Driving into down town takes one back to the mid 1950's or earlier. The down town streets are lined with historic brick shops backed with antiques. Near the edge of down town one finds the Herlong mansion.
This stately brick mansion which originated in 1845 has been carefully restored to its original southern charm. From the moment you drive down the oak canopied street to the elegant front entrance you feel the pressure of city life start to slip away. The interior of the hotel has been carefully decorated with antique furnishings throughout the rooms of the mansion. Master craftsmanship of the past is evident everywhere one looks. From the stately carved exterior pillars, to the wooded fireplace mantels the time, patience, and skill, and materials of times past is there to appreciate.
Breakfast is served every morning in the dining room from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Adding to the delicious nature of these meals is the Desert Rose dish ware they are served on. I fell in love with a breakfast apple recipe that was quickly shared with me to my delight.
We had a second floor room that lead to the veranda. The view over the front lawn was breath taking with the old moss covered oak trees gently blowing in the breeze. Complimentary wine is served each afternoon with fresh baked cookies. If wine is not your taste, refreshing lemonade was also readily available to guests. The veranda is private for the two rooms that front the veranda from 10PM until 8AM. This was the only drawback that we experience being that some guest choose to ignore the sign and take in the view. One has to admit, who can blame them.
Most visitors want to shop the numerous local antique stores in an attempt to snatch up a gem from the past to take home with them. Shops specialize in citrus labels, china and dish ware, to antique tools.
We were fortunate enough to be there during the local Michael J. Fox fundraiser weekend. One of the event highlights was the Squash Parade. This was like stepping back in time, allowing one to appreciate the simpler beautiful things in life.
So if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life there is no better place than the Herlong Mansion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Herlong Mansion Historic Inn and Gardens is an Award Winning Bed and Breakfast and a member of Small Elegant Hotels Worldwide. Surrounded by ancient Magnolia trees and Oaks dripping with Spanish moss this Old World setting offers a peaceful sanctuary along with the Wide Verandas with porch swings and old fashioned rocking chairs. Southern Style Breakfasts and Southern Hospitality at its friendliest. Complimentary refreshments available at all times with Wine and Cookies in the evening. AAA rating 3 Diamonds and 4 Diamonds for bedding and furnishings ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Herlong Mansion Hotel Micanopy
- Herlong Mansion b&b Inn