MIDWAY — People come from all over the world to stay and play at Utah’s Homestead Resort. And next spring, the resort will have a fresh new look.
Next month, the historic resort overlooking the Heber Valley will close and get a much needed facelift.
"As you take a look at the interiors of many of those accommodations, they just look old and they look tired," said Steve Eddington, owner and managing partner of The Homestead.
Eddington said the decision to remodel actually came from long-time resort guests.
“We recognized right out of the chutes that many of our guests came to us and said, 'Hey look, can you freshen The Homestead up? We love coming here, we've been coming here for years and years, we have our anniversary here, our reunions here.' We owe it to them," he said.
Each of the 121 rooms will get some kind of attention, such as new carpet, new bedding, window treatments and furniture, including flat screen, high def TVs.
The resort’s 18-hole championship golf course will also see upgrades, including a new irrigation system, rebuilt tee boxes, sand traps and cart paths.
As you take a look at the interiors of many of those accommodations, they just look old and they look tired.
The total cost of the facelift is not yet determined, but will be several hundred thousand dollars, according to Eddington.
The remodeling will be handled to maintain the themes of each building — features that have continued to attract and make memories for guests for years. "We're not just investing in real estate, we're investing in people, we're investing in future memories, and that’s very important and compelling to us,” he said.
The resort will close the second week of December and will reopen next April. As for the 200 Homestead employees, they will not be laid off. Some will help with the remodeling, others will be transferred and work at The Homestead's sister resort, the Zermatt Resort, right across the street.