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First Farm Inn

2510 Stevens Rd.
Petersburg  Kentucky  41080
United States
(859) 586-0199
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Judi Ketteler
Outside Cincinnati, a country B&B offers a different twist on horseback riding lessons.

First Farm Inn, a small bed-and-breakfast just minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport, has some appealing numbers: 21 acres, 9 horses, a 140-year-old barn and a 3-course breakfast. Though just minutes from the interstate, it's a peaceful country respite, where you can soak up quaint farm atmosphere and learn to ride horses. Owner and horsewoman Jennifer Warner is an excellent teacher (for adults and kids over 5). A two-hour lesson runs $55, but you'll learn the basics of horse grooming, saddling up a horse and some interesting tidbits about horse biomechanics. Warner also teaches the proper riding posture and some basics on handling a horse. She guides riders through the picturesque acreage, starting in the arena and then winding around the pond and through the woods. The farm setting is charming. Visitors can walk around the grounds, watch the horses graze in the evening, or play games and watch movies (the common room is overflowing with both). The house feels closer to farm than luxury, but accommodations are nice. It only has two guest rooms. The Tree Tops is the larger of the two and is outfitted with nice touches, like oak furniture from Warner's great-grandparents and pieces of art and antiques from Warner's collection. As for what else to do, First Farm offers several packages aimed at regional attractions (there's a page on their site), and Warner knows everything going on in the region and can make excellent suggestions for activities and dining. Come hungry to breakfast though, because it's made-to-order. Our breakfast included fresh fruit, fried apples, two kinds of sweet bread and seven-grain pancakes (pumpkin and chocolate chip). A successful innkeeper for the past 15 years, Warner knows what she's doing (she and her husband, Dana Kisor, even run a class called Aspiring Innkeepers), so you'll feel taken care of during your stay.

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