Ardmore, OK, Shiloh Morning Inn

Winner of the Redbud Merit Award for the Outstanding New Attraction, 2001. The Redbuds are the highest awards given by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. No other Bed & Breakfast has ever won a Redbud Award.

Bed-and-Breakfast Has Farm Charm
July 4, 1999
Kendra Fox
ARDMORE - On a rise overlooking 72 acres of trees, meadows, ponds and streams is the new Shiloh Morning Inn. With its wide porches, crown molding, vegetable garden and orchard, it has the charm of an old farmhouse. Designed by Bob and Linda Humphrey using years of research and advice from innkeepers nationwide, it has the comfort and convenience of a hotel.

The kitchen is stocked with commercial appliances. The Humphreys bought a dough sheeter to make Danishes and croissants.

"It will make a melt-in-your-mouth crust," Linda Humphrey said.

Besides pastries, they will serve European-style bread that she mastered in bread-baking school. Connected to the kitchen is a greenhouse where fresh herbs are accessible year-round. Breakfast comes with the room, but the Humphreys hope to make other meals available in about a year.

Ardmore B&B: The years of research and months of construction have been worth the wait for Bob and Linda Humphrey. The Shiloh Morning Inn in Ardmore is both charming and modern.

All of the rooms have king-sized beds, mini refrigerators, fireplaces, individual central heat and air and hot tubs. The rooms also have a seating area and a private balcony or porch. The house has more than 2,000 square feet of balcony and porch space

The decor of each room, however, offers guests something different. The Sweet Memories suite is decorated with cottage-style furniture and a king-sized quilt made by Linda's grandmother. It is the wheelchair accessible room on the ground floor.

The Butterfly suite is decorated with vases brought back from Hong Kong by Linda's mother, and an Oriental screen serves as the headboard.

The 6,600-square-foot main house will open on July 17, but the two cottages are ready for guests.

"We actually opened one cottage earlier than we planned," she said. "A man begged us to let him stay here for his honeymoon. They could only be away for one night, so we rushed to have the Bluebird Cottage finished."

The Shiloh Morning Inn is the couple's first bed and breakfast, but they have been in the hospitality business for years.

"We were called the Humphrey Hilton because a visiting preacher or politician always stayed with us. That's what happens when you live in a town with 3,500 people and no lodging. Eventually we had our house remodeled to accommodate guests," she said.