Midwest Living Review
Why reserve just a bedroom when you can have an entire farmhouse -- and its extensive grounds -- to yourself? At the Blue Heron Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, owners Lynn and Gary Dauby generally rent their two-bedroom farmhouse to just one customer at a time, making it the perfect family getaway or romantic retreat. The 1937 farmhouse was recently renovated, adding modern appliances and a large bathroom, but it retains many charming architectural features, including the original hardwood floors. The bedrooms are cozy and comfortable, and the living room is a perfect place to sprawl with a book. The house is well stocked with everything you might need, including coffee, snacks, toiletries and DVDs, so it feels like you're just house-sitting for grandma. Surrounding the little house are several historic barns, as well as farm ponds and a recently planted vineyard. After dark, stroll in the moonlight or gaze at the thick sheet of stars. Or, if you're lucky, catch one of the jazz concerts and art shows that the Daubys occasionally schedule in the barn. You can choose to have breakfast in the house or up the road at the winery. Choose the latter, where a white tablecloth and fine china will be laid out on a wooded terrace overlooking the Ohio River. The scenery is just as spectacular as the meal, which might include fresh fruit, home fries, spicy sausage and individual quiches. Lynn is the perfect host, both a great cook and an attentive server, and she's happy to offer recommendations for other activities and restaurants in the area. Before you leave, ask her for a tasting of this fledging winery's wines, such as the On Deck red and a white named for Blue Heron's riverfront decks and terraces. Bring cash or checks, because the Blue Heron doesn't accept credit cards. The queen bedroom rents for just $125 per night for two people -- a bargain for what is essentially a house rental -- and the stated policy of a two-night minimum stay is rarely enforced.