I stayed here with my mom in the J.I. and Xenia Miller Suite. It was a birthday present for her. The Inn is very centrally located, and is 100% completely as it was in 1910!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!! If you have the least bit appreciation of antiques or history, you will LOVE this place. We just walked around and talked, and wondered about what the former families were doing in each room.......... what was it like? What was Christmas like? Thanksgiving? It was wonderful.
We arrived at 2pm just so we could walk around the house and gardens (check-in is 4pm). We did NOT intend to actually access our room! Just wanted to see the house. Anyway, I do NOT recommend this!!! We apparently interrupted a tour with a local group, which we did NOT intend to do! Anyway, Sara admitted us, and was very gracious, but we still felt weird. Just get there about 4pm, and all will be well.
Having said that, you must see the gardens!!!!! All the fountains were shut off for the winter when we were there, and it was still incredible!!!!! They have a Purdue (GO PURDUE!!!!) student looking after the gardens in the summer, and he is working on restoring them to their original grandeur. He's doing a great job. Truly really very nice. Check out the wisteria!!! They are the only original planting from 1910, when the gardens were planted. HUGE!!!!!
The breakfast is very flexible, which we really appreciated!!!! Served from 8am - 10am. We ate at 10am. It was very beautiful, and well presented. Sara is a delightful gourmet cook!!!!!!! Coffee wonderful, and plentiful. Food awesome.
We also found value in the communal small frig in the hallway that they stock with beverages for anyone to take, as well as the communal microwave. We were able to save our leftovers from dinner the first night, and eat them late the second night. They also have light snacks at the top of the stairway, which was very nice for a late night snack.
Our room was HOT, and I slept in very little, to compensate. I do not know if this is normal, but ALL the guests were commenting on this at breakfast, so it's not just me (50ish female). Most opened a window to compensate. We were afraid of breaking ours, so we didn't. To be fair, I did not mention this to Sara. Every time I saw Sara, I was focused on something else. Like the history of this fabulous home. Please GO, you will not regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic, historic home and gardens in downtown Columbus, Indiana is a spectacular get-away for relaxing or celebrating a special event. Come spend a weekend and enjoy being walking distance from the Columbus Visitor's Center and architectural tour, Zaharako's old-fashioned soda fountain, and world-class restaurant fare and pubs. An experience like you just stepped back from the past and lived as the elite of the early 19th century! A full-service spa is onsite and waiting to relieve your stress! Leave feeling rejuvenated! ... more less
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