Husband and wife Gary Bostwick and Cindy Rosmann say they were lured “by the mountain, the town’s rich history and the old charm of the McCloud Hotel.”

The new owners of the century-old Hotel are keeping with traditions, and they’ve added new touches, including made-to-order breakfasts for guests.

Complimentary wine is served during the evening social hour near the comfort of the lobby’s fire place, while pianist Jerry Moore and his dog entertain guests.

They’ve renamed the restaurant in the hotel “Sage,” in honor of Rosmann's grandmother. It still has its original menu prepared by the same chef, while more entrees have been added. Sage will be open year-round Wednesday through Sunday evenings. One new addition at Sage is the community table, where people can sit together, no reservation required.

A Los Angeles lawyer in first amendment media law, Bostwick said, “We were searching for a less crowded area for Cindy to have her inn-keeping business a few hours from LA so I can get back and forth to work. We started searching five years ago to find an inn that would appeal to us. When we came around the corner and saw Mt. Shasta. I realized that I wasn't just doing this journey as a dutiful husband but I am going to like it here. The great water, rich history of the community and quaint friendly people in this little town made me realize this is home.”

Still working at his legal practice, Bostwick is gone a few days twice a month. “I am an expert dishwasher,” he said. “It gives me great pleasure because it is such a zen practice. I also help with the front desk, check-ins, records and legal work for the hotel.”

Rosmann excitedly talks of future expansions. What used to be the town's library in the basement will be a play room. “We want to add a big screen TV for snowy days when people get off the mountain and want to play games, socialize and relax,” she said. “We have lots of ideas for the third floor, which is not currently in use. We are expanding on doing more events like weddings, family reunions and business retreats. This seems like a natural place for gatherings.”

They inherited a confident staff and created more local employment by hiring students from McCloud High School for weekend and evening work.

They helped the elementary school with its new ukulele program and helped sponsor the first Apple Harvest Festival.

After a few months of owning the Hotel, Rosmann said, “We want to continue with the great tradition McCloud has. We want to work with this community to help bring back the dinner train. We are excited to see the McCloud Partners with the mill bring in more industry. We too are creating new jobs to lure people to McCloud. By hiring out of the area, we brought in a wonderful young family with two children that are going to our elementary school. We want to help spread the word on how wonderful this area is and all it has to offer.”

For more about the McCloud Hotel, go to mccloudhotel.com or call (800) 964-2823 or email innkeeper@mccloudhotel.com.