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6/8/12

What happens to an old apple orchard?

I am Kathleen Burk, owner of the River Road Inn, Stockholm.  Before owning the Inn, I founded  ghl designs, graceful harmonious living.  When an old apple orchard in a special spot along the Great River Road near Stockholm became available, I saw the potential to create a nurturing and luxurious environment both inside and outside that I could share with you as a bed and breakfast. 

To develop the bed and breakfast, I designed three lavish suites each with its own feel  and each featuring a comfortable king-size bed, individual climate control, wi-fi, and wet bar.  In the Carriage House, I created the feeling of a step back in time by preserving the building’s original charm and stonemason foundation.  Since the Carriage House is separate from the Inn’s main building, I kept its entrance private and parking at entrance level.   

I gave the Stockholm Suite a European feel with a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and ceramic tile bath with multiple shower heads.  Guests have called the bathing experience “wonderful and romantic.”
I installed huge French doors to the balcony of the Jade Room, the second room in the main building, to enhance the Pacific Rim d├ęcor of bamboo floors and a round, tiled spa shower with multiple heads and a skylight.  I have had guests wistfully refer to it as “the Zen room.”

To all the rooms, I added generous windows and private decks to enjoy the view.

My finishing touches were landscaping the gardens and the orchard.  I added a large, stone fire pit in the old orchard with built-in front row seats in order to see the moon shining on the lake.  I placed garden nooks here and there for guests to read, relax, and watch wildlife.  I set up the covered porch for lounging and the patio for grilling and assembled a breakfast basket that includes European-tasting coffee, fresh homemade muffins, and fruit. 

Guests’ comments are gratifying.  “What a beautiful, romantic place!”  “We've had four marvelous stays and will be going again... and again!”  “Wonderful and relaxing get away only 90 minutes from South Minneapolis.”  Visit the River Road Inn soon and delight in all that the Stockholm area offers. 

I’d love to see you,
Kathleen
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