Nestled in 200 rolling acres, Bearcreek Farms offers the opportunity to relax in comfortable lodging and take in great music from renowned artists. Overnight concert package patrons can use their silver seating tickets for an array of family-friendly shows, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray Price, and Tanya Tucker. Following bouts of mellifluous jams, guests can sample the dinner buffet at The Heritage Dining Room featuring an expansive spread of fried chicken, seafood, salad-bar eats, desserts, and more, before cushioning overworked mandibles in an idyllic country cottage equipped with two double beds, private baths, climate control, and television. Friday through Sunday morning, a hearty continental breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, ham, fruits, and cereals coaxes mouths awake like the dulcet tones of a mother’s gentle hands banging ferociously against a metal pot. Porches afford shade to artists rendering the bucolic countryside in crayon, and nearby fishing and golf options entertain additional arm-intensive pursuits. Cottages do not come equipped with phones, but WiFi is available.
A fresco of French romantic painter Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People crowns The Inn At Versailles's stone fireplace. The mural's subject raises a fist clenching the French flag into the sky. Her gesture symbolizes the inn's rise from the ashes and unites its European-inspired artworks, many of which were painted locally.
A calamitous fire ravaged the village of Versailles in 1901, destroying six blocks of businesses and 38 homes. As residents rebuilt, they paid architectural homage to their town's namesake palace and to the Europe of the early 1900s. Since 1993, The Inn At Versailles has taken part in the European tradition with its vintage environs.
Local artists have ornamented nearly every room with original murals, frescoes, and prints inspired by Gallic culture at the turn of the century. The inn's guest rooms and suites join the elegance of ornate chandeliers, four-poster beds, and fireplaces with the modern pizzazz of TVs and WiFi access.
Complimentary continental breakfast every morning gives way to upscale lunch and dinner served at the onsite restaurant, Michael Anthony's at The Inn. Chef Michael Delligatta crafts upscale Italian fare bolstered by an international wine list that has garnered Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence every year since 2007. Visitors may carry their revelry to a nearby winery or one of the many other attractions in the village of Versailles.
During spring and summer, roller-skating servers slip past cars parked outside of Arnold's Drive-In, steeped in nostalgia. And year round, Chefs prepare each order individually, decking plates with classic steak burgers and other favorites from a time when Eisenhower was more than just a curse word adults used when they stubbed their toes. Owner Lori Collier also presides over treats such as breaded pork tenderloin, chili cheddar fries, and a battered and deep-fried version of Elvis’ favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. The sizzling oil also seals creaminess into deep-fried cherry cheesecake, served a la mode. Blenders purr through 40 flavors of shakes, and couples hunch over turtle sundaes with caramel, fudge, and pecans, basking in the glow of neon lights. The colorful glow dances across a hot rod painted with flames and walls covered in souvenirs and black and white photos.
The grills in Billy’s Downtown Zulu’s kitchen crackle and hiss as meats, seafood, and vegetables are prepared for the restaurant’s Mexican and American dishes. Chefs whip up house-made tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole for an array of taco, fajita, enchilada, and burrito plates, and American--style dinners are crafted by carving up T-bone steaks or hand-sculpting ground-beef burger patties into the likenesses of respected Revolutionary War generals. As servers tote steaming dishes to tables, bartenders dole out specialty margaritas and beers by the glass and pitcher.
Opened as a tavern in 1837, Nine Mile’s name originally referred to its distance from the Allen County Court House. During its years of service, the restaurant's menu has evolved from simple tavern chow to delicacies from around the world and the Fourth Dimension. Meat-and-tater traditionalists revel in rib-sticking dishes such as the 10-ounce New York strip ($14.99), an aquarium load of seafood dinner plates such as the baked cod ($10.99) or southwest chicken breast ($9.99). Spicy up hump day with Nine Mile's selection of Mexican entrees or set sail for Europe on Thursday evenings when all things Italian, such as boot-shaped chicken marinara and chicken alfredo, and Geppetto, the first puppeteer in space, make an appearance. Nine Mile also has a breakfast menu sure to suit sunrise aficionados .
The walls of LeDoux's Restaurant, which are honey-hued with well-loved patches of exposed brick, embody the warm, homey nature of Cajun cuisine. Steam infused with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, and andouille sausage spirals from cauldrons of jambalaya and gumbo. A fireplace pours forth its toasty affections in the bayou-inspired interior, where a fountain whispers softly alongside hanging plants that swing slowly over patrons like Tarzan during rush hour. At the full bar, mugs of Louisianan libations, such as Turbodog, Purple Haze, and Dixie ale, leave cool rings of condensation next to plates of fried frog legs and gator. Sated sighs drift from LeDoux's patio, where crackling torches cast orange accents on the liberal sprinkling of fleurs-de-lis that festoon the building and the staff's uniforms. On select nights, applause rolls over live musical acts and free-range shadow puppets.