Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lyn Cote's Fun Weekend

Lyn Cote here--Just got back from a fun weekend. My dh and I drove to Minneapolis last Friday. We arrived around supper time and treated ourselves to a Rib Feast at Tony Roma's at the Mall of America. I hadn't been to the MOA since last year. But that was for a booksigning with a crowd of authors so I didn't have any shopping time. I didn't do a lot of shopping but my dh cetainly studied the Craftsman tool section of Sears.

The next day, I attended a very interesting day-long workshop featuring Michael Hauge, a screenwriting teacher and script doctor in Hollywood. This was sponsored by Midwest Fiction Writers. Anyway, it was great to see friends there that I hadn't seen for a long time and the buffet was yummy! And the workshop gave me deeper insight into the characters of the Love Inspired romance I'm writing right now. So a day well spent!

Then we drove down to St Ansgar Iowa to spend a few nights at The Blue Belle Inn B and B, one of my favorite places in Iowa or anywhere really. Sherrie Hansen Decker, the proprietress, bought the decrepit Victorian for $18,000 just before the city was going to tear it down. Six months later she with the help of her family renovated it and opened it for business. Each room in the bed & breakfast has a name and theme, such as "Never Never Land," "The Wrinkle in Time," "The Secret Garden." This time we stayed in "Anne's House of Dreams," the Anne referred to is of course Anne of Green Gables. Sherrie and her dh are writers too, so we had a lot to talk about.
Anne's House of Dreams

Monday morning my dh and I headed back to Wisconsin. It was a quiet but "gusty" drive home. After a lovely weekend away, we unloaded the car only to find out that two of our beloved cats had gotten out!

Since we live in a forest, which has many other animals who think cats are a delicacy, we had a tense period till we found the youngest cat who belongs to my daughter in the garage. Whew! Just what we all needed to up our blood pressure.

Have any of you stayed at a B and B? I've only been inside one other B and B, but I can't believe that there are too many as lovely as The Blue Belle Inn! Drop by her website and see what she did with a house the town was ready to demolish.


PamelaTracy said...

I've never stayed at a B and B, but you've certainly convinced me to find this one in Iowa.

EllenToo said...

I've never stayed in a B&B. I've thought about it a few times but just never followed through.

Project Journal said...

I've stayed in many B&B! When we travel overseas we almost always stay in B&B for the whole trip. We usually travel around the country while staying one or two nights in each one. It's so fun! B&Bs are so...quaint(I don't know if I spelled that right!)

Lyn Cote said...

Well, I hope to have a chance to stay at some more B & B's. But this one was special fun because of friends there.

Project Journal said...

B&Bs are so much fun, but I can see how having friends there would make it even better!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

I love stories about B&Bs. Don't recall if I've ever stayed at one or not. LOL!


Missy Tippens said...

Oh, what a wonderful trip!! We stayed in a beautiful B&B in Rome, GA, one time. Loved it!