Bed and Breakfast Tour on Sunday
10 inns will open doors to the public
Coeur d’Alene Press, The (ID)
Published: June 9, 2006
When Brian and Shar Scott wake up each morning at the American Country Bed and Breakfast, even before they tend to their guests, there is one thing they do: “Every day, we pinch ourselves,” Shar Scott said. “This paradise can’t be real.”
But it is, and the Scott’s have learned to treasure their days since opening the inn at 705 S. Zircon Lane late last year.
Shar, a retired school teacher, and Brian, who retired from construction, said it’s been wonderful operating American Country.
They’ve had an array of guests, including a couple who met via the Internet, visitors from other countries and folks celebrating anniversaries.
They are booked for the Ironman in Coeur d’Alene later this month.
There are three themed bedrooms at the inn.
Visitors will find a tray of beverages and home-made goodies awaiting them in the morning, followed by a gourmet breakfast made by Shar and served by Brian.
“Everyone we have met, everyone who has stayed here, has been so gracious,” she said. “When guests leave here, it’s as though we’ve created new friends and hopefully, they’ll return.”
The living room of the inn is filled with antiques collected by the Scotts over the past 35 years.
They line the shelves from the floor to the ceiling, stirring memories and questions from guests.
“Don’t ask me how I dust,” Shar said with a laugh.
American Country and nine other Bed and Breakfasts will open their doors from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday for the annual spring tour organized by the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association.
Ten Bed and Breakfasts are participating in the program that is free.
People are welcome to visit the inns, check out the rooms, chat with owners and enjoy refreshments.
There will be maps and directions available at each Bed and Breakfast taking part in the tour.
Shar Scott will open the doors of the American Country Bed and Breakfast for the annual North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association spring tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.