Based on the descriptions of the Old Pioneer Garden Inn as a bed & breakfast, my wife had a mental picture of a quaint country inn with bedrooms upstairs. The best way to describe this is not as a B&B; as the sign on the fence says it's a guest ranch.
We arrived around 8:30 p.m. & the owner, Dave, got in his truck & led the way down the dirt road a bit to the house we were using. The location was well out into the countryside on the dirt road & it was beautiful and quiet. We arrived around dusk, which I would not recommend to other travelers because it was difficult to know when we were getting close to our destination. There is absolutely no GPS, or cell phone reception out there, so call for directions before you go; Dave gave us directions to bypass the primitive country road the GPS route gave us traveling eastbound on I-80.
Our house had a big eat-in kitchen and cozy living room with 2 couches. Although there was no Internet or cable tv, there were plenty of board games, a small tv with VCR, video cassettes & a radio. The kitchen was equipped with a big refrigerator & freezer, gas stove & microwave, but no pots & pans. We'd recommend bringing microwaveable dinners for convenience sake or making arrangements to eat at the main house. My wife and I had the master bedroom with a queen sized bed and en suite bathroom, complete with claw foot bathtub & a separate shower. Our boys had a room with a queen bed and a twin bed in an alcove off the bedroom, again with an attached bathroom with a shower.
The downside to staying in the country is that there are the inevitable problems with the plumbing, insects & dust. The beds were comfortable, but the house was hot when we arrived & it didn't cool off for hours. We could get a great cross breeze by opening the doors & windows in the various rooms, however, that invited every moth & beetle in the countryside into the house. There was an AC unit, but it was located in the kitchen & didn't reach the bedrooms; the ceiling fans in the bedrooms helped, but it was still warm inside. We eventually turned off the lights & opened up the house anyway & it cooled off overnight to a pleasant temperature.
The next morning, we drove to the hosts' house for a delightful breakfast. We walked through the gate past fields with goats, chickens & geese to see a charming picnic table nestled under a tree. The breakfast was delicious & plentiful, with many of the foods coming from their farm. After breakfast, our kids fed the goat kids their bottles, then we said our goodbyes & headed out.
We really did enjoy our stay & would recommend this to our friends & families traveling through the area, especially those who enjoy camping &/or country living. It's a great place to plan to stay for a few days to relax & get away from the pressures of city living; without cell phone interruptions or the lure of Facebook, it was very peaceful & relaxing.
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