Your host, Bill Gray, has hosted hundreds of people over the years in an informal way,
but now has opened his home to guests as a bed and breakfast. His passion is hospitality
and he will make you welcome with comfortable rooms, good food, and a congenial atmosphere.
The B&B is ensconced in a very quiet neighborhood in the Ramsey Hill historic district,
with a great mix of beautiful old homes,
sites of historic interest,
shopping, and fine dining. Itís exceedingly walkable and very green, with great
gardens and architecture. We have visitors from the East Coast who canít believe the number of
large, beautiful, and unique houses in this area, most of them from the Victorian era. Youíll also
find brick alleys, and even a cobblestone bit of street, carriage houses
converted to houses, parks, statuary, and, if youíre lucky, people playing croquet in their whites.
Selby Avenue (three blocks north) was the place to shop and eat 100 years ago,
and has become so again. Within a 7 block stretch youíll find several really
good restaurants, an independent bookstore, a coffee shop, a co-op, an artisan
chocolate shop, a couple of bakeries, a flower shop, a YWCA, and various other opportunities for
Summit Avenue (two blocks in the other direction) is truly a city walkerís paradise with broad sidewalks,
lots of shade trees, and the longest continuous stretch of original Victorian housing
in the country. The Avenue offers the admirer a wide variety of building styles and materials,
all in very good condition with plenty of period detail.
One block further south is Grand Avenue, the longest combination residential
and retail shopping street in the country, and among the offerings nearest
to the B&B are artisan ice cream, great dining, an art gallery, and a lot of shopping.
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