My cousin and I recently stayed at the Arthur Morgan House Bed & Breakfast for our first ever girls' weekend. Because I have previous experience staying in B&B's over the years all over the country and even in Europe, I knew the range of amenities could vary greatly. However, I also appreciated their detailed website, which, I must say, is accurate.
This massive house has six guest rooms, each with its own bathroom, which is very unusual. There are three floors of rooms, and we stayed on the top floor in the Owl's Nest. It is a large, simply decorated room with a fairly new bathroom. It was clean, comfortable (with amazing organic mattress and pillows made locally) and QUIET!
There are many reasons why we enjoyed our stay so much. First, the owner/innkeeper Susanna, is very sweet, but she is also deliberate about the kind of person she is. I loved reading a little bio of her, which includes service in the Peace Corps in Africa and a desire to go back to live, a passion for being ecologically wise, and a commitment for shopping locally. She displays her love for Africa and her commitment to philanthropy throughout the house, which includes artwork from local artists, artifacts from Africa (which can be purchased with the proceeds going back to the people), and items from the bath soaps, to the potteryware on the table, and pillows and mattresses produced right in Yellow Springs! All of this encourages guests to want to join in the support of the local artisans.
Secondly, the furnishings are simple and eclectic yet very comfortable. We never felt like we were intruding on someone else's space. From the moment we walked in, we felt at home. Every detail is tended to--and not in a stuffy way, but in a way that says, "Make yourself at home!" For example, there are little candies and cards on the table to greet the guests with their arrival information, an endless supply of ice water, books galore to read (some to take home for free), and incredibly comfortable mattresses and pillows to embrace you while you sleep.
Third, the house was amazingly quiet, though we never felt alone. Although there were many guests, we rarely heard or saw any of them (except at breakfast, which was a pleasant social time). For the most part, the house is big enough that everyone can have their own space if they want to. My cousin and I claimed the screened-in porch each night for hours. We were pleased to get to know another couple out there the first night, sharing stories and laughing. Then, when they went to bed, we enjoyed talking for hours more. The second night, we were the only ones in the porch and enjoyed drinking wine and eating snacks while we chatted. When we eventually went to bed each evening, we really didn't hear anyone all night!
The food was delicious, local, and lovely. Whether Susanna or Chef Brian cooked and served it, the food was a tasty work of art. It included a menu each morning of local breads, eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, and juice and coffee served on the locally made pottery. There were even edible flowers in our food--yummy and beautiful.
Finally, the Arthur Morgan House B&B is right in Yellow Springs proper, and everything from shops and restaurants to trails is within walking distance. So there is never a reason to be bored. I would love to go back and stay.
- Also Known As:
- Arthur Morgan House Bed & Breakfast Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A comfortable bed and breakfast just steps from downtown Yellow Springs Ohio, Arthur Morgan House has six comfortable rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors of this house from 1921, each with private or en suite bath. Breakfast is made with organically-grown ingredients, including locally roasted coffee, cage-free eggs, and more. ... more less
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