant with Jeff Edison. The two became partners until last year when the Hurleys bought the Eagle Cap Chalets at Wallowa Lake and their lives took a decided turn.
“We moved here in the hopes of a busy tax season and to relax more during the rest of the year, but the business got busier and busier,” David Hurley said.
Susanna Hurley said that after 22 years, the couple was looking for something different.
So, the Hurleys bought and began running the popular resort in January 2012, and moved their family from Enterprise to Wallowa Lake. In their second summer, they feel like they are getting their legs under them as innkeepers.
“It definitely seemed easier this summer knowing how things run,” Susanna Hurley said. “We are busy from late May through September and October is a break-even month.”
She said even in the winter they have some business with the Eagle Cap Sled Dog Races and some backcountry skiers and snowshoers. Now they are expanding their business to Enterprise.
The accounting and business background has been helpful running the inn.
“Doing the finances and paperwork is pretty big,” Susanna Hurley said.
David Hurley said they looked at buying the Best Western when it was for sale by the previous owners, but the financials didn’t look good.
When the bank foreclosed on the loan this spring, the Hurleys looked into it again. The price tag was now less than what the previous owners had wanted and they were able to make the deal.
The absence of the 53-room hotel has affected tourism and Enterprise’s motel tax income, which is granted to groups within the city. David Hurley said they would re-open the hotel as soon as possible.
“We’ve turned away dozens and dozens (of people) every weekend,” David Hurley said. “My understanding is every resort property has been full this summer. The other three hotels have been completely full and people haven’t been able to be here.”
When the North Bend 7 LLC left the Best Western, they took much of the furnishings with them. David Hurley said the bank is replacing all of the missing items and shipments are already arriving.
“It was the first place we stayed when we came to see Mr. Edison,” Susanna Hurley said. “I think it’s a great setting and a great view and it’s nice to be able to offer jobs.”