Walden never disappoints. My husband and I have chosen it as a romantic winter getaway annually, for the last 6 years. The stroll from Inn to Spa is lined with floor to ceiling windows that capture the sun off of a spectacular blanket of undisturbed snow. It instantly slows my step. Walden always quietly gives time and space to winter’s splendor.
The decor is a timeless modern, arty, with much attention to detail. The creative in me responds to the many comfy writing nooks throughout. Large fireplaces make the invitation to peruse their collection of art books compelling. If I could write a novel, it would flow from my pen from one of three choice window-seats in our favorite Loft Suite.
Their Spa rooms are unusual and have to be experienced — thick with luxury and privacy. If I can’t relax in there, I can’t relax anywhere!
Dinner at The Barn feels far from home, even though we live 45 minutes away. We were chauffeured from the Inn, door to door, down a country lane. The employees are devoted locals, earnest in carefully attending to guests. Both dinner at The Barn and breakfast the next morning at the Café (Valentine’s Day weekend) were punctuated by prettily-concocted complimentary tastings from the chef.
It’s a small operation, and the Inn Manager is in continuous attendance. He greets us with recall, and was ready to assist me with my cross-country skis when I returned from a Sunday morning Nature Trail jaunt. Breakfast at the Café is healthy and delightful, and sipping coffee couldn’t have been more blissful as we watched snow fall lightly outside among pines.
The charm of Walden truly makes the occasional slight error insignificant. Our loft room was sans coffee-creamer and there was an accidental omitting of a robe. The Inn Manager was quick to remedy this; arriving at the room swiftly he greeted us brightly, and apologized profusely for the oversight.
Scattered through the Inn and Café are these funny skirted ceiling-lampshades, that bring to my mind wide matrons with swinging hips. It’s an amusing oddity (To each his own!), seen against an otherwise stylish backdrop that’s all pleasure to behold. I’ve fallen in love with the place. I always hate to leave it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an over-crowded world of branded hospitality, how far do you have to go to find yourself? Welcome to Inn Walden, your own personal sanctuary and romantic country retreat. Here, gracious Five-Diamond service and thoughtful architecture coalesce in unrivaled hospitality. Spacious suites feature unique designs that redefine quintessential luxury – in human terms. Room with a view takes on new meaning as huge windows and glass-enclosed walkways beckon guests outside to sweeping lawns and horses grazing in pastures that fade into natural woodlands. Relax into reverie at Spa Walden, or charge into golf, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, hiking or countless other active adventures. After a soul-satisfying epicurean adventure, wander back to the peace and comfort of a roaring fire, or sink into immense serenity in your spa tub. Anticipating glorious dreams that await amongst layers of fine linen, you pause briefly to consider your next opportunity to experience your Walden before drifting into deep slumber. Indulge in an unprecedented restorative experience at Spa Walden, or savor the cuisine of our world-class restaurants. Inn Walden is a haven of comfort for individuals, couples, and families. From romantic getaways to lavish weddings, Ohio’s only AAA Five-Diamond rated inn will exceed your wildest dreams. Our unique facilities are designed for peace and solitude but accommodate groups and corporate events. Escape to Inn Walden, and preserve your body, mind and spirit in a timeless refuge that caters to your every need. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn Walden Hotel Aurora
- Country Inn Aurora
- Walden Country Inn And Stables
- Inn Walden Aurora, Ohio