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On the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, the Blue Belle will be serving a special tea and luncheon. Our set menu will include mini Cottage Pies, tea sandwiches, and sweet treats galore for $16.95 (adults) and $10.95 (children ten and under). Reservations required. Please call 641-713-3113. (We will not be serving Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday this year.)

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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!

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For room reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  email luebelle@myomnitel.com, visit our website and book directly from www.BlueBelleInn.comor check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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For reservations, please call 641-713-3113

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Things to Do Around & About St. Ansgar aka Good Excuses to Stay at the Blue Belle Inn!

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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.)

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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?

July 16:  St. Ansgar Community Chamber HERB FESTIVAL

If you are interested in hosting a Cooking Seminar, please contact Sherrie for information and options. 

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Murder Mystery!

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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 *Ross Sederburg of Mason City makes a return appearance to share his love of music on piano and acoustic guitar.

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7:00 p.m. Friday night, June 10th

A House Concert with Bill & Kate Isles

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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.

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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.  

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 ~ Books by Sherrie Hansen ~

Age old castles and blue-watered bays,White sandy beaches and quaint cottage stays.A rainbow of colors and chocolates, hand-dipped,A valley of bluebells and sheep, freshly clipped. Legends galore, buried treasure, and

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.   

Follow Sherrie at https://www.facebook.com/SherrieHansenAuthor or her blog at http://www.Sherriehansen.wordpress.com

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Lunch Menus

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!

Thank you!!!

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

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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

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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

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Fondue Feast

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.

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What do these things have in common?

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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 bluebelle@myomnitel.com, or visit http://www.BlueBelleInn.com.
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  Gift Certificates!

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Give the Gift of Love with a beautiful Gift Certificate from the Blue Belle Inn!

Call 1-877-713-3113 toll free to order with your MC, Visa, Discover or American Express

Live Time, Online Reservations! You can now check availability and book rooms online, directly from our website, at www.BlueBelleInn.com. Check it out!

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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).

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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!

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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!

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Cold Outside? Cozy Inside! Visit the Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House. It’s a reat Way to Ring in the New Year!

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For reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  or email bluebelle@myomnitel.com.

You can also keep in touch with us by visiting our website atwww.BlueBelleInn.com or our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn.

Remember us next time you need a cozy, winter retreat, a romantic interlude, a bit of excitement to perk you up, or a safe shelter from winter’s storms.

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Our guest rooms are the perfect place to cuddle up under a handmade quilt in front of a fireplace filled with glowing logs.

Or, come and join us for a delicious meal at a candlelit table for two (or ten) and enjoy hot-from-the-oven roast beef, melt-in-your-mouth pies, fondue pots filled with melted chocolate or cheese, and warm-hearted friends and family.

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Hope, Joy, Peace, Love
Gentle blessings from above.
A rainbow bright, a starry night
To warm our hearts – the gift of light.

Hope, Joy, Peace, Love
A star to follow from above.
Shining brightly in the night
To warm our hearts – the gift of light.

Hope, Joy, Peace, Love
The Son of God from heaven above
Came down to us on Christmas night
To warm our hearts – the gift of light.

by Sherrie Hansen in “Love Notes” ~ Merry Christmas!

Special Events – December 2015, and January, February and March 2016

NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Thursday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Waltz your way into the New Year with music by Char’s Band, featuring old-time country and Christmas favorites with

Char and Jerry Meitner on accordion and drums, and Mark and Belinda Borchardt on vocals and guitar.  $26.95 each

Menu:

Corn Chowder with Golden Nuggets, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Roll. Your Choice of:

Herbes de Provence Roast Beef with Roquefort Cream Sauce and Mashed Potatoes OR

Seafood Stuffed Salmon with Wild Rice OR

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with Sage Gravy and Mashed Potatoes OR

Almond Chicken with Cream Sherry, Julienne Carrots and Toasted Almonds on Rice Pilaf OR

Roast Vegetables in Casserole with Wild Rice, and Spinach Artichoke Dip

A delicious selection of desserts will be offered for $5.00 each. Beverages $1.50. You may bring your own wine, beer, or champagne to enjoy with your meal. An uncorking fee of $1.00 for stem will be charged.

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Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16 

Mama Mia, That’s a Smelly Cat! a Murder Mystery by Sherrie Hansen –

When Mama and Eunice (from the Carol Burnett Show) agree to trade places with Monica and Phoebe (from Friends) on Wife Swap, a reality TV series where two wives switch families for two weeks, something goes terribly wrong. Who’s written off the show for good and who’s guilty of turning out the lights? Was it Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Mama, Eunice, Ed, Mr. Huh Wiggins, or producer Kyle Waggoner? One lucky sleuth will get their dinner free! $24.95 each.

Menu: Wonderful Wonton Soup, Lettuce Salad, Rolls, Your Choice of: Mama’s Chicken Pie with Baking Powder Biscuit Crust OR Chef Monica’s Tarragon Chicken with Cranberry Apple Stuffing and White Wine Sauce OR Eunice’s Roast Beef with Mixed Peppercorn Sauce and Mashed Potatoes OR Phoebe’s Seafood Stuffed Salmon on a Bed of Wild Rice OR Ed’s Peach Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf A variety of desserts including our popular cheesecakes will be offered for $5.00 each. Soft drinks are available for $1.50. You may bring wine, beer or champagne to enjoy with your meal. We will provide stems and uncork as needed for $1.00 per stem.

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February 5 and 6, 2015

Somebody Hates Raymond – a murder mystery by Sherrie Hansen

When one of Raymond Barone’s friends dresses up to look like Raymond and then, ends up dead, it’s apparent that SOMEBODY HATES RAYMOND enough to try to kill him. Could it be an episode of The Family Feud come to life? Debra, Robert, Amy, Frank, Marie, and Ole Folkshome, the director of the assisted living center where Frank and Marie have moved, are all suspects. One lucky guest who figures out who-done-it will receive their dinner free! $24.95 each.

MENU: Italian Wedding Soup, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Bread Stick. Your choice of: Chicken Carbonara with Bacon, Mushrooms and Parmesan on Bow Tie Pasta OR Italian Roast Beef with Rosemary Garlic Potatoes OR Roast Pork Filled Cannelloni with Creamy Mornay Sauce and Garlic Tomato Basil Sauce OR Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Garlic Mashed Potatoes OR Roast Vegetables with Wild Rice, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Italian Cheeses

A delicious selection of desserts will be offered for $5.00 each. Beverages $1.50. You may bring your own wine, beer, or champagne to enjoy with your meal. An uncorking fee of $1.00 for stem will be charged. (Note: We have very limited space on Saturday the 6th due to a private party.)

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, February 12*, 13*, and 14** at 6:30 p.m. 

A Victorian Valentine Dinner

*$21.95 per person, serving from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 2/12 and 2/13,

**$26.95 per person, serving from 5 – 8 p.m. Sunday 2/14, with music by Violinist Jennifer Fischer Kittleson and an art display / sale by Artist Jon Kittleson. Live music starting at 6 p.m.

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Menu: Wonderful Wild Rice Soup with Applewood Bacon, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Roll. Your Choice of:  French Steak with Cheddar Chablis Sauce and Red Potatoes OR Seafood Mornay with Shrimp, Crab and Swiss Cheese on Puff Pastry Hearts OR Fruits of the Forest Chicken with Apples, Mushrooms and Blackberry Brandy on Wild Rice Pilaf OR Stuffed Pork Chops with Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Sage Gravy OR Roast Vegetables with Wild Rice, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Italian Cheeses

A Variety of Desserts will be offered for $5.00 each. Chocolate Fondue for Two may be preordered at the price of $12.00 per couple ~

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March 11 and 12, 2015

THE FRAIDY BUNCH – a murder mystery by Sherrie Hansen

When the overly paranoid Fraidy family goes to the video store and rents a copy of the Truman Show, they realize that they, too, are a television family that exists only for the viewing pleasure of millions of viewers. When they call in Truman Burbank to help them escape from the set of the Fraidy Bunch, chaos ensues and the producer of the show, who has been posing as Alice’s boyfriend, Sam the Butcher, ends up dead. Who cracked and committed the deed – was it Carol, Mike, Alice, Greg, Bobby, Cindy or… Truman?  One lucky guest who figures out who-done-it will receive their dinner free! $24.95 each.

 Menu:  Tomato Soup with Herbed Oyster Crackers, Lettuce Salad with Ranch Dressing, Rolls. Your Choice of:  Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy OR Pineapple Orange Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf OR Chicken Crepes Cordon Bleu with Ham, Swiss, and Mushrooms OR Seafood Stuffed Salmon with Mashed Potatoes OR Gourmet Chicken a la King with Artichoke Hearts on Puff Pastry. 

A delicious selection of desserts will be offered for $5.00 each. Beverages $1.50. You may bring your own wine, beer, or champagne to enjoy with your meal. An uncorking fee of $1.00 for stem will be charged.

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Lunches, Cooking Seminars, Dinners & Special Events:  We are open for Lunch on Wednesday – Saturday from 11:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Call 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 will continue to be open 7 days a week.

Call anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to reserve a table for Wed – Sat or to find out what delicious, homemade specials are on our menu for the upcoming 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:

*Raspberry Peach Chicken on Wild Rice 

 *Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Wild Rice and Italian Cheeses 

*Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof (a savory ground beef filling topped with homemade mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar)

 *Parmesan Crusted Tilapia on Wild Rice Pilaf 

 *Herbs de Provence Chicken with Roquefort Cream Sauce and Mashed Potatoes  

 *Quiche in a Cup

 *Very Berry Chicken Salad with our own Low-Fat Creamy Raspberry Dressing

*Grandma Hansen’s Chicken Pie with Baking Powder Biscuit Crust

COOKING SEMINARS!

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. If there are three or more of you who would like to do a cooking seminar,please contact me with a date that works well for you and to choose a theme, and I’ll contact others who have expressed interest.

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DINNER & OUR FONDUE FEAST
Overnight guests and private parties are welcome to dine at the Inn any evening, but ask that you make reservations 24 hours in advance, 48 hours for our Fondue Feast. 

Below is a sample menu that includes many of the entrees we may have on our dinner menu. Once you’ve made a reservation, we’ll email the menu directly to you so you can choose your main course selections.

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

Raspberry Cordial Chicken with Peach Schnapps with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Carbonnara with Bacon, Mushrooms and Pease in a Parmesan Cream Sauce

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. $5.00 for dessert. $1.50 for beverages. $1.00 per wine stem for uncorking as needed.

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Fondue Feast

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 favorite wine, beer or champagne to enjoy with your meal. The charge is $1.00 per glass.

 As always, please call 641-713-3113 or reply to this e-mail for reservations for lunch, dinner or an overnight stay, or for more information about any of our meals or upcoming events.

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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!

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Comfort Cookie Creations

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Our Comfort Cookie Creations can be ordered to go and include Chocolate Cherry Kisses, Melting Moments, Chocolate Almond Brownies, Caramel  Shortbread, Sugar Plum Cookies, and Cream Wafers. The prices are: 4Cookies for $2. 10 for $5, 25 for $12, 50 for $20. We charge $5.00 for delivery and regularly make trips to Austin, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Hudson and all points in between. We can match any colors and incorporate many themes. If you want the cookies delivered on an antique glass tray, the price is $20 and includes 30 cookies.

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Sherrie Hansen’s Books

Innkeeper Sherrie Hansen is a published author and  available to speak at club meetings, special events, and women’s and business groups.

“Sherrie Hansen creates sprawling farm and comfortable home, American countryside… wobbling bicycles, squabbling siblings, lovers’ arguments… Her scenery and her characters are all equally real. Sherrie Hansen’s created a thinking woman’s romance, as full of depth and feeling and love as any other, but seasoned with history… real relationships, common sense and hope; a wonderful novel, highly recommended.”

…From a review by Sheila Deeth on “Night and Day”“Love Notes kept me glued to the page, never knowing how I wanted the tale to end, but always sure the author would end it well. After all, she’s very clearly listening to the author of our lives as she writes these lives—Christian fiction indeed, where honest humanity meets heavenly hope.”

…From a review by Sheila Deeth on “Love Notes”

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For more information, visit www.BlueBelleBooks.com, http://www.facebook.com/SherrieHansenAuthor orwww.Sherriehansen.wordpress.com

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Gift Certificates ~  The Perfect Present!

Give the gift of romance and relaxation. Call today to order a hand calligraphied gift certificate for that deserving person at work or for someone you love.

Call 641-713-3113. We accept MC, Visa, Discover or American Express.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF MURDER MYSTERIES 

All it takes is a slightly zany group of 6 to 10 people and a little help from the Blue Belle… call now to arrange your own who-dun-it murder mystery. We have dozens of games to choose from, and can provide you with scripts, sound tracks, props, a private room or area, and a delicious meal while you attempt to solve the mystery.

There is a $25.00 charge to facilitate your mystery plus the cost of whatever meals you choose.

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Parties with a Festive Flair

Remember the Blue Belle when planning your family gatherings, parties & business retreats. Our first floor seats 60 people. From dessert buffets to elegant hors d’oeuvres, luncheons, and light dinners, we’re happy to tailor our menus and prices to meet your special needs.

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For reservations, please call 641-713-3113

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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” ……………………………………….$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.

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The Blue Belle Inn has high speed, fiber optic, wireless Internet access, free to all our guests!

Four of our rooms have king-sized beds (Heaven to Betsy, Plum Creek, Secret Garden, and Green Gables in Anne’s House of Dreams).  Many of our mattresses have plush, memory foam toppers.

NeverNeverland and Sherwood Forest have queen sized beds.

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 of Dreams can be rented as two separate units (one on the first floor, the second on the second floor), each with its own entrance, OR as one big house that sleeps from 2 – 8 people.

Sherwood Forest now has a queen size bed and a full size futon, making it an ideal room for two people who want separate beds. The rooms sits 4 in a nice conversational grouping as well.

Heaven to Betsy now has a king size bed and a full size futon with a plush, memory foam mattress!

  All of our rooms have TV/VCR or DVD units. We have a huge assortment of movies that you can watch while you’re visiting the Blue Belle Inn.

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It’s been over 23 years since I first fell in love with the wonderful (but very dilapidated) Victorian house that is now the Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House. It makes my head spin to think about the many ways the world has changed since 1991. Although I do my best to keep up with the times, I think part of the Blue Belle Inn’s charm is that it has remained a constant – a restorative oasis where guests can relax and enjoy good, old-fashioned food, fun and hospitality.

No matter what the season, there are all kinds of reasons to visit the Blue Belle Inn, and we hope you’ll do so soon! Here are a few things I love about the Blue Belle.

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Winter: Cozy quilts, snuggling in front of the fireplace, a steamy whirlpool, Chocolate Fondue for Two, Christmas trees and nativities in every room, Beef Stroganoff on Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Grandma Hansen’s Chicken Pie topped with freshly baked biscuits, our Soups for the Soul Cooking Seminar, romance on Valentine’s Day – and every day!

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Spring: Bluebells blossoming in the woods, a robin’s nest outside my door, the scent of lilacs and lily of the valley, Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy at Mother’s Day brunch, Fresh Strawberry Pie, pink apple blossoms, Wonderful Wild Rice Soup, newly planted window boxes, kindred spirit gatherings, a rainbow of delectable cookies, Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof fresh from the oven.

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Summer: Our front porch swing, festivals, parades and fireworks, outdoor movies and wine-tastings, Fresh Peach Pie, fresh mint, herbs and flowers from our garden, Raspberry Cordial Chicken, Tomato Basil Soup and Very Berry Chicken Salad, day lilies, weddings, reunions, and sharing stories around the breakfast – or supper – table.

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Fall: Maple trees in red and orange, Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins, Bumbleberry Pie with Apples, Blueberries and Raspberries, Hunter Schnitzel on Homemade Spaetzle Noodles for Oktoberfest, walls of ivy and grapevine, Potato Cheese Soup, Honeycrisp apples, murder mystery dinners, warm days and cool nights, the flurry of harvest all around.

To view our current specials and events for the upcoming months, please visit our blog at https://bluebelleinn.wordpress.com/, our website at www.BlueBelleInn.com, or our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn. To sign up for our quarterly email newsletter, or make a reservation, please call 641-713-3113, or email bluebelle@myomnitel.com.

Until we see you next,
Sherrie Hansen

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BBInn Fall 2013 

The days are getting shorter. The nights are cooler. There are signs of fall all around. Soon, we’ll be making our delicious Bumbleberry Pie with Apples, Blueberries and Raspberries, German Jaegerschnitzel, Homemade Spaetzle Noodles and our famous Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins. The menus and the special events we’ve planned for September, October and November will add a smile to your face and a spring to your step no matter what the season!

We’d love to share some delicious food and good times with each of you this fall.  ===> Please note our new lunch hours below.

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Just give us a ring at 641-713-3113 to join us for lunch, dinner, a murder mystery, or a cooking seminar, celebrate a special anniversary or family event, or to make the Blue Belle your home away from home while visiting family or attending a class reunion or wedding. 

Whatever the occasion, we hope you’ll visit Saint Ansgar soon!

For reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  email bluebelle@myomnitel.com.

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.comor our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn.
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Lunch Menus   ===> Please Note Our New Hours!

Effective September 1, we will be open for Lunch on Wednesday – Saturday from 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.

We are also requesting reservations. (Call 641-713-3113)

Being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays will allow me to spend more time with my husband at our home in Hudson. Requesting reservations will help me plan the 85 mile trip between our two homes more effectively, especially this winter, when the roads are often bad between here and there. I hope that you will come and see us on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday when we are open for lunch. 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 will continue to be open 7 days a week.

You can still call any morning after 9 a.m. to reserve a table for Wed – Sat or to find out what delicious, homemade specials are on our menu for the upcoming 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!)

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Some favorites of mine that you may find on the menu:

*Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkin (Available from mid-September 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

*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)

*Grandma Hansen’s Chicken Pie with Baking Powder Biscuit Crust

*Very Berry Chicken Salad with our own Low-Fat Creamy Raspberry Dressing

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COOKING SEMINARS!

Our cooking seminars are a wonderful way to meet Kindred Spirits in the kitchen. It’s great fun to make, sample, and taste your favoriteBlue 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. If there are at least two of you who would like to do a cooking seminar, please contact me with a date that works well for you and to choose a theme, and I’ll contact others who have expressed interest. Because our staff and our schedules are in transition (Congratulations to Carolyn, who started college this week!), I haven’t scheduled a class for September or October. We’re currently looking for a time when we can reschedule “Entertaining with Ease” (see below), and I hope to do one another class in November. I’ll be in touch as soon as I have more details.

Entertaining with Ease Cooking Seminar

 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, 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. $40.00.

 

Murder Mysteries!

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Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The Wicked Web That Charlatan Wove

A murder mystery spoof of Charlotte’s Web and The Three Little Pigs with a guest appearance by Boss P. Hogg – written by Sherrie Hansen. 

When Charlotte’s cousin of questionable morals, Charlatan, poses as her and starts spinning words into a huge web of deceit, all kinds of troubles ensue. Some are silently relieved when he’s found dead, and with him, the secrets he was in danger of revealing. Others, who may have benefited from his services, are outraged. The question is, who is guilty – Charlotte, Wilbur the Pig, Fern, Alec R. Templeton, B.B. Wolfe, Farmer Zuckerman, Lucy Goosey, Lamb Chop, or Boss P. Hogg – and why did they stoop to murder to silence the spider? One lucky person who solves the mystery will get their dinner free! $24.95 each includes dinner and entertainment.

Menu:

Tomato Basil Soup with Toast Hearts de Provence, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Roll

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Bumbleberry Chicken with Apples, Mushrooms, and Blackberry Brandy on Wild Rice OR

Potato Crusted Cod with Cheddar and Chives on Mashed Potatoes OR
 
Seasoned – shhhhhhhh – Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins* (*Subject to availability – Acorn Squash or Baked Potato may be substituted.) OR

Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof with Ground Round, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, and Shredded Cheddar OR
 
Zucchini Mushroom Pepper Medley with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Italian Cheese on Wild Rice  

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 A Variety of Homemade Puddings and Pastries will be offered for $4.00 per serving.

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October 24 and 25, 2014

The Hills Are Alive – Ah, Make That Dead – With the Sound of Silence

A murder mystery spoof of “The Sound of Music” and “Sister Act” written by Sherrie Hansen

When Elsa hatched a plan to cut down thousands of tree and deforest the Alps to build a new resort, even Captain Von Sapp’s plea that the trees were a few of his favorite things couldn’t make her change her mind – until it was too late..Who sang Do Re Murder? Was it Sister Activia Clarence, Vinnie the Roach, Maria Problemo Di Solva, Captain Von Sapp, Max, the Knife, Rottweiler, Lisa LeAnn Von Sapp, ROFL, or Mother Superior?Join us for German cuisine and a mystery dinner at the Blue Belle B&B and Tea House to find out who did it! $24.95 each, children under 10 are half price. One lucky sleuth who solves the mystery will get their dinner free!

Menu:

Bavarian Salad Plate on Lettuce, Rolls

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Alpine Chicken with Crab and Swiss Cheese Fondue Sauce and Mashed Potatoes OR

Tender Pork Medallions (Jaeger Schnitzel) in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce on Homemade Spaetzle Noodles OR

Beef Rouladen with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions on Homemade Spaetzle Noodles OR 

Chicken and Wild Rice Stuffed Pumpkins with Colby Jack Cheese OR
 
Italian Meatball Sandwich Casserole with Tomato Basil Sauce, Swiss and Provolone

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A variety of Desserts including our popular Black Forest Cheesecake Dessert will be offered for $4.00 each.  

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November 14 and 15
Mama Mia, That’s a Smelly Cat!

a Murder Mystery by Sherrie Hansen –

When Mama and Eunice (from the Carol Burnett Show) agree to trade places with Monica and Phoebe (from Friends) on Wife Swap, a reality TV series where two wives switch families for two weeks, something goes terribly wrong. Who’s written off the show for good and who’s guilty of turning out the lights?

Details and menu to follow soon! 

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What do these things have in common?

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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.

Jam Jar Jumbles ~ Comfort Cookie Creations ~ Shabby Chic Cakes ~ Sweet 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.

Call 641-713-3113 for flavors and pricing. Discounts for large quantities.

For reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  email bluebelle@myomnitel.com, or visit http://www.BlueBelleInn.com.

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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. 

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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. 

BBI - Sherwood Forest 

Heaven to Betsy, Sherwood Forest, Secret Garden (NEW!) 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.
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For reservations, please call 641-713-3113

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 Book Signings to Celebrate the Release of Blue Belle

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Sherrie will be signing books and talking about Scotland and her newest book, Blue Belle, the 2nd of her Wildflowers of Scotland novels:

September 9 at 6 p.m. Austin Public Library, Austin, MN 

Thistle Down (a prequel novella), is still free at Smashwords.com. Sherrie’s other novels – 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, www.SecondWindPublishing.com, or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.   

Follow Sherrie at http://www.facebook.com/SherrieHansenAuthor
or her blog at https://sherriehansen.wordpress.com

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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 from mid-September 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.

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Fondue Feast

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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  Gift Certificates!

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Give the Gift of Love with a beautiful Gift Certificate from the Blue Belle Inn!

Call 1-877-713-3113 toll free to order with your MC, Visa, Discover or American Express

 

Live Time, Online Reservations!

You can now check availability and book rooms online, directly from our website,

at www.BlueBelleInn.com. Check it out!

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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)

“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.

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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).

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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!

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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!

 Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends! If you would rather we use a different email address, please let me know and I will be happy to update our records.  If you would rather not receive these updates from The Blue Belle Inn, please let me know so I can remove your name. Thank You! 

 

 

 

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 We hope our menus and the special events we’ve planned for July and August will add some sunshine to your summer!

We’d love to share some delicious food and good times with each of you.

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Just give us a ring at 641-713-3113 to join us for lunch, dinner, a murder mystery, or a cooking seminar, celebrate a special anniversary or family event, or to make the Blue Belle your home away from home while visiting family or attending a class reunion or wedding. 

Whatever the occasion, we hope you’ll visit Saint Ansgar soon!

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 For reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  email bluebelle@myomnitel.com.

You can also keep in touch with us and find out what’s going on in St. Ansgar and the surrounding area at our new blog athttps://bluebelleinn.wordpress.com/, or by visiting our website at www.BlueBelleInn.com, or by liking our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBelleInn.
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COOKING SEMINARS!

Our cooking seminars are a wonderful way to meet Kindred Spirits in the kitchen. It’s great fun to make, sample, and taste your favoriteBlue 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. If there are at least two of you who would like to do a cooking seminar, please contact me with a date that works well for you and to choose a theme, and I’ll contact others who have expressed interest.

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 Friday, July 18 – 10:30 am to 2:30 pm 

Madeline Goes to Paris Cooking Seminar

 It’s the perfect season for a gastronomic trip to France as we utilize fresh produce, garden fresh herbs and edible flowers to make bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, French favorites like Brandy Braised Beef, Herbes de Provence Chicken with Roquefort Cream Sauce, Garlic Sage Roast Pork, Country Pate, Tomato Zucchini Provencal, and Parisienne Tomatoes, and decorate delicate sweets like Creamy Pear Pastries and Gateau au Chocolat. $40.00.

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Friday, August 22 – 10:30 am to 2:30 pm 

Entertaining with Ease Cooking Seminar

 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, 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. $40.00.

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Murder Mysteries!

Saturday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Secret Life of Peter Rabbit

a “whodunit” murder mystery by Sherrie Hansen

Someone in Secret Garden has a secret and it’s up to you to find out who – before Peter’s dreams come thumping to a halt. Mary, Dickon, Colin, Archibald Craven, Peter Rabbit, Robin Redbreast, and Mr. and Mrs. MacGregor are all suspects. One lucky sleuth who solves the mystery will receive their dinner free. $24.95 per person.

SECRET GARDEN CUISINE – $24.95

Tomato Basil Soup with Toast Hearts de Provence, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Roll

Chicken with Crab, Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese on Wild Rice OR

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Roll in a Bacon Wrap with Mashed Potatoes OR

Baked Cod with Cheddar and Chives on Wild Rice OR

Cottage Pie with a Thatched Roof (ground round with homemade mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar)

A Variety of Homemade Puddings and Pastries will be offered for $4.00 per serving.

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August 8 and 9, 2014

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Betsy and Tacy Go Downton

a “Whodunit” Murder Mystery by Sherrie Hansen

When Betsy Ray’s British cousin, Matthew Crawley, fakes his death in a car accident and comes to Deep Valley, MN because he needs a break from Downton Abbey, a round of parties is planned to introduce him to the Crowd. When Lord Grantham and the Dowager Countess cross the pond to put an end to his lark, the unthinkable happens and Matthew is murdered. (Yes, this time, he’s really dead.) Did someone tamper with his dance card, hotwire his motor car, or spike his punch? Or was it the caterwauling during the Cat Duet that killed him? Betsy, Tacy, Tib, Tony, Bonnie (who we’ve never quite trusted), Joe, and  Thomas, the Valet are all suspects. One lucky sleuth who solves the mystery will receive their dinner free! 

 Deep Valley Meets Downton Abbey Cuisine

“Onion Sandwich” Soup a la Mr. Ray, Green Leaf Lettuce Salad, Roll

 

Betsy’s Raspberry Cordial Chicken with Pan-Fried Potatoes OR

 Tib’s Jaeger Schnitzel with Cream Gravy and Mushrooms on Homemade Spaetzle Noodles OR

Tacy’s Irish Meat and Potato Pie with Chicken, Cheese and Pork Sausage OR 

Bonnie’s Exotic Seafood Stuffed Salmon with Wild Rice OR

Lady Violet’s Elegant Roast Beef with Chardonnay Cream Sauce, Gorgonzola Cheese and Red Potatoes OR

 

The Crowd’s Famous Fudge

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What do these things have in common?

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They can all be ordered from The Blue Belle Inn for your next party, birthday celebration, work gathering, or special event.

Jam Jar Jumbles ~ Comfort Cookie Creations ~ Shabby Chic Cakes ~ Sweet 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.

Call 641-713-3113 for flavors and pricing. Discounts for large quantities.

For reservations, please call 641-713-3113,  email bluebelle@myomnitel.com, or visit http://www.BlueBelleInn.com.

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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. 

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        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. 

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For reservations, please call 641-713-3113

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 Book Signings to Celebrate the Release ofBlue Belle

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Sherrie will be signing books and talking about Scotland and her newest book, Blue Belle, the 2nd of her Wildflowers of Scotland novels.

Caramel Shortbread and other Scottish Dainties will be served. Please join me.

August 19 at 6 p.m. Mason City (IA) Public Library

August 23 and 24, time to be announced, Austin Artworks Festival, downtown Austin, MN

September 9 at 6 p.m. Austin (MN) Public Library

Thistle Down (a prequel novella), is still free at Smashwords.com. Sherrie’s other novels – 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, www.SecondWindPublishing.com, or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.   

Follow Sherrie at http://www.facebook.com/SherrieHansenAuthor
or her blog at https://sherriehansen.wordpress.com

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  Lunch Menus

We are open for Lunch every day (except Sunday) from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. We prefer reservations (call 641-713-3113) but we do accept walk-ins.

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:

*Smoked Turkey, Provolone and Bacon on a Brioche Bun with Spinach Artichoke Spread

*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)

*Grandma Hansen’s Chicken Pie with Baking Powder Biscuit Crust

*Very Berry Chicken Salad with our own Low-Fat Creamy Raspberry Dressing

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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 summer. 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

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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

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 Speatzle 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.

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Fondue Feast

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.

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Gift Certificates!

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Give the Gift of Love with a beautiful Gift Certificate from the Blue Belle Inn!

Call 1-877-713-3113 toll free to order with your MC, Visa, Discover or American Express

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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!

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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” ……………………………………$100

Queen size bed, full-size futon, private bath with shower, shared access to third floor Jacuzzi for two

“The Secret Garden” ………………………………..$110

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)

“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 $10.00 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).

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Every Day starting in May:  Wine Tastings at Bel-Aire Winery from 12 noon until 6 p.m.
Every Saturday Night Throughout the Summer at Bel-Aire Winery:
Saturday Outdoor Movie Night

For a schedule of upcoming movies, check:  http://www.facebook.com/belairewinery or www.belairewinery.com

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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!

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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!

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Reserve your table now for Mother’s Day Brunch at the Blue Belle Inn – Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Adults $14.95, Children under ten $7.95 – Serving Homemade 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 Hormel Bacon. A Variety of Optional Desserts including Copenhagen Cream with Raspberries, Chocolate Fondue Cheesecake, and Fresh Strawberry Pie will be offered for $4.00 each. 641-713-3113

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