Being a pretty avid traveler, I’ve booked quite a few hotel rooms. The features I most often look for include price (naturally… I’m a gal on a budget!), location, and occasionally amenities like an indoor pool if I’m traveling with my kids. I’m not one to obsess over thread counts, Jacuzzi tubs or spa treatments. Hotels are mostly just a place to lay my head at night after a day of sightseeing and adventures.
But a recent overnight at the Lantz House Inn proves to me that sometimes a hotel stay can be the highlight of a trip, not just a necessity. From the moment we pulled up to the historic house in charming Centerville (just east of Richmond, close to I-70), I knew this would be a unique experience.
We were warmly greeted by Marcia, the innkeeper, who has painstakingly restored the house and now welcomes visitors to their home-away-from-home. We instantly felt as though we had made a friend (and the cat who curled right up to us sealed the deal). She gave us helpful advice in deciding on our itinerary for the day, and truly seemed to care about our enjoyment of our visit to the area.
The Lantz House itself is beautiful and noteworthy for its preserved archway, which leads to Marcia’s garden. I could have spent hours sipping a hot cup of tea in this outdoor space. And its location right along U.S. 40 (the historic Old National Road) puts you within minutes of several attractions in Richmond, antique alley, and more. It’s no wonder it’s been featured in Midwest Living.
There are 4 rooms that comprise the Inn, including several sleeping arrangement options. You’ll also find a couple of cozy sitting areas. It would be a great spot for a girl’s getaway, like I enjoyed, or a night away with a special someone. Or even as a comforting place to rest if you’re just passing through town. Prices range from $103 to $139 a night.
A highlight of our stay there was breakfast the morning we departed. If you’re used to bland hotel buffets, full of cold cereal, juice out of a machine, and dried out bagels, then the feast Marcia spreads before you will really jump start your day. We started with fresh fruit, passed around the candlelit table between our fellow inn patrons as we got to know each other. Then out came a ham platter and the most delicious hazelnut fresh toast I’ve ever had. I wanted to tuck myself right into the toast and never wake up.
Alas, it was time to depart. Sent off with a smile and a wave from Marcia. No doubt, we’ll be back!
Thanks to Richmond-Wayne County Indiana Visitor’s Bureau and the Lantz House Inn for hosting me.
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