Few buildings in Downtown Frostburg are as recognizable as the Hotel Gunter. A staggering five-story, balcony bedecked wonder, the building has always been a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. But never has the building been as much of a community staple as under the ownership of Donny and Kristan Carter.
The Carters had an interest in the building for more than a decade, since they entered into the real estate business, and “when the opportunity arose we tried to jump on it,” Donny stated.
Donny and Kristan had already successfully opened the Toasted Goat Winery in 2016 less than a block down the street from the Gunter. They had been making wine for friends and family for years and decided to produce more varieties and open their own tasting room, becoming the first winery in Downtown Frostburg.
When the Gunter became available it offered room for expansion and new opportunities. The Toasted Goat now offers (in addition to the Carters’ widely enjoyed wine) a variety of craft beers, full bar, a daily lunch and dinner menu, and Sunday brunch. The extensive menus have been carefully crafted by Donny’s brother, Chef Phil, and boasts dishes that have already become Frostburg classics. The Carters have plans to expand further as time goes on.
In addition to the amazing food and drink, the hotel and restaurant also regularly host concerts, art openings, workshops, and are available for meetings and banquets. The hotel has always been a popular location for weddings and photoshoots as a result of its two large banquet halls and “Titanic” central staircase. Tourists can still stay in one of the hotel’s 12 rooms or take in the mountain views from one of the many bounties.
Since opening, more small businesses opened within the hotel making it a one-stop-shop for many. The Uptown Art Studio, Country Diva Hair Salon, and Gladstone Mercantile (which features bottles of Toasted Goat wine in addition to other Toasted Goat products and local art) have become successful individual businesses that add to the glamour and appeal of the hotel.
11 W Main St, Frostburg, MD 21532