Even though I can have wonderful Country Inn Day experiences staying in or close to my Inn of imagination, my 1853 home, it is sometimes great fun to go beyond my little town of Hudson, Ohio and do a little (or a lot) of exploration. And so I took a trip to German Village which is two hours south of Hudson.
German Village is a historic neighborhood (and I love historic neighborhoods) just south of downtown Columbus, Ohio’s state capital. It was settled in the early – to – mid 19th century by a large number of German immigrants who at one time comprised as much as one third of the city’s entire population.
German Village is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and was made a “Preserve America Community” by the White House. It is one of the premier historic restorations in the world.
My travel day in German Village began at a wonderful book shop called The Book Loft. This shop boasts of having 32 rooms of books for sale and each room has a different style of music playing to entertain shoppers as well as to tempt them to buy the musical cds. It would be easy for a book lover like me to spend the entire day in such a place
but after a considerable amount of time browsing I tore myself away, strolling out along the shops beautifully flower-filled alley way, but not empty handed.
I came away with two books, this one by Martha Stewart because living a good and long life is important to me as it is to Martha. Her book has a little bit of everything in it – healthy eating, healthy fitness, healthy brain, healthy home… you get the idea. I was tempted by books in all these categories, but Martha had a little of everything rolled up into one.
My other purchase was this lovely and artful book entitled “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life”. It contains information about the plants and places that inspired Beatrix to write her wonderful storybooks. Beatrix is one of my “dead friends” so I’m always looking for books like this one. Beatrix can’t share her life with me in person these days since she moved far off to heaven, but the right books allow her to share with me in a different, but still very delightful way.
But time flew in the book shop and I was getting hungry so my next stop was a wonderful restaurant called Lindy’s.
Lindy’s is a convivial American bistro featuring a copper-topped bar and a surf ‘n’ turf menu.
I love the elegance of white tablecloths so Lindy’s dining room was the place for me. I was seated at this table near a window. Yes!
Here with Beatrix at my side (via her book) I ordered a delicious lunch, glass of wine and then relaxed with coffee from this nifty french press stainless steel pot.
Looking out the window at the gas lamps and the historic buildings as I enjoyed my lunch made it easy to imagine I was back in time with Beatrix. I was very happy with this restaurant but I had no idea what lay just outside. something that could’ve made my lunch experience even better on this glorious weather day. Can you guess what it is?
Lindy’s has an outdoor patio nestled in trees and decorated with lots and lots of beautiful flowers. Who knew?
Well, now I know and so do you so next time either of us venture to Lindy’s on a beautiful day we’ll know to take a table out of doors amidst the fresh air and flowers where the birdies can serenade us.
But it was now time to hit the brick-lined streets and sidewalks, time to take a stroll around the village. There were houses and their gardens to investigate. Let me share a little of what I saw along the way.
So many charming houses with postage stamp size gardens that were small but absolutely lovely. There were patios and porches, all carefully designed and well appointed. It was delightful and inspiring to stroll along and view such beauty, but after a while it was also time to sit down and rest. Luckily there was a park just ahead.
What a welcome sight for my tired feet.
I found a park bench, invited Beatrix to join me once again by pulling out my new book, and there in solitude, but with society all around me, I enjoyed the beauty of nature on this Country Inn “Travel” Day.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous
I enjoyed everything about this Country Inn Day, but as usual it went by far too quickly. The bookstore, the charming restaurant, strolling past pretty gardens, houses and then this peaceful park. What a pleasant day!
My Country Inn Days are always wonderful escapes. Be they days where I play the part of Innkeeper and Inn Chef hosting afternoon teas and dinner parties or days where I delight as Inn Guest jaunting around in search of culture, adventurous expeditions or spiritual retreats… whatever the itinerary I know a Country Inn Day will be a break from routine and the break will do me a world of good. Some Country Inn Days are spent entirely at the Inn with no unusual activities at all, just lots and lots of simple pleasures – leisurely walks , bubble baths, letter writing, piano playing, reading, art play and always time spent in imagination.
After all, we must be the artists of our lives creating days which make our hearts sing. Lord Chesterfield (another of my “dead friends”) an 18th century British statesman and man of letters once said, “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.” Sometimes that’s hard to do on a daily basis, but it’s easy to do on a Country Inn Day so I’m sure to schedule one each and every week. Country Inn Days step in and I step out of all regular routines.
I’m so happy you could join me for at least a little of my Country Inn “Travel” Day Why? You know.
Sharing Doubles the Joy.
Hope to see you next time wherever Country Inn Days will take us.