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Jan. 23, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes we just need a little break...kick back and read a book, watch a movie, something peaceful and relaxing. All of us need some R & R and a great place to do so is at a bed and breakfast or quiet inn.
AND...that is exactly what you will find when you visit the Victorian Lady Bed and Breakfast in historic Norwalk, Ohio. It is llocated not far from the shores of Lake Erie, right where leisure awaits you.
The Victorian Lady is a Queen Anne mansion that was built in 1890 for the paymaster and bridge contractor of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, W.W. Graham. The house was sold after Graham passed away in 1915 and has been owned by seven other families.
pictures courtesy of Victorian Lady BB
Current owners, Tim and Vickie Dauch, saw more than a family home—they envisioned a place for visitors to put their feet up and feel like they were home. They purchased the property in 2001 after it sat empty for several months. The couple spent a lot of time refurbishing the elegant home for others to enjoy. They did not open as a bed and breakfast until 2005. The home has been totally remodeled and everything in the downstairs was changed except the wallpaper in the foyer. Vickie said they acquired all the furnishings during that time as well.
Those furnishings add to the charm and the homey warmth you look for in a home away from home and as Vickie put it...Christmas is a great time to visit as they do “extensive”decorating for the holidays.
Of the 7000 square feet in the three story home, two floors are dedicated to making the visitors of the bed and breakfast comfortable. The Dauch's live on the third floor.
There is more to staying at a bed and breakfast than the building itself…there is breakfast. At the Victorian Lady the gourmet breakfast is served by candlelight on fine china. Breakfast could be a number of tasty treats from eggs benedict souffle, croissant French toast, fruit, quiche, fresh baked pastries, bananas flambé and that is just the beginning of the delicious breakfast delights you might sample.
The inn offers several great places to read a book or just sit back and think…or maybe not think at all. Whether you chose the living room, parlor, foyer or curling up with a book in the sitting room at the top of the stairs, you can find your little peaceful corner. If you visit in warm weather you can rock awhile on the wrap-around porch…don’t forget the lemonade.
The Dauch's will provide you with plenty of information on "what to do and see" in the area. You are within minutes of the famed amusement park, Cedar Point and Lake Erie. History is plentiful in the area with a lot to explore, lay on a beach, eat in great restaurants, follow the wine trail, visit the towns, shop, climb the lighthouse in Marblehead, visit the islands, walk around the flower gardens...WHEW, or just sit on the porch and sip lemonade, it is all up to you.
These Innkeepers will welcome you with a comfortable room loaded with amenities such as , wireless Internet, hair dryers, afternoon tea and even fluffy robes.
The Victorian Lady Bed and Breakfast is located at 175 West main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. For more information visit www.thevictorianladybb.com/ or call 419-660-9860.

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