Midwest Living Review
Rumor has it the Schenck Mansion is haunted, but owner Lisa Fisher quickly reassured us that the friendly, mischievous spirits of the former residents are just keeping an eye on things. The inn and grounds are so beautiful, we certainly understand why they'd find it difficult to leave. Riverboat captain Benjamin Franklin Schenck, the son of a wealthy local hay trader, built the grand 35-room, four-story mansion in 1874. After a period of significant neglect, Lisa and her husband, Jerry, purchased the property in the late 1990s and spent years restoring it. The bed-and-breakfast now seamlessly blends preserved architectural details and antique furnishings with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi and satellite television. Not to be confused with the historic Schenck house in downtown Vevay (where the Fishers live, coincidentally), the mansion perches on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River Valley. The immaculate grounds encompass a small vineyard, fountain, gazebo and seating areas appropriate for weddings, luncheons and outdoor events. The three guest rooms and two suites are airy, bright and thoughtfully appointed; our accommodations in the Weisman Room even contained the original copper bathtub and a charming little porch. We slept soundly in the church-quiet surroundings and enjoyed Lisa's hearty breakfast the next morning: farm-fresh scrambled eggs with cheese and ham, bacon, waffles scattered with fresh berries, and fruit and yogurt parfaits. From $90.