We stayed here and hiked the trails at Ricketts Glen. Our selection of this inn was based on the proximity to the park and the less cluttered decor and updated rooms shown on the website.
The price is outstanding (reflecting the rural area) and the service was excellent. Breakfast is a shared table with a single seating of all the current guests and there is plenty of food (more than we could ever eat). She typically served us beverages (juice, coffee, and tea), an egg dish, fruit, huge muffins, a breakfast meat, and a breakfast dish such as pancakes or french toast. She brought Ziploc bags out to take the remaining muffins to go and there was always leftover food. The hostess was helpful with (positive) stories of past guests, area activities, tips, and events but did not otherwise demand conversation, which I tend to prefer.
The rooms themselves are comfortable (although ours was a little warm when the weather turned out to be warm for the season and we couldn't adjust the heat ourselves) with a large, renovated bathroom. Our footed tub was deep and never ran out of hot water! There is a TV with a few cable channels and we were able to access free wifi in our room. The decor, while antiques, is not stuffy, cluttered, or frilly. It is a house and, as such, you will hear guests in the hallways and the phone ringing and so forth. This never bothered us but don't expect absolute privacy.
Ricketts Glen is a fantastic treasure and very close to the inn. We ventured out of Benton for all of our non-breakfast meals because of timing (places in Benton close early!) and dietary preferences/restrictions, so it ended up being a 15-20 minute drive to dinner to give us more options.
We'll be back. It's close to Philadelphia while still getting into a whole different pace and environment, well-priced, and an "easy" place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restored Victorian amongst an art gallery, antiques, country store, golf, fishing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mattress And Muffin Bed And Breakfast
- Mattress And Muffin Hotel Benton