My wife and I came here for a short vacation. As I write this, we're preparing to check out tomorrow. Darn! We hate to leave. The owners, Robert and Deb Benada have been incredible. The inn is in a beautiful 1853 farmhouse. Robert and Deb raise much of their food and the things used in their breakfasts. Breakfast yesterday was like a thin frittata with asparagus from their garden and chopped onions. It began with a yogurt and granola parfait, both of which were made there by Robert and Deb. The yogurt was raspberry flavored, again with fruit from their gardens. This morning it was the same parfait but with blueberry yogurt. Again, made right there using blueberries from a nearby farm. The eggs were from a farm about 6 miles away. Breakfasts included toast from their homemade bread. They use organic, fair trade coffee. Most of the food is homemade, home grown, fair trade and/or organic. Can't do much better than that.
The land has a labyrinth. It's a mowed path in a field planted with prairie grasses and windflowers. I took several walks along the path. Very relaxing and rejuvenating.
The inn is located in an unincorporated area called Rural. It's a tiny, easily walkable little village with many historic homes. The country graveyard was close by, so we walked over and saw many graves dating back to the 19th century.
Sue and I loved every minute of the trip and the good company of Robert and Deb. We hate to leave, but we have every intention of returning and enjoying more of this area. There are many beautiful lakes around, and I want to canoe or kayak in them when we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 1853 farmstead in the historic village of Rural on the Crystal River is a welcoming place for all to feel at home. The setting fosters rest and refreshment of body, mind and spirit! Travel Green Wisconsin Certified. Wild Ones, Audubon, National Wildlife Federation members. Full breakfast with Southern touch; wildlife/bird habitat; grass labyrinth; foot paths; bicycle friendly. Cabins for families. Wisconsin government rate. ... more less