About Us

The Workmans

Morris and Constance Workman are the owners of the Lake Lighthouse Inn. The couple bought the former Town & Country Motel in February of 2016 and have been working to upgrade the property ever since, and officially changed the name in October of 2019.

Coni Workman

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Coni’s interest in hospitality goes all the way back to when she was a little girl, when she would go up and down the hallway of her parent’s home playing “hotel,” pretending that she was running an inn and that behind each of the hallway doors was a hotel room. After following in the tonsorial footsteps of her mother, working for 16 years as a hair stylist in the beauty shop her mother owned and operated in North Fort Myers, Coni left Florida in 2001 with Morris to relocate in St. George, Utah. In Utah is where her true skills in the hotel industry were honed. After starting as a front desk clerk at the St. George Super 8 operated by GoWest in 2002, she quickly rose to become the hotel manager for both of the company’s Super 8 hotels in Southern Utah, simultaneously running the St. George location and the Super 8 in Hurricane, Utah. She also briefly managed the EconoLodge and SunTime Inn in St. George. She also spent time on the staff of Southern Utah’s Dixie Center, where she learned the ins and outs of conventions and shows. In 2005, after she and her family moved to nearby Mesquite, Nevada, Coni began working the front desk of the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino, an upscale resort hotel that was originally built and operated by Merv Griffin in the 1990’s. Coni also helped out with front desk duties at the company’s other hotel properties in Mesquite, including the Virgin River Hotel and Casino and the Virgin River Convention Center Hotel. Also during that period, Coni began drawing editorial cartoons for her husband’s newspaper, and won a Nevada Press Association award in 2008 for Best Illustration. From 2012 to 2015, Coni and her husband operated the Orca Inn, a 65-unit hotel on San Juan Island in Washington, about 13 miles by sea from Victoria, Canada. While running the hotel, Coni also served as a board member for the Chamber of Commerce. As the co-owner of the Lake Lighthouse Inn, Coni has trained dozens of people in the art of housekeeping, which has earned the hotel the reputation of having the “Cleanest Rooms at the Lake.” She is also the dynamo behind several of the hotel’s marketing efforts, and uses her artist’s eye in designing and decorating the hotel and rooms.

Morris Workman

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Morris has lived up to his namesake (Morris the cat, from the old 9-Lives TV commercials) in that he has lived a lot of lives. He has been a deputy sheriff, an insurance executive, a computer consultant, a sports writer, a newspaper editor, a sports announcer, a magazine founder, a novelist, the owner of several businesses, and now a hotelier. During his years as editor of the Mesquite Local News in Mesquite, Nevada, Morris received 20 awards from the Nevada Press Association, and was a two-time winner of the NPA’s prestigious Freedom of the Press award. In 2009, Morris and his business partner sold the newspaper to the Las Vegas Review- Journal, but Morris remained as the Editor for another two years. In 2011, with his contract with the RJ coming to an end, Morris took a year off to pursue his lifelong dream of writing a book. The resultant “Howl of a Thousand Winds” was published by Sunbury Press in April of 2012, and was named the publisher’s number-one seller in April and May of that year. Once he had achieved his goal, Morris and Coni decided it was time to pursue Coni’s longtime dream of owning a hotel. After reviewing numerous options in California, Tennessee, and Arizona, the couple chose to manage The Orca Inn on San Juan Island in Washington. After three years at the helm of The Orca Inn, the couple began their search for a property of their own. The search involved a road trip in August of 2015 that included visits to 22 hotel properties in 21 days throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ultimately, the couple chose the Town & Country in Osage Beach, and reopened the property in March of 2016. After three years of renovations, the hotel was renamed the Lake Lighthouse Inn in October of 2019.

Lareine Cowan

Lareine Cowan

In addition to Morris and Coni, you can occasionally find Lareine at the front desk. She is Morris’ mom and the hotel’s Official Cookie Maker, baking the delicious Lighthouse cookies you can find at the front desk (which she makes from scratch!). She also oversees the hotel’s “Light” continental breakfast, and even allows Morris and Coni to take a couple of mornings off during the week. Prior to her OCM designation, Lareine wore “RN” behind her name, as in Registered Nurse. For more than 30 years, she was an emergency room/trauma nurse, has been part of care teams that transported patients on helicopters and jets, and is a wound care specialist. These days, she’s been known to kiss her great-grandson Zander’s boo-boos, and is always at the ready for guests and staff at the hotel.

Lilly the Lighthouse

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And of course, the official mascot of the Lake Lighthouse Inn, Lilly the Lighthouse! Lilly is a distant cousin of Milly, the mascot for the former Town & Country, and Tilly, the mascot at the Orca Inn in Friday Harbor, Washington. While most lighthouses use artificial light to shine, it is Lilly’s indefatigable smile that lights up the hotel whenever she is present. Lilly can occasionally be spotted wandering the property, especially when there are lots of children around.

Beauregard

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Bo is the hotel’s “Walmart Greeter,” welcoming guests from his place behind the front desk. The friendly English Bulldog refuses to accept the notion that people are coming to the Lake Lighthouse Inn for any reason other than to see him, and has been known to offer up “high fives” to kids and their kin visiting the front office.

Luci

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Luci is the consummate hotel cat, a veteran of two hotels and three states. Harder to find than her pet partner Bo, Luci can still be spotted visiting the front office on occasion, and will purr loudly for anyone willing to give her a good shoulder rub.