Nephews Doug and Dow — or more likely their spouses — selected The Inn At Honey Run to celebrate their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and their mother’s 80th birthday. We were just along for the ride.
They could not have chosen a nicer place for a family get-together or for a couple just seeking a retreat from daily business of life
There are just forty rooms, and these are spread out in a main lodge, the “Honeycombs, and several cottages.
The main inn and Tarragon dining room are on a hillside and blend into the forest. The “Honeycombs” are not on but burrow into a hillside above the inn, each with balconies fronted by flowering plants. They have a wonderful view of the morning sunrise.
Eight trails wander about through the 53-acre property. They are hilly but not
particularly long. They are more for contemplation than exercise. Benches are strategically placed along the way. One looks out from the forest over a neighboring meadow.
There is a pool table, but there is no swimming pool or exercise room. Perhaps those would be too vigorous for such a relaxing retreat. The proprietor will supply, however, binoculars and night vision goggles for wildlife observation. Each room is provided a Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America.
Our room and those of our friends were all spacious. We particularly liked the modern lounge chairs in ours that faced out towards the forest beyond large corner windows.
If you are one that has to stay connected, they have Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs and a Blu-ray library and tablets.
Their idea of an included continental breakfast puts most hotels to shame. One can have either a large serving of oatmeal or yogurt and granola, fruit, juice, pastry or muffins and a beverage. Or one can order from the regular breakfast menu. Perhaps because we were in a group, we each received gift cards that covered the additional cost of a “full” breakfast.
But it was the public spaces that particularly appealed to Alie and I.
There is a pavilion extending out into the trees that looks like it would make an ideal spot for a small wedding or reception. On our first evening, a staff member provided firewood and started a fire in a fire-pit near the pavilion We were able to sit around in Adirondack chairs staring at the fire while we chatted.
Two comfortable seating areas are outside and just inside the Tarragon dining room. The inside one is served by a full bar. The outside one has coffee and cookies.
Two porches, one open and one covered, provide more seating as does game room with comfortable chairs surrounding a fireplace.
And if you must be more active, the entire place is in the center of Ohio Amish country. There are stores, restaurants, Mohican State Park, the Wilderness Center, Brown’s Bog Preserve and Killbuck Marsh all within easy access.
The Inn At Honey Run, 6920 County Road 203, Millersburg, Ohio 44654-9018, 330-674-0011, www.innathoneyrun.com
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