There’s a few reasons why folks love to visit Grove city, Pennsylvania: the Grove City Premium Outlet Mall, the proximity to Grove City College, and the quaint city vibe Olde Town Grove City provides. The Kid and I had a completely different reason: Terra Nova House B&B. The family-like atmosphere coupled with an amazingly delicious visit makes this lodging option a shining star on the top of its location in Mercer County.
Terra Nova House: A Brief History
Here’s what’s very prevalent on the official website: “The Terra Nova House Bed & Breakfast is known for its elegant Victorian charm, its amenities and its hospitable innkeepers.”
Here’s my take: it’s completely true.
Owners and Innkeepers, Ryan & Molly Mercer, fell in love with the B&B concept after visiting one soon after their wedding. With a plan of running one when they retired from their day jobs, they fast-tracked their dream in 2011 when, through a series of events, they realized it was perfect timing. The laid-back, Victorian theme is very prevalent throughout the space but it’s here we quickly learned that Victorian doesn’t translate to stuffy all of the time.
They happily accept “well-behaved” children over eight years of age to stay (there’s plenty of homey touches and nick knacks that I’m sure they’d like to keep in one piece as well as three stories of stairs to climb!) and The Kid and I jumped at the chance to visit a child-friendly bed and breakfast.
Terra Nova House has six individually themed guest rooms and, as we took a quick tour around the property before the other guests arrived, we both had our favorite spaces. The Kid? She loved the North Atlantic Suite with its nautical vibe. I couldn’t decide which was my favorite, the English Rose Suite or The Lodge. If you’re visiting the area compliments of checking out Grove City College and need a little more space, The Collegiate Suite will be right up your alley. The space was made for families of three to four and offers two sleeping areas.
As luck would have it, we were given The English Rose for our night’s stay and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Soft and girly, the suite had antique furnishings, a large king bed (with a roll away in the closet), and a large bathroom with stand alone shower.
The B&B hooked us up with cable tele and Netflix (we watched Bob Ross- The Kid loves painting tutorials!) and a pretty view from our two-windowed suite. Really good free wifi (password protected!) allowed me to get some work done in bed, and both of us happily drifted off into a good night’s sleep.
Terra Nova House does breakfast a little differently than other B&Bs. A couple of days before our visit I received an email with breakfast selections to choose from. I kind of dig that idea, actually. It gave us yet another thing to look forward to during our visit and they were fabulous! Breakfast is served in the main floor Common Area’s dining room.
Filled with pretty, round tables, and good lighting, the B&B has varied time options to choose from depending on peak season, etc.
The Kid has a morning sweet tooth so I ordered her the popular Baked French Toast Casserole. Oven baked and topped with the fruit of her choosing (that morning it was peaches), it had a delicious dollop of whipped cream on the top, a side of bacon, and an English muffin. I loved the fact that we could order almond milk instead of traditional milk as well.
As for me, there’s nothing like a good quiche to start the day so I was happily pleased to find a Bacon and Potato Quiche on our morning’s menu. The crustless dish was filled with teeny pieces of potato, bacon, and cheddar cheese.
If you’re not a big eater in the morning you can ask for a small portion with no problem. Honestly, we should have because the portions are massive, but I’m sure we could have asked for a doggie bag. Not a breakfast eater at all? Let them know and you’ll get 20% off your stay.
If you’ve never heard of Grove City you’re probably thinking not much, but in fact the statement couldn’t be any farther from the truth. There’s plenty of shopping, amazing mom and pop restaurants, and fun, outdoorsy offerings:
Grove City Premium Outlet- 5 miles
Western Pennsylvania Amish Tours- 14 miles
McConnells Mill State Park- 20 miles
Olde Town Grove City- 0.4 miles
Sharon, PA- 28 miles
In a Nutshell
The Kid and I had a fabulous visit to Terra Nova House. The Innkeepers were so jovial and friendly that it felt like visiting an old friend – and I’m sure that’s exactly how they want guests to feel. Breakfast was delicious and filling and our suite was impeccable. I’d happily choose this lodging destination over a chain hotel any day of the week when visiting Grove City.
Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Terra Nova House to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes it so amazing for visitors to Grove City. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions and photos are my own!