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After Undergoing Major Renovations Emlenton Motor Inn Holds An Open House

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Standing in the lobby is artist Doug Elder, Rex Michael, Layla Michael, John Michael, Ariya Rupp, Carol Burns, Ed Yasechko and Billy Burns.


An open house celebration was held at the Emlenton Motor Inn, Travelodge, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Now that the renovations are complete the new owners decided that it was time for a celebration. Many invited guests enjoyed a catered buffet by Rex Michael, who expertly prepared smoked pulled pork and chicken along with his “Blue Ribbon” worthy baked beans and other side dishes. The Emlenton Motor Inn is just off I-80 Exit 42.

Even though the celebration had a little rain, everyone still enjoy the evening.

A refurbished room is being toured by, L-R: Brock Chervrco, Emily Yasechko, Billy Burns, Rex Michael, Ed and Jodi Yasechko, Layla Michael, John Michael, Ariya Rupp, and Carol Burns.


The renovation of the motor inn began in January by Michael Contracting. Each and every room was deconstructed and expertly remodeled, along with many improvements on the exterior of the building and landscaping. The renovations included drywall, plumbing, electrical, flooring, paint, cabinet, and shower installations, and painting the entire outside of the inn.

Over the years the Emlenton Motor Inn has been managed by several different owners, and was built in 1972 by the original owner, the late Bill Ford of Emlenton. The motor inn has 23 rooms, 5 rooms with king-size beds, 17 with two queen-size beds, and one handicapped room along with the office area.

The Motor Inn guests were also invited to the party. The picture here with Carol Burns, right, is Philip Deutschle, who is walking across the country. He started in NYC from the Statue of Liberty and will end up in California with 3,500 miles under his belt.

Philip has been en route for 3-weeks now. Good luck Philip.


Carol Burns, one of the new owners, thanked the former owners Nick and his family. She commented, “They owned the property for 15 years and did a fantastic job creating a memorable experience for many guests. Since we’ve been open we have had many phone calls asking for Nick. He was what every motel owner should strive to be. He was well liked, fair, and a hands-on owner who loved what he did and the guests he welcomed.”

Enjoying the new deck is, L-R: Dave, Carol and Billy Burns, Ed Yasechko, and daughter Emily.


The grounds now have a nine-hole Frisbee disk golf course, a fire-pit area, and a lookout deck to relax for good conversation and a friendly view. The decking material was purchased at the Heeter Lumber Co. in Emlenton.

Some special room improvements include beautiful hardwood furniture, live edge headboards, nightstands, benches, and TV/Desk units, manufactured by the Hardwood Mall of Emlenton. Each room too, has a gun rack for the hunting enthusiast who stays with them during the hunting season or just passing through. These were made by local craftsman, Melvin, “Plaza Pete” Culley.

The office lobby is decorated with a new wall mural by a local artist, Doug Elder. It’s a must-see mural.

The Emlenton Motor Inn is now associated with the Travelodge franchise by Wyndham. A new website is being constructed for the Motor Inn by local internet and website creator expert, Blaine Duffy.

The room Amenities include extra deep deluxe mattresses, new heating and cooling units in every room, n demand hot water system throughout the property, keyless door entry with safety locks, Handicap accessible room, daily housekeeping, large flat screen TV, walk-in shower, hair dryers, free Wi-Fi and cable, work station, large viewing deck, fire pit, and last, but not least the Bigfoot Disc Golf Course that’s open to everyone!

The Emlenton Motor Inn sets just above the Emlenton Truck Plaza off I-80 Exit 42. In the background is a picnic area and the Bigfoot Frisbee Disc Golf Course.


The new owners extend their thanks and gratitude for the excellent work provided by all of their contractors, especially John Michael and his father Rex Michael and their team; Rex for his excellent cooking for the open house; the outstanding treats/cookies by Amy Knepp of Sugar Coma Sweets; local artist Doug Elder for his beautiful mural and finishing touches on the lobby and the outside mural; and the Hardwood Mall for the beautiful handmade furniture for each of the rooms, and to Pete Culley for the hand-crafted gun racks.

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