Clifty Falls State Park renovation

Venue will hold 350 people
for meetings and weddings

Clifty Falls State Park renovation
on schedule for August opening

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

MADISON, Ind. (March 2005) – Near the South Entrance of Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Ind., renovations of Clifty Inn are well under way. Construction, scheduled for completion in August, began on the Riverview building and the Overlook Room in August 2004.

Clifty Inn Construction

Photo by Debra Maylum

Construction at Clifty Inn began in August.

The Overlook Room will soon be the largest conference-banquet center in the area. It will accommodate up to 350 people for meetings, conventions, weddings and other events, officials said. In a central location between Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville, the venue could bring a number of business meetings and conventions to Madison.
“We have already received a number of calls from groups in other areas that want to book an event at the center,” said Gary Miller, assistant director of State Park Inns for the State of Indiana.
The Riverview building, when completed, will contain 37 rooms and three suites. The building will connect to the 31 room main lodge, which was remodeled four years ago, giving the Inn 71 rooms. Also added during the remodel of the main lodge was a new state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool and spa.
An update of the Clifty Inn Restaurant is also under way. The dining room closed in January to receive a new kitchen facility.
The restaurant will re-open in early May. The dining area will gradually transition into a nature setting, but the menu will remain the same. “Guest can expect the same down home country cooking as always,” said Karen Hinton, General Manager of Clifty Inn.
All of the facilities at Clifty Inn are enjoyed by both local and out of town visitors. Local residents might spend a day at the park, take a weekend getaway at the Inn, hold a wedding or party at the banquet center, or simply have dinner at the restaurant.
Out of town guests visiting the Inn use the facilities and visit other areas throughout the community.
“Our average stay is 21/2 nights,” said Hinton. “People who visit the Inn are staying in our hotel, eating in Madison’s restaurants and shopping in our stores.” A newly up-dated facility with a large conference center will likely increase the number of visitors and possibly the length of their stays.
The previously existing buildings were constructed in 1974. Until 2004, neither building had received any updates or remodels. In need of a face-lift, it was deemed by the state that it would be more economical to rebuild rather than renovate.
State officials hired Dunlaps, a general contractor from Columbus, Ind., to complete the renovation that included tearing down and completely rebuilding the two buildings.
The main lodge at Clifty Inn has remained open during construction and will continue to accommodate guests through the project.

• For hotel or restaurant information, call Clifty Inn at (812) 265-4135.

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