Sunflower Hill Inn is truly a family affair. Founded in 1989 by Richard and Marjorie Stucki, the Inn has flourished under their contribution and that of other family members. Two of the family's eight children became partners in the enterprise in 1993, Robyn and Jeff. Robyn was an illustrator of children's and gift books. Jeff and his wife Pamela established their own lodging and restaurant consulting firm, Cornerstone Hospitality Partners. Gregg, another family member, joined the Inn's team in 1997 as General Manager. Other family members have made contributions over the years in construction, marketing, and operations support.
The Stucki influence is evident throughout the Inn. Richard and Marjorie's love of
antique furniture is visible in many of the beautiful antique pieces showcased at the Inn,
including the magnificent bedroom set gracing the French Bedroom. Another favorite family piece is the splendid sideboard located in the Inn's Great Room, fondly known as "Mother's cupboard" after Marjorie. Richard painstakingly restored and repaired many of the antique furniture pieces and was instrumental in the refurbishment of the original ranch house building.
Marjorie's influence was apparent in the sumptuous breakfast menus which included favorite family recipes from the Sunflower Hill Pantry (the family's former bakery and restaurant in Moab). It was during the pre-inn bakery years that Richard and Marjorie developed the inn's signature muffins as well as other guest favorites such as the Honey-Almond Granola. For many years Richard was known as the Moab 'Muffin Man' for the delicious muffins he would bake fresh each morning and then deliver throughout town.
Several in the family collaborated in the decor and ambience of the Inn. Jeff designed the architecture for the Garden Cottage expansion in 1995 and a brother, Brent, worked as general contractor. Robyn continues to lend her artistic talent with decorating and interior design. For many years, she oversaw the expansive gardens on the inn property. Jeff and Pamela lent their hospitality expertise in the exceptional level of service provided by the Inn staff.
Now, Gregg imparts his enthusiasm and graciousness as the Inn's general manager. His wife, Terri, and many of their children have helped with a myriad of tasks at the inn over the years, ensuring that the family tradition of genuine hospitality, exceptional service, and first class comfort is carried on.