Last month it was Animal Planet taping the show, "Finding Big Foot." This week another national TV show, the Travel Channel's "Hotel Impossible," landed in southern Vermont.
Outside the Vermont Inn in Mendon it's quaint and quiet, with a beautiful view of the Green Mountains. But inside the Inn on Monday, it was lights, camera, action.
A crew from the Travel Channel, including host Anthony Melchiori -- who the show refers to as a professional hotel fixer -- is taping an episode of the show Hotel Impossible.
In a span of just five days, the Travel Channel says they'll analyze the inn's struggles, revamp the decor, implement new policies and foot the bill. What's the cost to the owners? being judged on national TV.
"There certainly are some risks. There will be some embarrassing moments on TV, but ultimately we thought, we have the whole family involved, and if we can make things better, then that's good for everyone," said Samantha McLemore, who along with her husband JB, bought the inn at auction this past December. It's a pipe dream they say they didn't quite know what they were getting themselves into, and now they're struggling.
"It has been, you know, kind of shocking and amazing just how much it is to try to run an inn and rebuild a business," McLemore said.
The couple, who lives in Baltimore, Maryland, relies on Samantha's sister and brother-in-law to staff the place 24/7, but it's not up to the hotel guru's standards.
"I would stay here, but I might not come back," Melchiori said. But by the end of his week of work here, he says the Inn will be the kind of place he'd like to stay. "I know what the number one problem in this hotel is -- 100 percent got it. Now I just need to go about fixing that one problem. I fix that one problem and everything else is easy. I don't fix that one problem, everything else can't be done."
So what's the Vermont Inn's biggest problem? He says you'll have to tune in to find out. The episode is expected to air sometime in July.
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