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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Chicago’s Donut Shops

When I was growing up in a mid-size Midwest town, donut shops were where the old men hung out and drank coffee all day.  After years of dwindling popularity, donuts (doughnuts?) have made a comeback in a big way.  At some of Chicago’s donut shops, you’ll find a line of hipsters out the door, but don’t let that deter you! These are some of my favorite Chicago donut shops.

The Doughnut Vault

Doughnut Vault started in a tiny hole in the wall (literally) and has grown to include a 2nd location and a food truck! Doughnut Vault is a classic Chicago donut shop, with a small assortment of classic flavors plus one daily special announced on social media every morning. Doughnut Vault is a small-batch operation, so keep an eye out for social posts indicating that they’ve run out of doughnuts for the day. There is usually a line on weekends, so grab a friend and a cup of coffee to wait it out. (Bonus: I always bring my dog along as the Vault is in walking distance of my house – the inside only holds a line of about 3 people, so it’s never been an issue as there isn’t indoor seating)

Doughnut Vault

Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts

Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts is located in the Chicago French Market and also has a food truck. Beaver’s starts with made-before-your eyes mini donuts and you choose from sugar toppings (free) or signature toppings like S’mores, Strawberry Bella or Nutella Dream, which are $1 extra. A $2 Mini order gets you 4 donuts, a $4 Small comes with 9, a Medium is $6 for 15 donuts and a Large is $14 for 35. Beaver’s also serves Metropolis coffee, water juice and milkshakes! As with all food trucks, follow them on social to see where they’ll be and when.

Chicago Donut Shop - Beaver's


Firecakes has two Chicago locations, in River North and Lincoln Park. Like the Doughnut Vault, they are open until they sell out, which means you know you’re getting fresh doughnuts. They have about a dozen flavors on offer, from the classic glazed doughnuts to Coconut Cream, Red Velvet and Apple Fritters. They are not too far from the Doughnut Vault, so you could technically hit up both and have a taste test!

Firecakes Doughnuts

Glazed And Infused

Glazed and Infused has five Chicago locations, including a walk-up window (dog-friendly!) in River North. Glazed already earns points for their cheeky name from my favorite movie, Dazed and Confused, but their raised sugar doughnut was my favorite of all the doughnuts I sampled to write this post. The simple, sweet taste took me back to the 80’s, when I didn’t know what a carb or a cavity was. While fancy doughnuts can be fun, it’s the simplicity of a sugar or glazed doughnut that really makes me smile. These doughnuts are quite large, though, so they don’t leave much room for sampling multiple flavors.

Glazed & Infused

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan’s Donuts is an LA transplant, now with 6 Chicago locations plus 1 in Oakbrook.  While researching this post, I stopped by their Mag Mile location, tucked in the corner of Labriola cafe.  Pasta and donuts…shut up and take my money! Stan’s Donuts are what I think of as class donut shop donuts.  Sure, you can get some fancy flavors like Toffee Cake or Buttercream Bismarck, but their glazed donut is exactly what a glazed donut should taste like! Perfectly fluffy and sweet, with a sticky glaze that leaves you wanting more!

Chicago Donut Shop - Stan's

Are you a donut fan?  Of all the Chicago donut shops, what is your favorite?


Chicago Donut Shops

This post was written for the 30 Places 30 Days Local Travel Challenge, to encourage local travel, of which I am a huge fan!  Check out the Honeybee Coffee Shop in Knoxville here!

This post is also part of the Weekly Postcard. Click here to check out other posts this week!


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