We found beautiful hydrangeas in bloom all over the Ozarks during early June. The variation of colors is due to the amount of acid and/or alkili in the soil, not the breed. So how come these are so sharply contrasting, yet so close together?
As you pull into the inn's gravel parking lot, the first garden you see is this "old-fashioned" plot featuring lilies and an antique type of rose.
Unique Quality: The gardens and ponds add to the relaxing atmosphere of the inn.
Coffee is ready at 6:30 am, and Scott rings the breakfast bell at 8:30. There are rarely stragglers as all the guests are eager to take part in a real treat - a hearty country breakfast. On the menu: home-made biscuits, sausage gravy, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries (potatoes), mini-waffles with home-made pecan syrup; fruit salad, assorted jams, jellies and preserves.
Unique Quality: In a casual, relaxed setting, guests share travel stories and recommendations about area attractions, as well as life experiences. At our table one morning were people from Florida, Kansas, Arkansas, and Australia, ages newly-wed to seniors.
The dining room is set up for the next morning's breakfast. See my next entry for more on breakfast.
The parlor certainly has a homey feel to it. The instruments are not museum pieces, they're meant to be played.
Our first stay in a B&B could not possibly have been a better experience!
Our hosts, Scott and Shay, were genuinely a warm and caring couple who made all guests feel at home. Even though staying in a beautiful old home built in 1886, and filled with antiques, there was not a stuffy, museum-like atmosphere. Everybody felt at home. A huge, traditional country breakfast starts every day with a bang.
I highly recommend The Inn at Mountain View for those looking for a base while visiting this part of the Ozarks. Plan on at least three days, you will find plenty to do while still leaving relaxed and rested.
Unique Quality: The large, shaded front porch with numerous rockers is the social center. That is where guests gather to share what they have discovered that day and become acquainted. Scott gives music lessons on the porch, at times, (banjo and guitar), and the family bluegrass band practices in the front yard. All of this is less than a block from the city square where the local musicians and guests gather to jam.
Directions: One block from courthouse square, next to the fire barrel pits.
601 Sylamore Avenue, Mountain View
Hc 72 Box 4
619 Sylamor Avenue, Mountain View
17221 Highway 9, Mountain View
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