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The gracefully elegant mixture of Victorian and Country charm is an invitation to relax, take a deep breath and enjoy all that surrounds you.

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Greetings from The Gambier House.  Well, the school year is about to begin at Kenyon, which means students are coming back to town, with all the excitement and activity their return creates for us ‘townies.’

The  17-year cicadas have come and gone; Middle Path reconstruction is nearing completion; and the Old Bank Building has been razed (sigh).  So Center Village is different.  Here at the House it was a banner summer for weddings (6) and weeds.  Our vegetable garden is only so-so but we’ve shared flowers, herbs and zucchini with our guests.  Pogo, the cockapoo, is ably supervising breakfast (but don’t feed the wild animal from the table).

We’re behind on jam making but both strawberry and ginger peach will make it to the table during the colder months, I promise.  And there is plenty of local fruit and produce to enjoy for the next few weeks.  My favorite so far is the Indiana melon, grown in Kentucky, and served in Ohio.  Now, that’s Midwestern!

Naturally, Freshman Orientation and dorm opening nights are booked, as is Family Weekend (see below).  However, there are open weekends still in September, October and November.  A mid-week stay also works to enjoy College activities along with the happenings in the county.

As always, Amish country is just up the road, the Kokosing Gap Trail is down the hill and floating season on the Kokosing River isn’t over yet (I’ve been once but am eager for more).  Leaf peeping is also just around the corner.

We hope you’ll join us on a porch rocker, they are ready for you.

E.J. Heer and Pogo, Innkeepers



The 2016 Family Weekend lottery closed on June 1st.  The drawing will take place on or about June 15th — one room per family — and we contact only the winners. Should you not be one of the lucky 6 winners, we hope you will find another occasion to visit Kenyon and choose the Gambier House for your accommodations. We take reservations up to one year in advance (except for Parent and Graduation Weekends).  Keep your eyes open to this space in December for Family Weekend 2017.

Graduation weekend rooms are secured ONLY by way of a lottery that requires previous stays. Don’t wait until Senior year to experience the charm of The Gambier House and get in on this special lottery. Graduation 2017 is fully booked.

Currently, we are taking a wait list for Reunion 2017.  Please call or email us with your contact information to get on the list.