Traditions Sets Out to Create Resort Destination

Published 05/13 2014 04:29PM

Updated 05/14 2014 05:26PM

One area where the owners of Traditions at the Glen feel they have an advantage in the competition is the requirement to create a resort destination.

The Walsh family has been involved in local development for many years. They bought the former IBM Homestead 10 years ago and transformed it into what they call a little slice of heaven.

Perched on a hill overlooking the valley, Traditions offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

"Just driving up the lane up here, it gives you the feeling that you're getting out in the country, you're a little bit set apart. But, it's actually still right here in town," said owner Bill Walsh.

The Walsh's still maintain the 18 hole IBM golf course that was built for its employees back in 1935. In addition to the beautiful views and difficult greens, there's also a driving range and two putting greens.

Traditions has carefully added onto the old Homestead building. Guests can stay in a handful of suites that bear the same motif and design from when IBM founder Thomas Watson and dignitaries such as General Dwight Eisenhower stayed there. Plus newer more modern rooms have been added with all of the luxuries of an upscale hotel.

General Manager Candace Jones has 40 years in hotel and restaurant management.

"Our service is exceptional. Our food is outstanding. And we love what we do. I have a fantastic team that really enjoys being in the hospitality business," said Jones.

Jones says her executive chef puts out top-notch banquet food for over a hundred and exquisite fine dining for two in the hotel's tavern.

Soon after purchasing the property, the Walsh's created the Spa at Traditions, with an upscale New York City-style ambiance. The full service spa offers massages and facials, hair and makeup services, manicures and pedicures and spray tanning.

Then, the spa was expanded to include the Salt Sanctuary. Its one of only a few salt therapy rooms in the country, used to treat breathing issues, skin conditions and to relieve stress.

"They can build something similar to this, but we already have it here on site. It gives us a step up. And we have a community that we're surrounded by that can enjoy it as well," said Walsh.

The casino will be designed to compliment the existing historic building.  Walsh sees it as a natural progression in furthering Traditions status as a destination for people looking to relax and have fun.

The deadline for completed casino applications is June 30th.

The state is expected to select four proposals within three regions sometime this Fall.

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