Business Profile: The Historic Green Tree Inn

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville) – The Green Tree Inn has been synonymous with Victorville for many years.  Its iconic sign and colorful history have made it a mainstay in Victorville for its many years here.  The Green Tree Inn celebrated its 48th anniversary in October, and it is now independently owned, no longer part of a national chain.

Joe Flores, the new general manager of the hotel and lifelong resident of the Victory Valley talked about the background of the property, “Through the years the Green Tree has always been known as the happening spot, the place to be in the Valley. So there’s a lot of history. A lot of people have walked these hallways and stayed in these rooms over the years. A lot of movie productions, a lot of television commercial crews – all the production crews have always stayed here. Any artist coming to town usually always stayed here at the Green Tree.”

The hotel has 200 rooms, including a hospitality suite. The building at the far end of the property is the Fairview, which consists of 32 extended stay rooms. It is beginning a remodel phase.  The three story building is the newest building that came along in the 1980s  and has standard 1 king or 2 double bed rooms. The standard building was originally the hotel, and these rooms have a golf course view.

There are two dining facilities: the coffee shop is open daily, although currently they are not open 24 hours. “We are looking forward to going back into a 24 hour operation on the weekends, and then hopefully resuming that through the week as the demand is there for the coffee shop,” said Flores.

“The Crown and Sword is our fine dining restaurant – the dining room as we refer to it. It’s really a step back into time when you walk in the dining room – from the red wall paper to the red and black theme throughout. It is a nice relaxing environment to conduct business,” said Flores. “It’s a fine dining experience, right down to the linen tablecloths and napkins, and the true customer service that is provided there. And the meal – we have what’s always been voted as the best prime rib in the Valley.”

Directly across from the dining room is the Center Stage Lounge. Flores explained, “It’s not your typical bar or sports bar. There is alcohol served, it is upscale. We have live entertainment on the weekends. We’re looking at doing some acoustic type entertainment, piano lounge music on Sunday evenings, and karaoke on Thursday night.”

Flores clarified, “We target 25 and over with that particular establishment, not to say that everybody else isn’t welcome, but again we’re not a nightclub or a sports bar. We want to be clear on that point. It’s a classy place – shorts, t-shirts, that type of thing are not accepted here.”

“We have a really neat banquets department that can really make any event happen,” said Flores. “From our gazebo for any outdoor event – wedding, commitment ceremony, whatever it may be – can take place in the gazebo, and we have a nice walk back to where the banquet rooms are that can hold up to 300 people.”

The Green Tree Inn has recently partnered with the Route 66 museum on many activities. Most recently the Green Tree Inn’s Banquet Department provided catering for the Route 66 Car Show at the museum at the beginning of November. There are several displays around the Green Tree that came from the Route 66 museum, including two vehicles that were formerly at Johnny Rebs. “They were donated to the museum and they needed a place to display them, so we are restoring those vehicles and have them on display here at the front of the hotel,” said Flores.

The Historic Green Tree Inn has been selected as the host for the annual Route 66 International Celebration to be held in summer 2012.

Plans for a grand New Year’s Eve party are underway. “The Green Tree was always known for the biggest New Year’s party and I assure you this celebration will not let anyone down,” said Flores. Details will be posted soon.

For more information visit The Historic Green Tree Inn & Suites at http://greentreeinnvictorville.com.

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