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Innkeepers: Ryan and Neva Carleton
The HERITAGE INN is a "first" in two ways. The first Bed & Breakfast for Artesia growing in the first building of any business importance that was constructed in 1905. It was the year that Artesia formally became a town and the year that electricity was first turned on in the evening light of a century ago.
The task of reconstruction was enormous. Bulldozers, cement mixers and carpenters took over the gigantic construction job of renovating the entire two-story building.
From the dust arose beauty, good taste and elegance. Sensitive to the sound construction of the past, many features were preserved. The eight-foot high windows were left untouched as were the original hardwood flooring in three of the rooms, and the three skylights that flood the hallway and the manager's apartment with light and air. Adding light is the open air deck built at the end of the hallway glimpsed through a glass door.
The hallway walls are adorned by art which softens the tall austerity of the stately building.