The days are getting shorter. The nights are cooler. The maple trees that line our streets are turning a brilliant shade of orange and red. There are signs of fall all around. Guests at the Blue Belle Inn are enjoying our delicious Bumbleberry Pie with Apples, Blueberries and Raspberries, German Jaegerschnitzel, Homemade Spaetzle Noodles and our famous Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins. It’s time to update you on our autumn specials and events!
===> Important Announcement!
Mark and I are leaving for a short trip to attend a conference in Dallas this Friday afternoon. The Blue Belle Inn Tea House will be closed while we’re gone. We’ll reopen for lunch on Friday, October 9 and resume our regular Wednesday – Saturday schedule then. Because our schedule is sometimes a bit erratic, please give us a ring at 641-713-3113 to make sure we’re there before you drive over, down or up, although we will continue to accept drop-bys when we’re here. The Blue Belle Inn B&B will continue to be open while we’re gone. Please call my staff at 641-713-3113 if you need a place to stay or an autumn getaway. They’ll take good care of you and be happy to serve you a delicious breakfast in my absence.
To make reservations for upcoming events at the restaurant, we recommend you email email@example.com, or call and leave a message at 641-713-3113.
To reserve a room for this fall, winter, or over the holidays, please book directly from our website at www.BlueBelleInn.com, or call so I can assist you.
You can also keep in touch with us at our new blog at https://bluebelleinn.wordpress.com/, or by visiting our website at www.BlueBelleInn.com or our Facebook page at
We are open for Lunch on Wednesday – Saturday from 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Please call for a reservation if possible! (641-713-3113)
If you need to schedule a private party on Monday or Tuesday, give me a ring and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Our B&B continues to be open 7 days a week.
There are usually 5 – 7 main course options to choose from – all served with a green leaf lettuce salad and a roll. (Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!)
Some favorites of mine that you may find on the menu:
*Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkin (Available now until they’re gone – November or December?)
*Chicken Salad Croissant with Parmesan Shavings
*Herbes de Provence Chicken with Roquefort Cream Sauce and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
*Roast Pork Filled Cannelloni Pasta in a Rosy Pan with Swiss Cheese and Tomato Basil Sauces
*Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof (a savory ground beef filling topped with homemade mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar)
*Grandma Hansen’s Chicken Pie with Baking Powder Biscuit Crust
*Very Berry Chicken Salad with our own Low-Fat Creamy Raspberry Dressing
Blue Belle Inn & St. Ansgar Celebrations
Friday and or Saturday, October 9 and 10 – Writer’s Retreat and Author Meet and Greet / Book Signing at the Blue Belle Inn featuring multi-published, best-selling, award winning authors from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, Mary Connealy, Lyn Cote, Roxanne Rustand, and Erica Vetsch! The Book Sale / Signing will be held from about 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. You do not have to eat lunch at the Inn to come and meet the authors. If you would like lunch, please call for a reservation.
Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24 – Oktoberfest Cuisine at the Blue Belle Inn
Sherrie lived in Germany for 3 years, so our German Cuisine is authentic and delicious. We’ll have our homemade Hunter (Jaeger) Schnitzel with tender pork medallions in a cream gravy with mushrooms served on Spaetzle Noodles on the menu on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24 as well as our wonderful Black Forest Cheesecake and other delicious Bavarian specialties like German Potato Salad with Beer Brats and homemade Brown Gravy with Bacon and Onions!
Monday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Entertaining with Ease Cooking Seminar with Guest Chef Becky Fister
Wednesday, October 28 – Sunday, November 1 – Holiday Open House at Home Sweet Home
Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31 – Blue Belle and the Vampire Slayer Murder Mystery at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 – St. Ansgar’s Quilt Extravaganza
Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21 – Merry, Merry, Quite Contrary, How is Your Turkey Stuffed? 6:30 p.m.
A Writer’s Retreat
October 9 & 10 – Get Passionate About Writing!
Pointers on Plotting, Promoting, Personality Archetypes, Pinterest, and more – all from a Writers Perspective
Please join me for an intimate, hands-on retreat with multi-published, award winning authors Lyn Cote (Plotting), Roxanne Rustand (Promoting on a Budget), Erica Vetsch (Personality Archetypes), Sherrie Hansen (Pinterest for Authors), Mary Connealy (no prepared speech, but we’ll Pick Her Brain anyway), and more. Melinda Cote will present on Designing a Winning Cover.
On Friday night, we’ll enjoy an appetizer buffet, chocolate fondue and an informal critique session with Lyn Cote. On Saturday, we’ll have breakfast and introductions at 9 am, sessions at 9:30 and 10:30, lunch and a writing exercise mixer at 11:30, a book signing at 12:30 pm, sessions at 1, 2, and 3 pm, sweets and treats at 3:30 pm and farewells at 4 pm. Rooms at the B&B are available on a first come, first serve basis. Check availability at www.BlueBelleInn.com or call 641-713-3113. The cost of the Retreat is $85 for both Friday night and Saturday plus lodging. For Saturday only, the cost is $65. I hope you will consider joining us for this fun, inspirational event! As always, we will have a lot of good food and fellowship. Call 641-713-3113 with questions.
Our cooking seminars are a wonderful way to meet Kindred Spirits in the kitchen. It’s great fun to make, sample, and taste your favorite Blue Belle Inn recipes so you can make them for friends and family at home. Please call or email with your name and phone number if you’re interested in attending our next event.
It’s a date! Monday, October 26, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sherrie’s sister, Becky Fister, will be a guest chef at our Entertaining with Ease Cooking Seminar We’ll feature Apps in a Snap, Main Courses in Minutes, and Done-in-a-Flash Desserts will all be on the menu as we make Steak and Boursin Belles, Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip, Pork Chops with Creamy Marsala Sauce, French Onion Beef Steak, Sausage Lasagna with Parmesan, Mozzarella and Fontina, Sour Cream Raisin Pie with Walnuts, Chocolate Fondue and Tipsy Trifles. Whether you’re entertaining the boss or your new mother-in-law, hosting girls night out, or having friends over for a football game, we’ll focus on foods that are do-ahead or easy to prepare at the last minute so you can relax and enjoy your company. We’ll also give participants the opportunity to request their favorite recipes from the Blue Belle Inn’s delicious repertoire. Call Sherrie for information and to save a spot. $45.00.
Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Blue Belle and the Vampire Slayer – a Murder Mystery set at Dracula’s Castle by Sherrie Hansen –
When wealthy Englishman Dread Lockhearse decides to acquire Dracula’s Castle in Bran, Romania and turn it into a theme park with a haunted house motif, all hell breaks loose – and Dread ends up dead. Help determine who gave Dread the evil eye – Count Dracula, Muffy the Vampire Slayer, Gypsy Rosalita, Igor, Father MacGarlic, Doctor Van Dahm, Blue Belle Fairy, or Shy Violet Wood. One lucky sleuth will get their dinner free!
Black Bean Soup with Widow’s Web, Green Salad, and Roll
Your choice of:
Garlic Chicken with Herbes de Provence, Roquefort Cream Sauce and Mashed Potatoes OR
Hunter Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Homemade Spaetzle Noodles OR
Black Sea Salmon on Wild Rice Pilaf OR
Beef Stroganoff with Mashed Potatoes
OR Chicken, Wild Rice, and Colby Jack Stuffed Pumpkin
Vegetarian Entrees available on request. Featured Dessert: Romanian Chocolate Rum Cake
Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Merry, Merry, Quite Contrary, How Is Your Turkey Stuffed?
a Murder Mystery by Sherrie Hansen –
When uppity French Chef Bobby Filet flat out refuses to roast a turkey for the annual Thanksgiving Feast at Plymouth Rock Inn and puts Roast Partridge with Cognac Liver Pate and a Mushroom Pancetta Sauce on the menu instead, it looks like the holiday will be anything but merry. Then Lucille Bell, Elfonso Arnaz, Ethel Noll, May Flower, December Snow, and Innkeeper Tom Turnkey get cooking, and it seems the day is saved – until a turkey explodes, and the chef ends up toasted. Figure out who-dun-it and you could get your dinner free. $24.95 each.
Tomato Basil Soup, Green Salad and Roll
Cranberry Maple Chicken on Wild Rice Pilaf with a Twist of Orange OR
Sausage Stuffed Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Sage Gravy OR
Colby Jack and Chicken Stuffed Pumpkins with Rice Pilaf OR
Roast Eye of Round with Red Potatoes and Chardonnay Cream Sauce with Gorgonzola Cheese OR
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Wild Rice Pilaf
They’re all homemade at the Blue Belle Inn and they can all be ordered for your next party, birthday celebration, work gathering, or special event.
Comfort Cookie Creations ~ Shabby Chic Cakes ~ Sensational Soups, Salads and Suppers
Try our tasty new desserts and dinners at the Blue Belle Inn or take some home for a special treat for friends or family.
Take home a hot dish that’s ready to pop in the oven or let us prepare you a fresh, seasonal salad next time you visit the Blue Belle or pass through town.
Fun Facts to Know when Planning an Overnight Stay!
The Blue Belle Inn has reliable, hard-wired, high speed, FIBER OPTIC WiFi access, free to all our guests.
Four Winds, the first floor of Anne’s House of Dreams, now has a QUEEN-SIZED, solid cherry Murphy Bed and a full sized extra bed. Both have plush, memory foam mattresses. Anne’s House has two bedrooms upstairs, one with a king-sized bed and one with two twins, for a total of comfortable accommodations for 6 to 8. Or, rent just the top or just the bottom – each has its own private entry and makes a quiet, romantic, very private place for a getaway.
For reservations, please call 641-713-3113 or visit www.BlueBelleInn.com
Celebrate the Release of Shy Violet!
If you’d like to purchase a copy of any of Sherrie’s books or have Sherrie visit your group to talk about Scotland and her newest book, Shy Violet, the 3rd of her Wildflowers of Scotland novels, please call the Blue Belle Inn.
Thistle Down (a prequel novella), is still free at Smashwords.com. Sherrie’s other novels – Wild Rose, Blue Belle, Love Notes, Night and Day, and the Maple Valley Trilogy: Stormy Weather, Water Lily, and Merry Go Round – are available in paperback or electronic formats from the Blue Belle Inn, www.SecondWindPublishing.com, or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
DINNER & OUR FONDUE FEAST
Overnight guests and private parties are welcome to dine at the Inn any evening, but ask that you make reservations in advance.
Below is a sample menu that includes many of the entrees we’ll have on our dinner menu this spring. Each week, we’ll be posting our menus on Facebook, or emailing them directly to you if you request that we do so. You can also call 641-713-3113 at any time to see what’s on tap.
Homemade Soups are optional – $3.00 per bowl. Feel free to bring your favorite wine, beer or champagne to enjoy with your meal. We charge $1.00 per glass for uncorking as needed. We offer a wonderful variety of beverages, salad dressings and desserts as well as our popular Fondue Feast.
For reservations, please call 641-713-3113
Sample Dinner Menu
Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkin (Available now until they’re gone – November or December?)
Raspberry Cordial Chicken with Peach Schnapps with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Carbonnara with Bacon, Mushrooms and Pease in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Potato Crusted Cod with Cheddar and Chives
French Steak Roasted with Cheddar Chablis Sauce and Red Potatoes
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Roll
Seafood Puffs Mornay with Puff Pastry, Shrimp, Crab and Swiss Cheese
Roast Beef with Chardonnay Cream Sauce with Gorgonzola Cheese
Bavarian Hunter Schnitzel with Pork Medallions, Mushrooms and a Cream Gravy on Homemade Spaetzle Noodles
Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Cannelloni with Red and White Sauces
Fruits of the Forest Chicken with Mushrooms, Apples, Berries and a Splash of Brandy on Wild Rice
Seafood Stuffed Salmon with Wild Rice
$19.95 per person includes salad and rolls. $3.00 per cup of soup. $4.00 for dessert. $1.50 for beverages. $1.00 per wine stem for uncorking as needed.
Our Fondue Feast includes:
…a delectable Cheese Fondue served with French bread for dipping
…a fresh Green Salad with the dressing of your choice
…savory, bite-sized bits of Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Vegetables grilled tableside on a heart-healthy Swiss Raclette Grill.
…new Potatoes topped with cheese, melted to perfection Swiss Raclette style.
…a sumptuous variety of homemade Dipping Sauces.
…a mouth-watering Chocolate Fondue and served with fresh Fruit, Cheesecake, & a variety of home baked goodies for dipping.
…$34.95 per person includes all four courses ($39.95 on nights with entertainment).
You may bring your own wine, beer or champagne to enjoy with your meal. We have three fondue tables (each with seating for 2 to 8). Call 1-641-713-3113 for reservations.
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Live Time, Online Reservations!
You can now check availability and book rooms online, directly from our website,
at www.BlueBelleInn.com. Check it out!
For a night of repose…
“Never Neverland” ……………………………………..$85
Queen size bed, private bath immediately across the hall from the room with clawfoot tub and French shower
“Sherwood Forest” ……………………………………$120
Queen size bed, full-size futon, private bath with shower, shared access to third floor Jacuzzi for two
“The Secret Garden” ………………………………..$130
King size bed, private bath with shower, shared access to third floor Jacuzzi for two
“Plum Creek” ………………………………………………..$170
King size bed, fireplace, private bath with clawfoot tub and Jacuzzi
“Heaven to Betsy” ……………………………………$170
King size bed, fireplace, private bath with Jacuzzi for two, plush, full-size futon
“Sleeping Beauty” ……………………………………….$40 – $50
Twin size trundle bed, shared bath (May be rented in connection with another room only)
“A Wrinkle in Time” ………………………………..$150
Circa 1950 cottage with queen size bed, private bath with tub and shower, living/dining room. Available for overflow only.
“Anne’s House of Dreams” ………..$300 – $375
(Both floors) Circa 1891 house next to the Blue Belle. A perfect gathering place for kindred spirits, families and friends. See description below. Sharp discounts for extended stays. Sleeping for two – eight.
“Four Winds” (Anne’s House 1st floor)…………………$150
Double shower, handicap ramp, deck, kitchen, desk, laundry, queen size bed, full size futon with plush, memory foam mattresses, private entrance.
“Green Gables” (Anne’s House 2nd floor)…………..$150
King size bed, two twin beds in a 2nd bedroom, private whirlpool for two, balcony, private entrance. $200 for four.
Smoking is prohibited • Please inquire about special rates for Monday -Thursday nights and extended stays • All rates are for 1-2 people per night. Extra occupants (with permission ) are $20.00 each • A nonrefundable deposit of 1/2 the total charge is required to confirm a room reservation • Rates may change without notice.
Anniversary and Holiday Celebrations & Birthday Parties!
Remember the Blue Belle Inn when planning your holiday parties and special events —
We’re happy to tailor our menus and prices to meet your needs.
(We can seat up to 60 people).
Keep in Touch!
We now have high speed fiber optic wireless internet access, and an onsite computer that can be used to check email while you’re at the Inn… Let us know if you’re willing to receive your quarterly fliers via email and we’d be happy to set you up! Although we’re no longer doing a mass mailing, we’re happy to mail menus to those who do not have e-mail — just give us a ring!
Live Time, Online Room Reservations!
You can now check availability and book rooms online, directly from our website,
at http://www.BlueBelleInn.com. Check it out!