I’ll let you in on a secret. My stay at the Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast in Mayberry Danville, Indiana, was only the second time I’ve stayed in a B&B. As a travel writer, you’d think I stay in them all the time, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. I loved my first B&B stay at Summers Riverview Mansion, so when I found out I would be staying at Marmalade Sky during Danville’s Mayberry in the Midwest festival, I was thrilled.
Although there are several hotels in nearby cities within Hendricks County, Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast is the only accommodation actually in Danville. And it’s a short walk, only about three blocks, from downtown. The location was especially convenient during the festival since we were able to go back to the B&B as often as we wanted to rest.
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We felt welcome and comfortable from the moment our Hostess, Tracie Shearer, greeted us at the door of the late 1800s home where she and her husband Danny raised their four girls.
Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast offers four rooms, all on the second level and all decorated with antiques and family memorabilia. We stayed in one of the two rooms with a private bath.A common area on the second floor includes an antique fridge (still working!) stocked with water and soft drinks, coffee maker and a small sitting area. Tracie had also set out a fresh-baked rhubarb pie for us to snack on when we arrived.
Breakfast at Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast
We stayed at the Marmalade Sky for two nights. The first morning Tracie served a fluffy, sweet Dutch Baby pancake with fresh berries. The second morning she wowed us again with Eggs Benedict prepared with ham and country-style gravy, along with cantaloupe and blueberries. Talk about pampering us with delicious food!
In the area
Danville, the Hendricks County seat, really does seem like a throwback to Mayberry. Small specialty shops and art galleries surroud the town square. A squad car reminiscent of the one that Sheriff Taylor drove in the Andy Griffith Show is parked in front of the Mayberry Café. The two-cell jail, which was used until the 1970s, is attached to what was the sheriff’s house but now serves as the Hendricks County Historical Society Museum. A visit to Danville isn’t complete without enjoying a meal or just a slice of fresh-made pie from the Bread Basket Café.
There is plenty more to do in neighboring Hendricks County communities, whether you enjoy cultural, recreational, dining or shopping experiences. And though you may feel far removed from chaotic city life, Hendricks County is minutes away from Indianapolis.
More information about Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast
Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast is located in a quiet residential neighborhood at 337 N Washington Street in Danville, Indiana. Check the web site for further details.
Disclosure: My visit to Hendricks County, Indiana, was hosted by Visit Hendricks County. My stay at the Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast was complimentary, but any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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