Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cincinnati Museum Center: Cleopatra Exhibit

If you are looking for something unique to do during an upcoming stay, the Cincinnati Museum Center has a new exhibit, "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” which is the first U.S. tour of artifacts from two historical searches, and the second stop in the world for the exhibition.

Tickets include an audio tour and are $14-23 and the event is open daily. Check out their website for more information:

Friday, March 25, 2011

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Homemade Almond Granola

Today we received a request from a former guest for our homemade granola recipe and thought we'd share it online too. The granola makes a perfect topping for fresh berries and in season fruits. Please feel free to drop us a note or give us a call if you have any questions about our recipes or other requests, we are here to help!

Willis Graves' Homemade Almond Granola

1 pound old-fashioned oats
1/2 pound sliced almonds
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats and almonds in a large bowl. In a sauce over low heat, melt the butter and then add the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Continue stirring until the ingredients are melted and combined.

Stir the butter mixture into the large bowl of oats and almonds, then spread it all into a large 10x14 casserole pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every ten minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Makes about 8 cups, keeps for up to one week.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 25 & 26: Gas Saving Getaway

Don't let the high prices of gasoline keep you from getting away this weekend! For March 25 and/or March 26, stay in Catharine's Room or Thomas' Room and we will discount your stay 20% in lieu of giving you a gas card. We are less than one tank from many cities in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Use your cash savings to fill up the tank or go to dinner at the Tousey House just around the bend from our inn. Both rooms include a gourmet breakfast, flat-screen televisions with complimentary access to our DVD library, air jet bathtubs, complimentary WIFI, and our homemade chocolate chip cookies will be waiting on your pillow.

- Catharine's Room regularly $120, with 20% discount is $96/night.

- Thomas' Room regularly $155, with 20% discount is $124/night.

(Taxes not included, special valid only for this weekend and is not combinable with other discounts or gift certificates issued by third parties.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mark Your Calendar and Plan Ahead: Cincinnati Restaurant Week is March 11-20th

Don't miss the Cincinnati dining event of the Spring! During Restaurant Week, you can enjoy delicious 3-course meals at 34 locally-owned restaurants for just $26.11.

Locally-owned restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area are eligible to join The Greater Cincinnati Independents (GCI) group. Twice each year, this group hosts a Restaurant Week. Guests may frequent their establishments and enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner for a special price. This year's event is $26.11 per person (not including drinks, taxes or gratuities).

Be sure to check their website for up-to-date information, menus, and to make reservations.

Our last-minute special is in effect for those looking for a special getaway in conjunction with Restaurant Week. Guests receive a 20% discount for same-day reservations in the Graves’ Suite, William Rouse Suite, William Rouse Retreat, or Thomas’ Room. After a nice dinner, enjoy our fresh baked cookies waiting on your pillow and a gourmet breakfast the next morning - you may be too full to drive home!