Inn of the Month: Ohio's Walden Country Inn
Walden Country Inn, Aurora, Ohio
Yes, Cleveland has its horsey set, and this is where its members come for a dose of hunt-country livin'. From your bed, you might catch a glimpse of Appaloosas frolicking in the fields. Pull on your riding boots and head down to the Blue Ribbon Café for fresh-baked cinnamon croissants. Then book a lesson in the adjacent arena or take out Molly, Fancy, or Hector the stud for a canter along the riding trails.
But you don't have to love horses to appreciate this inn 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, in the heart of Ohio's Western Reserve (an area settled by Connecticut veterans of the Revolutionary War). You just might mistake your surroundings for the New England countryside—with comparable antiques shops. Despite some corny puns (you can book the "Bridle" or "Mane" suite), the inn adeptly mixes traditional comfort with modern style. Natural materials such as cedar and slate contrast well with a palette of jewel tones on the walls and furniture. Oversize windows and glassed-in walkways draw in the bucolic surroundings. The 25 spacious suites have fireplaces, king-size beds made up with Italian linens, large dressing rooms, Jacuzzis, and balconies. Nothing hayseed about a stay here.
Walden Country Inn & Stables, 1119 AuroraHudson Rd.; 888/808-5003; doubles from $195, including breakfast.