Ahoy! Enjoying The Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast

Sometimes, you go somewhere and it turns out to be so wonderful that you want to share it with everyone you know.  Our stay at the the Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio was one of those times!

We had wanted to go up to Michigan for a week. However, some circumstances forced us to wait. Except, I didn’t want to forgo vacation entirely. I had to get out of town!

I also had to have a beach!


This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. These payments help reduce costs of running this site. I appreciate you visiting today. This is not a sponsored post. I just really loved the Captain Bell House Bed & Breakfast!

The Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio

The Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio

Vermilion to the rescue

I’d visited Vermilion before, but only for a half a day or so. I knew there were bed and breakfasts. I knew there was a decent looking beach. It took me a bit of searching to find accommodations in Vermilion. Since pickings were slim for the time I wanted to go, I didn’t expect the Captain Bell House to have a vacancy, but they did! I booked one night in the cottage.


The dining room of the Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio.

But I was getting antsy. I woke up on the morning of July 5th, the day before we planned to leave and decided that I wanted to leave today (a luxury of driving). I called the innkeeper and asked if he would happen to have a room available for that evening.

The Captain Bell House in Vermilion, Ohio Comes Through

The Innkeeper told me that the cottage wasn’t available, but we could stay in the Sunshine Room. It only had a queen size bed, but there were options to fit our family. In fact, a family of four had stayed there over the weekend. He doesn’t have roll-away beds, but he could provide a sleeping bag to sleep on top of and mentioned the carpet in the room is pretty cushy (spoiler: it was very cushy).

The website has check in time listed as 4 pm. Phil had asked our time of arrival and said the room would be ready. We arrived at 3 pm and it was available! Phil was outside watering the flowers when we arrived and said, “You must be Natalie and family.” He told us we could go on inside and he would meet us in the parlor.

View at the end of the street.

View at the end of the street.

My first impression

The Captain Bell House is an inviting yellow house, built in the late 1800s. We stepped into the house’s gorgeous dining room and I about died. My mouth dropped open in awe and I tried to contain my excitement. Directly in front of us was a beautiful and large wooden table and dining chairs. To the right, grand old arched doors. Across the room, there were two openings. One led to the parlor and the other to the foyer. The foyer is painted a deep, majestic maroon and probably one of my favorite wall colors of all time. The parlor was a simple and clean affair being a pleasing blue. The ceilings are at least 10′ high and I was in heaven. Old houses have charm and character. I love them.

The arched doors at the Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio

Those doors! *swoon*

I’m really glad we ended up having the opportunity to see two out of the three rooms available at the B&B. The first room, called The Sunshine Room, opened from the communal kitchen into the room’s private bathroom. Old houses, huh? Head through the bathroom to the room itself and it was exactly as warm and bright as you’d expect of the name. The bed is up against the other side of gorgeous arched doors you can see when you enter the house. In addition, the room has a door to the outside.

Sleeping on Heaven

The beds here are to-die-for. They are so soft and comfortable. My kids ended up sleeping on the floor (they begged). And after a few hours at the beach and then walking around Vermilion, they slept. All night. Which never happens on vacation. Oh, and they slept until almost 7:30 am. 7:30 am, people!! I didn’t believe that could happen to me. Okay, so it happened when we visited Wisconsin. The difference this time is that no one woke up screaming in the middle of the night.


This is the cottage bell. The cottage is a standalone part of the Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio.

About the Cottage

The cottage is larger and separate from the main house. In fact, I booked it originally because we are loud. We get up early and we are loud then, too. It has a couch in addition to the queen size bed. The air conditioning in the cottage also works really well.

It was the little things that made this stay so special. There was coffee and cream available in both rooms (the Sunshine room was right off the “shared” kitchen, but all the other rooms have kitchenettes so it seemed quite private). It was delicious coffee, folks!

There were also donuts and muffins available each morning. Those aren’t for those with celiac. However, they are definitely awesome for everyone else! In addition, there was cold bottled water and gingersnaps available in both rooms.

The breakfast part of this B&B are coupons provided to use down the street at Granny Joe’s. When Natalie’s cooking, the food is awesome!

One of Phil's beautiful flowers.

One of Phil’s beautiful flowers.

Second Day

After breakfast on our second day, we changed for the beach. It was check-out time, so I called Phil to ask him what he wanted us to do. I expected to have to put our luggage in the car, check out, and come back later to check back in. He told us to leave our luggage in the room and that he’d let us know when the cottage was ready.

We headed headed to the beach. When we returned, Phil had moved our luggage from the Sunshine Room to the Cottage. It was great service! Additionally, Phil checked in with us when he’d see us around. He was on top of everything.

The second sunset, after rain.

The second sunset, after rain.

Ideal Location

The location was ideal for us, as it was a few blocks from Lake Erie. You can see the Lake from the parking lot of the Captain Bell House. The Main Street Beach is 4 or so blocks away. It is certainly within walking distance. We didn’t explore the shops on Main Street this trip, but there are some great ones there and on Liberty Ave.

If you want a quaint little beach town where people are friendly and also stay at a lovely place,  choose The Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast in Vermilion, Ohio.

Disclaimer:as I had no plan to review the B&B, the proprietor of The Captain Bell House had no idea I was a blogger. I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are mine and stories are recreated to the best of my memory. Also, this post contains some affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. These payments help reduce costs of running this site. I appreciate you visiting and supporting this blog today!

PS – Light Stax are some of our favorite toys, even for road trips! Like legos, you can build with them. Unlike legos, Light Stax light up and blink! They are also sturdy and have lasted a long time, even with lots of use.

2 thoughts on “Ahoy! Enjoying The Captain Bell House Bed and Breakfast

    • natalie says:

      Thanks, Alaina! My parents have been visiting there for years, but only for day trips. My sister just went over the weekend and loved it, too. It *is* a hidden gem. It has some touristy stuff, but mostly, it’s a small town. That means it isn’t overrun with crowds (except on weekends, perhaps).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.