Welcome to our blog and an innside peek at the Inn at Harbour Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

We built our dream, Harbour Ridge Inn, nine years ago from our own rough sketches with the grand inntention of opening the perfect B & B. During our Research and Development stage we traveled from Northern Illinois ( Sue’s family home) to Southern Florida (Ron’s oldest son’s home where our two oldest grandgirlies live … hey there, Kate and Noodle!) and all parts in between ~ searching for good architectural ideas and good innkeeping. We’re thankful to all the B & B owners we meant along the way and their willingness to share their experience with us. We created our very own architectural style called “country nautical,” a laid back French country theme, casual enough for a B & B at one of the Midwest’s premier resort destinations, the Lake of the Ozarks.

And so with lots of TLC and special touches Ron built my dream. We opened on Valentine’s Day of 2000 ~ so all of February is a celebration time for us! Ron shows off his home building talents in the design and construction of the Inn. The interior details and decorations (yes, for EVERY holiday!) reflect touches of warmth and whimsy. During football and basketball seasons we root our home team, the University of Missouri Tigers, on to victory – either in Columbia or at a vocal watch party here at the B & B. We laugh and tell guests we bleed black and gold…The Tiger flag waves, the chargers and napkins are black and gold. We even serve black and gold breakfasts on game days. This year, with a 23 and 4 record, life is very good!

We offer our guests four differently themed guestrooms and a guest “cottage” in our Big Red Barn. Our favorite guest room is Uncle Bill’s Place, named after my great uncle. Guys get a charge out of Uncle Bill’s billy club, the one he used to chase Al Capone’s gang. Anterls above the twosome tubby hold plaid towels. 96 ties in Windsor knots make up the window valances. Ron’s favorite quip is that “it all ties together!”

And tie together it does. Each guestroom has everything that anyone could want or need, as well as all the little things to help guests feel relaxed and romantic. Ron enjoys storytelling guests while he is s’posed to be serving breakfasts on weekends. I enjoy making our breakfast parties a fun time for guests and helping folks reconnect and re-kindle.

So we invite you to sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the innkeeper insights we’ll be sharing on our blog.

Happy Hearts! Sue

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