Carrie King, owner and innkeeper at the Stone Porch by the Lake, could write the book on hospitality. Her personal warmth and consideration struck me immediately. Her attention to detail is obvious. You can tell a lot by looking at the glass in a house. Her B&B features all glass shower stalls: Not a smudge, not a fingerprint, not a water spot on any one of them. The whole B&B is sparklingly clean and neat. The inn is magnificent with guest rooms and public areas that make you want to stay for a very long time.
This historic mansion was built in 1889. It has been restored in an architectural style that honors the past while incorporating all the amenities that make travel a pleasure. My favorite guest room was on the third floor because it includes a balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Due to its height, the scene includes tree tops, roofs and chimneys. Carrie calls it the “Mary Poppins” experience and rightfully so, it was extraordinary.
Stone Porch by the Lake sits across the street from a lovely park and the shores of Lake Michigan, including an exercise path that stretches for miles along the lakefront. Two blocks to the north is the campus of Northwestern University; three blocks to the west is the eclectic downtown Evanston, with restaurants and boutique shops. The surrounding neighborhoods are filled with architecturally significant homes, schools and churches.