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There Is Room at the Inn
By Candy Harrington
Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a short mid-week break? Consider a stay at an accessible inn or bed and breakfast (B&B). You can bypass long airport check-in lines, hop in the car and take the drive at your own pace. And finding an accessible inn is easier than it used to be. Here are a few of my favorites.
At the top of my list is the Dream Catcher Inn, located just outside Las Cruces, New Mexico. Innkeepers Anita and Ken McLeod really went the extra mile when they built this barrier-free property, as all three guest rooms are accessible. Rooms 1 and 2 each have a roll-in shower with a built-in shower seat while Room 3 has a jet tub with grab bars. All areas of the inn feature level access, wide doorways and good pathway access. Also, Rooms 1 and 2 are mirror images of each other, so Anita can easily accommodate requests for grab bars on a specific side.
Over in Ohio's Amish Country, innkeeper Phil Jenkins is equally accommodating at The Inn at Honey Run. Far from your typical Amish inn, this unique property features sleek contemporary lines blended into a natural setting. Room 121 has excellent pathway access and a great view of the adjacent woods. It includes an oversized bathroom with a roll-in shower and two shower seat options (a chair and a bench). The inn is surrounded by 70 nature-filled acres, and although the trails aren't exactly wheelchair-accessible, Phil is quick to suggest an appropriate solution. "We can easily take guests along the trails in our gator or golf cart," he offers. "It's a beautiful area and nobody should miss out on it."
And last but not least, if you're longing for the ambiance of a traditional New England inn, then try the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. This historic inn includes two period buildings that were built in 1795 and 1850, and includes two accessible guest rooms, Rooms 107 and 204. Both feature a level entry, wide doorways, good pathway access and lowered closet rods. Room 107 has a bathroom with a tub/shower combination while Room 204 has a bathroom with a roll-in shower. There is good access throughout the public areas of the inn, including an indoor pool equipped with a pool lift. Truly, innkeeper Chip Gray thought of everything as far as access is concerned, including an ample selection of disability-focused magazines in the library.
So next time you're looking for an accessible room, consider an inn or a B&B. Remember, more often than not, there really is (an accessible) room at the inn!
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