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By Akasha Spino-Bybee
For The Sentinel 

Historic Lyle Hotel back in business



The Historic Lyle Hotel newly remodeled dining room.

A county hotel that has been clinging to its foundation for 11 decades and counting was not so long ago a dull, lightless, and rather bleak place. It reflected the result of the fractured relationship of its previous owners, and until the summer of 2014, it was nearly forgotten.

Then the Lyle Hotel was adopted by Richard and Trece Simpson, who are native to southern California. The Simpsons had stumbled across the hideaway when searching for a place to follow their dream-owning a bed and breakfast.

"I graduated from California Culinary Academy and have been in, around, and cooking for restaurants my entire adult life. Trece is a mother of three and, having prior management experience, she is perfectly suited to run the hotel." Richard, the hotel's head chef and Trece, the hotel manager, make the perfect owners for this hideaway.


The remodeled bar of the Lyle Hotel is open for business.

As noted, the hotel had been abandoned for two years before the Simpsons purchased it. "The spiders owned the place. We were presented with the challenge of updating the kitchen, dining room, lobby, and bar," says Richard. After five months of renovating and filling out paperwork, the Lyle Hotel Restaurant and bar is now running and open for business.

It is described as "a historic railroad hotel that has been newly remodeled," offering nightly stays and "local delicacies in the heart of wine country." It hosts wine tasting' fresh local beers and cider; small plates; weekend brunch; afternoon tea; and it has a banquet facility.

The Simpsons feel they have succeeded in the terms of revitalizing the place. "People walk in here and they love it, we've made it a comfortable place." The hotel features a comfortable place to spend a vacation and a taste of life here in the Gorge.

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