I set out for a couple of quiet days away, hoping for a peaceful retreat, taking a break from caregiving. What I found at Turning Waters was a home that said 'Welcome' before I made it to the front door, and a wonderful place for rest and renewal. I was greeted with a genuinely warm welcome by our host, Richie, and immediately felt the sense of warmth and peace that flows through this wonderful home. As others have mentioned in reviews, the home is absolutely beautiful, decorated in a way to make a person feel at home and with an emphasis on comfort.
Each room is uniquely wonderful. I stayed in the Prairie Room and was greeted by prairie sounds, chirping of birds and crickets, and a simple, luxurious space with an awesomely comfortable bed. All rooms have private baths; the baths for the Prairie Room and Wetlands room are 'down the hall', very easily accessible. My bathroom was spacious and beautiful, and had both a walk-in shower and a wonderful claw foot soaking tub. The main floor of the home has great space for tucking oneself into a quiet corner to read, or visiting with other guests. The porch also was a beautifully inviting place to have my second cup of coffee each morning, after a walk along the river.
Turning Waters is just a couple of short blocks from the river, offering a wonderful opportunity to wander and enjoy a leisurely walk along the river. It is also is just a couple of blocks from the downtown area and a five-minute walk from the Eagle Center. There are great hiking trails in the area, and the Trempeleau National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit while in the area.
My husband and I have stayed at quite a few bed and breakfasts. We've met some great folks and have enjoyed good hospitality; breakfasts really seem to vary. Breakfast at Turning Waters is a great experience, and it's obvious Richie and Michael have a respect for good food. The meals were wonderful, with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables (many organically grown), with the main dish beautifully and lovingly crafted. Breakfast at Turning Waters was, by far, the best breakfast I've had at a bed and breakfast. After making sure each guest had what he or she needed, our host sat down and shared the meal with us, again adding to that 'at home' feeling. The coffee, something that can be unpredictable at bed and breakfasts, was great as well.
I had chosen to bring food along for my other meals, and really appreciated having access to the kitchen. This, too, is such a nice touch, and is especially useful for folks who might have dietary preferences or needs that small town restaurants aren't always able to accommodate.
Another couple who were guests while I was there, were repeat guests, and shared about their last visit when they went on a kayak outing, I believe with Michael. It sounded as though they had a wonderful time, and the 'adventure' part of the business sounds like something worth exploring as well.
A great, warm and welcoming home; I plan to return, and hope to bring my husband sometime as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Turning Waters is not a traditional Bed and Breakfast; it is set apart by holding the spirit of travel and adventure in highest regards - bold travel, soft beds and nature’s wonder. Our environment epitomizes love of comfort, travel and adventure and I hope you can take something from it and make it your own to satisfy your soul and spirit. ... more less