Revived Cleveland has a lively theater and art scene; Cincinnati's zoo is a favorite with children of all ages; and Columbus' German Village is a great place to explore antique shops and sip beer. Other surprises include 46 wineries (Ohio is the sixth largest wine-producing state in the country), 2,000-year-old Indian burial mounds near Chillicothe, and a group of scenic Lake Erie islands located offshore from Port Clinton. Holmes County, in the north central part of the state, is home to a large Amish community as well as delightful country inns. Here are a few ideas to rest and revive in an Ohio bed and breakfast.
Murphin Ridge Inn
The National Geographic Magazine has recognized Murphin Ridge Inn as one of the fifty-four Great Inns of America, and it is easy to understand why. Nestled in Southwestern Ohio`s Amish country, it is beautiful and a perfect spot for relaxing and rejuvenating. Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland, with breath-taking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphin Ridge Inn is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway, family vacation or business retreat.
Murphin Ridge Inn Accommodations
The Inn offers ten rooms in its guest house, each furnished with custom handmade furniture reproductions of American eighteenth century and Shaker furniture hand-built by of David T. Smith. Each guest room is equipped with one or two queen-size beds, a full private bath, air conditioning fireplaces and/or porches. The Guest House also includes a large gathering room, complete with TV, books, games and a piano. The Inn also features six charming hand-built woodland cabins, each with a whirlpool tub, fireplace, queen or king-size bed, and air conditioning. Each beautiful cabin sits peacefully among large oak and maple trees and has a front porch furnished with comfortable chairs, made perfectly for calm reflection or romantic moments in the Amish Country of Southern Ohio.
The Spurgeon’s 1826 home has been converted into an inviting and intimate dining house. The bountiful country breakfast is included in the price of your room or cabin and prepared from scratch. One can enjoy baked goods and delicious house specialties, such as Foggy Bottom Pancakes, Cream Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, and Farmer's Scramble. Granola with freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh fruit complete the menu.
Dinner is served by candlelight in one of four dining rooms. In the fall and winter, cozy up to the hearth and in the spring and summer dine al fresco on the patio among the fragrant flower and herb gardens. Dress is comfortable and relaxed, but the food refined and lovely. The dinner menu changes four times a year to reflect farm to table meals and seasonal produce from adjacent Amish farms.
Relax and Count the Stars
Because the Murphin Ridge Inn is so beautiful and natural in design, it invites relaxation. One can be content sitting in a rocker on the porch and looking at the stars or hiking the trails through the splendid woodlands. There are gorgeous waterfalls and historic vantage points, or one may drive to the nearby towns and explore the antique and Amish handcraft and bakery. The Inn also offers specials on massage, sweets, wine and cheese, and personalized packages.
Glenlaurel – a Scottish Country Inn
Perched atop a ridge overlooking the dramatic Camusfearna Gorge, the Glenlaurel Manor House, Carriage House, and Cottages of Thistle Ridge have the look of the Scottish highlands and embody beauty unspoiled by time. Heavily wooded walking trails, rock cliffs, cascades and waterfalls describe the natural setting. It is safely secluded and romantic, with an air of old world elegance and peace. There is nothing like it.
Glenlaurel, a Scottish Country Inn with Wooded Cottages and Crofts has been labeled the "premier romantic getaway in the Midwest." Located one hour southeast of Columbus, OH in the Hocking Hills Region, the 140-acre estate offers casual elegance in its lodging and fine dining. The Manor House is truly the crown jewel of Glenlaurel - the original home of the Laird. Its cherry facade of stone and stucco gives way to the fabled carved mantle in the parlor, three dining rooms, the Loch Ness Pub, two guest rooms and two guest suites.
Glenlaurel Inn Accommodations
Glenlaurel was created to resemble the look and feel of a Scottish country home, and the accommodations are wonderful. There are four rooms in the main house, with one room and one suite in the nearby carriage house. Guests also can select from thirteen different cottages, themed after prominent Scottish personalities, and crofts (smaller than cottages) tucked on the property. The guest quarters are romantic and elegantly done in a European-country style. Bathrobes, luxurious linens, soft comforters, down-filled pillows, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces are among the possible amenities. The crofts are especially idyllic; each includes a double-sided fireplace that warms both the bedchamber and living room.
Fine Dining at the Glenlaurel Inn
Sitting in the Glasgow Dining room or on the Grand Deck, guests are treated to a full service breakfast, which may include Belgian Buttermilk Waffles with Strawberry Rhubarb sauce, Egg and Cheese Frittata with ham and asparagus, or hearty Eggs Benedict. Each night, Saturdays excepted, a five-course dinner is an option for guests. On Saturday night, a vast seven-course meal is available and the Inn is legendary for its gourmet cuisine and Scottish flair. Leisurely courses eaten by candlelight, bagpipe music, and poetry complete the dining experience.
Relaxing at the Glenlaurel Inn
Glenlaurel is an idyllic setting, and its luxurious amenities are conceived to insure rest, rejuvenation and a joyful escape. Try your hand at the Scottish Links at Glenlaurel - a replica of the links-style courses built as far back as 400 years in the British Isles. Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and meadowlands on Glenlaurel’s Estate are eight links-style holes. The golfers experience will replicate that of Scottish golf from over 100 years ago, while playing on actual sand greens and tees and using original Hickory Shaft Clubs and sand tees. Also, the Inn provides massage spa services for the world weary.
Ohio is a wonderful place of natural beauty and diversity that welcomes travelers and vacationers. Choosing a bed and breakfast to spend vacation time makes good sense. Whether one is seeking just to replenish in nature or rekindling a romance – Ohio bed and breakfasts are a terrific choice.