We enjoy interacting with guests and providing recommendations when they visit the Inns at 8th and Main. We want our visitors to have the best possible getaway experience. Daytripping from the Inns to local attractions is a popular activity. McConnelsville is home to shopping, dining, and live entertainment. But if you yearn for adventure a little more off the beaten path, you should pop on some shades, turn on the tunes and enjoy some windshield time as you head out SR 377 to the village of Chesterhill.
Chesterhill is a neighborhood tucked away from mainstream Morgan County, but should not be overlooked. It is a hotbed for African American history, Amish culture, and fresh, seasonal produce. Its scenic, rolling hills and diverse population make it feel like a world away but is really only a 14-mile drive from the Inns.
Let’s talk about not just my love, but Dan’s love for eating and cooking delicious, beautifully presented food. With each successful party or event that we host, our love grows deeper for cooking and hosting.
Dan and I are by no means, professional chefs. We are home cooks that love not only a tasty meal but also a beautifully presented plate. We enjoy time in the kitchen together, and we enjoy planning and practicing our meal ideas. So when a private event is booked, a plan of action is immediately created.
A menu is initially created and it entails a lot of research. I spend a lot of time scouring Pinterest for recipes, keeping in mind what is available seasonally. You’ll sometimes find that when living in rural, Appalachian Ohio, grocery items are not always available. But also, we love to use and promote local meats and produce. So we craft our recipes around seasonal, local ingredients.
Morgan County is a destination of choice, and it has a growing reputation as a go-to location for outdoor recreation and small town charm. You don’t have to travel far this summer to experience the Front Porch to the Great Outdoors.
No matter what your pleasure when it comes to the outdoors, Morgan County has you covered. There is over 58,000 acres of recreation land to explore - Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife (formerly known as AEP ReCreation Land), Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area, Burr Oak State Park, and the Wolf Creek Wildlife Area. These lands offer some of the finest hunting, trapping, fishing, and hiking in the state.
Bird watching is also increasingly popular in the area. Many bird species, some rare, are found throughout the unique grassland/brushland landscape. Check out some of the best spots for birdwatching in Morgan County: www.visitmorgancountyohio.weebly.com
Spring has sprung! It's a time for renewal, growth and expansion. I just wanted to share with you all the wonderful things that are popping up here at the Inns and in Morgan County this season.
This past fall, we started work next door at the Morris House, and in November we opened up the Maria Suite. We will be opening up our newest two-bedroom suite, the Margaret, sometime around the first of May. This extra-large extended stay suite features a large kitchenette with banquet seating and tv, one king-size bedroom, one full-size bedroom and a luxurious private bathroom with original pressed tin ceiling and walls. You really have to see it to appreciate the historic beauty of the home.
Say that three times fast!
My 13 year old informed me recently that the overuse of alliterations is tacky. To him, I say, pipe down Peter Piper!
A paralyzing ice storm hit the Mid-Ohio Valley February 3rd - the very day Winter Wellness Weekend was set to begin at the Inns at 8th and Main.
This self-care retreat and retail event was the brainchild of our friend Mark Ponchak and his urban lavender farm, Bellavenue Manor. Mark pulled together a variety of wellness and craft vendors and spiritual coaches for this event.
by Innkeeper Amy
February is right around the corner, and it’s the month to celebrate love. We will be celebrating all month long here at the Inns at 8th and Main. There is no better place to spend a relaxing and romantic weekend with the love of your life than here. Enjoy activities like winter hiking, craft beer tasting or simply relax and unwind in the privacy of your suite.
by House Manager April
I’m not going to lie. It was a wild year at the Inns at 8th and Main. Reservations were steady, and we hosted guests from all over the world in 2021.
As Amy recovered from knee surgery, I stepped into the House Manager role. Marketing, house cleaning, ordering, coordinating events, and booking reservations - I never know what I’ll get into during a day at the Inns, but it has definitely been rewarding to watch the growth of this business. I’ve learned a lot.
The weather is beautiful and the scenery is breathtaking, fall is the perfect time to take a backroad trip through Morgan County, Ohio. There are a plethora of things to do, from outdoor adventures to shopping along our picturesque Main Street, these and much more await you here in Morgan County.
Read on to learn more ways to enjoy your time away in Morgan County. Be sure to sign up for our travel guide for even more sight-seeing information.
Hello B&B Friends!
It’s Sunday evening here in Southeastern Ohio, and we have been experiencing the end of the summer heat. Well, we hope it is the end to this nasty humidity and swampy pants season. Go ahead and laugh, but you know what I mean.
We’ve been riding this Indian Summer heatwave by squeezing in last-minute summer activities. April and I recently attended the Pints and Posies Floral Arranging Workshop given by Wildroot Flower Co. and hosted by our friends at Old Bridge Brewing Co.
Happy July my friends! Wow! It’s hard to believe that we're on the tail end of summer. It sure has been hot and swampy here in Southeast Ohio. I hope that you have enjoyed getting out, traveling and seeing your friends and family this summer. Lots of our recent guests have been doing just that.
Join my husband Dan and I as we remodel, cook, host and share an amazing life together in these old historic homes.
House Manager April
Let me show you around the Inns. You'll be treated to a first-hand look at bed and breakfast life as told by me.