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Squirrel's Nest Bed & Breakfast, LLC
Ranked #1 of 4 Burlington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cedar Rapids
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1 review
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“Amazing Place!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

My husband and I were reluctant to ever try another B&B, because, up to staying at The Squirrel's Nest, we had not had any good experiences. We wanted to do something special to celebrate our one year anniversary, and my husband found The Squirrel's Nest online. We read the reviews, and I have to admit, we were hesitant to give it a try. I am SO glad we did!! Not only was this a beautiful B&B, but Inez and David were beautiful people who welcomed us from the get go. Inez gave us a tour as well as some history on the property and her family. Amazing story! We stayed in the penthouse, and it was beyond stunning! The view, the room..all of it was incredible! As if the room wasn't enough, the breakfast they made us on both days was the best I've ever had! They spared no expense, and not one detail was overlooked in the presentation and the flavor! We enjoyed our visit immensely, and we are looking forward to going back as soon as we are able!

I also asked Inez to make one of her fruit bouquets, and it was gorgeous! And yummy! She helped me add some extra touches to make it special for my husband and I.

One more thing...Inez puts cookies in every room for her guests. These are the best cookies I have EVER put in my mouth!!! I could not get enough of them! I can't stress it enough that anyone reading this needs to visit this wonderful place. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to Inez and David for making us feel at home as soon as we arrived. I will forever be grateful to this incredible couple for all they did!

Jason and April
Cedar Rapids, IA

Room Tip: Stay in the Penthouse!! It's a must!!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Macon, Missouri
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband was in charge of the reservation and I definitely give home two thumbs up. Comfortable room in the Bear's Den. The temprapedic bed was very comfortable. The shower was a little small but got the job done. Great conversations and an outstanding breakfast. They really go above and beyond! A must stay again!

Room Tip: Make reservations early for the squirrels nest. A super view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hartford
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Hah! The title got your attention, didn't it???

If you are into B&B's with a romantic flair, a breakfast beyond compare, then this is THE place for YOU!
I have tried for the last 2 years to book the "Squirrels Nest Suite" during our anniversary. This year the dates finally worked and we couldn't have been more pleased!

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon to the home of David and Inez Metzger. We were greeted at the door by Inez and after brief intro's ushered up the stairs, and yes, there's a bunch, to our suite. You are at the top of the world in your own little hideaway.

The first thing you notice is THE VIEW. Numerous windows supply the view of the Mississippi River below. Up a few more short stairs is the jacuzzi tub for two. Again, windows, windows, windows. Don't worry about the neighbors, there are blinds to hide their view. But, you will want to check out the neighbor's landscaping that is beautiful and soothing to the eyes!

The bed is very comfortable. The bathroom has a shower with a built in seat. There is a closet with extra blankets, pillows, etc. When you top the stairs to your retreat, you will find a small kitchen complete with fridge, sink and plenty of wine glasses, coffee cups, etc. You may even find a plate of homemade one-of-a-kind recipe chocolate chip with walnut cookies.

There is a flat screen TV with Direct TV, but honestly, we never even turned ii on. Don't look for a telephone up there, you won't find one.

Clean?? The young lady that cleans this room does a FANTASTIC job and don't be afraid to leave her a tip, she has earned it!

Breakfast in the morning. Wow.........Inez will serve you a breakfast like none other. Homemade is the word for the day. And, if you like gourmet coffee, the Keurig cofffee maker in the kitchen will make sure you are satisfied.

Be sure you make time to allow Inez and David to share the history of their home, the artwork and the stories.Oh, the stories..... I think you will love to hear them just like we did!

Don't delay, make plans now to experience this place. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

A scenic beautiful view through very huge windows to the Mississippi River. the squirrel's nest is a cosy, romantic place with delicious breakfast were we spend a wonderful night and saw an awesome sun rise in the comfortable bed with a big jacuzzi bathtube.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I wanted to surprise my wife with a romantic getaway for our 20th anniversary. After searching online I narrowed my choices down and decided to give the Squirrel's nest a try. I was intrigued by the view and the awards the Squirrel's Nest has received. I definitely made the correct choice! The view is as good as advertised. The room was perfect for a romantic stay. Inez even had roses on the bed for our arrival! We enjoyed the hot tub tucked away above and behind the bed that still had a view of the river. The bed was comfortable and the kitchenette was perfect for a weekend stay. The best part of the stay was most likely the breakfast. The signature scone was amazing and I loved the quiche. The whole spread was delicious! Definitely the right choice for a couples weekend!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hilbert, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We spent last Tues and Weds nights at the Squirrel's Nest. We really enjoyed it. We had the Squirrel's room which was fantastic. It has a wonderful view of the MS River and the neighborhood back yards from the third story deck. We had a couple of drinks while enjoying the view. The hot tub also had a view of the river. You wake up to the sunrise which is followed by breakfast, which we had at 9am. Inez prepared a very tasty breakfast that was very well presented.
Our son lives in Burlington and he had got us the room for Mother's/Father's Day present. It was a great present and I am sure we will stay there again.
Paul & Cath

Room Tip: Get the Squirrel's Room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I had a 4 night stay in the Bear's Den and was glad I chose this B&B over a hotel. While my friends traveling with me stayed in hotels and complained about less than stellar breakfast, I got a homemade meal prepared with love every morning. I also got a very comfy king size bed! Inez and David were wonderful hosts. The view was great, the accommodations lovely. It really did add that special touch I was looking for while I visited Burlington for the Snake Alley Festival of Film. Although I was pretty busy and not at the house much, I really enjoyed the conversations with Inez, David and the other guests in the morning or at night. The decorations of squirrels and bears around the house are delightful and the food fresh and yummy. I know I'll be back again! May have to stay in the Squirrel's Nest next time! Definitely a more memorable housing choice than an impersonal hotel and highly recommendable. Close to downtown Burlington and just as close to the Highway.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Squirrel's Nest Bed & Breakfast, LLC
Address: 500 North St, Burlington, IA 52601-4824
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Location: United States > Iowa > Burlington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Burlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "Best Breakfast in Iowa" for 2105 & 2016; "Best Overall B&B in Iowa" for 2014 and "Most Scenic View in Iowa" for 2013 & 2014 by Guests of the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Guild. The Squirrel's Nest Bed & Breakfast, LLC is situated on the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa's historic North Hill District. Originally built as a Victorian farmhouse in 1890 by Edward S. Phelps, the home was remodeled in the 1920's in a French cottage style. It is a thoroughly modern, 21st Century, romantic destination that is owned by an architect and an artist. Selected First Place in 1997 as Best Room Addition in the USA by "Qualified Remodeler" Magazine. ... more   less 
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