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From Poland with Love: Hospitality Entrepreneurs Welcome Guests in Glenwood Springs

Hard work and European flair pays off for Polish-American motel owners-operators in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Glenwood Springs is home to a large community of first, second and third generation Polish-Americans, many of whom either own or help operate the family-run motel business. In all, Polish entrepreneurs own/operate a whopping nine motels in Glenwood Springs!

• Frontier Lodge
• Cedar Lodge
• Caravan Inn
• Starlight Lodge
• Silver Spruce Motel
• Best Western Antlers
• Glenwood Springs Inn
• Hanging Lake Inn
• Rodeway Inn

Why Glenwood? After the oppression of communism during  the Soviet occupation of Poland from 1945 to 1989, business opportunities in the mineral hot springs town promised possibilities for a new, self-determined future, while the landscape around Glenwood Springs with its mountains for hiking and skiing, and rivers for rafting and fishing soothed the homesickness many Poles felt after leaving their native country.

The Poles who reside in Glenwood Springs today were fortunate to already have established ties to the U.S. through family who had immigrated after WWI.  Even though the borders were officially closed during the Soviet occupation, people with relatives in the U.S. were permitted to correspond via mail and eventually relocate to America. Most settled in the Chicago area. After one family bought a hotel in Glenwood Springs; word spread within the tight-knit Polish community in Chicago about the business opportunities available in Western Colorado. Over the next several years, other families followed to purchase and run their own lodging establishments.

The motels owned by Glenwood’s Polish community are known for their high standards of room cleanliness and attention to property details. During the summer months many Polish-owned and operated motels carry on the European tradition of planting window boxes and hanging baskets overflowing with cheerful, welcoming summer blooms.

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