Minnesota-bed-and-breakfastWe’ve been enjoying a beautiful summer spent lakeside at our Minnesota bed and breakfast, especially our time spent on the beach and in the water. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside, working on the gardens and patio. The gardens and patio give us a great reason to sit and listen to the sounds of the lake, including the lapping waves, bird sounds and loon calls — one of the reasons we’ve been referred to as the “best lakeside B&B in Minnesota” and “Heaven on Pokegama”. We’ve been creating memories while sharing stories with our guests, talking about food and travels and teas that grow in Minnesota while watching birds and chipmunks forage under the hostas.MN-B&B

One of our favorite parts of owning and operating a B&B, is getting to know our guests and hearing their stories. Our guests have been kind enough to share some of their own experiences on our Trip Advisor page, including the following:

“We planned a few days to visit our daughters who are camp counselors near to where this lovely B and B is located. It was so much more than we ever can describe! Green Heron is enchanting like an English cottage and beautifully decorated. The owners make you feel welcome in their beautiful home. The bed was extremely comfortable. We spent the day swimming, boating and paddle boarding on the pristine Lake Pokegema with our daughters. At night we sat beneath the stars by the lake. Breakfast is not only beautiful but delicious: yogurts with fresh berries with maple syrup (they collected and made themselves), wild rice omelette (with rice harvested locally). The owners offer afternoon appetizers and wine. All in all a truly memorable experience with charming hosts. A Minnesota gem.”

“This is such a relaxing place to stay–it is perfectly serene, right on the lake, and surrounded by a plethora of lovely plants & flowers. Johnnie makes the best quesadilla appetizers! Breakfast was tasty and plentiful. Super choice.”

“We spent two nights in the Loon room and were not disappointed. The room is spacious and inviting with a gorgeous view of the lake. The bed was comfortable and the walk in shower was a treat. The host’s do a wonderful job of making your stay fantastic. The breakfasts are exceptional. We had delicious wild rice omelets with rhubarb muffins one day and oatmeal blueberry pancakes with yogurt the next day. Both meals were a feast. I am recommending this place to all our friends and family.”

Speaking of Rhubarb Muffins, we’ve had several requests for their recipe. They are incredibly moist and a great way to enjoy your rhubarb.

minnesota-breakfastRhubarb Muffins

1 1/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1c buttermilk

2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c diced rhubarb
1/2 c chopped nuts (opt)

1tsp ground cinnamon
1Tbls softened butter
1/3 c granulated sugar

In a large bowl combine first 5 ingredients. Mix well, stir in next 6 ingredients. Pour into paper lined muffin cups ( we use the Texas sized) .

In a small bowl mix the topping ingredients. Sprinkle over the muffins and gently press into tops.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 18 regular size, 12 Texas muffins.

On our Facebook page this month, we’ve given you inside the house tours, aerial tours, lots of views towards the lake and even some views from the lake. We post on Facebook almost every single day, so it’s a great place to keep up with our B&B — especially if it’s been too long since your last visit!