A Staycation Day–Lunch and Antiques in Two Old Buildings

My daughter and I are continuing to have one day a week this month as a staycation day, lunching and then visiting an antique shop in the Cincinnati area.  This week, we went to lunch at a restaurant we’ve been enjoying for over 35 years.   This beautiful place is located in the equally beautiful village of Mariemont.  Mariemont was founded in the 1920s as a planned community village and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.  The area has houses built in the English architectural styles from Norman to classic Georgian.  The Mariemont Inn is a Tudor Revival which opened as a hotel in 1929 and the restaurant is named after the term the founder used to describe the village – a National Exemplar in practical town planning.

There are two large dining areas plus party rooms and several areas like this beautiful lounge.

My daughter and I always order a favorite turkey and dill crepe when we have lunch here.  The potatoes are simply wonderful – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

We left the gorgeous Mariemont Inn ….

And drove a short distance to the Cincinnati suburb of Oakley.  The antique store, Duck Creek Antiques, is housed in a building that used to be the Grace A Rush Bakery, in business from 1937 to the late 1980s.  Mrs. Rush had a thriving fruitcake business in her home in upscale Hyde Park before she moved to the building in middle class Oakley.  I raised my family in Oakley and remember the bakery and the wonderful Grace Rush fruitcakes very well.  It’s nice now to browse through the booths of over 150 dealers on two floors in this 1930s building.

Duck Creek Antique Mall

I found two items at reasonable prices:  A large soup cup with a Dutch motif….


….and a small ironstone syrup pitcher.
Another very beautiful and successful vacation day.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

9 thoughts on “A Staycation Day–Lunch and Antiques in Two Old Buildings”

  1. I love that village! I have to figure out a way to visit there someday. The lunch looks perfectly wonderful. I love the things you find, always so different.

  2. Another beautiful day shared with your daughter. We are in Ohio, went to our class reunion luncheon yesterday,. Stayed in north Cincinnati last Saturday night, thought of you and waved. Anxious to get home, I like you stayvacations better. Will possibly get to the Door Mouse quilt shop in Bettsville today. Football game tonight, walk around Spiegle Grove tomorrow, church on Sunday and then I am ready to go home.

  3. Oh boy, does that turkey and dill crepe ever sound GOOD, Lillian!

    I have a similar little ironstone cup from my Mom that is black & white florals …I didn’t know it was for syrup! Thanks…I learned something new today. I keep it in my sewing room with some of my tools in it, like my seam ripper & snips.

  4. Your lunch looked divine, Lillian! I am glad that your daughter is able to get the time off to go with you on your weekly jaunts. I miss my little day trips with Bob’s mother. We used to have such a lovely time together.

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