Bed and breakfasts make it easy to enjoy fall festivities

A cozy bed, a tasty breakfast and an unbelievable front row seat to watch Mother Nature imbue her autumn season are why many make, an overnight visit to Geauga county an annual event.

The bed and breakfast industry thrives in Geauga County throughout the year; however, there's something unique about crisp air and a warm fireplace that entice visitors to leave the hustle and bustle of city life, for country living.

The Marigold Bed and Breakfast, 12647 Caves Road, Chester Township, features the other end of the Geauga County experience - rural country living.

"We have about 35 acres here," said Marigold Bed and Breakfast owner John H. Oberle. "I was president of tourism in Geauga County a few years ago and we just really didn't have enough lodging facilities, so when my uncle died I decided to turn this (house) into a bed and breakfast. "I've got about five miles of trails through the woods. Everybody says it's like an oasis. The house sits way back in the woods, and we have a patio you can sit out on in nice weather."

The 44 year old home has four rooms, each with its own private bath, and a living room and a library, both with their own fireplaces.

Guests can enjoy a full gourmet breakfast within a farm atmosphere.

In addition to running the Marigold Bed and Breakfast, Oberle raises llamas, alpacas, and Pyrenees dogs.

In fact, guests and visitors can schedule a Hama hiking picnic, where the animal carries your lunch deep into the woods for what amounts to a scenic walk and a tasty lunch.

"Its just gorgeous back in the woods when all of the trees are turning," Oberle, said. "It's just like wonderland, totally peaceful and relaxing. And the fall is exceptionally beautiful with the foliage and nice clean crisp air."

The Marigold Bed and Breakfast is less than a half-hour drive from the center of Lake County, a day trip or overnight stay in Geauga County in the autumn is something might not want to miss.

"You don't have to drive a long way to really enjoy the beauty of the fall." You can call the Marigold Bed and Breakfast at 440-729-4000.
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