Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Another Great Getaway

I've posted about how getting away is important for me and Stevie, and have gotten great feedback from my earlier recommendations. Which is great with me, because I love to tout great retreat spots.

Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn is one of my favorites: the decor says 1830s Federal charm (Log cabins! 4-Poster beds! Victorian appointments!), but the amenities are all modern and tasteful (Steam showers! 2-Person spa tubs! Wi-Fi everywhere!). I'm not a fan of mildewed doilies and tattered curtains, which can often be the case in B&Bs. We know--we've seen them! Graves has all the conveniences of a great hotel room with all the personality of a guest house.

Nancy (the one you'll see more of) and Bob Swartzel are barely-transplanted Cincinnatians (Burlington is just a 20-minute hop down I-75), and very friendly and accommodating. Nancy is also a terrific cook, and her Stuffed French Toast is my absolute favorite!

Basically, I'm telling you it's super-close to Cincinnati, super-luxurious when you get there, and super-lovely (Can I say "super-lovely"?) country. Stevie and I have not only had several romantic visits to Willis Grave B&B, but we've given nights as gifts to friends several times. We've never heard a complaint!


amo said...

We took your advice and stayed at this place over the weekend to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary! It was perfect. I too am not a fan of frilly "country" decor that is prevalent in most b&b's, but this was so classy and well done. Nancy was a pleasure and her cooking was incredible. I kept forgetting I was only 25 min from home! We will definitely visit again. Thanks for the recommendation!

The Review Lady said...

I too enjoyed your post about Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast. We stumbled upon it when my husband traveled in the area on business and now nothing else seems to compare to Nancy's hospitality, gourmet breakfasts, and luxurious surroundings. My husband especially appreciates the Colonial furnishings, since he isn't a huge fan of the Victorian look found at some other inns we have visited.

Since then, I volunteered to help Nancy as as she worked on a cookbook for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, Room at the Table. Several of her recipes are featured in the book and can also be found on their B&B website.

Thanks again for sharing such great places with your readers - I look forward to reading your other travel posts in order to get ideas for future getaways!


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