As much as Hims and I would have loved to take this three day weekend and gone to the coast or something, we know better. Talk about crowds and inflated prices everywhere! Instead, we took Saturday and drove down to Lebanon to have a wonderful brunch at Ohio’s oldest inn: The Golden Lamb. Afterwards, we drove up to Springfield and attended the Fair at New Boston. (More about that in the next post!)
The Golden Lamb first opened in 1803 in Lebanon, Ohio, as a “house of public entertainment” – a tavern and inn. It began as a two-story log building owned by Jonas Seaman, and later replaced by the new owner, Ichabod Corwin, with a “fine brick hostel”. This makes up the oldest part of the building today – the lobby area, Dickens dining room, and the oldest rooms above – from what I understand.
Since then, people including Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Daniel Webster, Mark Twain, and quite a number of U.S. Presidents have stayed a night (or few) there. And yes – it even has its own ghosts!
We were seated for brunch in The Lebanon Room, the site of the original log tavern. (You walk straight back through the lobby to get to it.) We’ve never been seated back there, so it was a nice, new experience.
One of the reasons you have got to go dine at The Golden Lamb if you ever have the chance is their relish tray. Ohhh, what goodness abounds on that white rectangle! Seriously – this time we had egg salad, pickled watermelon rind (I thought it would be gross, too, but it’s actually amazingly good!), pickled beets (Hims hates beets, but loves these things), and crunchy bread slices to eat them with. We’ve had other things instead of the beets – this is their late summer fare. Like any really good restaurant, they change with the seasons, and they make use of local farms.
Then we ordered brunch:
While we were sitting there, we weighed whether or not we should go up to Springfield that day for the Fair at New Boston, or whether we should wait until Sunday to do that. I don’t remember what it was, but something tipped our decision in favor of going up there the same day – and since the next day had a heat warning, we’re glad we did!