Our weekend stay at the White Oak Inn included a comfortable bed, delicious meals, and friendly hosts - just what we needed to make an otherwise gray December weekend a memorable get-away.
While not a modern facility, the inn has charm galore. It's a renovated old home complete with overstuffed chairs and a sofa in the parlor and oak woodwork throughout. It does, however, show its age in the smallness of the bathroom we had in our room, but it is what you would expect for a place that has tried (and succeeded) to maintain the old style with a nod toward modern amenities - one of which was a perfectly comfortable king-size bed.
But as nice as the home was, the meals were that much better. Our breakfasts were gourmet and, while not huge, were more than adequate to get us through till lunch. And if you're so inclined, I would highly recommend you arrange to eat an evening meal there as well. Although a bit more expensive than an average restaurant meal, it far outshines anything you could get nearby. Soup, salad, entre, and dessert - all specially prepared with fresh ingredients right in the kitchen, just steps away. The aroma fills the house each afternoon, and we could not wait to dive in. And if you're lucky enough to enjoy the wonderfuil company of other guests, as we were, it makes the meal all the more enjoyable. We wanted it to go on far longer than it did, and, although we sat and ate and visited for over two hours, it seemed like a much shorter time. (Thanks to our other guests for being such interesting dining companions.)
Although not directly in the heart of the so-called Amish Country, The White Oak Inn area does not lack for things to do. Ian proudly pulls out his lists of directions for driving tours that will take you to whatever you want to do - wine, cheese, crafts, shopping. And don't be fearful if you find yourself on a narrow dirt country road. It's all part of the experience, and the winery you'll find at the end of it is well worth the few potholes you might encounter.
All in all, our weekend at The White Oak Inn was a great way to recharge our internal batteries before the hubbub of the holidays. Thank you, Ian and Yvonne, for making us feel so welcome (and well-fed) during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a wooded valley in Ohio's Amish area, The White Oak Inn bed and breakfast offers a comfortable secluded retreat. Ten comfortable guest rooms and two luxurious log-cabin cottages are offered. Some rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. A full country breakfast is included in the room rate, and dinners and romantic dinner baskets for two can be ordered in advance. Our meals are carefully crafted using fresh local products whenever possible. Gluten-free, vegetarian and other special diets are cheerfully accommodated. There are plenty of recreational activities nearby, whether it's shopping in Ohio's Amish area, doing wine-tastings at local wineries, outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking or zip-lining, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery. During winter months we offer special events such as murder mysteries and dinner theater. The inn is not recommended for children under 12. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Oak Inn Bed And Breakfast Ohio/Danville Knox County