As Utah natives and descendants of 19th pioneers, our vision for INN Santa Clara is to create a gracious experience for guests visiting our stunning corner of the world, here in Southern Utah.
INN Santa Clara combines all of our favorite things: Historic precedents mixed with modern minimalism that act as a foundation for cutting-edge energy technologies, an opportunity to cherish the best of the past and remix it with the innovations of the present.
Our desire is to offer our guests the experience of not only our natural landscape, but also our past and present human landscape. We hope you leave here feeling connected to some of our early European immigrants and our current neighbors who raise families, own businesses and enjoy the beauty of this very special place. You might arrive as a visitor, be we hope when you leave, you feel like a local.
Richard Kohler, born in northern Utah, raised in near the Great Salt Lake and currently living in southern Utah, graduated in civil engineering from the U. of Utah, and earned an architecture degree from the U. of Hawaii, where he studied under several world-famous architects such as Arata Isosaki and David Greene. For the past ten years Richard has served as the president of the Washington County Historical Society and led various efforts to share important historical information and preserve significant historical sites. When not busying designing for his architectural practice, Richard can often be found plumbing the depths of esoteric data bases for better information on significant people and events from Southern Utah’s past.
Jennifer Kohler, born in Utah but raised in seven other states, received her MFA in Screenwriting from UNLV, after living in Europe for a period of time. Jennifer shares her husband’s love of history and design, and guests will notice her hand in combining historical research with the stories of the Meyer family, Swiss immigrants who arrived in Southern Utah in the early 1860s. Her hope is that the design of INN Santa Clara will provide guests with a place to feel welcome, nurtured and, inspired. When not minding the practicalities of managing the INN, she can be found teaching communication and media courses at Dixie State University, or walking the trails of Southern Utah.
Thank you to our wonderful family for taking this ride with us, to our legal team at Dunn Law Firm for watching our backs, to our financial partners at State Bank of Southern Utah and Mountain West Small Business Finance for having confidence in us, to our neighbors in Santa Clara City for welcoming us in their midst, to our builder, Mark Weston of Rincon Construction for his patience and professionalism, and, for sure, to our interns at DSU, Misty and Kenzi, for their hard work getting our message out.
If you follow our hashtags, they’ll keep you up to date on our progress toward our 2019 grand opening as well as cool happenings around Southern Utah. #stayinnthestory, #INNsantaclara,
Check back during the next few months as we announce our forthcoming partnerships with local businesses that will enhance your guest experience.