With a Japanese-inspired aesthetic and a thorough eye for details that ensure guests’ comfort, Cindy and Doug Ofstedal have created a unique bed-and-breakfast at Asahi Loft. The first thing guests notice on arrival is the smell of freshly baked bread to snack on, eat for breakfast or take home.
The Ofstedals spent two decades teaching in Japan before returning to Minnesota in 2011 and opening their B&B on a residential street just five blocks from the center of tiny Harmony. Many of the treasures they brought back from Japan, like wallhangings and benches, now seamlessly integrate into the modern interior of the Loft, built over the garage of their home.
The accommodation is really just one big room with a king-size bed under the eaves, a reading nook and a handsome settee facing a discreetly positioned TV. Extra pillows, towels and even a spare toothbrush are in cabinets. Guests are left to their own devices for breakfast though. There’s a full kitchen stocked with fresh bread, butter, homemade jam and Amish eggs in the fridge, but the Ofstedals don’t do any cooking. In fact, they’ve mastered the art of staying fully available without being intrusive. The loft is a self-contained, peaceful getaway any time of year and good value at $125 a night for double occupancy.