COACH'S CORNER: My new way to travel
by Mike Wright, Cadiz Record Columnist
Apr 18, 2013 | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I am quite sure most of my intelligent, sophisticated readers are way ahead of me on this one. With that said, it is still better to arrive late than not at all. Please let me explain. A couple of weeks ago, during spring break, I had to make a trip to the so-called golden triangle of the Bluegrass State. By golden triangle, I am referring to Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort. As we began discussing where we could stay, we leaned on the advice of a couple of our good friends who were traveling to the same area. As a matter of fact, our friends and us were sort of traveling together, yet in our own vehicles, if that makes any sense. Our friends already had reservations at a bed and breakfast, and they said that we might enjoy that style of accommodations. Now, did I mention that our friends I am referring to were Jimmy and Wendy Futrell? Since Jimmy and Wendy are experienced travelers and much OLDER than us, we took their advice. For the first time ever, we stayed at a bed and breakfast. Let me tell you about it.

Jimmy and Wendy already had reservations at the beautiful B and B named A Storybook Inn. We were able to book a room at the Rose Hill Inn. An Englishman named Alder and his wife Gill own and run the Rose Hill. There were seven rooms at their inn. We stayed in the Travelers Room. It had an outside entrance. After we checked in, we ascended the stairs to check out our room. All the rooms there had their own private baths and all the amenities one could ask for. The Rose Hill was just a couple of blocks from downtown Versailles, but it was as quiet as if we were miles from anywhere. After a dinner at Melissa’s Café in downtown Versailles, we retired back to the Rose Hill. Upon returning to the spacious grounds of the inn, I immediately knew why the way I traveled was about to change. Even though the Inn was full that night, it was a place of total peace and relaxation. I spent some time talking to Alder the Innkeeper and learned how he grew up 20 miles north of London. I then sat on the porch, read a couple of chapters in a book and just enjoyed the quiet.

The next morning, I discovered my favorite part of the B and B scene. That would be eating breakfast with the other families staying at the Inn. Being a people person, I quickly met and engaged in conservation with families from Minnesota and Ohio. I discovered that both families had actually traveled to Trigg County to enjoy our lakes in the past. As we talked to our new friends, Alder began to serve us breakfast. That sealed the deal on my feelings about the Bed and Breakfast experience. Alder loaded our plates with scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit and pastries. But get this. Since one of the families had a large number of children, Alder fixed peanut butter and jelly French toast casserole. You talking about a mad scientist of a chef. Ole Alder had those kids smiling from ear to ear, as well as several 50-something adults. As we checked out, I told Alder he had changed the way I was going to travel.

When I got home, I realized that I had enjoyed the stay so much I had even taken the key to our room back to Cadiz. Speaking of Cadiz, I might even take a stay-home vacation at the Futrell House in the next year. When I do, I will be sure and fill you in.

OT: Alder might have made me the best cup of hot tea ever served on the planet. Must be an English thing.

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Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to

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