This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Great Tree Inn, a Chautauqua Lake Bed and Breakfast in New York. I was offered a free weekend stay in exchange for an open and honest review. Thank you for supporting me, my blog, and now my romantic getaways. If there’s ever a baby number two, it’s on you.
Oh my god, you guys, the Hubby and I had our first solo vacation since before the tiny human was born. Alone time. Just the pair of us. For two blissful nights and one fun-filled day.
I’ll be honest, when The Great Tree Inn offered us a weekend stay, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a break we both desperately needed. I would have stayed in a one bedroom shack, with a rusty mattress, moldy towels, and no food if it meant some together time with my partner in crime.
Thankfully, The Great Tree Inn far exceeded my expectations. They had soft, clean towels, the most relaxing atmosphere, some of the tastiest breakfasts and an enormous King sized bed. Bow chick-a-wow-wow.
Our weekend was perfectly lovely, utterly quaint and entirely restful. We had full conversations with one other, a novel concept these days since we’re usually interrupted by the tiny human every thirty seconds, demanding our full attention. We also toured the 1850’s farm house and took advantage of every single seating nook. I legit started and finished a book during our stay.
This bed and breakfast stayed true to its origins with some of the most beautiful antiques. I considered absconding with the glorious chest of drawers in our bedroom, except it weighed a thousand pounds and would be considered criminal activity, and I wanted to return in the future.
Despite the very large and solid furniture, the whole house had a warm and inviting feel, starting with the fresh chocolate chip cookies which were there upon our arrival, to the small fridge filled with water and yogurts to the coffee and tea bar, available twenty four seven. Be still my caffeine loving heart.
The whole place was bursting with charming little touches, which made me smile and feel even more at home. I’m a fan of the small details, and this place had them in spades. Each bedroom had its own bathroom, complete with bathrobes, makeup removal pads, a hair dryer, and cozy slippers which greeted you at the front door, along with the owners Mark and Sheila.
Mark and Sheila, the new dynamic duo, are a friendly and down to earth couple, who exchanged their routine life in the city for the adventure of owning a small bed and breakfast in the country. They are more than just home owners and gracious hosts though. They also run a working farm, complete with a flock of furry friends.
I got to meet a stable full of horses, a plethora of chickens and ducks, who have free reign of the barn in the winter and the entire yard in warmer weather. I also became acquainted with Herman the barn cat, several donkeys and the friendliest goat imaginable. No yoga necessary.
A benefit of the family farm, aside from the whole manual labor keeping you in shape bit, is half of my breakfast came right from the barn twenty feet away. Thank you Winston (just one of the chickens who laid my eggs). The other half came from local business’ right in the area. Talk about a farm to table movement. From the backyard to my plate, all in the same day. It feels good to know where my edibles are coming from.
Honestly, the entire experience was wonderful, and not just because we left our sexual kryptonite at home with my in-laws (Sorry Ave, but it’s true). Located only two hours away from Cleveland, I’m already looking forward to a return visit in the Spring with my girlfriends, so we can escape to the local wineries, check out the world renowned Chautauqua Institute and head over to Lily Dale for a day of spiritual enlightenment.
If you’re ever in the Chautauqua area, or just looking for a restful refuge, The Great Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast is the ideal getaway. I highly recommend it. Please be sure to tell Mark, Sheila, and Zonk I said Hi.
Have you ever stayed at a bed and breakfast? What are some of your favorite travel experiences?