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Squirrel's Nest Bed & Breakfast, LLC
Ranked #1 of 4 Burlington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 10, 2008

We took a 3 week trip to the States: 2 cities (New York and Chicago) and then a road trip along part of Route 66, up the Mississippi and back to Chicago. We booked every bit of our accommodation solely based on Tripadvisor reviews and everything was just perfect.
The Squirrel’s Nest was a very special experience. Owned by Inez and David Metzger, an artist and an architect, their wonderful house, it’s garden and its décor reflected their good taste. Right from the moment we booked this night’s stay, from our home in England, to the morning we left, we were made to feel so welcome and part of the family. Yet despite this, Inez and David were never intrusive – just managed to make us feel very welcome and very relaxed. We wish we could have stayed longer than one night! We arrived and were met by the family with great warmth – our room the Squirrel’s Nest at the very top of the house was just beautiful. Spotlessly clean and so spacious, even though there were 3 of using the room. The bedding was lovely and fresh and we even had dressing gowns and lovely touches like the homemade biscuits and a jug of lemon scented fresh filtered water. The shower room was lovely as was the smart kitchen area, the raised Jacuzzi and the very comfortable beds – but the highlight for me was the amazing view over the great Mississippi River. We were perched right at the top of the house just gazing across that great river (there’s even a telescope). Before breakfast I sat on the little terrace outside our window – it was so beautiful and peaceful. The walls of the studio are glass windows to 2 sides – so the light and view was just tremendous. However, there was another highlight to come - breakfast! Inez made THE most delicious blueberry scones (she has promised to email me the recipe) with homemade Devonshire cream. They just melted in the mouth. Loads of fresh fruit too and a colourful bunch of freshly picked flowers from her beautifully tended garden. All in all a perfect stay and I would recommend anyone to visit the Metzger household. After we left we had a quick morning in Burlington (we had to get on the road to our next destination) but this was a lovely little Mississippi port with it’s famous Snake Alley and great mid-Western architecture. We enjoyed a delicious coffee in a little café and again, lots of welcome and friendliness from the owners. A great town to visit and also only a short drive down the Mississippi to Hannibal, quaint childhood home of Mark Twain and the inspiration for Huckleberry Finn. We would definitely like to explore this area again and wish we'd had time to stay at the wonderful Squirrel's Nest longer.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank Adelai
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Reviewed May 19, 2008

My husband chose the Squirrel's Nest after searching for a Bed and Breakfast along the Mississippi River to celebrate our wedding anniversary. He chose this one specifically for the view of the river althought we didn't know much about the town.

We were greeted by David and Inez, the owners, and had a wonderful time chatting with them about the area. David is an arcitect who designed the Squirrel's nest best suite. The room's view was wonderful, everything was nice and open up there and the beds very comfortable. They did have a package that included roses, champagne, and chocolates ready upon our arrival that my husband had arranged for in advance. The morning breakfast was to die for. Scones, quiche, french toast to name a few menu suggestions. Were all excellent!

If you are thinking of visiting Burlington for pleasure or business, the Squirell's nest will meet your needs on both accounts. In addition to the suite they have a standard room perfect for the business traveler. Why stay at a hotel when you can live like you are home (and probably have better breakfast!)?

Other things to do in the area: Snake Alley is a historic and very crooked street that is part of the town's charm. Places to grab dinner/cocktail... Martini's and the Drake.
Nauvoo is around a 20-30 min drive from burlington, little shops and a large mormon temple.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank UltraV21
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Additional Information about Squirrel's Nest Bed & Breakfast, LLC

Address: 500 North St, Burlington, IA 52601-4824
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: $85 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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