LINDSBORG — Mark and Marty Schupbach are determined to make Lindsborg a destination for tourists with their rebuilding of a hotel in town. Dröm Sött Inn at 112 W. Lincoln St. will open in late April.
The inn's new name was inspired by the mosaic artwork adorning its exterior. Dröm Sött (pronounced "droom soot") means "sweet dreams" in Swedish.
Both Bethany College grads, the Schupbachs moved away to Texas but found themselves stopping by Lindsborg on their way to vacation in Colorado. On one such trip, a home for sale in the town caught their eye. After buying the house and renovating it, they began spending more time in Lindsborg.
"The more we were up here, meeting the people, the more we realized it's a nice little town with a lot of potential, so what could it benefit from? More revenue and more tourists," Mark said.
The couple bought the inn in June 2018 and closed it six months later to overhaul the century-old building.
"We have some amazing craftsmen that we were lucky to get to work with here," Mark said.
The building used to be a livery and had slightly sloping floors for sanitary purposes. Those floors have been leveled, Mark said, and new plumbing and a climate control system that can be adjusted in each separate room was installed.
"This is not a repair and repaint project, this is an actual rebuild," Mark said.
"It's going to be current with what the market expects for a place to stay," Marty added.
The rooms will feature hard-surface flooring, grab bars, floating sinks and comfort-height toilets.
"For older folks with bad knees, they will appreciate that," Marty said.
The rooms will now house queen-sized beds — with three rooms holding king-sized beds and bathrooms. A 440-square foot VIP suite is also available for guests.
New mattresses, bedding, pillows and towels will be in place, but the inn will keep some of European charm with its newly refinished and recushioned antique Swedish furniture.
"It's going to look different inside, because it'll have that Old World look," Marty said.
The Schupbachs are selecting artwork by Lindsborg and other Kansas artists to promote both the artists and galleries in the area.
Other amenities are being installed, including an automatic front door and a custom-made fireplace that uses water vapor and LED lighting to produce the illusion of flames.
"A fireplace is such a warm, inviting, gather around kind of feature," Marty said.
The breakfast menu will be changed from the standard buffet and the inn's staff will be using a new industrial dishwasher that runs a complete cycle in eight minutes.
One of Dröm Sött Inn's unique areas will be underground.
"We're going to have the first — and we think only — wine shelter in the nation," Mark said.
The wine shelter is a wine cellar that will double as a storm shelter for the inn's guests.
"We want to have some humorous things; some fun things," Mark said.
The inn's owners also want their guests to relax and have fun and are working up a variety of themed itineraries that can be undertaken solo or with a guide.
The Schupbachs hope to inspire other businesses in Lindsborg to keep bringing more and more visitors to town — and have been encouraged, themselves, by the welcome that residents have shown them.
"We have been blown away by the response from the community," Mark said.
Dröm Sött Inn will hold a grand opening on April 26 with an open house on April 28.
For more information about Dröm Sött Inn or to make reservations, visit http://www.sweetdreamsinn.com.
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