Postcard from Jiles
Canton, Ohio • Home of the National First Ladies Library & Museum • DoubleTree by Hilton
30 April 2023
We’ve been on the road since Friday! Zoom Zoom. And there’s a kinda wedding theme throughout our road trip! Chin Chin.
We were at Miles cousin’s chic farm wedding in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Saturday’s celebration: clear skies, sunshine, twinkling stars in the sky above the fireworks display! Every other second of this trip: rain!
Earlier today we hopped back into our little Mercedes with our little princess and drove in our Burberry check raincoats to Canton, Ohio.
Waze had a breakdown and kept circling us back to West Virginia for an hour and a half. As if its not bad enough going the wrong way, she kept doing it so we’d see the: Welcome to West Virginia Wild and Wonderful sign over and over and over again!
We never had a real problem with Waze before. Even driving across the country. But I’m reminded that we did have paper maps with us too. Though we never used them. Might be a good idea to put them back into the car.
Anyhow, we finally made it. Just before eleven o’clock. And just as the hotel bar was closing. Oh well.
Why Canton, Ohio, you ask?!!!
We’re here for the opening of the new exhibit → Beyond Camelot: The Life & Legacy of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Exhibition — donated by Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta & Le Créateur of Salon Monte in Old Town, Alx.
Told ya there was kinda a wedding theme to our weekend travels. lol.
Okie dookie. Big day tomorrow. A bientôt beauties!
xxx – Jennifer Miles & Mia
Post Script • A little more about the hotel . . .
For some reason I didn’t take any pictures of the hotel. So all of the photos are from the gallery on their website.
3 May 2023
Ok. We’re pleased with the hotel. Good bed. Cozy crisp white sheets. Big television. Decent pillows!
The staff is friendly and fab. This is the perfect hotel if you’re visiting the First Ladies Museum. It’s just across the street. And there is a covered sky bridge that you can take from the hotel to the parking garage just next to the museum.
There’s a gym and indoor pool. But sadly no hot tub. Which kinda surprised me as the hotel is somehow affiliated with the Football Hall of Fame that is also in Canton. So there are football players that live & stay there. We would have loved a little soak in the hot tub after being around that bone chilling rain! But c’est la vie.
We ate lunch at their restaurant, 330. Everything was delish.They have a soup of the day, or SOTD, and a YSOTD. What a YSOTD? Why, yesterdays soup of the day, of course. The menu says that soup always tastes better the next day so you should as your server if there are any leftovers. I found that so charming!
We had a nice big hightop table overlooking the McKinley House and the rain. And we went back for a night-cap after Beyond Camelot’s Champagne Reception. It was a great bar experience. A stellar, engaging, and personable bartender, by the name of Julie. It reminded us of the old Overwood days!
If your staying here, I’d ask for a room in front. We had no view unless you go right to the window and look side to side. And our criticism of the room is there was not a cozy chair or couch. While lounging and writing, I was set-up bed with doggie and blanky in the bed. And Miles make a makeshift chair and ottoman out of the not-so-comfortable chair in the corner and the desk chair to put his legs up on. That said, the lobby and lounge area has some nice seating with a modern fireplace! We could have easily gone down to the lobby and been quite comfortable with Mia in her stroller.
We always stay the night in Ohio when we drive to visit Grandma in Illinois. And we’d stay here again, for sure!