I hope the special events I’ve planned for April, May, and June will help you to enjoy all the wonderful things that go along with warm weather!
Our magnolias, daffodils, bluebells, and lilacs will soon be blooming, and we’d love to share some delicious food and conversation with each of you.
Just give us a ring at 641-713-3113!
For room reservations, please call 641-713-3113, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website and book directly from www.BlueBelleInn.com, or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn
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.
Secret Garden (NEW!), Heaven to Betsy, Sherwood Forest and Green Gables in Anne’s House of Dreams have their own air conditioning units, which you may adjust to your personal tastes. All of our other rooms are served by our central air conditioning systems.
For reservations, please call 641-713-3113
Things to Do Around & About St. Ansgar aka Good Excuses to Stay at the Blue Belle Inn!
Follow the St. Ansgar Community Chamber page on Facebook to find out What’s Up in Northern Iowa! https://www.facebook.com/stansgarcommunitychamber/events
April 30: St. Ansgar Community Chamber CITY WIDE GARAGE SALES (Please call for lunch reservations.)
What’s a Purple Turnip? It’s a new massage therapy, tanning salon, and esthetics business opening in St. Ansgar this April or May in the old Cottage Sampler building. Stay tuned for more info!
We have two great greenhouses where you can buy lovely plants for your garden – St. Ansgar Greenhouse and Scent from Heaven. There are also Mennonite home businesses scattered around the countryside near St. Ansgar.
St. Ansgar still has awesome places to shop! Thymeless Treasures, Home Sweet Home, Old Crow Gallery, Side Door Antiques and more… Main street the way it’s meant to be!
Wine Tastings at Bel-Aire Winery – Saturday Nights Throughout the Summer at Bel-Aire Winery: Saturday Outdoor Movie Night. For a schedule of wine tastings and upcoming movies, check: http://www.facebook.com/belairewinery orwww.belairewinery.com
Did you know St. Ansgar has a stocked trout stream?
If you are interested in hosting a Cooking Seminar, please contact Sherrie for information and options.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Bullets and Barbeque – a “whodunit” murder mystery
It’s 1872 in the tiny frontier town of Dry Gulch. Sheriff Take Nobul is dead from a gunshot wound, bushwhacked from behind. Suspects Juan Bandito, Sally Forth, Rowdy Azell, Miss Patience, Doc Mallard, and Bibi Gunn all claim to be innocent. One lucky person who moseys on down to the Paradise Saloon, joins us for some good western grub, and helps us figure out who done it, will get their dinner free.WILD WEST CUISINE – $24.95 per person White Cheese and Bean Chili, Garden Green Salad, Roll Cowboy Stew with Beef, Mushrooms, and Burgundy and a Bacon Chive Biscuit Crust OR Paradise Saloon Chicken with Roquefort Herb Cream Sauce on Mashed Potatoes OR Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets with Spuds OR Smothered Pork Chops with Garlic Sage Gravy and Mashed Potatoes OR Roast Vegetables and Penne Pasta in a Rosy Pan
A Variety of Homemade Desserts, Cheesecakes and Pies will be offered for $5.00 per serving.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, April 27, 28, 29 from 11:30 – 2:30 PM
Secretary’s Day / Administrative Assistant Day Luncheons –
Call for a menu and preorder for super-fast service. Lunch – $10.95 each.
Sunday, May 8 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.*
MOTHER’S DAY Brunch
(Adults $16.95, Children under ten $8.95)
White Chocolate Cranberry Scones / Fresh Fruit / Sampler Plate featuring Blue Belle Inn Breakfast Favorites: Quiche in a Cup / Sausage Gravy on Homemade Biscuits / Seafood Puffs / Danish Aebleskivers (Round Pancakes) and Bacon. A Variety of Optional Desserts including Copenhagen Cream with Raspberries, Chocolate Fondue Cheesecake, The Best Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce, and Fresh Strawberry Pie will be offered for $5.00 each.
*Ross Sederburg of Mason City makes a return appearance to share his love of music on piano and acoustic guitar.
7:00 p.m. Friday night, June 10th
A House Concert with Bill & Kate Isles
Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like “Mesmerizing”, “Transcendent”, and even, “Hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends. Have a listen at: http://www.billandkateisles.com/
DINNER will be served from 5 – 6 p.m. If you wish to eat dinner before the concert, please call for reservations and arrive by 6 p.m. so we can finish serving you before the concert begins. CONCERT begins at 7 p.m. The suggested donation for tickets for the concert is $15 per person. After the concert, you will have the opportunity to have dessert and coffee, if desired. (Food will not be served during the concert.) You may come for dinner only, or for the concert only, as you wish.
June 18: S.T.A.R.T.’s Annual 2×4 Bike Ride through 2 states and 4 counties and St. Ansgar Community Chamber OATMEAL DAYS – It will thrill us immensely if you come to St. Ansgar to partake of the bike ride, fun activities, and good food the town of St.Ansgar and our wonderful volunteer fire department have planned. But… the Blue Belle Inn will closed for lunch and dinner On June 18 because Mark and Sherrie will be in California for our nephew’s wedding.
~ Books by Sherrie Hansen ~
Sherrie’s newest book, Sweet William, the 4th and final Wildflowers of Scotland novel, will be available in June 2015. Stayed tuned for the details!
Thistle Down (a prequel novella), is still free at Smashwords.com. Sherrie’s other novels – Blue Belle, Wild Rose, 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 or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
We are open for Lunch Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.
We LOVE reservations (call 641-713-3113) but we do accept walk-ins.=====>There are some days this summer when Sherrie will be gone and the tea house will be closed – to avoid disappointments, please call for reservations to make sure we are here!
Call any morning after 9 a.m. to reserve a spot or to find out what delicious, homemade specials we’re preparing. (Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!) There are usually 5 or 6 main course options to choose from – all served with a green leaf lettuce salad and a roll. Some favorites of mine that you may find on the menu:
*Chicken Salad Croissant with Parmesan Shavings
*Italian Meatball Sandwich Casserole with Italian Cheeses
*Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof (a savory ground beef filling topped with homemade mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar)
*Spinach Artichoke Chicken on Wild Rice with Italian Cheeses
*Very Berry Chicken Salad with our own Low-Fat Creamy Raspberry Dressing
*Salmon Burgers with Aurora Sauce on Croissants
* Herbes de Provence Chicken with Roquefort Cream Sauce and Mashed Potatoes
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. Our current price for dinner is $19.95 per person.
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. Desserts are $5.00.
For reservations, please call 641-713-3113
Sample Dinner Menu
Raspberry Cordial Chicken with Peach Schnapps with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Carbonnara with Bacon, Mushrooms and Pease in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Irish Meat and Potato Pie with Chicken, Cheese, and Pork Sausage
Potato Crusted Cod with Cheddar and Chives
French Steak Roasted with Cheddar Chablis Sauce and Red Potatoes
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
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.
…$29.95 per person includes all four courses ($35.95 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 1-877-713-3113 for reservations.
What do these things have in common?
They can all be ordered from The Blue Belle Inn to dazzle your guests at your next party, birthday celebration, work gathering, or special event.
Comfort Cookie Creations ~ Shabby Chic Cakes ~ Sensational Soups
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.
Call 641-713-3113 for flavors and pricing. Discounts for large quantities.
For reservations, please call 641-713-3113, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.BlueBelleInn.com.
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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” ……………………………………….$30
Twin size trundle bed, shared bath (May be rented in connection with another room 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 Graduation Celebrations & Birthday Parties!
Remember the Blue Belle Inn when planning your parties —
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 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 www.BlueBelleInn.com. Check it out!