Historic Lafayette Hotel – Marietta, Ohio

Visitors to Marietta, Ohio have a variety of lodging options to choose from.  The historic Lafayette Hotel stands out as a unique choice that is rich in history and character, with the best location for exploring the historic district of downtown Marietta.

Lafayette Hotel

Lafayette Hotel Location

The Lafayette Hotel sits at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. I had a lovely corner room with windows on two sides where I could see barges gliding past in the morning.

Lafayette Hotel

The hotel is at the end Greene Street, which is the heart of the historic district, where you’ll find many shops and restaurants. I was able to park my car (free parking!) and walk most places during my visit. I love walkable towns, and there is even a CVS within walking distance if you forgot something at home. The location makes this a great place to stay, especially during festival weekends. See if you can snag one of the rooms with a balcony!

Front Street

Lafayette Hotel History

Upon our arrival, we were given a tour by the manager, Sheila, who showed us many different rooms and gave us the history of the hotel. This site dates back to the Bellevue hotel in 1892, while the current building dates back to 1918. Here and elsewhere throughout the town, you will find flood markers showing the various historic floods in the region. As someone who grew up along the Mississippi River, I found this particularly interesting and am now wondering if my hometown has flood markers.

Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette has taken great measures to maintain a historical appearance, and one neat feature is the hidden safes built into the furniture. In my room, the antique desk hid two spots for valuables. In the photo below, you can see the decorative column piece slides out to show the hidden compartment. Without a tour from the manager, I definitely would not have found these secrets!

Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette would be of particular interest for ghost-hunters, as there are quite a few ghosts roaming the halls of this hotel. You can get all the details on a ghost trek with Hidden Marietta, who also runs an old-time photo shop in the ground floor of the hotel.

Everywhere you look, there is a piece of history with a story behind it.

Lafayette Hotel Phone Booths

Lafayette Hotel Amenities

The Lafayette Hotel is not a luxury hotel, but an affordable historic hotel. However, the rooms are surprisingly comfortable, given the age of the property. The hot water was instantly hot, great water pressure and nice bath amenities.

The hotel has two restaurants, the Gun Room and the Riverview Lounge. There’s also a very nice rooftop deck where you can take a drink from the bar to enjoy a relaxing summer evening overlooking Greene Street.

And last but not least, the Lafayette Hotel is dog-friendly! During my visit, Bailey stayed nearby at Boxer’s Beds and Biscuits but the front desk at the Lafayette Hotel assured me she would be welcome on our next trip, with no dog fees and no size restrictions!

Lafayette Hotel Rooftop

Stay tuned next week for details on all of the fun outdoor adventures I had while visiting Marietta, including hiking, biking and kayaking!


Lafayette Hotel Marietta I was a guest of Visit Marietta during this trip. These are solely my personal opinions & experiences and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Product Review: Ruffwear Palisades Pack

When it comes to outdoor adventure, being able to bring my dog along is always a plus!  Bailey’s first backpacking trip was an overnight winter trip in Wisconsin.  Carrying her bed, food and blanket in addition to my own heavy winter gear was just too much! After that trip, I decided to purchase the Ruffwear Palisades Pack for our outdoor adventures. I’ve always trusted the Ruffwear brand, as their products are high quality and well tested for outdoor adventure.  My favorite dog training guru, Cesar Millan, also recommends a pack for your dog as a way to tire them out.  (A tired dog is a happy dog!) To that end, I have used the pack for long city walks, too!

Outdoor Adventure Dog Backpack

The Palisades Pack comes with a separate harness to which the pack clips in.  It’s a good idea to start out with just the harness so your dog can get used to wearing this.  I’ve read of other dogs getting hot spots where the harness rubs.  This hasn’t been an issue for us, thankfully, but definitely something you need to watch out for.  There are plenty of straps you can adjust to get just the right fit.

The pack itself then attaches at 4 clips on the harness.

Outdoor Adventure Dog Pack

Each side has a large main pocket, plus small zippered pockets on the outside.  The smaller pocket is good for things like treats and poop bags.  There are also several lash points on the pack, which I’ve sometimes used to attach an extra blanket if we’re expecting low temps at night. Inside the pack, Ruffwear also includes two plastic water bladders.  These are awesome and eliminate the need to get out a water bowl at every stop.  I let Bailey drink from streams along the way, but it’s always important to have backup water on hand, as we learned from a very hot, dry hike in Colorado.

Outdoor Adventure Dog

The biggest issue with the pack, which I suspect is the case with any pack, is that it’s tricky to get the bags balanced out exactly even on both sides, especially as you use up water and food throughout the day.  You can see in this pic that the saddles leaning to the right. I have to fidget with them quite a bit when starting a hike until I get them just right.

Outdoor Dog Backpack

From what I’ve read online, a dog should not carry more than 10% of their body weight, and it’s very important to check with your vet, especially if you have a puppy as strenuous activity can affect development.

So, what’s in our pack?  Bailey carries her own food (pre-portioned into 1-quart Ziplock bags.)  Her food dish is a plastic Tupperware container with lid (the kind lunchmeat comes in) and she has a collapsible water dish. When we’re camping in bear country, I just string the pack up with my own food bag to hang from a tree.

So, even though my dog’s backpack actually cost more than my own,, it was money well spent as the quality is quite good and I think this will last us for many years of outdoor adventure.

Dog Backpack Review


What outdoor adventures does your dog join you on?

Note:  I paid full price for this pack and was not compensated for the review.

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