We booked our stay at Solomon Mier Manor online after seeing the beautiful pictures. We weren't disappointed! This is a lovely home! We could spot it a mile away coming down the street! We were planning to spend our days in Shipshewana, and the manor is about 20 miles south on the same road that runs through Shipshewana---not a bad drive.
Amanda (the innkeeper) was present when we arrived and was quite pleasant. We paid for our room and then she showed us around the downstairs and to our room upstairs. There's a little mini fridge in the upstairs foyer with water and soda for guests, and she brought us warm cookies! The next night we weren't home yet when she brought the cookies up for all the guests (we came home around 8, and she brings the cookies around 7:30), but she left them on a covered plate for us. Not warm anymore, but still---mmm!
We stayed in the Rose Room, which was very nicely decorated. I loved the little stained glass window overlooking the staircase! The bed was comfortable, although the pillows weren't my favorite---kind of flat for a side sleeper like me. But I'm honestly a lousy sleeper, anyway, so I'm not sure my review of the bed should hold much weight! There were toiletries, a nice TV with cable and a DVD player, and all the in-room amenities we needed. Except maybe a luggage rack or a dresser---those would be helpful additions to the Rose Room! The hot water in the shower was a little tricky, too, and the room was a bit warm (but not terribly uncomfortable) despite having the A/C unit running. But it's a hundred-year-old, two-story home. I grew up in one of those---they do tend to run a little warm on the upper floors.
Breakfast was home cooked and delicious, even if it wasn't the fanciest fare (though the silver and rich napkins made it feel like a fancy meal!). The first morning was chilled fruit, French toast, bacon, and juice. The second morning was watermelon, a delicious egg, ham, and croissant casserole, scones and muffins, and juice. Amanda joined us for breakfast and chatted with the guests. We learned a little bit more about the house, how it had come into their possession, and a little about Solomon Mier. She also had some books on the topic in the parlor.
Some B&Bs are super-duper fancy and shiny---this isn't one of those. But that's OK! This one is warm and historic, comfortable, a good value, and a really nice place to stay. We felt welcome and well cared for. We'd stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A truly unique place where you can step back in time and relax. Come as a guest and leave as a friend. ... more less