When traveling, I often opt to stay at a Bed and Breakfast or small inn because they provide an opportunity to meet engaging and knowledgeable people along with staying in unique rooms and dining on carefully executed meals. The Jenks House in Jacksonville, Florida (http://www.thejenkshouse.com/index.html) certainly fulfilled all expectations.
First, the home was beautiful and welcoming. Hardwood floors gleamed and luxurious linens covered the comfortable bed. While the home wasn’t cluttered, I found interesting photos, painting and tapestries added to the home’s overall interest and warmth. The sunroom on the second story overlooked orange trees laden with ripe fruit - which in turn showed up on the breakfast table as fresh squeezed juice along with the freshly roasted and brewed coffee!
Our hosts, Ila Rae and Tom Merten proudly point out that they are a certified “Green Lodging” in Florida. Clearly the motto evident in the home (even though it isn’t written and posted) is that they treat each resource with respect – reuse and recycle. Our printed receipt is a half sheet of paper with interesting information on the reverse side. Tom revealed a past renter who wanted to recycle rather then add to the landfill gave him the paper that he uses. The hot water used in the home comes from their 30-year-old solar powered water heater. How was it you wonder? The hot shower was better than I’ve used in many hotels.
And, as important to me as the residence, the Tom and Ila Rae’s hospitality at the Jenks House only added to our experience. When I asked if my daughter, a medical resident at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville could join us one morning for breakfast, Tom did not hesitate when he responded “yes”. With Tom and Ila Rae at the breakfast table, we learned more about Jacksonville’s history, shared stories of where we’ve been on life’s journey, and even looked at old menus from Jacksonville’s Jenks Restaurant.
If you are traveling through Jacksonville and need a place to stay for a night, a week or longer, I highly recommend the Jenks’ House – you won’t be disappointed.
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