Last week, my husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast. Now, in order to put a frame of reference around this experience, there are two things you should know about our family. First off, before staying at Riverside Inn, my husband and I have spent a grand total of one night alone without the kids in the last 17 years….unless you count being in the hospital giving birth, which I really, really don’t.
Secondly, we are outnumbered by our children by a margin of two to one. And if you add in the fact that two of our children have ADHD, it feels way more like four to one! So, when my mom offered to keep the kids for the night, I happily agreed without a moment’s hesitation.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love our kiddos and I never get bored of hanging out with them. But the idea of spending a whole 24 hours with my husband without anyone interrupting our conversation was an opportunity that I definitely had no intention of passing up.
When I first came across the Riverside Inn’s site, I was very impressed with the pictures of the accommodations and the scenic grounds. Upon arriving in person, I realized that no pictures could capture the sheer beauty and tranquility of the Riverside Inn.
Just a little over an hour south of Cincinnati, the Riverside Inn features seven different rooms that are elegantly decorated, each boasting an impressive view of the grounds.
Five of the seven rooms are king-size suites that include hand-painted bathrooms with double vanities (these are seriously awesome bathrooms – there’s more room in one these bathrooms than two of mine at home…but I digress!).
On the first floor, there’s also a guest suite that is completely handicapped accessible. Even the shower in this room offers full accessibility as well.
Inside the Inn, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy during your stay – a library, pool table, player piano, and a table set up for Scrabble. We took the time to enjoy a mostly friendly game of Scrabble while splurging on sundaes from DQ.
In the morning, we leisurely drank our coffee while sitting on the paved steps that lead down to the Ohio River. Around us, birds and butterflies flitted pass, weaving in and out of the trees and flowering vegetation.
As we meandered back into the dining room, we chatted about the day ahead of us, and caught up on a dozen or more previously unfinished conversations, the aroma of eggs and ham greeting us as we approached.
Sitting in the dining room, we enjoyed the panoramic views while chatting with the innkeepers of the bed and breakfast, Kurt and Kathy. With an extensive background in customer service, they are an integral part of the charm at Riverside Inn. They are hands down some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and their love of their profession is evident in everything they do.
And the breakfast….oh my! Kurt combined sourdough bread, eggs, ham, and cheese to create a culinary masterpiece.
We also enjoyed maple infused yogurt with granola as well as a baked peach.
After breakfast, we strolled the grounds, and took time to sit in the many swings and benches throughout the property. It was so relaxing to just soak in the beauty of the area, and I could feel the stress of everyday life melting away.
We took plenty of time to check out the gazebo as well. Not only is the gazebo large enough to accommodate a crowd of people, but it contains everything you’ll need to grill up a gourmet feast at dinnertime.
In fact, my husband was already planning out his grilling preparations for the next time we stay at Riverside Inn!
At the end of the morning, we packed up, said our goodbyes to Kurt and Kathy, and headed back to Cincinnati to pick up our kiddos at VBS. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riverside Inn, and we will definitely be incorporating it as a new tradition – one that we won’t be waiting another 17 years for!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Riverside Inn. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.