Enjoyed the Hummingbird tremendously. We were looking for a get away from it all weekend, and that is what we had.
Ambience? The ambience was perfect to our taste - laid back, loaded with character, yet homey, well suited to the surroundings and to the era of the Roosevelts.. We had the Eleanor room - the room was enhanced by a gas fieplace, plus wing chairs, an era appropriate desk, and sitting table at which to enjoy a glass of wine - the wine glasses were already there waiting. Good that it is not overly "Victorian" like a painted dollhouse, not stuffy, not an overabundence of expensive antiques -
Train? Well yes I was worried about it, because I tend to be a light sleeper.. It did pass by 4 times the first night (!) and only once the second night. But although I heard it, (you get the warning whistle first), I fell immediately back to sleep.
Location? We first arrived at dusk, and thought - uh-oh this little street (not really a street, but a gravel road), looks unwelcoming and a bit shabby. Once inside we saw how lovingly the home was restored, and by day we realized we were in a perfectly beautiful scene.
It's a bit far from good restaurants - but we made the short trip to Lexington both nights - which was well worth the 20 minute ride. There is a also a more convenient every-day type restaurant right around the corner.
We took the opportunity to enjoy a fire in the chiminea by the creek; and were fortunate to catch one of those perfect Fall weekends, just 1 week prior to peak "leaf" season. Enjoyed the Roosevelt memorabilia scattered about, and the hosts have also provided plenty of touring information about the local vicinity.
Food - Again perfect for us - not over-the-top gourmet and rich, but still finer than one would cook for themselves at home......cornbread with bacon in it, omelets, cinnamon bread French toast - that kind of thing.
Anything I would change? Oh it's so picky I'm amost reluctant to mention it - but it was important to my husband - we both like (need!) our coffee quite a bit stronger than what was offered! Perhaps for other guests, it might have been just fine - but I really like that good cup of coffee in the morning.
I would love to go back next Fall - same weekend, and if possible, visit the Inn at other times of the year too.
Interesting note - there was one other guest there who had returned numerous times. Although we are somewhat local (Maryland) - there were two other couples who had traveled from Florida and other states - just to come here. Kind of tells you something.