Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gift Idea for the Holidays

Give (or ask to receive) a relaxing getaway at
Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn!

We can customize gift certificates for any amount over $25 to be used toward a romantic and relaxing stay at our inn. The recipient can choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings: the 1850s log cabin and the 1830s Federal brick homestead. In every detail, from the luxurious whirlpool baths and steam showers to our full gourmet breakfast served on individual tables dressed in white linens, guest comfort is our top priority. Our goal is to understand our guests and deliver a lasting impression that involves all five senses: the sight of antiques and comfortable surroundings, the sound of soft music, the touch of plush towels, the smell of the freshly ironed sheets, and the memorable taste of homemade cookies.

Call us at 888-226-5096 to give a memorable gift of relaxation this Christmas!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween and Fall Events

Fall is in the air! If you are looking for reasons to come to the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area to getaway and celebrate there are a variety of events such as:
  • Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tour 
  • Howl-O-Palooza in Soak City - Kings Island 
  • Pumpkin Days on the Farm - Benton Family Farm 
  • Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs - Kings Island 
  • Pumpkin and Gourd Festival - Bonnybrook Farms 
  • USS Nightmare - BB Riverboats Newport Landing 
  • HallZOOween - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 
For a full listing and additional information about Cincinnati-area events this month, check out

And if you are looking for decorating ideas, don't miss last year's blog post on how to make vellum window decorations (

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Taylor Morris Unstoppable Event

As you may remember from earlier blog posts, Nancy and Bob's son, Dan, is in the Navy. Taylor Morris and Dan were part of the same team in Afghanistan, and Taylor was injured.

As one way to show our support, we wanted to pass on information about a special event for this courageous young man:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mountain Biker Review

Our thanks to a recent guest, J.B., who took time to share pictures and information about the mountain bike terrain at nearby England-Idlewild Park (just a half mile away from the inn). For those who might enjoy a bike adventure during their stay, we thought we would pass along his writing and photos. Thanks again, J.B.!

"If you’re a mountain biker or recreational trail rider the England-Idlewild park is the perfect place to ride when staying at the Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn.  It’s just a short ride from the Inn. The park’s rolling terrain is spider webbed with paved trails and bridges. If dirt is your preference then the hike n bike trails are great. You could ride for over an hour on the well maintained wide single-track over lumps, bridges, roots and through berms (banked turns). The hills were manageable even from a standing start. The trails are well marked and you’ll probably meet a friendly cyclist or two along the way. I know you’re on holiday but getting a ride in early before a fantastic breakfast might be worth it. Of course sleeping in here is good too and if you’re staying more than one night, problem solved. I hesitated about bringing my 29er at first, but it was worth the trouble because it just simply added to a great stay at the Inn."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Room Details: Pillows

From time to time, a guest will ask us about the bedding that is used in our guest rooms. We recently contacted the manufacturer of the pillows that we use, and have obtained permission to order them for guests that are interested in adding them to their beds at home. Just ask us if you have any questions or need additional information. We put together the following PDF with details and information:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Top 10 Bathrooms recently released a list of Top 10 B&B Bathrooms - we are grateful to be included in such a list of pampering places. For more information and a full list of inns with this designation, visit:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Welcome Home, Heroes!

You may remember from earlier posts that Nancy and Bob's son, Dan, is in the Navy. We are all celebrating the recent return of his team from Afghanistan! What you may not know is that Dan is continuing to recover after being shot in the foot while in the line of duty. We are so proud of him - his service and sacrifice - and wish him and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, all the best as he recovers and they enjoy being back together in Virginia.

Nancy and Bob went down to welcome Dan and his teammates as they arrived home last week. One of his teammates, Taylor, surprised everyone when he arrived in new temporary legs, walking. You may remember Taylor from an earlier blog post when we shared about his injuries as a quadruple amputee and the road of recovery that is ahead for him. We will post links at the bottom of this blog post for you to read more about Taylor and how we all can support him. There will be a special fundraiser for Taylor in October, so we will keep you posted when we have more information.

 Homecoming Photos - We are so proud of these young men!

Dan and Elizabeth
Dan's Bride, Elizabeth, and his sister, Elizabeth
Bob with Dan
Nancy and Taylor and Taylor's Girlfriend, Danielle
Dan and Elizabeth
Dan and Elizabeth
Dan's Foot - Recovering!
The Team

Taylor Morris - Links to websites that share the story of this courageous young man:
Nancy and Bob with Taylor and Isaac at Walter Reed

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Fourth of July this weekend!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Room Updates: Flat-screen televisions

For those of you who may not have been at the inn lately, all five rooms/suites now feature flat-screen televisions for you to enjoy during your stay!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Margaret Retires July 6th

Many of you have grown to know and love Margaret over the years during your visits. Margaret and Nancy are both from Mt. Healthy; Margaret’s youngest sister was even Nancy’s best friend in high school. Twenty-five years ago, Margaret was hired by Bob’s medical group, and over the last eight years she has also worked at the bed and breakfast.

As Margaret prepares to retire on July 6th, we thought our guests would want to know of her upcoming transition. If you so desire, please feel free to send us an email message or card to celebrate Margaret’s hospitality over the years.

She will be missed!

Margaret making the famous Creme Brûlée French Toast

Address: 5825 N Jefferson Street, Burlington, KY 41005

The Amazing Cooks in the Kitchen!
Margaret, Jean, and Nancy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Survey Update and Going Green

Our thanks to everyone who took time to share your thoughts about our breakfast offerings and other aspects of your experiences in the recent email survey. We were flattered by all your kind comments! Based on your feedback, don't expect any changes to the menu, but as always please let us know if you have any special dietary requests.

In the survey responses, one guest inquired about what green and environmentally friendly practices take place at Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn. Thanks for asking! Over the years we have adopted several changes to do our part to help the environment, such as:

- We have replaced the bottled water in guest rooms with water pitchers and glasses.

- We have changed our cleaning products used for housekeeping throughout the inn.

- We have changed our in-room shampoo and soap toiletries to BeeKind products by Gilchrist & Soames. The in-room sizes reduce plastic waste and include organic ingredients. In addition, according to the company website, "A portion of the net profits of this product supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research."

- Each bathroom has a sign with directions to give guests the option of hanging towels that do not need replaced during their stay.

- Weather permitting, we line dry all our sheets to save on power/electricity. This previous blog post provides additional details and tips if you decide to try this at home:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New In-Room Binders

We recently updated our in-room binders so that guests have the most up-to-date information about guest amenities, area attractions, restaurants, etc.

If you want to check out details about various itineraries and attractions before your arrival, you can visit our website ( or check out the in-room binder pages on using this link:

As always, just ask us if you have any questions we can help you with as you plan and prepare!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Area Attraction: Eagle Bend Alpaca Farm

The Eagle Bend farm, located in Burlington, is where our inn gets the farm fresh eggs used at breakfast. It is also the largest alpaca farm in the state and tours are available with advance notice. Their Fiber Workshop store is filled products for sale such as beautiful raw fleece and items made from the alpaca. This farm is one stop of the Ring of Boone County tour; the itinerary can be downloaded from our website at:

Additional information about Eagle Bend Farm can be found on their website ( and Facebook page (

Some pictures from our visits:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Taylor Morris: Navy Hero

As many of you know, Nancy and Bob's son, Dan, is in the Navy. Taylor Morris is a member of Dan’s team in Afghanistan, and he was injured about one month ago, and is now a quadruple amputee. He’s doing better than expected, but has a long, tough road ahead. According to an article online:
Upon his arrival, Taylor became only the 5th person at Walter Reed to ever survive a four limb amputation. His physical progression in the last three weeks has defied everybody's expectations, "My body is responding well. I'm already sitting up. I'm very fortunate." Just yesterday, the stitches in his arms were removed and he was fitted for prosthetics.
As one way to show our support, we wanted to take a moment to share links to websites that share the story of this courageous young man:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Snapshots from Monthly Burlington Antique Show

As many of our guests know, the Burlington Antique Show is held the third Sunday of every month, April - October. Show hours are 6:00am - 3:00pm and in addition to furniture, signs, trinkets, and other antiques, there are several food vendors if you are hungry for lunch during your stay.

Remaining dates for 2012: 
June 17 
July 15 
August 19 
September 16 
October 21 

Don't forget our multiple night special rate for reservations in the Graves' Suite, William Rouse Suite, and William Rouse Retreat over the weekend.

Snapshots from April's Burlington Antique Show