Bed and Breakfast Iowa

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The Mason House Bed & Breakfast Inn in historic Bentonsport, Iowa, is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Des Moines River. (Bentonsport is one of the Van Buren County villages that were among Iowa’s very first settlements.) The Mason House Inn is a fine bed and breakfast in the heart of the Midwest. Today, the tradition continues with your hosts, the Hansons. The Mason House was built in 1846 to serve steamboat travelers going from St. Louis to Des Moines. It was constructed by Mormon craftsmen who stayed in Bentonsport three years while making their famous trek to Utah. Travelers received quality hosting then, and that tradition continues today. In 1989 the inn underwent extensive refurbishing. This included remodeling an old railroad station and connecting it to the Mason House, providing for ground level accommodations with separate entrances, king size beds, and private baths. Guests are invited to use every room ~ and enjoy! In 2006, a caboose was added to the property and is now a Cottage. It has a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, a queen bed, a TV in the bedroom, and a private porch facing the river. Perfect for a romantic getaway! There’s a cookie jar in every room. Each of the nine guestrooms has a private bath with shower. Full Country Breakfast at the hour of your choice is served in the Main House dining room. Private Romantic Cottage Available. Murder Mystery Weekends. Ghost hunting classes. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Owners have cats on the premises. Special dietary concerns can be accommodated, please mention at the time you make your reservation. There are many antique and craft shops near the inn. The village has a variety of both, including a pottery and blacksmith shop. Shops in Bentonsport are open April through November. Chuck and Joy will be glad to direct you to other activities within an hour’s drive. The wild night-life in Bentonsport consists mainly of owls, bald eagles, and frogs, along the lazy Des Moines River. However, the Hansons would be happy to recommend several nice restaurants within a few miles. The Mason House is excellent for small retreats, family reunions and business seminars (24 maximum). Come see us at the Mason House Inn, the oldest steamboat hotel on the Des Moines River.

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**Just a quick note regarding Covid-19. Being immaculately clean is nothing new to us. We continue to do so with even more focus on common touch points so you'll probably see us disinfecting railings, doorknobs, light switches, etc. more than normal. Additionally, being such a large house, we're able to accommodate social distancing when necessary. For meals and evening drinks, we'll be able to space people throughout the parlor, the dining room, the library, the screened in porch, and we're even happy to offer in-room breakfast if that makes you feel more comfortable! Lastly, out of consideration for our guests, you'll see us wearing masks while preparing/serving food and drinks, as well as when interactions prohibit us from maintaining the recommended personal distance. Being a big house in a small town surrounded by loads of outdoor activities and no crowds, Aldrich Guest House and Galena are a perfect pairing for you to relax and take a breath of fresh air. Let us be your happy place!** So you’ve been searching around for some lodging in Galena.  You’ve checked out hotels, motels, AirBNBs, and traditional B&Bs.  You’ve looked at websites and photos, you’ve read reviews, and compared prices.   Here you are.  On our listing, thinking about making us part of your visit to Galena.  Well, we’re flattered and thrilled to have you here! Allow us to introduce ourselves. Aldrich Guest House was built in 1845 and has been a bed and breakfast since 1984.  Abraham Lincoln hung out here in 1856. Ulysses Grant came to dinner quite often in the late 1800s. Between the two of us, we’ve been in hospitality for over half a century.  We’ve won awards for our home cooked breakfasts, our gardens, and our service. You work hard in real life.  Work, family, volunteering. Come stay with us and relax in an unpretentious, laid-back environment.  Be yourself and let your guard down. Enjoy tasty food that you don’t have to make yourself. Have drinks on us every evening.  Make us your homebase for exploring outdoor activities, shopping, or the history Galena is so well-known for. Let us take care of you. We could tell you that Aldrich Guest House is the best place to stay in Galena.  We could use all the typical worn out and empty words and phrases that you see on every B&B website…”we’re luxurious”, “we’re elegant”, “we’re the best”, “cozy”, “charming”.  Instead, we think you should just come and experience us yourself. Afterall - if you have to say that you’re cool, you probably aren’t.   Come relax with us.

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Jail Hill Inn offers gracious lodging for a perfect getaway. A true gem, the inn delivers the ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations, and location. Tucked away, yet close enough to walk to Galena’s historic Main Street, the 135-year-old, 4-story brick building (which served as the county jail for nearly 100 years) has been lovingly transformed into Galena’s premier bed and breakfast inn by innkeeper Matthew Carroll. Each of the inn’s six uniquely appointed, luxurious three-room suites is an impressive 800-square feet and offers the finest of amenities. Every detail is attended to with genuine care ensuring Jail Hill Inn guests experience a getaway that exceeds expectations. Guests looking for ultimate pampering should consider scheduling a fully-customized, in-room massage. In an instant, your suite will transform into a tranquil spa escape. Every Jail Hill Inn guest has access to enjoy the inn’s first-floor lounge area, a ground level courtyard, and an expansive third level deck, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped yard. All common areas are ideal for sipping a glass of wine, gathering with friends, enjoying a morning coffee and relaxing during the nightly wine and cheese reception. In 2019, Jail Hill Inn was recognized as the #1 B&B/Inn in the USA (and #2 in the World) with a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® award! This incredible distinction reflects the impeccable hospitality and attention to detail every guest experiences at Jail Hill Inn.

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Garth Woodside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn is located in the charmed town, often hailed as "America's Hometown", Hannibal, Missouri. Here you will be treated as friends while you enjoy romantic surroundings and attention to detail. The inn offers large smoke-free guest rooms and suites in the mansion, each elegantly appointed with Victorian antiques, all with a private bath. Each room has a hypo-allergenic feather-bed. We have carefully selected fabrics, materials, and textures to blend with one of the finest 19th century furniture collections in the Midwest. Charming amenities include custom made bath soaps of bayberry and unscented oatmeal. In such peaceful surroundings, 20th century troubles seem to float away. The 40 acre estate also features 3 cottages, each in a private building. You will find the mansion a place to slow down, where you will experience a time when life held more journeys and less destination. This private, Victorian estate is nestled on 36 acres of Rolling Meadows, tall woodlands, and flowered gardens. A must stop, the inn focuses on the warmth and simple beauty provided by nature. Days can be spent on the veranda admiring the flight of a hummingbird. Or walk the grounds; curl up with a book by the pond, or sit on the balcony catching a cool breeze. The inn has captured the spirit of adventure with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher, and Mark Twain's stories about life on the Mississippi River. So come see why it has been called the finest lodging in Hannibal and one of the "Top Ten Inns" in the Midwest. "I spent many nights with John and Helen Garth in their spacious, beautiful home," Mark Twain wrote to his wife, Olivia, in 1882. "We started getting ready for your visit over 100 years ago"...

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The ultimate B & B for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn is a historic 1854 bed & breakfast in lovely Sheffield, Illinois. We have 4 charming guestrooms, all with private baths and satellite TV. Each day certified culinary professional Chef Monika serves up a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast to match your dietary needs. Please inquire about special prix-fixe dinners and cooking classes. Local activities include historical sites, wineries, and fishing. We are within two hours of downtown Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, and Rockford. COVID-19 Update- We wanted to keep you all posted as to the state of our business as of now. It is our intention to reopen as a bed and breakfast serving dinners to inn guests only first before we reopen to outside reservations. We are following both the CDC guidelines, local and state public health guidelines and the information coming out daily from the governor regarding current infection rates and projections. Our primary focus is to insure that we can provide the same high quality personalized hospitality in the safest environment possible. While we cannot give an exact date for reopening, here are some things we are implementing for guest safety: 1) 2 night minimum stays with 48 hours between overnights so that each room can be thoroughly sanitized. 2) Masks must be worn in public areas where guests cannot maintain a 6 foot distance to other guests. 3) Breakfasts/dinners will be served to guests at staggered tables that are more that 6 feet apart. 4) Innkeepers will wear masks and gloves when serving guests and preparing food. 5) Innkeepers will wear masks and gloves when cleaning rooms. 6) Common areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected. 7) Automatic hand sanitizer stations will be installed on both floors. 8)Baked goods will be individually wrapped and served to each room. 9) We will bring back individual single use bottled water. 10) Coffee will be offered per room rather than communally. 11) Decorative pillows will be removed from rooms. 12) Amenities will be limited to 1 per room, additional can be requested as needed. Examples: Soap, shampoos, toilet paper. 13) Additional towels and robes will be available by request. 14) No room service during your stay. 15) Innkeepers will be available via text for any needs throughout your stay. As more information becomes available we will update these guidelines and our projected reopen date. In the meantime, you can continue supporting us by Subscribing to our You Tube channel, sharing our videos with friends, purchasing retail items like mugs and water bottles, purchasing gift certificates and purchasing cookbooks which are available via our website Thank you all for your patience during this crazy time. We know everyone is getting antsy to get back to some semblance of normalcy. So are we. But not at the expense of anyone’s health and safety. Sending you all our love and encouragement. We will see you all as soon as possible.

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Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Iowa

Iowa has some fantastic & historic b&b’s that have welcomed in visitors from across the United States for years, and beckoned folks to come enjoy one of the lesser talked about states in the country.

From Dubuque along the Mississippi River to Des Moines, Iowa has more than enough to keep you entertained and even delight you as  you come visit the state. Delicious food, craft breweries, hiking  trails, and even nightlife and entertainment can all be found in Iowa.

Have you heard about the Amana? Registered as a National Historic Landmark, the seven Amana Colonies were completely self-sufficient up until 1932, with their own  language and systems that allowed them to thrive. Definitely worth  checking out on your visit!

When it comes to a Bed and Breakfast Iowa style, expect a hearty breakfast in a historic farm house, or a cozy getaway in a victorian. Besides exploring the main cities (Des Moines), check out other gems like Iowa City or Elkader. These slices of pure Americana are worth seeing to get a glimpse of what simpler times were like.

Check out the Queen Anne b&b near Ames, Iowa, for a perfect example of something you might stay in on your visit to the Hawkeye State.

    Natural Features

  • Iowa has a picturesque and beautiful landscape complete with rolling hills,  rustic farms, and plentiful prairies throughout the state.

    The Mississippi River makes up the entire eastern border of the state, and contains tons of towns and cities along its berth.

    The soil is rich and one of the reasons that Iowa is one of the largest powerhouse farming states across America. As  you’re driving through the Hawkeye State, you’ll see countless farms  along the way. In fact, rumour has it that there are more cattle than  people in Iowa!

  • Things to do

  • There are tons of things to do in Iowa, and many of the coolest little towns are nestled along the Mississippi River. Like Bellevue or Sabula for instance. Sabula happens to be the only island city in the whole of Iowa!

    The  state has tons of great eateries and breweries if you’re into that sort  of thing, as well as loads of history & sightseeing. The Native  American history by itself is worth discovering.

    Okoboji is a lake destination in Iowa, located in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Rent a boat and have a day out on the water with  your pals! There’s even a mini-amusement park located right along the  lake!

  • History

  • Iowa’s history is deeply integrated with that of the Native Americans, who lived in Iowa for much of the 18th century and 19th century, until it became a part of the United States of America following the Louisiana Purchase. Iowa supplied a large number of men to fight in the American Civil War.

    Primarily known as an agricultural state by those outside of the Midwest, Iowa has since become a more balanced and modern state with manufacturing,  finance, and other assorted industries popping up over the years.

    Iowa is still evolving and continues to be a fascinating case study of a  traditional rural & farm heavy state morphing into a “modern state”.

  • Activities

  • As far as activities, the Amana Colonies should surely be near the top of your list. These fascinating  colonies were entirely self sufficient for 80 years, and had their own  customs, culture, language, and traditions. Not to mention their own  economy! The Great Depression put in an end to their self sufficiency,  but the pure ingenuity of these settlers is worth learning about.

    If you’re bringing family on your vacation, visit Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa. All that Iowa space has allowed the Park to build some of the fastest and most  exhilarating roller coasters in the Midwest on 180 acres of land.

    Maquoketa Caves State Park or Pikes Peak State Park are awesome choices if you’re looking to explore and get some fresh air.

    Into Politics? Iowa is always in the national spotlight when it comes to elections due to  the first in the nation caucasus that shape the political picture for  America as a whole.

  • Weather

  • Iowa’ got a classic “four season climate”  with some really cold winters, and warm summers. It doesn’t snow as  much as you might expect but be sure to bring layers and a snow jacket  just in case. Layering is always the advice when it comes to  unpredictable winters like Iowa has.

    The  Hawkeye State does get some heavy rainfall in the summer, most notably  in 2008 when they had disastrous flooding that wrecked much of the  state.

    When packing make sure you have a rain jacket or two if  you’re planning on coming in the summer. Besides that, typical summer  outfits will do the trick!

  • Food and Drink

  • Iowa’s  unique farmland history makes it a delicious place to dine, which  should be another nudge that you’re picking a great place for your  b&b getaway. Food Network has this incredible graphic showing some of the best Iowa eats & dishes.

    Since Iowa produces the most pork in the country, dishes like Breaded Pork Sandwiches are absolutely to die for. You can’t leave Iowa without having a Maid-Rite Sandwich, an Iowa invention. Savory ground beef topped with mustard, ketchup, onion, and can’t beat it and you’ve got to try it.

    The local beer scene is extremely strong and the cream of the crop in Iowa is Toppling Goliath brewery in Decorah. Folks come from and wide from across the United States to try rare releases or small batch taste tests.

    Eating and drinking are more than good in Iowa. They’re great.

Bed and Breakfast Iowa FAQ

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  • What Are the Different Types of B&Bs in Iowa?

    If you’re looking for a romantic bed and breakfast Iowa style, there are tons of good options to ensure your vacation is a roaring success.

    Zuber’s Homestead Hotel is located in one of the seven historic villages of the Amana Colonies. 15 richly appointed guest rooms to kick back, relax, and enjoy the full breakfast on offer at this gem.

    Another one of the best Iowa bed and breakfast options is Die Heimat Country Inn.  Set in a former stagecoach stop from the 19th century, the Inn provides  old world charm combined with cutting edge amenities like free wifi, a fireplace in your room, and a spacious parking lot to slide in & out of.

    Here we want to cover the different types of B&Bs available and focus on hitting key search terms for specific queries.

    We  can base this section on total reviews for the search query “best”. If  there is a Diamond Collection Member in the destination that you are  writing about include those properties first.  If there are no Diamond  Members then start with the properties that are listed first on the page  and go down from there.  The reason for this is that the properties  that are listed first pay the most:

  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Iowa?

    Iowa might not be the flashiest name in the galaxy when it comes to staying  at a bed & breakfast, but isn’t life about exploring outside the  beaten path? You’ll be charmed when you come to Iowa, and pair that with incredible modern amenities and you’ve got a winning combination.

    Imagine your own romantic getaway, nestled in a secluded and private victorian home as you soak in the rural beauty of Iowa.

    From Des Moines to Cedar Rapids, there are definitely some great hidden treasures to check out in the Hawkeye State.

    When it comes to weekend getaways, Iowa maybe isn’t the first idea that comes to mind. But check out a historic inn or a beautiful victorian bed and breakfast, and you’ll see why folks love relaxing in Iowa. Innkeepers welcome in guests from across the United States, and b&b’s in Des Moines are walking distance to buzzing breweries, pristine trails for biking or walking, and so much more!

    Make a historic inn your own little hideaway for a weekend.

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  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking an Iowa B&B?

    Iowa has all of the modern amenities you crave paired with a down to earth sense of self, a vibe the Midwest is famous for.

    A full breakfast goes without saying at an Iowa bed and breakfast.  Delicious homecooked meals featuring pancakes, eggs benedict, and other  hearty favorites is usually a staple of these Hawkeye joints.

    Guests rooms feature wifi, private baths, a whirlpool bath, and super comfy beds you’d expect at a top tier hotel. Even if you’re staying in a guesthouse, expect your host to make sure your stay is nothing less than exceptional.

    Some properties even feature a full kitchen, jacuzzi and an outdoor fire pit for when it gets a little bit chilly outside!

  • How can I get around Iowa?

    If you’re traveling around Iowa you’re definitely going to want a car. Even though Iowa isn’t a large state by any means, the relatively small population means  that mass transportation infrastructure isn’t needed, so rent that car!

    Des Moines is where the main airport in Iowa is located, and is a convenient distance away from other midwestern cities, and huge hubs like Chicago.

    Cedar Rapids also has an airport serving eastern Iowa, although it’s much smaller and only has regional flights coming through.