No bailout for Heritage House: Doors close after 59 years - Ft....

Full story: Fort Bragg Advocate-News

It's more than simply ironic that just as the national economy was hitting a new bottom last week, Little River's Heritage House was having the worst days in its 60-year history.

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Pat

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Dec 18, 2008
 

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It was with a heavy heart that I read this story.Not for the owners but for the memories I had as an employee under the ownership of Gay Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennan.I had alot of respect for her and the way she treated me as an employee.The downfall came with the sale to Maureen O'conner and her entourage after the death of Mrs. Jone's son. They insulted the employees, offended the guests with their garrish and ruination of the wonderful old farmhouse and with her choice of decorators and taste. Some of the people had been coming to the Inn for 45 years and we always thought of them as family-we were told to lie to them to cover the decision to paint over the dome in the dining room.-the choice of Ms.O'Conner who didn't have the integrity to take the brunt of her own decison. I couldn't bring myself to lie for someone who had fired us all and we were subject to an interview to get our jobs back,our wages were cut, and we had lost all our previous benifits.We were insulted, and made to grovel for a chance to keep our workers. She made some very bad choices and lost the support of the locals as well as the clients.I am saddened of the loss of one of the most beautiful inns on the coast all because of greed. I will always remember the good times of the Heritage House-the REAL Heritage House and the people I worked with for seven years-some of the best years of my time on the Mendocino Coast. Rest in peace Mr. and Mrs. Dennan,you gave a lot of people a start in business and your daughter was an inspiration to to both me and my husband as her employees.
Ex-Employee of HH

Stockton, CA

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Dec 19, 2008
 
Pat wrote:
It was with a heavy heart that I read this story.Not for the owners but for the memories I had as an employee under the ownership of Gay Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennan.I had alot of respect for her and the way she treated me as an employee.The downfall came with the sale to Maureen O'conner and her entourage after the death of Mrs. Jone's son. They insulted the employees, offended the guests with their garrish and ruination of the wonderful old farmhouse and with her choice of decorators and taste. Some of the people had been coming to the Inn for 45 years and we always thought of them as family-we were told to lie to them to cover the decision to paint over the dome in the dining room.-the choice of Ms.O'Conner who didn't have the integrity to take the brunt of her own decison. I couldn't bring myself to lie for someone who had fired us all and we were subject to an interview to get our jobs back,our wages were cut, and we had lost all our previous benifits.We were insulted, and made to grovel for a chance to keep our workers. She made some very bad choices and lost the support of the locals as well as the clients.I am saddened of the loss of one of the most beautiful inns on the coast all because of greed. I will always remember the good times of the Heritage House-the REAL Heritage House and the people I worked with for seven years-some of the best years of my time on the Mendocino Coast. Rest in peace Mr. and Mrs. Dennan,you gave a lot of people a start in business and your daughter was an inspiration to to both me and my husband as her employees.
I agree with you 100% it's all the truth Maureen and her family screwed that place up big time. and YES SHE DID trash her employee's. When I was hired I didn't realize I had been told to lie to people I was simply told the dome in the dining room was painted because of water damage. I found out about a year later it was painted because Maureen didn't like it. Pretty sad in my opinion it shouldn't have mattered if she liked it or not the guests coming to stay there obviously liked it because that is the one thing I heard the most about in my 5 yrs working there. OMGosh I could go on and on.
Mike

Oakland, CA

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Dec 30, 2008
 
The 2008 California Piglet Book

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MoonAtNyt

Swansboro, NC

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Dec 30, 2008
 
This is so very sad to read and digest. This is one of many more horrible economic stories to surface in our uncertain future as a country. I don't think anyone is actually being "bailed out" financially. Our government and media are seriously and calculatingly misguided and will continue to lead us astray with stories and tales. The truth lies in the insurmountable losses like the Heritage House. Americans must wake up!! Then DO something about their piss poor leaders in offices that they do not deserve to uphold!
jaded eye

San Leandro, CA

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Jan 2, 2009
 
Justice for Katlyn L.ong. justiceforkatly.com
Ray

United States

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Jan 2, 2009
 
BMD wrote:
Justice for Katlyn Long.
and she has what to do with the heritage house.
Ray

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Jan 2, 2009
 
jaded eye wrote:
Justice for Katlyn L.ong. justiceforkatly.com
and she has what to do with the heritage house.
Jim

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Jan 3, 2009
 
Ex employees all have horror stories, anyone that has worked in hospitality has them. I worked in a local very prestigious Inn on the coast, and they did plenty of awful things to save money.
Meanwhile the greed of a few (and that includes some realtors/brokers) affects the real lives of many who now are unemployed. Still miss the coast but I am sorry to hear of the loss of so many jobs.
housing

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Jan 3, 2009
 
No bailout for Heritage House 9h well
Atlanta Fans

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Jan 13, 2009
 
We recharged our batteries at Heritgage House for at least twenty years--then we got a little dog who was not welcome there so we stopped coming.

Later we began to notice how hideously agressive they had become in their pricing--a real attraction was the idea that we could get breakfast and dinner plus Vista III for a decent price.

Anybody know what will become of the site?
Greg

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Mar 16, 2009
 
i'd like to see HH become donated (great tax write off for the owner) to the county or state.
There could be great value in the property and buildings used as a park, with first-rate facilities for the public to use at affordable cost.
MagicJoe

Fremont, CA

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Jan 27, 2013
 
I posted a couple of comments in a different Topix article on our memories of the Heritage House Inn. My wife and I recently went to Mendocino. The following link is to my YouTube video to show the status of HH taken on 01/21/13 as we drove by the resort three times:
http://youtu.be/aySkZS58N20

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