Hospitality at its best
Hospitality at its best: Muskogee Inn’s Assistant Manager Angel Caraway is a natural-born caretaker. Day in and day out, Caraway, who is a Tribal member, sees a countless number of guests check in and out of the hotel. And she makes it a point to stop and talk, even if it’s just a few words.
“One of best parts of working at Muskogee Inn is all the new and different people you meet,” she said. “In talking to some of our guests throughout the years, you hear a lot of interesting stories, and you can’t help but stop and take a minute to listen.”
This October will be Caraway’s 18th year at the hotel, and she said she’s incredibly proud to be a part of its history.
“Many people don’t realize that Muskogee Inn was the very first business purchased by the Tribe and entrusted to CIEDA (Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority),” Caraway said. “It was bought in 1986 and has seen a few changes over the years, including our recent remodel and updating of the rooms.”
As assistant manager, Caraway oversees about 20 employees. Her day-to-day operations vary, she said, but it’s always something new every day.
“I absolutely love it,” Caraway said. “We are like family here, and one thing is for sure, this place holds a lot of great memories. I have had the opportunity to work with some awesome people throughout my 18 years and have met some great folks from all over the world; you really never know who is going to walk through the door next. I guess you say hospitality is in my blood.”
Caraway said the hotel sees a lot of traffic from industry workers who come in for various jobs.
“I love when the hotel fills up with companies that are here for any given time,” she said. “They always have a story to tell, and I enjoy learning about their backgrounds and where they live. It’s just really neat to see so many different people and get to know them and make them feel at home.”
She said things really get interesting and start picking up once summertime hits and families start traveling. A lot of family reunions and weddings take place in the summer, too, as well as concert season at Wind Creek Atmore. When days get busy, Caraway doesn’t miss a beat. She said it’s because she has fun at work.
“I’m not saying I haven’t had some very challenging days, but I love my job. I have cleaned my share of rooms and made many beds in my time here and won’t hesitate to get out and help in any way I can to make our guests have the best stay possible and keep them coming back.”
Truly a blessing
Caraway said she started out working in a few restaurants and fast food places before beginning her career at the hotel.
“I just decided to stop by to put in an application, and the manager at the time hired me on the spot,” Caraway said with a smile. “I started out in housekeeping, moved to laundry, room inspector, worked front desk and also have helped in maintenance if they needed a hand. Then I moved to administrative assistant in 2008. In 2009, the assistant manager job opened up, and I applied for it and got it.”
Caraway is very humble talking about her career.
“I don’t say I started at the bottom and worked my way up because I believe all the different departments here are equal. It takes team work. Everyone here is important. It takes a lot of hard work and team work to keep this place going, and I have to say we really have a terrific crew here. I’m proud of all of them for their hard work. I’m truly blessed to be part of the Muskogee Inn team.”
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, chances are you are going to contribute to the local economy in some fashion during your stay. Researching the best places to go sometimes isn’t as easy as Google search. Restaurants, shopping centers, gas stations, maybe a bar or other nightlife event — these are all places every traveler will need at some point.
You already booked your hotel, made flight arrangements, scheduled a rental car or maybe you are driving yourself to your destination. Now you need to know where to get a good meal that isn’t a national restaurant chain. You need to know where the best entertainment happens for your downtime activities. What about the cheapest gas station on your way out of town?
When you stay at Muskogee Inn (MI) in Atmore, Ala., you get the best of all worlds because our hotel is centrally located to everything you need while you visit our great city.
Here is a list of some of Atmore’s best places to go:
- Wind Creek Atmore: The casino in Atmore has so much more to offer than just gaming machines. The entertainment district at Wind Creek includes a bowling alley, a movie theater, a spa retreat, a culinary studio, an amphitheater, a sports bar, a nightclub, an arcade and kids play area, along with The Taste buffet restaurant and The Fire steakhouse restaurant — all under one roof. The Fire is rated as the No. 1 steakhouse in Alabama! Experience food and entertainment like never before, and it’s all just an eighth of a mile from Muskogee Inn. MI even has a complimentary shuttle service to and from Wind Creek so you don’t even have to drive.
- Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve: Become one with nature and enjoy the outdoors at Magnolia Branch, a campground/RV park about 12 miles from Muskogee Inn. Here you will find activities, such as tubing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as nature walk trails, horse riding trails, a zip line and inflatable blob and fishing recreations. There is a playground with swing sets, a covered pavilion for large groups, a beach and more. Affordable and family friendly, you can even see various wildlife that calls Magnolia Br
anch home at different times of the year.
- Buster’s Restaurant: Check out Trip Advisor’s reviewers of this Southern, home cooking local restaurant. Its claim to fame is being on the list of “50 places to eat in Alabama before you die.” Buster’s has a different special every day, and it’s a lot of food for such an awesome price. It’s usually busy at lunchtime, however, so get there early.
Check out our restaurant guide for a few more options.
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- Creek Travel Plaza: Only one exit down from Muskogee Inn, on Interstate 65 at exit 54, sits The Diner inside Creek Travel Plaza. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items are served all day long. Choose the special of the day, soup of the day or try one of the specialty burgers. You will feel like you are in the 1950s in this throwback-style diner. The waitresses are friendly, and your food is served in a fast and timely manner. Shop in the convenience store or fill up your car while you are here, too. For truck drivers, there is a lounge with a flat screen TV and theater chairs so you can relax after a long day’s (or night’s) drive. They even have super clean, large showers and laundry facilities for your convenience, as well as plenty of parking and gas pumps in the back.
- Poarch Creek Indian Cultural Museum: The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are the only federally recognized Indian tribe in the state of Alabama. For centuries, they have lived together in this community and helped stimulate the economy. Learn about their history by touring this free museum. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and memorabilia made by Poarch Creek Tribal members. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians also host their annual Pow Wow celebrations every Thanksgiving, which is open to the public to enjoy.