You can't help but leave the city pressures behind as you drive up the fence-lined road to this farm where horses graze. The main house is homey and rustic, with more-refined, contemporary-country guest rooms. You may sit on one of many decks and enjoy the display of wildflowers. In winter, the fieldstone fireplace is put to use. For more privacy, stay in the Carriage House, a converted barn with two suites. Breakfast—pancakes or egg dishes—is hearty, and home-baked pie and cake are readily available. After fueling up, explore one of the trails on the grounds.
Dec 8, 2009
Whistlewood Farm was everything I wanted it to be. I chose this as my place to stay for the night after a dinner at the nearby Culinary Institute's Escoffier restaurant. It's owned / operated by Maggie, and she's done it for 35 years. That experience makes her seem almost prescient. I informed her I'd be celebrating an engagement, having proposed to my girlfriend that night. She had our room ready and was waiting for us when we
arrived at 10pm. She greeted us along with Jake, a beautiful St Bernard who likes to stand or sit on your feet, as if he doesn't want you to go anywhere without him. We stayed in the carriage house, which contains 3 of Whistlewood's rooms joined in the middle by a kitchen. The kitchen has that warm, welcoming, hearth-and-home feel with baked cookies on the table, books and videos lining the walls. A congratulatory sign was on our room door, and there was a candle lit in the room. The room had large open windows everywhere. At first, I noticed the lack of curtains, but then the realization sank in that I was on a 40-acre farm with nothing around me. There's something to be said for an open space that makes you feel like you're a part of nature and still have the solitude and privacy you're looking for in a getaway. The Northwind Room has gradiant lighting allowing me to dim the lights to comfortable levels. It has a whirlpool tub in the bathroom with bath salt within arm's reach, heat via gas fireplace, and TV with DVD/VCR. After a brief walkthrough on how to use the features of the room, Maggie left us for the night. The next morning, breakfast was perfect. It seemed as though Maggie anticipated everything we wanted. My fiancee loves to start her day with unsweetened yogurt and fresh fruit, which Maggie started to prepare without any prompting from us. She asked about our interest in buttermilk pancakes (do not pass on this!) and also set out breads for toast. I was thinking about how long it had been since I last had marmalade, and just as this thought crosses my mind, she pulls out various jams, jellies and... marmalade. There were baked cakes, banana bread, pies all laid out. My only regret was that I only had 1 night to spend there. There's a lot to do in the area that I hadn't even known about and I definitely plan to go back with other family to enjoy this B&B and the area around. I highly reocmmend Whistlewood. Maggie will not disappoint.