Franklin County Harvest Bloggers Tour—First Rate Lodging

P1040041I hardly know where to start with sharing my past weekend in Franklin County but I decided to start with our lodging for the weekend.  The entire weekend was sponsored and paid for in full by the Franklin County Farm Bureau and Franklin County Tourism . I will be writing many posts about this event and that was an expectation of attending this weekend but I am thrilled to highlight all that we experienced over the weekend.  Trust me—it was a lot of fun.

Chris was able to make it back from Texas to enjoy the weekend with me and if truth be told I think he was  bit skeptical about what this weekend would be like. Remember he is the guy who was worried he would find me stuffed in a trunk by the side of the road somewhere when I went to meet a Minnesota blogger friend for the first time.  But right after we checked into Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast he realized that this was going to be a great weekend and we were going to have a blast.



Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast is a lovely old farmhouse that sits on 3 acres outside of Hampton, Iowa.   The inn boasts 4 bedrooms and a wonderful living/gathering area as well as a spacious dining area.

Our hosts for the weekend included Donnis (Her husband’s grandfather, Carl, is the one who built the farmhouse around 1921), Lacey and Crystal. They all worked together to ensure our weekend being the best it could be.  From checkin to checkout we were pampered and treated like royalty.

Chris and I were in the Country Elegance Suite at the top of the stairs.  It boasted a comfy queen size bed, a fireplace, an adorable balcony and a wonderful bathroom complete with whirlpool tub.





P1030619We thoroughly enjoyed our room and our stay at this Bed and Breakfast.  We have stayed at quite a few Bed and Breakfast establishments over the years here and abroad and it is always fun to see what the next one will offer. I would have to say Country Heritage B & B was definitely at the top of our list after this stay. Some have quirky rules that make us laugh. Some have odd proprietors.  Some have less than what is advertised—-in other words the pictures look better than the actual place.  Not so with Country Heritage B & B.

We were treated to a dinner on Saturday night and Lacey did a fabulous job of preparing 3 soups for our dining pleasure.  I had the Potato Soup and Chris had both the Wild Rice and the Vegetable Beef and all 3 were delicious.  So delicious I forgot to take pictures of all of them.  Dessert was a yummy Chocolate Rice Krispy creation or Pumpkin Delight. Which one do you think I chose?
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Did I mention there were goats?  Oh yes!  Pygmy goats–one of my favorites.  Of course I spent a lot of time trying to pet the goats during the weekend and they were pretty darn adorable.




The Bed and Breakfast also has a wonderful little gift shop called The Giggling Goat.  You can find practically anything from items for the home to wine to other tasty treats.  If you pass this gift shop up you will be missing out on some fun things.




Hands down this is one place that you will leave feeling rested and relaxed .  Along with that you might make a new friend or two or three!! Thank you, Donnis, Lacy and Crystal for making our stay with you so memorable.P1040049

Other bloggers that participated in this weekend that you will want to check out include:

Jeni Eats

Donna Hup

Sawdust and Embryos

The Walking Tourists


  1. I love bed and breakfasts and this one looks charming.

    • This one was really nice—clean, rooms were spacious and nicely decorated and the ladies were top notch. We really did not do one of their “normal” breakfasts so i can’t say much about that but the dinner was great and they were so accommodating.

  2. What a charming place! Looks like fun too. I’m with you, I think pygmy goats are so cute.

  3. Good start Beth Ann! Looks like a very nice B&B, we like them too.. always quiet.

  4. I know a lot of people in our community appreciate the B&B because they offer whole house rental – which a lot of family get-togethers, to bridal parties on a wedding day, have taken advantage of. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!

  5. The “Giggling Goat” tickled my funny bone..

  6. I love these kid of B & B’s. This one would be right up our alley. The food sounds good too. I would have had the potato soup. What a great name for the gift shop!! Can’t wait to read more.

  7. You have such a fun life!

  8. Now we have lots of goat friends to visit in Franklin County!

  9. I so want to stay here now. This suits the farm girl in me. I really like the look of your room. Not at all Victorian and cluttered. But welcoming. Sounds like you had a GREAT time.

    Oh, and those goats.

    So glad Chris has evolved from that mindset of thinking he would be stuffed in the trunk of a (my) Minnesota car.

    • It really is a beautiful and fun place and their rates are very reasonable. I was really impressed with the care they took in decorating and in making the whole experience so wonderful for us. I am sure it is the same for everyone who stays there. The neat thing is you can rent the entire house which would make it perfect for a family gathering, a retreat or a girls weekend or something. Fun place and now I have a goat there I got to name!!! Gwendolyn!

  10. What a lovely Inn. The soup looked so good. And more goats!!

  11. it looks absolutely delightful!! I love places like this; so much charm and simple pleasures. I have never had a bad stay yet in one, thankfully. Are those bowling balls painted to look like bugs? because that is genius.

  12. Were the pygmy goats the kind that fall over when they get excited?


  1. […] Bloggers Tour and this will be the second post in my series.  If you missed the first one you can click here to read all about our lodging for the weekend at Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Hampton. Now it is […]

  2. […] Weekend in Franklin County?  If you want to read a couple posts about it you can click here and here and here and here to catch up on what the fun included.  But wait–there’s more! […]

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