Your Guide to Chocolate Town - Winter 2006

Your Guide to Chocolate Town – Winter 2006

Check out the Inn at Westwynd Farm, a cozy B&B for some romantic R&R
By E.K. Levy

So cabin fever is setting in. The crisp winter air beckons, and you’re trying to decide how to spend the weekend. Why not pack up your sweetie, drop the kids with your parents or friends, and escape to the comfort and luxury of a B&B for some cozy R&R?

Sound too complicated or expensive? Here’s the real beauty part (actually that comes with the scenery), why not save on gas and just get away up the road at the Inn at Westwynd Farm?

Located at 1620 Sand Beach Rd., it lives up to its advertising. A brochure describes seven-room inn calls it a “Bed & Breakfast midst rolling hills, horses and pastures near Hershey, Pennsylvania.”

From the moment you turn onto the long gravel drive, you realize you have arrived at a special place. The beautiful inn with its calming landscape will come into view and you will discover all of the vast and lovely surroundings of the farm. You may spot a horse or two or even a couple of alpacas-new to the inn this year.

Outside swing on the wraparound porch, the gorgeous stone waterfall or the outdoor fireplace on the lower east patio. Or take a walk to the pond and explore a variety of paths around the grounds.

Inside, a host of quiet nooks and warm accommodations will make anyone feel welcome. The scent of warm cookies or other baked goods fresh from the oven waft through the inn most of the day. Or you can check out the library’s reading materials, a computer for guest use, a television and a selection of classical and jazz CDs.

Carolyn Troxell and her husband Frank offer so much more than breakfast and room. Along with homemade breads and waffles, Carolyn always offers a special egg dish as well. The goodies don’t stop at breakfast either. Throughout the day you can find sweet treats on a table near the door. Downstairs in the great room, you will also discover a host of beverages-from tea to wine-for every time of the day or night.

Every room offers a different experience of its own as well. As unique as the quilt that drapes each bed, robes in the closet, and warm decorative touches, every room has its own personality. Named for the Troxell’s horses, the rooms range in price. On the more modest end, the Serendipity with its antiques, queen-sized bed, and a private bath offers a cozy retreat for $79 a night in winter. Its window offers “the best view at the Inn.”

On the other end of the scale, an amazing suite called In Our Time has “a slightly foreign flavor” and features a king bed, a private Jacuzzi tub for two and a fireplace. This room goes for $129 from Nov. 1 through March 31. Call to check on summer rates.

You may prefer Fortune’s Return, a garden-inspired room that has a king bed, a private bath and its own fireplace; or if you decide to bring the children (five years old or older), you can stay in the Roman Canon and house the children in Penny Power with its twin beds. The two rooms share a bath and offer a great opportunity for a family outing.

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