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Our Story

The original "Log Cabin" was constructed in 1934 from native spruce, harvested entirely from the surrounding woods. Known for many years as The Log Cabin, this rustic mountain lodge was a boarding house for hunters and other outdoorsmen. During a typical deer hunting week, extra cots overflowed into the dining room. Long rows of cots were installed against the wall, while hearty Pennsylvania Dutch Style meals were served on tables lining the other wall. In 1946, the current Fern Ridge Motel was built using stones removed from the ski slopes at Big Boulder Park.

In 1979, the log cabin was sold to Ed Murphy and Bill Lauff and renamed "Murphy's Loft", a play on the two surnames. Murphy's Loft opened on September 7, 1979. In 1995, a major renovation was completed, which added a glass dining room, outdoor bar and deck, and a swimming pool to the existing structure. The Fern Ridge Motel was renovated in the Spring of 2005.

After 36 years, Murphy's Loft and the Fern Ridge Motel are still owned and operated by the Lauff family. We embrace tradition, community, and family here at the Loft and we try to reflect those ideals in every aspect of our operation. Whether you're coming out for a few local beers with friends, going for a swim with the family, or stopping by on vacation, join us for good food, good friends and good times.