The Homespun Inn
The Midwest is the breadbox of the world. It is also home to farmers and just regular folk. Playing on that theme is the Homespun Country Inn located in Nappanee, Indiana. The appearance of the all American Farmhouse is enhanced by quarter-sawn oak in the entry and first floor common rooms. Stained glass windows add a prism effect on sunny mornings. Each of the two parlors on the main floor have an ongoing jigsaw puzzle or just select a book for some relaxing reading. Making this inn unique are the guest rooms named in honor of the original 1902 occupants.
Frank and Alma Brown’s room is named after the original owners. A lavender and sea foam green motif surround the queen-sized bed. The farmhouse look is completed with the three drawer mirrored dresser. Also on the second floor is Wilma Terwillinger’s room.
The Browns niece’s room has an adjoining private bath and a queen-size bed. Even one of the lodgers taken in by the Brown’s has earned a room. Miss Allman’s room is accented in blue. Schoolhouse memorabilia surrounds the queen-size bed. Climbing to the third floor the Brown’s granddaughter has lent her name to Jodi’s room. Apropos for a granddaughter, we find twin beds, a private bath and a décor of mauve, blue and cream colors. Also on the third floor is another granddaughter. Sally’s room holds a queen-sized bed and a pullout sofa. Each of the rooms is decorated with photos of the original occupants.
Early risers are treated to coffee and flavored teas in the dining room. A full breakfast is also served by candlelight at 8:30. Step outside and enjoy the calming effect of the porch swing. This is Amish territory and not an uncommon sight to see their horse and buggy’s pass by.
The Inn at Perry Cabin
Located in charming St. Michaels, Maryland, is The Inn at Perry cabin. This colonial mansion is perched along Metes River, a tributary to Chesapeake Bay. Relaxing recreation options, including sailing, golfing and riding in horse-drawn carriages, surrounds it.
All forty-one guest rooms are each individually furnished in its own particular theme. English and early American antiques are elegantly offset by understated, classic Laura Ashley fabrics and wallpapers. Luxury that is comfortable and cozy with the atmosphere conducive to rest and unwinding. All rooms feature television, VCR and cable, as well as modem links. A full breakfast is included.
There is an indoor pool, sauna and steam room for guests, as well as access to massages and health club privileges. Tennis and golf courses are nearby. For those who have their own boat, the Inn at Perry cabin offers docking space.
Places to visit nearby include Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, St Mary’s Square Museum, the Country Comfort Farm, The Amelia Welby House, Washington DC, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Bay Hundred Peninsula and the Black water National Wildlife Refuge.
One of the best things about the Inn at Perry Cabin is the abundance of gardens. The grounds at The Inn at Perry Cabin have been cultivated for almost 200 years. The circa 1816 hotel is even home to the state’s oldest Holly tree. Dating back to the early 1800’s, the tree is located beside the front entrance and serves as the official Christmas tree of St. Michaels.
There are rooms which feature gardens on their terraces and a kitchen garden from which the Inn’s chefs harvest fresh herbs daily. Throughout the grounds, visitors will discover a greenhouse and several other gardens. There is even a complimentary course given at times on how to create a lovely container garden. This is a popular workshop.