We stayed one night in Parker House to get an earlier start on our Chief Ladiga Trail excursion. Our room was the downstairs Parker Room. Scott and Megan shared the history of the house and neighborhood. Rooms were picturesque! I slept like a baby. Hope my snoring did not disturb them. They live on the third floor. The kids (Coleman and Eleanor) were a joy. Scott was up in the early morning hours with Eleanor and had cooked us some eggs. Breakfast spread was tasty. Loved the conversation with Scott about how the town is transitioning away from being a military town (Fort Mcclellan closed in 1999) to one more receptive to tourism. We rode around in the neighborhood to see other houses in the area. Worth a ride around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Parker House Bed and Breakfast. A home as comfortable as it is beautiful. Nestled on I-20 halfway between Atlanta and Birmingham at the foot of Coldwater Mountain and the start of the Chief Ladiga bike trail, the Parker House in historic Anniston, AL is the perfect place to relax in one of the south’s most beautiful and inviting homes. This is THE place to stay if you’re coming in to work on or ride the Coldwater Mountain bike trail and the Sunny King Criterium. We can secure your bikes indoors, provide a wash area, and introduce you to our town when you’re not riding. “A must stay if you love architecture, history, and a beautiful space…” Listed in The Alabama Catalog as the only remaining Richardsonian Romanesque home in Alabama, the Parker House is a magnificent late victorian mansion built by one of the founders of Anniston, AL, and anchors the Tyler Hill Historic District. The Parker House wows visitors with its original wood and plaster work, huge stained glass window, and seven ornamental fireplaces. This fantastic 1889 home is the perfect getaway with quick access to: Sunny King Criterium 2012 (1 mile away!!) Coldwater Mountain bike trail system Anniston Amtrak Station (Atlanta is the next station!) The Chief Ladiga bike trail (we’ll pick you up!) Silver Lakes golf course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Talladega Motor Speedway and Aaron’s 499 in 2012 (15 miles down the highway!!) Historic downtown Anniston Jacksonville State University Fort McLellan Birmingham and Atlanta ... more less