Monday, July 12

Travel: Romp in Richmond

A girls-only romp took me to the Richmond area recently. Guys are not invited for this Bed & Breakfast getaway package of shopping, spa, food, wine and fun located less than an hour from Indy.

The Lantz House Inn, circa 1823, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and faces the Historic National Road, U.S. 40, in Centerville.

Just as in times of old, the B&B offers charmingly adorned bedrooms to travelers. Breakfast is prepared by the inn's gourmet cook and vivacious proprietress Marcia Hoyt. Her signature breakfast of mouth-watering lemon-ricotta pancakes are complemented by shipped-in-weekly Vermont maple syrup.

Stories of the inn regularly adorn newspapers and covers of magazines including 1996's holiday issue of Midwest Living, recanting tales of the warm Midwestern welcome Hoyt shows all who enter her home.

Warm Glow Candle Outlet, at exit 145 on I-70, has something special besides high-quality candles. The World's Largest Candle draws attention from miles away to the shopaholic's dream outlet store.

Inside is an array of hand-dipped candles, including the top selling Snickerdoodle, seasonal and home decor items and gift baskets. Another area of the store I checked out could easily be considered the World's Coolest Men's Restroom with vintage airplanes adorning the walls and ceiling.

This Hoosier area, known as Antique Alley, boasts a staggering 900 antique shops, generating a buzz among those looking for vintage furniture, lamps, jewelry and more.

Dubbed the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin House is a local Quaker home-turned-museum. Estimated to have harbored one thousand slaves seeking freedom in the north, it remains open to the public.

Locally owned Clay Pot Cafe is becoming well known for its unique bread. Accompanied by strawberry butter, the soft, clover-looking bread is baked and served in a miniature clay pot.

Several trails are available to follow in this eastern Indiana town. The recently unveiled Chocolate Trail includes Ghyslain for painted chocolates and chocolate desserts, Olympian Candies' handmade turtles and chocolate fudge at The Pour House. There is even a liquid chocolate in the form of chocolate-raspberry wine at J&J Winery.

Overlooking a serene two acre pond and four acre wooded area, J&J seduces you with its laid back attitude and nonchalant elegance. A gentle breeze blows softly across the veranda as we sip award-winning reds and whites. The Rameys and Haists, the charming foursome who own the wedding-popular scenic spot, have paid attention also to the menu. Dining on European style wood-fired pizza and a cheese and fruit plate left no room for the raspberry martini dessert.

Before receiving a customized facial at The Loft's upscale Metamorphosis Spa & Fitness, it was shopping time. Located on the first floor are Coco's Boutique, featuring out-of-the-ordinary items, and At Home Kitchen and Gourmet shop's selection of gourmet culinary merchandise.

Likenesses of legendary people such as Hoagy Carmichael and historic and modern scenes make up The Mural Trail. Painted on houses and buildings, the murals are easy to locate on the marked map.

Gennett Records Walk of Fame is a winding trail of mosaic and bronze sidewalk plaques bearing the names of artists who recorded at Gennett Studios in the 1920s and '30s.

Reminiscing on the town of trails, music and history, I find myself once again ready for a fun Romp in Richmond.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, theater critic and travel writer. You can follow her on Facebook and catch her on 93 WIBC's Saturday Morning News Show as Indy's Arts & Entertainment adviser of restaurants, festivals, events, theater and films. Comments can be sent to

*Originally published in the following newspapers: West Side Community News, West Indianapolis Community News, Pendleton Times-Reporter, Fortville-McCordsville Reporter, New Palestine Reporter and South Sider Voice.

Gotta Go Guide
The Clay Pot 765-966-2233
Levi Coffin House 765-847-2432
Metamorphosis Spa 765-965-5638

*Photo credits: Izzy Evans, TStorm, Elizabeth J. Musgrave

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