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Travel Slowly and Stop Often

Burlington's Willis Graves B&B Northern Kentucky

Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B Northern Kentucky

A well-known journalist of his time, George Ade once wrote, “travel slowly and stop often,” written in 1921 when the pleasures of motoring were taking hold on the public. The automobile provided a way to travel and have the opportunity to stop at your leisure, unlike rail travel where you stopped on a schedule. George believed “motorists were rushing past the things worth seeing, instead of stopping to enjoy them.” Now understand, this was 1921! What would he think of today’s GPS dependent travel, travelling from point A to point B with maybe a fast stop for gas, fast food and a restroom? Slowly he turns over in his grave!

I agree with George. Motoring off the major thruways and onto historic highways and byways is a great way to see our country. In the Tri-State area of Northern Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana there is much to see and explore and the best way is to travel slowly and stop often.

Burlington Kentucky-Tri-State Area

Burlington Kentucky-Tri-State Area

If one is especially interested in historic travel the countryside in northern Kentucky is a place that can (in George’s distinct language) “instruct or entertain the caller.” There are always stories to be discovered behind walls, whether it be an old Grange Hall, former mill or preserved homesteads like Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Or take short hikes to visit ghost roads and phantom bridges. How about a riverboat cruise on the Ohio River? History and antiques go together and the antique shops, malls and shows are a real draw in the area. I love this kind of travel, especially if there is a great place to stay.

Willis Grave B&B Federal Brick Homestead

Willis Graves B&B Federal Brick Homestead

On the edge of a small town in northern Kentucky is a Bed and Breakfast worth a stop and a stay. Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast is an inn where you have a choice of staying in two historic buildings, masterly restored and preserved by current innkeepers. The Willis Graves Federal brick homestead and the William Rouse log cabin. Yes, you feel like you are stepping back in time, yet the luxury bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and steam showers, high quality linens, robes and towels and bountiful breakfasts make it truly a place to stop, stay awhile, take deep breaths and go slow.

Pampering at Willis Graves B&B

Pampering at Willis Graves B&B

Many travelers have done just that and have expressed their appreciation with reviews. In 2015 it was one of Bed and top 10 US B&B’s. This is a great honor and was picked up by the local news which produced a wonderful feature on the inn and innkeepers. Check out the video.

For buyers seeking a small but financially viable B&B for sale in a small but vibrant country town, stop and consider The B&B Team’s offering, Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B. The country living is relaxed, yet being so close to the city lights of Greater Cincinnati makes the location very convenient and very marketable.

If you are longing to take that slow road in your next life’s journey consider the slow road to Kentucky and make Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B Inn your home. Take George’s advice and don’t rush past what is worth seeing, stop and enjoy.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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3 Responses to “Travel Slowly and Stop Often”

  1. Amy says:

    Just a question… Do you ask and reveal why Innkeepers are actually selling their B&B and what their next goal is after the sale?

    • Janet Wolf says:

      We have close relationships with our seller clients. Their reasons and motivations for selling is privileged information.

    • Rick Wolf says:

      Thanks for your question. For the most part, yes…….though the final ‘OK’ to share comes from the Innkeepers. When they are selling to retire, perfectly acceptable. When there are other situations (mostly personal) sometimes may not be as openly shared.