We used to stay only at chain hotels when we traveled. Until, during a press trip in our early blogging days, our hosts booked us at a bed and breakfast. Our first B&B experience was so impressive that we now prefer to stay at bed and breakfasts, small inns, cottages and cabins. So we were thrilled when our itineraries for last fall’s road trip to southern Indiana included several such accommodations. Among the places we stayed were two romantic bed and breakfasts along the Ohio River: Kintner House Inn in Corydon and Market Street Inn in Jeffersonville.
Kintner House Inn
Most bed and breakfasts are converted homes. However, the Kintner House actually was built as a hotel. Opened in 1873, it was the Kintner family’s third inn. The Kintner House was the most fashionable hotel in Corydon, which at the time, was Indiana’s capital. The inn closed after “Miss Sallie” Kintner Jones, third generation inn operator, fell into ill health. From the 1920s until 1986 the building housed a doctor’s office and other businesses.
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In 1986, a local investment group restored the building. Restoration workers removed floor coverings, unveiling the original light chestnut and dark walnut floorboards. Following restoration, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The 15-room bed and breakfast is furnished with Victorian antiques, some of which are original to the inn. Each room has a private bath. Our room had a fireplace, as well.
In the evening, we enjoyed sitting on the front porch rockers watching trick-or-treaters. (We happened to stay there on Halloween night.)
Breakfast at a B&B is always a delight, and the breakfast we had at the Kintner House Inn was no exception. Before heading out for a day with a full itinerary, we relaxed over a delicious and plentiful meal, chatting with other guests and the innkeeper.
Kintner House Inn is located at 101 S. Capitol Avenue in downtown Corydon, Indiana, close to historic attractions. Check the Kintner House Inn rates.
Market Street Inn
The 10,000 square foot home that George Pfau and his wife Barbara built in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1881 served several purposes over the years. In 1906 the building became home to Civil War widows. From 1985 to 1986 it was a homeless shelter. The home also had more than its share of disasters. A flood filled the it with 14 feet of water. And in 1996, two fires closed the homeless shelter.
In stepped Steve and Carol Stenbro. The Stenbros bought the property in 2002 and spent 3-1/2 years renovating it. The end product is the seven guest room Market Street Inn, which includes three suites. Every guest room has a private bath.
Our room was on the first floor. However, in the evening we climbed the staircase to the third floor and went out to the rooftop deck. From the rooftop, you can see the lights of Louisville, Kentucky, across the Ohio River. In fact, the Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that connects Jeffersonville with Louisville, is within walking distance from the Market Street Inn.
The Market Street Inn breakfast includes a spread of sweet breads, fresh fruit, juice and yogurt served buffet style. Unlike most bed and breakfasts we’ve experienced, we were offered a choice of several breakfast entrees. Entree options include the usual eggs, pancakes and oatmeal, but also a breakfast panini, breakfast pudding and a daily chef’s choice.
Market Street Inn is located at 330 West Market Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Check Market Street Inn rates
Disclosures: The Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted our stay at the Kintner House Inn. The Clark-Floyd Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau hosted our stay at the Market Street Inn. Our accommodations were complimentary. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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