The Spokesman Review | Cover Story - Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Carolyn Lamberson / Correspondent
Couple’s B&B joins annual North Idaho tour
When Sharlene and Brian Scott found the perfect spot to build their bed and breakfast, they had to keep something in mind. They needed a place big enough to hold their antiques. “One idea was to have people step back in time, to an era when things were softer, gentler, “ Sharlene Scott said. “To a time when the pace of life was slower.” In essence, she wanted her guests to be able to kick back, relax and say, “Ahh. Now I’m on vacation.”
Visitors can take a quick step back in time on Sunday when the Scotts’ American Country Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene joins in the annual North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association Spring Tour. Nine North Idaho inns will open their doors to the public for this free, self-guided tour.
The Scotts’ 4,000-square-foot inn, which opened in January 2006, features four guest rooms, an open kitchen, two dining areas and a large great room. The 5-acre parcel, located southeast of Coeur d’Alene off Highland Drive, also features three RV sites and soon will be home to an area specifically designed for wedding ceremonies. The couple’s living quarters are situated above the garage and are separate from the guest rooms.
The Scotts’ extensive antique collection is spread throughout the house, but the bulk of the collection has found a home in the great room. Shar’s good at decorating, so that helps immensely,” Brain Scott said.
Indeed, the great room resembles a well-stocked antique ship. Or, rather, a vintage American general store.