By Jennifer Gallus
HOWARD LAKE, MN - Getting a room with a view is an understatement for a new bed and breakfast that has just opened its doors on Dutch Lake in Howard Lake.
Floor to ceiling windows abound in the Dutch Lake Farm Guest House, which actually creates a virtual glass living room in the space.
Because the contemporary-designed guest house is lofted above a detached garage, expansive views of Dutch Lake, farm fields, and woods can be enjoyed from just about any angle within the room.
The view gets even better when the sun goes down and the stars come out. Stargazing from inside the over-sized windows is another perk patrons enjoy.
Privacy, which is oftentimes coveted by those seeking a break from reality, is another amenity the bed and breakfast offers.
The guest house is located on a dead-end private drive, and on 80 acres of privately owned land.
Those staying at the guest house enjoy a private entrance, private accommodations, private dock, and use of a canoe, fishing equipment, fire pit, hiking trails, cross country skiing trails, and snowshoeing trails. Snowshoes are provided for guests.
The trails that are open for exploration throughout the private land meander through prairie, fields, hardwood forest, Christmas tree growing fields, and even a creek.
Accommodations include the virtual glass living room, dinette with refrigerator and microwave, bedroom, and a full bathroom.
A hearty, homemade breakfast is complimentary each morning, and is served in the guest house at any time of the morning that the guests choose.
Owners Greg and Christie Wood already had two different parties stay at the guest house within the first 10 days that it was open.
One guest came mid-week who was an executive from Texas, and was visiting Dura Supreme in Howard Lake.
The other was a couple from Minneapolis celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The couple spent some time eating at local restaurants, snowshoeing, and antiquing in Buffalo. They enjoyed their stay so much that they already booked a summer stay, according to Christie.
Before guests come to stay at the bed and breakfast, Christie asks what their interests are, and acts as a concierge by making any kind of reservations the guests might request.
“I’ll make golf reservations or dinner reservations whatever their interests are,” Christie explained.
In addition, the Woods will shuttle guests who are biking enthusiasts to the Luce Line trail, or provide shuttle service to the Winsted Airport.
“We try to provide everything, including shampoo and conditioner, and those kind of essentials so that our guests can just pack up the minimum and come out,” Christie explained.
“Summer is our best time,” Greg said of the available recreational opportunities at the guest house that are attractive to just about anyone.
“The beauty of staying here,” Christie said, “is that we’re on a private space with 80 acres of trails, a private bay and dock and fishing boat. It’s a resort-type atmosphere like having the place to yourself.”
Because the guest house is not attached to the Woods’ house, it has its own air conditioning and furnace unit so that the room temperature can be customized to each couples’ comfort zone.
The bed and breakfast is licensed for up to two adults, and is perfect for those who come to the area to attend a wedding, class reunion, or visit relatives, in addition to those seeking some serenity.
For more information about the guest house, visit www.dutchlakeguesthouse.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (320) 543-2944.
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