The Inn at Brandywine Falls, Sagamore Hills Township, Ohio

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The Inn at Brandywine Falls, Sagamore Hills Township, Ohio

As we survey recent events around the globe we’re forced to concede, perhaps ruefully, that it is small world. And sometimes we wish the world was a bit bigger: that distances were greater, and that bucolic peace could still be gained, and our everyday business rendered irrelevant with a 30-minute drive in any direction. (No, Laguna Beach doesn’t count.) To address these anxieties we bring you two suggestions, one a resort, the other a B&B. Both promise a sort of small-town ease that can only be found in the quieter corners of one’s home continent. Rest assured that such places still exist; they aren’t just day trips. But you want them to last longer than a day, right?

The Inn at Brandywine Falls, Sagamore Hills Township, Ohio

How different can small town, pastoral life look in two parts of the same country? Very different (ours is a big country). If Palmetto Bluffs is quintessentially Southern, then the Inn at Brandywine Falls, a mere 640 miles to the north, represents the Midwest impeccably: a farmhouse, trim and modest, surrounded by neat, green fields, whitewashed fencing, and clusters of cottonwood, ash, and elm trees. The interiors are quaint and romantic: four-poster beds with handmade quilts, antique dressers with gleaming, hand-rubbed wood, and lots of light. All six rooms are lovely, but we’re particularly fond of “The Granary,” “The Garret” and “The Loft” (rates begin at $239, $169 and $239, respectively). The Inn overlooks its namesake, the 67-foot Brandywine Waterfall, and is located within the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, so there’s a good deal to explore. But it’s also a classic B&B with a warm, congenial kitchen, a cozy, well-stocked, and a serene porch. Visit http://www.innatbrandywinefalls.com/ for more information, or call 888-306-3381 (longtime innkeepers Katie and George Hoy make all reservations by phone).

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