Now that I am retired, my husband and I are free to wander at will, and I hope to have many more entries in the coming months.
OHIO - On a recent drive we discovered Julia’s B&B in Hubbard that is set on the grounds of a golf course. The home and grounds are lovely and are often the site for weddings. However, it would make a wonderful romantic getaway as the rooms are beautifully decorated and breakfast on the deck overlooking the grounds was delightful.
Having the golf course easily accessible is a great incentive for those sporting couples.
VIRGINIA - We always enjoy Virginia, and our most recent visits included The Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg. What a fantastic setting – we spent most of our time on the deck, enjoying the views, reading and even getting caught up on e-mail.
The inn’s guest pantry abounds with snacks, fruit and both hot and cold drinks. When time came for dinner we were disappointed that a recommended restaurant, The Bank, was closed that evening. Our hosts suggested “take out” which we also enjoyed al fresco on the deck off our room. If you enjoy antiquing, take a drive nearby Staunton, where you will find many shops to browse through.
On that same trip we also stayed at the Iris Inn B&B in Waynesboro. The driveway is lined with iris plants (hence the name) and the three buildings that comprise the inn are located in a wooded setting. While the setting gives you a feeling of remoteness, the inn’s location is perfect for exploring nearby wineries, historic sites and the city of Charlottesville. The inn has several common areas in addition to the decks, with swings, that wrap the main building. The upstairs lounge/reading area overlooks the great room with its massive stone fireplace and floor to ceiling windows that open to the back deck.
A hearty breakfast is also served in the great room and coffee, tea and cookies are also available here throughout the day.
OKLAHOMA - On a cross-country drive in June we discovered a recently built fantasy theme inn located in Edmond geared toward romance. If you can’t get to Europe or the islands, just choose from one of the fun themed suites at Two Hearts Inn. Rooms include the Tuscany Suite, Suite Heart (think French chateau), Suite Chic (Parisian pied-à-terre) as well as an Island suite with it’s own palm tree over the Jacuzzi and the southwestern Santa Fe suite with terra cotta floors and kiva fireplace.
Breakfast for two served in your room adds to the romantic charm of this inn.
COLORADO - While visiting family in Colorado we stayed overnight at the Abriendo Inn in Pueblo. Another delightful find. The house is located in a beautiful residential area near the city’s Riverwalk. The expansive porch offered the opportunity to sit, relax and go through menus while sipping a glass of wine that is offered to guests each afternoon along with other hot or cold drinks and cookies.
Rooms are decorated to the period of the house but all have all modern amenities including wi-fi and whirlpools in some baths. Breakfast is a gourmet delight that includes fresh bread made daily.
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More to come….Rose