We found Whispering Pines on the Select Registry, and we had a wonderful 1-night stay. I will say though that the photo on their site is a bit misleading as it seems to suggest they are right on the water, when in fact they are down a long drive, across a main road, and then there is a rocky shore before the lake. We had envisioned walking out of the B&B and strolling alongside the water, but there really is no good place to walk along the lake as the shores are very rocky. This was no a total letdown, just different from what we expected. The grounds are beautiful at Whispering Pines. My wife and I took a short stroll into the woods where there is a beautiful pine forest. There are multiple sitting areas near the house, and 2 ponds with a little waterfall. That waterfall was very relaxing to hear in the morning. We saw dragonflies, heard bullfrogs, and even watched a deer strolling in the morning! There are beautiful flowers also to behold. Check-in was easy and informative as Linda gave us a quick tour of the house. There are large sitting rooms with very comfy leather furniture, games to play, books to read...just a nice relaxing atmosphere. Having a serving area with teas, coffee, pretzels, and popcorn for popping was a nice touch. As for the room, we stayed in the Honeymoon Suite, and it was the perfect setting. The King bed is huge and comfortable, the 2-person jacuzzi tub is great, there is an electric fireplace, a table with 2 chairs, a sofa, and a table and chair out on the balcony. The light music playing on the Bose (Bose I think) was very soothing. It was very nice having soap, body wash, and shampoo dispensers in the bathroom. There is no TV in the room, but we found it so relaxing just to unwind, read, sit and talk on the balcony, etc. We loved the room. Linda and Bill were helpful with any questions, and there were menus available for local restaurants and directions as well. Now for the piece de resistance - Breakfast! It was fantastic. We started with delicious fresh banana nut bread and a fruit salad. Then came perfect pancakes with Ohio maple syrup, a link of the best sausage I've ever eaten, and perfect scrambled eggs. I had fresh OJ and tea in their cute clay-fired Whispering Pines mugs. Breakfast was perfect.
The reason I rate this a 4 instead of 5 was due to a hospitality issue. While small, we felt the lack of follow-up was not consistent with a 5-star B&B experience. They state that you can make smores over the fire pit, just inquire. It had rained slightly that day and most likely the day before, but the majority of that day was beautiful, and a perfect night, and grounds were even good for walking that day. When we asked in the afternoon if we could do that later in the evening, Linda did not seem too receptive to it due to the "weather" and we "would have to see after dark." She never followed up with us, and never mentioned it the next day. That small request would have really set that stay apart, by the firepit, at night. That would have been a nice nightcap to a great day.
One thing that I think would really enhance the experience there would be outdoor seating on the deck outside of the breakfast room. That looks over the lake and would be a nice area to relax.
Overall, I would recommend this Bed & Breakfast to anyone looking to escape, relax, and just spend quality time with someone. You will not be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Whispering Pines Bed And Breakfast Ohio/Dellroy