Monday, July 30, 2012

River Walker Bed & Breakfast

By BEVERLY DRAPALIK

Paul Clark spends many mornings treating guests to yogurt, fruit, Belgian waffles, juice and coffee at a private Warren County haven in Oregonia:  River Walker Bed & Breakfast. 

He admits that the guests are the true joy of owning the inn.  He and his wife, Judy, have 35 years of experience in hospitality, and their bed & breakfast shows their attention to detail and great care in maintaining the getaway. 

Guests have their own private house - two bedrooms, each with private a bath, and a common area with a pool table and exercise equipment are comfortable and beautiful. In the morning, breakfast is served in the main house. 

River Walker is unique because it’s the only bed & breakfast on the bike trail.  When cyclists are tired, they enjoy having their “down time” on the deck of their private house.  Owning a bike isn’t mandatory, however - the inn is just yards away from Little Miami Canoe Rental, and a short distance from the new zip line at Camp Kern.  Other adventures might include antiquing in Lebanon or Waynesville, eating and tasting at Valley Vineyards, or visiting Kings Island Amusement Park.

Some guests love to sit on the deck and watch birds—especially enticing due to the beauty of the grounds.

Paul has restored all of the buildings.  The inn is a showplace.  He even built a personal studio for creating his stained glass; Judy makes pottery there.    Paul placed a stained glass creation of two owls in the upper window of the studio.  The first night the window was installed, he and Judy heard a screech owl in the woods.  The owl seemingly came closer, and they soon found it sitting on a limb near the studio.  Five young owls were sitting on the limb, also, probably enjoying the images of two owls in the lighted stained glass. 

Guests usually learn about River Walker by word of mouth.  Many are from Wisconsin, but people have come from as far away as England.   (To one who lives in Wilmington, River Walker seems as if it is far from home.)  More information  can be found on the website, www.riverwalkerbed.com. 

Paul offers a Valley Vineyard weekend package, which includes dinner and wine at the vineyard, and a “Dare Devils” package,  which includes the zip line.  Special discounts are available midweek.

The Clarks agree that River Walker has become “a destination.”   Whatever you enjoy, whatever your lifestyle, this inn and its surrounding area can probably accommodate your wishes.  River Walker is truly a gem hidden in the trees.

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