I am a woman who has traveled extensively all over the world and I am considered by many of my friends and family as some what of an "expert" regarding leisure travel. Clearly the people who have written some of the negative reviews on this site have not traveled far beyond a stay at a generic chain hotel. I recently stayed at the Follansbee Inn for four days, and had a wonderful time. The innkeepers, Dave & Cathy are pleasant, helpful people who have also traveled extensively and have very thoughtfully created a particular atmosphere at their inn. I had the advantage of being here during the week and was able to peek into several of the rooms when it was less busy than on a weekend. Every room has been redecorated in the last few years with beautiful quilts, and wonderful small touches that befit a country bedroom. My room was exceptionally clean, and was cleaned daily by their housekeeper. The common areas have decor that reflect an 1840's farmhouse, such as red and blue plaid sofas- almost all of it appeared new. The entire inn reminded me of my stays at bed & breakfasts in an old Tuscan farmhouse or the south of France. This is not Paris and Louis XVI furniture, but a country inn which has been preserved to reflect a more relaxing atmosphere. The food was great too--I really enjoyed the gingerbread waffles, the ham & cheese omelettes with potato pancakes and homemade applesauce as well as the buttermilk pancakes with a wild blueberry sauce (the blueberries were picked from the tiny island). The lake was spectacular and warm enough to swim in at any time of day.
My advice to the cranky people who have written less favorable reviews- If you want the antiseptic environment of a Sheraton Hotel go to one and soak up all free HBO you can handle. To the rest of you- If you want a country inn experience that will keep you visiting again and again try the Follansbee Inn. They have a great website at ------------. -Happy Travels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic, family-friendly, sublime, Follansbee Inn is located on beautiful Kezar Lake. Follansbee offers 17 individually decorated guest rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. As our guest you'll enjoy complimentary use of our kayaks, canoes, rowboat, sailboat, and bicycles. Enjoy your stay while connecting with yourself, with family, with nature. ... more less
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