12/11/2012 12:15 pm ET

The Batcheller Mansion Inn, A Victorian B&B Jewel

Step back in time to an era of gracious living. People may have been seen or described as reserved during the illustrious Victorian era but what remains is a profound sense of eclecticism found in the stunning architecture which indicates that those who acquired wealth used their notable societal standing. Not to different  from today’s wealthy philanthropists who build monumental homes, museums, and hospitals to perpetuate their names and their history.

We dined at the table where Ulysses S. Grant had been seated and we slept in one of the most famous bedrooms, the Catherine Suite which welcomed Grant, McKinley, and other historic individuals.