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Grab the Gals and Plan Your Getaway

Girls just want to have fun, and a “Just Us Girls” packaged trip in Richmondand Wayne County offers a perfect opportunity to do just that.

In addition to the fabulous food, great shopping venues, and array of discount coupons and freebies my friends and I enjoyed as part of the package, the highlight of my recent Just Us Girls trip was an overnight stay at the Historic Lantz House Bed and Breakfast in Centerville.

Daniel Lantz, a wagon maker, originally constructed the handsome brick Federal-style home along theOld National Road(now U.S. 40) in the early 1800s. The property takes in three separate buildings connected by a graceful arch, a distinctive architectural detail common toCentervilleduring that era.

These days, the Lantz House is owned and operated by Marcia Hoyt, aRichmondnative who returned to the area in 1992 after a period of time living inOregon. Marcia spent two years lovingly restoring the historic property before opening its doors to the public as an inn in 1994. Since then, Marcia’s dedicated efforts have garnered plenty of attention and media recognition, including an appearance on the cover of Midwest Living magazine in December 1996.

From the moment we stepped through the door for our Just Us Girls stay, we felt comfortable and comforted. A cozy fire burned in the sitting room, beckoning us to sit down and relax for a little while before Marcia showed us to our rooms. Throughout the home, the furnishings are an eclectic but tasteful mix of antique, traditional and contemporary items.

Upstairs are four spacious bedrooms (Just Us Girls package rates run from $87 to $155.95/person per night plus tax), along with a common area where guests can sit to read or watch television. The bedrooms are outfitted in simple and elegant Shaker-style beds, and each includes its own en-suite bathroom.

After a very restful night’s sleep in our peaceful surroundings, we feasted on the sumptuous breakfast Marcia prepared – fresh fruit with a tangy orange yogurt sauce, her signature soufflé-like lemon ricotta pancakes with sausage links, and all the coffee we could drink. After our leisurely meal, we had to reluctantly admit it was time to pack up, check out, and get on with the rest of our Just Us Girls getaway, although we all agreed we could easily have spent the entire weekend just relaxing at the Lantz House and been perfectly happy about it.

Before heading out, we strolled through Marcia’s stunning gardens. Her gardens alone are worth a visit to the Lantz House. Full of native bushes, trees and perennials, the verdant green space is home to hostas, wildflowers and a majestic century-old gingko tree — all provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings, events or just a quiet afternoon in the sun. I guess we’ll just have to plan to make a return trip…

The Lantz House is just one option amid a variety of local Just Us Girls accommodations. Each package also includes a packet for each guest full of wonderful coupons, freebies, discounts and store credits to use at local businesses like Warm Glow Candle Outlet, the Secret Ingredient Boutique and J&J Winery. Whatever your tastes, intentions and budget, there’s a Just Us Girls trip out there that’s sure to be an ideal fit. And if not, the Richmond-Wayne County Indiana Visitor’s Bureau can customize an adventure just for you.

For more information, contact the Richmond-Wayne County Indiana Visitor’s Bureau at 765.935-8687 or toll-free at 800.828.8414, or go to visitrichmond.org.

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Written by : Born and raised in Richmond, freelance writer Amy Lynch now makes her home in Indianapolis with her husband and three-year-old son. Read more about her food and travel adventures at amysfoodflights.wordpress.com.