My daughter & I made last minute decision to visit Hannibal, our primary reason was to visit Twain's hometown. Knowing little about the Mansion except for casual online reading, I was impressed by Juan's accommodating response (via phone) to my request for accommodations. I took a 3rd floor room. What a pleasant, unexpected surprise: greeted by wine & cheese while we sat on breezy side porch; inside, surrounded by authentic period furniture at every turn; delicious breakfast next morning; such gracious and knowledgeable hosts in both Juan and his partner, Warren. We were there for Mark Twain, but the stay at the Mansion was the high point. We'll return and be better prepared to appreciate all the wonders this mansion holds and the restoration work which has made, and continues to make, it such a very special place. Once gone, we kept thinking of all the questions we should have asked but were too stunned by this our first visit. My daughter is 50; I'm 72. So "sort of visit" doesn't fit.
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