5412 Brighton Ave. SE
Montrose Minnesota 55363United States
This historical farmhouse offers a respite from city life with lush gardens, seasonal breakfasts and whimsical touches, such as bathtubs in an outdoor gazebo.
For feeling as out-in-the-country as Nature's Nest does, it's surprisingly easy to find. Head about a mile down a dirt road right off Highway 12, a main east-west artery that eventually becomes 394 in the Twin Cities. That makes it an easy, straight shot for anyone coming from the metro area; however, this B&B feels like its worlds away from city life. Housed in a farmhouse built around a log cabin from the 1880s, it has two suites with separate entrances and a private breakfast ($135 per night). Rustic-loving or on-a-budget guests can stay in the remote cabin on a small pond ($95 per night). Our room, the Upper Suite, was comfortable and spacious, with a kitchenette and a lovely porch. The antique twin bed and a claw-foot tub were a bit short compared to modern versions, but the mattress and pillows were comfortable and the tub had a shower option. Large windows let in plenty of light and a delicious cross breeze. The room was thoughtfully stocked with a small water cooler (the tap water had a slight sulfur smell) and a selection of books and movies. In the yard, a screened-in gazebo houses side-by-side claw-foot tubs (illuminated after dark by candlelit lanterns), and a small screened porch holds a suspended bed, complete with a soft comforter, perfect for an afternoon nap. Breakfast was simple but elegant: buttery slow-stirred eggs (like scrambled, but thicker) with asparagus, topped with Gruyere and chive flowers. It was served with three strips of crisp bacon, a garnish of fresh spinach leaves and pansy flowers, and a few spears of pan-browned asparagus from the B&B's garden. Coffee, sour cherry and white chocolate scones and fresh fruit rounded out the meal. We'd absolutely return to Nature's Nest for a romantic weekend away or as a great back-to-nature escape with the kids.