We got a very warm welcome from the B&B host.
This is a nice B&B located on a non-descript street, not far from Penn Dutch. It is near the Susquehanna River, but unfortunately you can’t see or really walk to the river from the B&B. If you care about interesting or bucolic surroundings or even just a nice walk, this place might not be for you. You can see trees and mountains in the distance, which is nice. The air quality was excellent, and there’s a quiet overhead fan as well as AC (which we didn’t use). Occasional train whistles did not waken me, but they did my husband.
Our room, the Susquehanna, was small. You’d probably need to get a bigger room if you are staying more than one night.
On the plus: brand new shower with fancy features like shower jets. Very comfortable bed; nice sheets and towels. One of the most comfortable robes I’ve had in a B&B or hotel. The screened window opened in bathroom. However, the windowsill area was not clean.
As stated on the website, there is a quiet dog. I’m not a dog person, but I had no problem with this very sweet and retiring dog.
There is plenty of comfortable common space (two big parlors with lots of seating), plus the dining room for cards or games,
An extensive DVD selection that ranges from the sublime (e.g., Winter’s Bone, Fargo) to the ridiculous (e.g., Tarzan's Revenge, Three Amigos); flat screen TV.
Two nice features: a newspaper (USA Today) at the breakfast table and a plaque with weather for the day.
While this is a nice enough B&B, two aspects of the stay didn't work for the kind of traveller that I am.
The cook did make an effort to be local and creative, but the breakfast to me was not so great. In addition to the egg dish (sort of soggy), there was polenta (bland), scrapple sweetened with pineapple (the sweetness did not work at all for me). Local strawberries and homemade orange muffins were delicious. If you're discerning about food, I think you would be unhappy with this breakfast.
Another problem that made our morning a bit of a drag. We like a cozy B&B as a getaway and –– aside from the requisite polite chit-chat with one’s table companions –– we are not into extensive socializing with fellow guests or the hosts. We were happy to get a tour and historical background of the house upon our arrival. But at breakfast, the hostess plunked herself down at the table with us and asked a string of questions to engage us in conversation. She was oblivious to our clear message (my husband’s short answers and my focus on my plate) that we preferred a private moment.
While some believe that social engagement is de rigueur in a B&B, one expects the hosts to be a little more attuned to social cues and to desires of guests who may not feel that way.
All in all, a nice enough B&B, close to Penn Dutch with very sociable hosts.
Away from train whistle.
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