My husband and I recently went to Historic Smithville Village for a friend's birthday dinner. Neither of us had been to the Village and since it was an hour + drive away, we decided very last minute (afternoon before) to stay overnight. There was one room left at the Colonial Inn (the actual Inn, not the Barn, or the small suite buildings throughout the village), so we snatched it up. I thought the rate was a bit pricey for a Saturday in January, but once I saw the room and received all the amazing hospitable perks, I completely felt the money was well spent. And not to mention that being able to walk across a tiny street and over an old-timey bridge covered in whimsical twinkle lights after a fun night at Fred and Ethel's was definitely worth the money. (Side note - very yummy food at Fred & Ethel's.)
Let's get down to basics.......parking is free in the village parking lots. As far as check-ins go, I've never experienced a more delightful process. Emily, sweet as can be, checked us in and told us everything we needed to know. The most important thing being about the free cookies (chocolate chip shortbread....MmmmmMmmmm - make sure you get there during "snack time" from 3-5pm) and free coffee or tea (the entrance to the inn is also the entrance to their attached cafe) as we desired. She also handed us a sheet with store names and their various discounts/free items offered. She had us fill out our breakfast card – choice of croissant or muffin, choice of yogurt flavor, choice of juice and choice of tea or coffee. She let us know that in the morning, we just needed to come back to the front desk/counter and the “cutest old man you’ve ever seen” would put together our breakfast basket which we could either enjoy in the café or take back to our room. She then showed us to our room...so quaint!
The room was huge (Baremore, 102). And so super clean! The bed was very comfy, the heat worked well and the bathroom was great! The only teeny tiny drawback was that our lake view room was literally on the lake and the entire village is crawling with water fowl (ducks, swans, geese, you name it), so at about 4am, we started to hear all kinds of squawking. However, we were so cozy, we just fell right back asleep.
In the morning, Emily did not disappoint. I did, in fact, meet the cutest old man ever. Cute Bob got our breakfast basket ready in a matter of minutes and off I went back to the room to enjoy. The tea and coffee were self serve in the hallway which was easy breezy.
All in all, we had an absolutely wonderful stay in an absolutely adorable Inn.