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Frostburg hotel represents the 'mountain side of Maryland'

Frostburg hotel represents the 'mountain side of Maryland'

In the heart of this town on the old U.S. National Road in Western Maryland, a woman leans on the front desk of an 1890s-era hotel, her face a study in mixed emotions.

Tina Storey loves her work as office manager of Failinger's Hotel Gunter, the grande dame of lodging in Frostburg with its polished oak staircase, Victorian settees and zillions of artifacts and displays that evoke the history of the so-called "Mountain Side of Maryland."

But she's still grieving the woman who revived the place.

Thelma "Beanie" Failinger, bought the former Hotel Gunter with her husband, Jake, in 1986, and spent the next 28 years restoring, upgrading...