We always recommend the Drury Hotel in Middletown, Ohio, to our clients. It's about 15 mins away, offers lots of wonderful amenities, including free breakfast and dinner every day and an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, and is walking distance to several nice restaurants and retailers.
We also recommend Brian Manor, a B&B within a mile of the farm. They have four distinct guest rooms, and how often can you say you've stayed in a castle? The owners are both painters and have an art gallery and an arboretum at their castle. You can also schedule a healing session (Reiki, EFT, hypnotherapy and other healing modalities) or a workshop in these disciplines with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and Advanced EFT Practitioner Janet Berg www.JanetBerg.com or call her at 513-680-1875. Brian Manor, 129 W. State Rt. 122, Lebanon OH, 513-836-3071, www.BrianManor.net
Lebanon's Historic Hotel:
The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon OH 45036, 513-932-5065
The Golden Lamb is Ohio's oldest hotel. If you love history and antiques, you'll love the Lamb! They have rooms marked with which famous person stayed there: Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Charles Dickens, on and on, including recent-day celebrities and politicians. The restaurant is good too, serving traditional American fare. There's also a tavern on premises, as well as a lovely gift shop. This hotel is a true antique itself - there is no elevator, and the stairways are long, and there may be a resident ghost! If you ask, they will allow you to wander through the hotel on a self-guided tour. Be sure to go to every floor so you don't miss anything! They have quite an interesting display about the Shakers who used to live in this area. If you have time, be sure to explore downtown Lebanon, which is full of antique and gift shops and cute boutiques.
Historic Lebanon General Info:
Lebanon is a "walking town" where you can walk and enjoy all the Victorian architecture and read the bronze signs that give historical information. On the south end of Lebanon, where US 42 curves off from Broadway, you'll see the Glendower Historic Museum up the hill on the left. They do tours Friday through Sunday from 1-4 in various months. If you continue on US 42, just past Glendower you'll see a row of stately mansions on a hill, former homes of various industrialists who founded companies like Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati.
Lebanon is a town of antique shops and boutiques. There are antique stores on Broadway (the main drag, OH 48) near the Golden Lamb and smaller ones scattered around town. There are boutiques and lovely gift shops along Broadway (Rt. 48) and on Main (Rt. 63) past the courthouse (turn left at the courthouse if you're going south on 48). There are several charming ice cream shops (the one with the red striped awning, Village Ice Cream Parlor, was in the movie "Harper Valley PTA" - the town itself was also in the film "Milk Money" with Ed Harris and Melanie Griffith and a Hallmark Christmas movie with Nicolette Sheridan a few years ago), and the fabulous Whit's Custard at the North end of the same block (near the corner of Broadway and Mulberry). For the best, smoothest frozen custard you've had in your life, try Whit's. There's usually quite a line in the evenings, but boy, is it worth it! Yum!!!
Mulberry Street is closed off every so often for festivals and events, including music festivals, Ladies' Shopping Nights, etc. The Country Applefest is held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, on 48 between the farm and Lebanon. Check the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce site for information on the various festivals in the area.
A very popular way to spend an afternoon is a scenic train ride from Lebanon to Mason. The Lebanon-Mason-Monroe Railroad is a historic ride in antique railway cars attached to an antique engine.
The first Saturday in December, Lebanon hosts a carriage parade. It's free to watch, usually has over 100 units and they go twice on that Saturday (at 1 PM and at 7 PM). The evening parade features lights on the carriages and horses, which adds to the fun. A lot of the shops in town will have horse-related gifts, etc., as part of the festivities. Get to the parade early, as parking can be a problem with over 100,000 people coming to town to see it! Street parking is available all over town as are various parking lots. Food and other vendors are on Mulberry Street between Broadway and Mechanic.
Warren County, where we're located, has been horse country for many years. A recent census of horse owners shows Warren County is home to 6000 horses with more than 2000 horse owners. Of the 88 counties in Ohio, Warren County is rated 4th in terms of horse numbers. Of the 3065 counties in the entire USA, Warren County is 114th, or in the top 4%, in terms of the number of horses. Warren County horse owners spend more than $24,000,000 per year for horse care. (Statistics taken from the Christmas Carriage Parade magazine for 2018.)
If you come to a clinic and your family comes with you, send them to King's Island to entertain themselves while you work on your riding. In 2022, King's Island is celebrating their 50th anniversary, so they have a lot of special things going on and have refurbished/repainted the Carousel, the Racer and other rides. Or plan to stay an extra day or two to visit the park. It's a huge amusement and water park, with rides, famous roller coasters and entertainment for everyone, and it's not far from Lebanon.
There's also golf and tennis in the area. If you're into professional tennis, the oldest U.S. professional tennis tournament still hosted in its original city is the Western & Southern Open. It's one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and a final stop on the road to the US Open in New York. It's played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason Ohio, very close to King's Island. You can learn more about it at the link above or at www.OhiosLargestPlayground.com (which refers to Warren County, Ohio's Largest Playground).
You can find the dates for the various annual festivals and activities in Lebanon at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce site.
Truck and Trailer-Friendly Directions:
From the North:
1. Interstate 75 S to Exit 36 - Franklin/OH 123
2. Turn left on OH 123 - go 4.3 miles
3. Turn left on OH 122 East - go 3.6 miles (the road changes names to Old 122 at the light at State Route 48)
4. Turn left on Weisenberger Road - go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4076 (for Jen's house - the #4080 mailbox is next to it) on the right side (you'll see the DHF sign just up the hill)
From the South:
1. Interstate 71 N to Exit #28 - Lebanon/South Lebanon
2. Turn right onto State Route 48 - go 5.9 miles (the road changes names to 42 Bypass at 3.8 miles and again when it becomes Miller Rd. at 5.5 miles)
3. Turn right on Drake Rd. - go 2.2 miles
4. Turn left on Old 122 - go 0.4 miles
5. Turn right on Weisenberger Road - go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4076 (for Jen's house - the #4080 mailbox is next to it) on the right side). You'll see the DHF sign just up the hill.
From the South, using I-75:
1. Interstate 75 N to Exit #32 - "Middletown"
2. Turn right on OH 122 East - go 7.3 miles (the road changes names to Old 122 at the light at State Route 48)
3. Turn left on Weisenberger Road - go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4076 (for Jen's house - the #4080 mailbox is next to it) on the right side (you'll see the DHF sign just up the hill)
From the East:
1. Interstate 71 X to Exit #45 - "Waynesville"
2. Turn right on OH 73 West - go 8.7 miles
3. Turn left on US 42 S - go 3.4 miles
4. Turn right on Old 122 (at flashing light) - go 3.0 miles
5. Turn right on Weisenberger Road - go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4076 (for Jen's house - the #4080 mailbox is next to it) on the right side (you'll see the DHF sign just up the hill)
Dayton Airport is generally our first choice.
Dayton International Airport (DAY) is a 45-minute drive north. Generally, rush hour delays are fairly insignificant (~5-10 minutes).
Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is a 1½ hour drive. Add 15-30 minutes if traveling during rush hour to be safe.
Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is roughly a 60 minute drive south if it’s not rush hour. Add 15-30 minutes if traveling during rush hour to be safe.
EquusNow! is a nice tack shop in Loveland, Ohio, and one of Jen Truett's sponsors. It's at 420 Wards Corner Rd., Suite D, Loveland OH 45140-6950, phone 513-630-1197. They have a wide assortment of all kinds of fun stuff and a great staff. Happy shopping!
Dover Saddlery is in northern Cincinnati, 8740 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati OH 45236. (513) 792-0901. They are 28 minutes from the farm, 24.3 miles, if you take the I-71 route choice. Happy shopping!
If you need general horse supplies, we have the Liberty Western (513-933-0900) store on US 42 south of Lebanon.
We also have a Rural King, 879 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, (513-934-0015) in the area.
The Feed Store, 220 S Sycamore St., Lebanon, OH 45036 (513) 932-1040 is a good supplier of lots of brands of horse feed. Liberty Western and Rural King (directions above) both carry feed as well. The Feed Store also carries things like fly spray, fly masks, etc.
DHF's address, 4080 Weisenberger Road, Lebanon OH 45036. On the map, Rt. 129 is Weisenberger. You can scroll around to see the directions given above and get an idea of how things are laid out. Click on this link or copy and paste the map into your browser, to see the Google Map of the area.