Hey there folks! We’re Jan and Bob, owners and operators of The Country Inn Bed and Breakfast. Some folks have been asking us how it is we got where we are and seem to think others might enjoy reading our story. One doesn’t just come to own a place like this by chance! It all starts among this endless forest of pines and birches that we live in. It ends here too, but you already knew that.
We were both born and raised in the back country of the great state of Minnesota. In the summers, we canoed rivers and ran wildly through the woods. In the winter, we huddled with our family over hand made fires and enjoyed the close company of our friends and family. We were inside often to hide from the vigilant cold. Though we’ve been married for 37 years now, we’ve known each other most of our lives.
We met in grade school at a small, public school about 10 miles south for children from other nearby rural communities. We were high school sweethearts and got married after high school. We moved to St. Paul together to get college degrees, but we found there, that we didn’t like the city too much. We lived in the suburbs and started a family. We never forgot those beautiful days we experienced in our youth.
Once our children grew up and moved away, we couldn’t shake the feeling that perhaps we should go back to that life. We began spending our weekends in the country. Often on these weekend ventures, we would dream of leaving our life and coming to live between those magnificent trees and trickling creeks.
One weekend, we stumbled across an old, but beautiful Victorian style home with a battered “For Sale” sign in front. Right then and there our crazy idea was born. What if we could buy that old house and move out here? This house could be our project. But, of course, this dream was nearly killed on the spot, we weren’t made of money.
But a month later, sitting at dinner one night, discouraged with suburban and city life, we brought the idea up again, and this time, we came up with a plan.
We both loved the country and didn’t particularly care for the city. With our children out of the house, there wasn’t much of a need for us to live there. We could start a business in the country, and just maybe, we could even get that sweet Victorian home to be a part of it.
We inquired about the price and discovered that if we sold our home in the suburbs and our car for the city we could afford to buy the home and the 2 acres it sits on and pay to fix her up a bit and turn her into a little business for travelers. We wanted to share with them this beautiful place that we love and couldn’t be parted from.
Now, we enjoy a quiet life with our travelers. We eat meals and clean the house. We give tours of the area and go on hikes with these new friends that stay with us.
In the past several years, lifelong friendships have been forged over the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. It’s been calling to us for all our lives. Does it call to you too?