When Melissa Weisfelder needs to escape the heavy demands of her schedule as a mother of three and a pharmacist, she and her husband Phil, a doctor, head east.

More than once a year, the couple goes to Murphin Ridge Inn in West Union, Ohio "” Amish country.

Owned by Sherry and Darryl McKenney, Murphin Ridge Inn is the perfect getaway. The inn sits on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breathtaking vistas of the Appalachian foothills. Whether it's sipping a glass of wine at the fire pit, playing Scrabble in the dining room with a freshly brewed pot of coffee or enjoying the whirlpools in the cabins, Murphin Ridge offers relaxation in a beautiful setting surrounded by nature.

After a neighbor recommended Murphin Ridge nearly 10 years ago, the Weisfelders have returned 15-20 times. That's just how good it is.

"It's a bed-and-breakfast, but it is an emotional retreat too," Weisfelder says. "It's beautiful there; the service is really great, and they have amazing food."

The chefs are known for preparing delicious meals with local and organic foods, and the menus change with the season. Wonderfully large breakfasts include their famous "Foggy Bottom" pancakes and cream biscuits with sausage gravy. Dinners include soups, salads with homemade dressing, and a main dish prepared to your liking whether it's chicken, beef, fish or a vegetarian option. There is an extensive selection of wine and beer. And while the inn doesn't serve lunch, guests can ask for a special packed lunch to take with them on a mid-afternoon hike.

Wedding Destination

For Leslie Corman and Steve Schneuer, the food was just one reason to choose Murphin Ridge for their outdoor wedding. The big reason? Schneuer popped the question at Murphin on a previous Christmas Eve.

"When we were thinking about places to get married, it was just an obvious choice," Corman says. "Everything was easy for me, and the innkeepers were extremely helpful with planning."

In addition to the ceremony, the couple hosted their dinner reception at the inn, and many guests stayed overnight.

"It couldn't have been more perfect," she says.

The couple has returned to Murphin Ridge twice a year since 2004. "We live about an hour away, but when we get there we feel a million hours away," says Corman. "It's an opportunity for disconnect from the rest of the world, and we feel like young lovers again."

Weisfelder agrees that the peace and quiet is what makes it such an attractive getaway for couples. "You can let all your stresses go, and you know you're going to be taken care of," she says. "It's nice because it really sets the mood - because you can let go and really focus on each other." â–