Frostburg – A grand opening and ribbon cutting are scheduled for this Saturday, November 24 at the new location for Toasted Goat Winery and Hotel Gunter in Frostburg. The grand opening runs from 11 am – 10 pm and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 pm. Local Frostburg residents, Donny and Kristan Carter recently purchased the Frostburg landmark and have relocated Toasted Goat Winery to the hotel located at 11 W. Main Street, Frostburg.
“We love this town and are excited about being the new owners of this incredible building and to be part of the growing Arts and Entertainment District of Frostburg. And we are thrilled to welcome the community this Saturday to our grand opening,” commented Donny Carter. “Our first step was to move Toasted Goat Winery from 10 E. Main Street to the hotel. We’ve created an eclectic vibe and we think Toasted Goat is the place to enjoy some favorite Toasted Goat wines, local craft beers and more. We are welcoming guests and tenants to the hotel. We’ve received such positive comments and encouragement from the community.”
The Hotel Gunter has a rich and colorful history. A landmark on Frostburg’s Main Street, the building is a three-story masonry structure featuring multiple hipped dormers, and second- and third-story balconies. When it first opened in 1897, the hotel had a café, a barbershop, and a room where traveling salesmen could exhibit their merchandise. In the early years, there were also tennis courts, an observatory, and a petting zoo complete with a tame fawn.
Hotel Gunter featured a subterranean jail where prisoners being transported down Route 40 would spend the night while the federal marshals accompanying them enjoy the upstairs accommodations. During Prohibition, the cellar held a speakeasy where patrons could partake in a bit of illegal liquor and illicit entertainment.
The relocated Toasted Goat Winery is open Wednesday – Sunday. The hotel’s banquet room is now available for events and parties and is under the management of Chef Phil Carter.
Donny and Kristan Carter are owners of Carter-Roque Real Estate, also located in Frostburg. Donny is a graduate of Beall High School and the University of Maryland. Kristan graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Economics and received her MBA from FSU in 2005. The couple serves on various local boards and committees. They are the parents of three daughters, Taylor, a student at WVU; Reese, age 10; and Brooke, age 7.
The second floor of the Hotel Gunter will house a new business, Uptown Art Studio, LLC owned by long time Frostburg residents, Matt and Marne Troutman. The couple enjoys creating sculptures, printmaking and home projects. They have designed Uptown Art Studio to provide the opportunity to combine their talents to help others create one-of-a-kind projects including personalized wood signs, canvases, pillows and more. The studio will host instructor led do-it-yourself workshops, private parties and team building events. Home décor and on-trend wood signs will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit Uptown Art Studio on Facebook or call 301-876-0683.