Did you know the most romantic place in the country is right here in Willoughby Hills?
Lonely Planet recently named the Louis Penfield House the “Most Romantic Place in the United States.” Noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home for the Louis Penfield family, which lived there for a number of years. The secluded location in Lake County, just off Interstate 90, makes it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon. In the fall, the trees on the heavily wooded property turn brilliant shades of orange and gold.
The Penfield House was built in 1955 on a 30-acre wooded lot with the picturesque Chagrin River running through it. Fans of Wright’s architecture will recognize his special touches. Tall ribbon windows bring light and the surrounding woods indoors.
“My dad was a friend of Wright’s, and he designed the house with high ceilings due to Dad’s height,” said Paul Penfield. After the death of his parents, Penfield renovated the home, making it a private getaway for guests.
“This is not a bed-and-breakfast,” Penfield added. “Guests live in the vacation house just as if they are living in their home. It’s ideal for people who are celebrating a special birthday or anniversary.”
With three bedrooms, it can comfortably accommodate several couples, and honeymooners like the privacy in this secluded, gated house.
So, if it’s your dream to sleep in a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Penfield House is available for rent for two-night stays for $550. For information, call 440-942-9996, or visit www.penfieldhouse.com.
Second on Lonely Planet’s list is the Inn at Irving Place in New York City. This historical hotel is in Gramercy Park and offers antique furniture and a formal tea in the afternoon.
The Stockyard Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, is No. 3. You might stay in the Bonnie and Clyde Suite, with bullet holes in the shutters, and one of the duo’s guns mounted on the wall.
The quirky Madonna Inn at San Luis Obispo, Calif., offers whimsical themed rooms, including a cave man room with stone surroundings and a waterfall in the shower. The men’s room in the hotel’s main lobby has its own waterfall urinal.
Also on the list is the Hotel Montelone in the French Quarter of New Orleans, for ghost hunting; the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., for its mountain views; and Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla., where you dive to your room to truly “sleep with the fishes.”