The Cider Mill Bed and Breakfast.
Every year we go down to Coshocton to enjoy 2 things, the Apple Butter Festival and the Coshocton County Fall Foliage Tour. These 2 events are always worth the trip.
This year, we decided to stay overnight Saturday, between the events. They both are held both days. But you can't really do both in one day. After some deliberation, we decided to go down Friday evening and get a great start Saturday morning. Everything around Coshocton was, of course, booked solid. We eventually found a place in Zoar, the Cider Mill Bed and Breakfast.
We will blog on Zoar some day soon. A most charming little town. One of the original settlements in Ohio. We have stayed there before, in and 1817 log cabin. Most of the essential buildings have more or less maintained the look from the early 1800's.
The Cider Mill B&B is the most charming place we have seen in some time. Opened in the 1860's as a cider mill, it remained in operation until the 50's. The brick floor in the gift shoppe in the basement is the only remaining evidence of the cider mill.
This is our room that evening. The rooms are all decorated with period furniture and other antiques. Here are pics of the bathroom. Very cool!!
Just the right touches.
For a photographer, the place was wonderful, very well appointed and nicely decorated.
However, the shoppe on the lower level is a photographers paradise!
Lots of HDR. I did a one hour photo walk without leaving the building. It was great.
In the next image, you can see the original brick floor of the mill.
This is actually a working loom from the period. The gift shop was a blast.
And what is a B&B without a breakfast??
Breakfast was incredible.
Our menu for that morning. It was wonderful.
This might have been the highlight of my weekend. Stuffed french toast piled high with fruit, german sausage and french (scrambled) eggs. Oh baby!!
Although, in all honesty, the best part of breakfast was the innkeeper, Patrick. He was so cool. and well informed. His passion is the local history. He regaled us with stories of the history of the area.
He knew it all. He told of all of the local history including Zoar itself, Fort Meigs, Fort Laurens and Schoenbrunn village. He told stories about the original settlers and trailblazers. Tecumseh, Blue Jacket, Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone are all local stories here. It was great. He spent a ton of time with us.
Vic made a friend there. The place had a 3 season porch. Our favorite kind of place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Vic offered to share the chair with the cat and they hit it right off.
A real cuddly critter.
The outside of the place was a lot of fun too. As a photographer, I wasn't going to get bored any time soon. I spent an hour walking around the building before breakfast.
I gotta tell ya, I love reflections. I must have a dozen shots of this spot. It is a little pond with a waterfall. This is from the back deck. Another cozy spot.
All in all, a most refreshing experience. I would obviously highly recommend the Cider Mill B&B to anyone who asks. It made for wonderful start to a great weekend.