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Portage House Bed & Breakfast

The Portage House, in Akron, Ohio, is a casual and comfortable bed & breakfast, opened in 1982 by Jeanne and Harry Pinnick whose goal was to provide affordable accommodations to traveler’s, particularly families. As such, it is a child friendly and pet friendly bed and breakfast. The Portage House is now operated by Jeanne and Harry’s daughter, Carol Pinnick, who resides in the third floor apartment.

About the area:
The Portage House is in a park-like setting near downtown Akron, the original prestigious area of the city. It is a large, gracious Tudor-style home built in 1918 on a half-acre of land originally a part of the Simon Perkins farm, the founding family of Akron. At the corner of the block, the original homes and stone wall of the Perkins family still stand, The Perkins Mansion and The John Brown Home are both maintained by the Summit County Historical Society whose offices are located on the site. The homes are open for daily tours. Even before the founding of Akron in 1825, this area was of historical significance--from time immemorial it was the portage route between the two river systems, the Cuyahoga River emptying into the Great Lakes to the north and the Tuscarawas River flowing south to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Also, in 1785 it was the western boundary of the United States which is noted with an appropriate plaque on the Perkins stone wall.

About the house:
Guests at the Portage House have available to them on the second floor, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A large living room on the first floor is a quiet place to relax, read, and visit or watch TV. Breakfast is served in the formal dining room, or, more casually, at the large center island in the modernized kitchen.

What's Cooking:
Guests at the Portage House are served a full breakfast every morning. Good down-home cooking features eggs, bacon and toast or for the sweet tooth there is pancakes with homemade fruit syrup and bacon. For the more health conscious individual: bagels, cream cheese and juice are always available. Coffee, tea and juice flow freely! We always try to accommodate our guests dietary needs.

Nearby and area attractions:
Blossom Music Center (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra), Stan Hywet Hall, Inventors Hall of Fame, Hale Farm and Village, Cuyahoga Valley NationalPark, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, and the NFL Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The University of Akron is nearby in downtown Akron, as is the Quaker Square complex, where a variety of fine shops and eateries are available.

Contact Details

Address: 601 Copley Rd.
Akron, OH 44320
Telephone (330)535-1952

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This page was last updated: 15 December 2014

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