Hello! Again, fellow travelers. I once again got to put up the out of office message, and got to enjoy some much needed RNR. This time I had the pleasure to head to a small town in norther Ohio and stay at the Inn at Brandywine Falls. This way my first BnB experience so, I really didn’t know what to expect. But, Hey! Any chance to get away I will take.
About the Inn at Brandywine Falls
The Inn overlooks Brandywine Waterfall (a 67-foot natural wonder) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is located between Cleveland and Akron, and was built in 1848. The Inn at Brandywine Falls is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been renovated and made modern; all without changing its historic Greek Revival appearance and character. It is furnished in elegant Ohio antiques, and features quality amenities (including free wireless internet) and gourmet foods.
Check in is between 4 and 6 pm and on the day, we arrived it was raining heavily. You can plan every detail but the weather. Anyways, because of the rain I didn’t notice some of the minute details that would later make the Inn so charming. Luckily the next morning was beautiful.
The check in went very smoothly as Katie quickly gave us the run down. She then proceeded to give us big wool luggage coves for our suit case and my camera bag. They have you use these cumbersome bag/wraps to ensure that guest is not marking up walls and that you can carry the luggage and not scratch up the floors. While it was not a huge inconvenience it does help insure the Inn and its antiques stay pristine.
Choices — all six accommodations have their champions among previous guests. All are historic, the four in the main Inn are special for their charm of a prior century, while the two suites in the former Carriage Barn are unique and spacious. The Granary has been listed in a prestigious publication as one of the top 10 accommodations “to beg for” in all of the National Parks.
We stayed in the Simon Perkins Room. The room is Charmingly appointed with two double beds, a window facing south “that you can see Brandywine Falls from” and its own personal bathroom.
Oh-my where do I start! I have to start with the fresh cookies. Katie Bakes fresh cookies every night for new guest and current guest alike. They that are available all night and I recommend that you have one or four.
The Breakfast was delicious with quite the verity of options. My wife started off with an amazing layered fresh fruit dish, while I jumped in the home-made oatmeal with raspberry’s. This was accompanied by a delicious coffee cake. That I am not ashamed to admit that I had several slices of. The main course was pasta carbonara, generally I am not a pasta first thing in the morning person. However, it did a tremendous job of pulling the meal together.
The grounds are nicely keep with several flower gardens. Some used to decorate the room, some that are edible. If taking on the gardens grows old the wild life will keep you entertained. From the chickens and goat both have great stories but I will leave that up to George to tell. If you are feeling more adventurist I would suggest going over to the falls for a hike on one of the many trails.
The Falls and Trails
Due to the rain I didn’t get out and hit the trails much. I did check out the maps and talked with the Inn Keeper about them and they sound like a real splendor. I did manage to make it to the falls twice. Once while it was raining heavily and the second time the next morning before we check out. With all the rain over the past week, the falls where in full force and something to behold.
Over all Thoughts
For my first Bnb Experience The Inn at Brandywine Falls was a great choice. The Inn keepers were very kind and knowledgeable. The Inn was very nice with lots of historic nostalgia, and the food was great. If you are looking for a quaint get away and want to experience nature I highly recommend The Inn at Brandywine Falls.
For more information please visit http://www.innatbrandywinefalls.com