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The Log House & Homestead
on Spirit Lake

Bed and Breakfast

Vergas, Minnesota

"History, tranquility, and an incredible attention to detail come together in this exceptional inn," says Karen Anderson of Minnesota Monthly in her article on The Log House & Homestead.

"This Country Bed & Breakfast is a jewel of a find." writes Alice Vollmar in her featured article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.

A Minnesota Historic Inn
Minnesota Historic Inn

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  • ELEGANCE and ROMANCE are the hallmark of this unique Bed and Breakfast.
  • Special amenities include in-room fireplaces and double whirlpools, beautiful linens, down comforters, canopy beds, and unusual antiques.
  • Greeting trays on bed or teacart offer welcome hospitality to be enjoyed in the comfort of one's room.
  • Private balconies or porches provide lakeside viewing or sunning in the warmer months.
  • 115 acres of fields, hills and maple woods adjacent to 4,000 feet of shore afford onsite activities in all seasons.
  • Canoes, rowboats (along with parasols!) and snowshoes are furnished.
  • Book shelves offer quiet respites for those who wish only to sit and enjoy the peace, the quiet, and the spectacular views.

Two very different structures compose this little hostelry located in picturesque Otter Tail County in the heart of Minnesota’s lakes region. The county's rolling hills and curving roads encase over 1,000 lakes (more than any other county in the US). It is a verdant land in summer, a riot of color in autumn and pristine white in winter--a lovely playground for any season. Watching the lake ice "go out" in spring can be spectacular.

Homestead Guest Room
THE HOMESTEAD Kristina Guest Room
Log House Common Room
THE LOG HOUSE Living Room
THE HOMESTEAD, original to the property, was built in 1902 by Swedish immigrants Gust Fredholm and wife Kristina. TODAY, its lakeside private entrance, all-season wicker-filled porch, central air conditioning, and three lovely bedrooms offer quests luxury and comfort. THE LOG HOUSE circa 1889, across the meadow, was built by the innkeeper's great-great-grandfather Peter Jensen and his wife Anna. It was moved intact 80 miles from northern Minnesota and now rests on a knoll overlooking Spirit Lake.
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BREAKFAST is meant to be an experience.
This bountiful meal occurs in front of the fire or on the screen porch at the Log House. At The Homestead, service is in-room on linen-dressed teacarts, while the Suite has a private breakfast room. Fresh-squeezed orange juice and fresh-ground coffee are "de rigueur". See our recipes for examples of main dishes paired with local sausage and fresh fruit. All breads and sweets are fresh from the oven!
WHAT TO DO?
Guests are free to roam our property: hike the Marshall Trail through the woods, stroll the Prairie loop over the hills and fields and savor the vista from Carl's hilltop. Our boats and canoes (gratis) offer lovely and serene boat rides (Battenburg lace parasols included). In the winter one can cross-country ski the lake and hills (one needs one's own equipment) or try out the furnished showshoes.
THE INN
The Inn began on a whim by the parents of the present owners. They opened the doors of the Log House in June of 1990, having recently retired from the foreign service in Africa. Within a few years, guest demand justified expansion to the Homestead; and what had been a seasonal enterprise, quickly grew to a year-round operation. In 1998 they put themselves "out to pasture" and turned the reins over to their two daughters. Suzanne Tweten lives and thrives on the property with her two opinionated cats and is the primary owner. Her sister, Patrice Allen, works on-site 5 months of the year and manages the books from St. Louis with her understanding husband Mark the remainder of the year.

Loghouse & Homestead on Spirit Lake is a member of the following associations:
   Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Guild
   Otter Tail County Bed & Breakfast Association
   Professional Association of Innkeepers International

The Log House & Homestead on Spirit Lake
P.O. Box 130
Vergas, MN 56587
(218) 342-2318; (800) 342-2318
email: loghouse@tekstar.com
Innkeepers: Suzanne Tweten and Patrice Allen

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