During a recent trip to Vevay, IN, I had a chance to tour the Rosemont Inn Bed & Breakfast along the scenic Ohio River. I visited the place with Kendal Miller, PR coordinator of Switzerland County Tourism, who took me on a whirlwind tour of Vevay.
Vevay (pronounced VEE-vee) is a small town along the Ohio River, and is in Indiana’s wine country. It’s the county seat for Switzerland County, the smallest second smallest county in Indiana.
The Rosemont is a must-see for anyone who loves antiques, because it’s packed to the gills with antiques and artwork. They have a large collection of paintings that the owners, the Awands, change out each month.
“You won’t see the same painting in the same place twice,” said Howard Awand on our tour.
One of the paintings is by Gilbert Stuart, the artist who created the famous unfinished painting of George Washington.
The house, which was originally built by the Pleasants family in 1881, sits right on the bank of the Ohio River, making it ideal for watching the barges and boats make their way up and down this important waterway that was so important for the growth of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
The house is replete with historic architectural details, like original wood, etched glass front doors, furniture, and a working victrola. Even the original 128-year-old carpet is still there, although it looks more than a little worn.
But rather than replace the carpet with something you purchase at the local floor covering store, the Awands tracked down the original manufacturer in England — who still had the original design on file — and ordered a new carpet. They’re going to lay it over the old one like a giant area rug, and you’ll be able to see what the mansion looked like when it was finished in the late 19th century.
Unlike the Schenck Mansion, the Rosemont is not haunted. While this may disappoint some ghost hunters, sissies and wusses — like me — will be greatly relieved to know our sleep will not be disturbed by things going bump in the night.
Each room has its own private bath, king or queen beds, and wifi. There are no TVs in the room, however.
“We did that on purpose,” said Howard. “We want people to be out enjoying the house and enjoying the town.”
The rooms vary in price from $120 to $140, depending on the room, the night, and the season. You can visit the Rosemont’s website and make online room reservations, or call (800) 705-0376.