By Claire Spurlock
Every time I visit Granville I find new depths to its charm. The village’s cohesive and independent food community beckons, as do the boutique shops and the abundant strolls through blocks of well-loved homes and mature trees bordering downtown. Granville is easily accessible from Columbus and, once there, largely walkable in fair weather. Wherever you look, glimpses of Granville’s history are evident in buildings that remain from its inception and carefully plotted streets built to mimic the New England hometowns of early settlers. Modern Granville residents have helped solidify community traditions and charm and usher in a modern spirit that allows for business and tourism to thrive…
Settle in at the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast, where guests can visit with resident chickens, goats and sheep on the 12-acre property and relax in a restored 1850s farmhouse complete with spacious guest rooms named for prior residents. Orchard House offers seasonal “glamping” through October and hosts weddings in the pine grove.
Breakfast is served each morning in a sunny nook by innkeeper Dean Lowry, featuring eggs collected daily from the chicken coop, local meats and produce, Lucky Cat bread and One Line coffee. After enjoying a leisurely cup, it’s time to hit the streets for a second round of Granville explorations.
“There’s a lot to draw from within community. Certainly, as far as support and resources, but then also ingredients, manpower and love,” says Alfie’s owner Sam.