Winans House

143 River Street, Madison, Ohio 44057
Innkeeper(s): James & Georgia Drown
  • Introduction

    Winans House - Madison, OhioStep back into a bygone era where Victorian flamboyance meets country hospitality. Nestled in picturesque Madison village and in the very heart of Northeast Ohio Wine Country, Winans House is a perfect retreat for those that wish to step back, reconnect and simply enjoy treasured hours with loved ones in an environment where elegance and artistry combine for an unparalleled experience. We consider our quiet neighborhood to be the best location in town. Our bed and breakfast is within a few miles of fantastic wineries and fine restaurants.

    This “Painted Lady” is listed on the National Register of Historic places and you will immediately feel at ease with the smiling faces, kind words & warm hospitality of the inn keepers Jim and Georgia.

    Beautiful Stained Glass WindowAny special arrangements you desire such as champagne, extra flowers, or a special menu is available upon request. If you desire a romantic sojourn, chocolates, wine tours, or massages, Winans House is the answer. Don't hesitate to take advantage of any of our great packages. The inn keepers know that every day is a special occasion and that every moment spent in fine company is a treasure to be savored. Surprise your true love with a wonderful weekend at this grand, historic Madison retreat.

    Richard Campen in Architecture of the Western Reserve in featuring Winans House states: “No more flamboyant expression of high Victorian design or more exuberant use of the lathe and jigsaw can be found in Northeastern Ohio.” Locals describe it as the “wedding cake house” in reference to the inn’s structure and ornate carvings found throughout. A weekend experience here is just as delcious- layer upon layer of pampering and sweet hospitality, cream of the crop accomodations, mixed with fine company, and a dollop of history-combine to make a memorable experience for all.

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    Returning to the inn after a night out and about, is certainly the grandest finale- a dessert to be savored after the banquet of experiences the surrounding area has to offer-rolling wine country, state parks with covered bridges, and fine dining. Guests awaken to the aroma of a gourmet breakfast served in an intimate private dining room. James and Georgia are looking forward to serving you! James and Georgia have hosted guests from near and afar- from locals just needing a night away to individuals from Asia and Europe desiring a unique escape in Northeast Ohio’s countryside. Your inn keepers will certainly ensure that Winans House is a place where friendship is guest, a place indeed where the heart can rest.
    The Winans House offers a Victorian bed and breakfast experience in the heart of northeastern Ohio wine country. A delicious full breakfast is served every morning. Two second floor suites feature private baths, queen-size beds, and wireless internet.

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  • Directions

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    Madison is a village in Lake County, in northeast Ohio. There is so much to do and see in Lake County, Ohio.

    How To Find Us:

    From the West we are 45 minutes from Cleveland off I-90. From the East we are 65 minutes from Erie, Pennsylvania, off I-90. Take I-90, Exit 212 north. We are 7-tenths of a mile north on SR 528.



  • Area Attractions: Visit Lake County Ohio!

    America Remembers Memorial: Eastlake, Ohio

    Dining RoomAn opportunity for everyone to view and touch remnants from the September 11, 2001 tragedy - steel from New York's Trade Center, grass from Shanksville, PA and granite from the Pentagon.

    Boulevard of 500 Flags: Eastlake, Ohio

    Largest permanent display of American flags in the United States at Eastlake City Hall.

    Carol H. Sweet, Mentor Marsh Nature Center: Mentor, Ohio

    Mentor Marsh Nature Center is part of the largest coastal Lake Erie marsh in northeastern Ohio! The area is a unique combination of marsh, forest and beach habitat and home to a variety of plants, animals, and birds. Trails are open dawn to dusk, free of charge, maps are available at the Nature Center kiosk where trail closings are posted.

    Coulby Mansion: Wickliffe, Ohio

    Named to the National Register of Historic Places, this 16-room mansion was built in 1913 by shipping magnate Harry Coulby. Now transformed into Wickliffe City Hall, the mansion features seven fireplaces, a priceless Tiffany skylight and handcarved railings among other stunning details.

    Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine Museum: Fairport Harbor, Ohio

    This National Historic site consists of a marine museum and lighthouse tower that is open to the public and provides spectacular views of Lake Erie.

    Fairport Lights

    Fairport Harbor's two lighthouses, bravely standing tall against the raging waters of Lake Erie, are deeply woven elements of our national heritage.

    The Finnish Heritage Museum of Fairport Harbor

    Dedicated to preserve and perpetuate Finnish heritage and cultural traditions through displays of special books, documents, records and artifacts.

    Gibson Bagpipes: Willoughby, Ohio

    North America's Premier Bagpipe Maker. Gibson Bagpipes was recently featured on the Travel Channel TV show "Made in America". Tours by request and a Celtic gift shop on premises.

    Herb Society of America: Kirtland, Ohio

    The national headquarters of the Herb Society of America resides in a stone farmhouse built in 1841. It is considered the oldest stone house in the county, built of Ohio sandstone quarried nearby. There is no admission fee to the house or the gardens that surround the house, allowing visitors to see beautiful examples of how to landscape with herbs.

    Historic Kirtland Visitor's Center: Kirtland, Ohio

    A meticulously restored 19th century village showcases the vitality and spirit of the early American frontier. A part of the religious fervor of the 1830's is the story of the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Holden Arboretum: Kirtland Hills, Ohio

    With 3,500 acres of display gardens, horticultural collections and nature trails, the Holden Arboretum is one of the largest arboretums in the United States.

    Indian Museum of Lake County

    Visitors can see prehistoric items, 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D., from this area and Ohio. Indian crafts from North America, 1800-2006 are displayed. The Indian Museum library of over 1,000 books and periodicals is used by students of all ages, from elementary to adults.

    James A. Garfield National Historical Site (Lawnfield)

    Visit the home of our twentieth president and the site of his front porch campaign. The carefully restored homes contains the family's furnishings, art and books and is graced by the magnificent memorial library added five years after President Garfield's assassination.

    Lake County Captains

    Class `A` Affiliate Of The Cleveland Indians hits the field at the state-of-the-art Classic Park located at Vine Street and Route 91 in Eastlake.

    Lake County Fairgrounds: Painesville, Ohio

    Site of Lake County Fair plus other events.

    Lake County History Center: Kirtland Hills, Ohio

    Gateway to the Western Reserve, this turn of the century summer estate home is surrounded by 20 acres of grounds containing the Lake County museum, Hands On History Village, walking trails, picnic areas, and gift shop. The Little Mountain Heritage Festival is held at the end of July and features 7 music stages, 150 east coast vendors, Food Court in the Woods and the Enchanted Forest children's area.

    Lake Metroparks Lake Farmpark: Kirtland, Ohio

    Lake Farmpark is a family oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming, and country life. Discover where your food comes from and a whole lot more!

    Madison Historical Society: Madison, Ohio

    Ten fascinating display rooms are devoted to depicting various aspects of Madison history.

    Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina ~ Mentor, Ohio

    450-acre award winning recreation area with extensive trail system and 1.5 miles of wild beach. Water trails, portage to Lake Erie plus hiking trails. Electric carts and bicycles available for free by reservation. Public marina with direct lake access.

    Mooreland Conference Center ~ Kirtland, Ohio

    93-year old former summer home of Cleveland railroad tycoon Edward W. Moore. Restored to a state-of-the art conference facility. Perfect setting for weddings with beautiful gardens and unique elegance.

    Newel K. Whitney Store, Museum & Visitor Center ~ Kirtland, Ohio

    This was home to Joseph Smith Jr., a key figure in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Jack Arra's Salon and Spa ~ Concord, Ohio

    Relax and rejuvenate at Jack Arra's Salon and Spa with signature services. Exceptional services provided by licensed and well-trained staff.