Exploring Ohio's Edge of Appalachia
At the Murphin Ridge Inn in West Union (murphinridgeinn.com), paths connect modern cabins, a two-story guesthouse, a tennis court and an Adirondack-ringed fire pit. Come dusk, everyone congregates in an 1828 brick farmhouse for dinner. A cabin porch(pictured) provides a place to read during the day or, at night, to watch starry skies virtually unpolluted by electric light. Sherry and Darryl McKenney gave up catering and sales careers to purchase the Murphin Ridge Inn in 1997. Just seven families have owned the wooded ridge since a military officer named William Murfin claimed it more than 200 years ago.
Another cheerful B&B in the area is the Rooster's Nest in Winchester. When Dave and Sally White opened the Rooster's Nest (roostersnest.net), the McKenneys offered getting-started tips. Visitors can see their influence in Sally's fresh flower arrangements, lavish breakfasts and pitch-perfect country casual style. See Midwest Living's review.