Best Down-Homey Hosts

Kevin & Renee Buck

Live Oak Inn owners Kevin and Renee Buck (and their Simpsons look-alike dog Molly Brown) live in a veritable, old mansion but exude a hospitality that's downright homey. Opened last September, Live Oak Inn, with six rooms, has already seen more than 1,000 guests. Internet advertising has brought them guests from as far away as Tokyo, and recently a British film crew doing a documentary for BBC on human sexuality were guests. Hell, with guests like that, you've got to wonder precisely what it is the Bucks bring to the table to interest and charm their guests, but our sources tell us they have that role down pat.

211 W. Live Oak, 447-8873

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