Since its grand opening, Lizzie’s Heritage Inn has earned several five-star reviews online and surpassed both Kody and Meri’s expectations, but since the onset of COVID-19, fans are wondering: Is Sister Wives star Meri Brown's bed and breakfast still open for business?
Does Meri Brown still own the bed and breakfast?
In May of 2020, Meri Brown announced that she would be closing the doors of her Utah-based bed and breakfast due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a lengthy Instagram post, Meri detailed why she decided to shut down the business despite her family’s ongoing financial troubles.
Meri shared, “Over the past weeks and months during the current pandemic, I've kept a close eye on Utah guidelines for travel recommendations and possible restrictions for closures in the hospitality industry.”
“At this time as things seem to be loosening up a bit, I've been putting some deep thought into how to move forward with the B&B," she continued. "In the interest and safety of my staff, in particular my sweet mom who so graciously and lovingly welcomes all our guests on a daily basis, as well as the local southern Utah community, we will not be accepting any bookings until further notice. We are also not conducting ANY tours at this time."
Although things looked grim for Lizzie’s at the start of the pandemic, two months after the inn’s closure, Meri announced that her bed and breakfast was open for business once again.
She wrote on Instagram, “You've been asking, and I'm excited to finally announce that my B&B Lizzie’s Heritage Inn is re-opening (with restrictions) as of Tuesday, July 7! Please be sure to check out www.lizziesheritageinn.com for all the [guidelines] and policies as we continue to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to make your travel reservations.”
Meri added, “So whether you're visiting for a quick stay-cation, or need a homey night's stay as you travel across [the] country, welcome! We're so excited to once again open our doors to you!”
The inn, which Meri still owns, was run by Meri and her mother, Bonnie Ahlstrom, who died in March of 2021. But what was her cause of death?
What was Meri Brown’s mother, Bonnie Ahlstrom’s cause of death?
On March 27, 2021, Bonnie Ahlstrom, Meri Brown’s mother, who spent her final years working as an innkeeper at Lizzie’s, died at 76. Meri did not disclose the details or cause of her mother’s death.
The Sister Wives star wrote on Instagram, “She left us suddenly, unexpected[ly], and extremely way too soon and I literally don't know how I'm going to do the rest of my life without her.”
"You are loved, you are missed, and I know you are so happy celebrating on the other side with dad, hugging your daughter and son who left us too soon, reuniting with your parents, and getting to know your dad," she wrote. "Love them all, hug them all, and be happy. Or rather, just continue filling that space around you with the light that you always do. I love you Mom! March 9, 1945 — March 26, 2021," Meri concluded.
The bed and breakfast re-opened in June 2021 following Meri's mom's death.
Meri's bed and breakfast closed again for a period of time following Bonnie's death — but as of June 2021, it was back open for business!
"After being closed for two months since the passing of my sweet mom, today we welcome our first guests to the B&B and are back open for business," the Sisters Wives star wrote via Instagram in early June.
Meri continued, "I'm nervous about doing this, she had it so dialed in and knew the drill. Yet, I'm excited to once again share the history and beauty of this home and the spirit within its walls."
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