Classic Cars Cruise Past Nicolin Mansion

about 100 classic collector cars were on display and cruised past the Nicolin Mansion’s front porch on Friday evening, September 10th.

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Innkeepers Travelogue: Sioux Falls

One of the great perks of innkeeping is trading nights with other innkeepers. This past week we spent 3 fabulous nights at the Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Courtyard Blossoms: August

The Hosta take center stage this time of year, with over 350 plants throughout the courtyard, they are a living invitation to the garden.

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins (Gluten Free!)

When we accommodate guests with special dietary needs, we like to create a menu that all the guests enjoy without knowing there are any “restrictions.” These muffins we created recently has to top our list of favorites! 2 1/4 cup quick cooking oats 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup chocolate chips 2 teaspoons baking powder…

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Courtyard Blossoms: July

The courtyard blooms continue to come early – some varieties of Hosta are already blooming! And so are the Sedum; I didn’t even capture a photo of the purple sedum.

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Scott County Fair 2010

The Scott County Fair, deemed the five best days of summer, is held here in Jordan each July. We had a great time tonight taking in the animals, activities, aroma and arts of the fair. As for the animals, my favorite has to be the cattle barn – living in California created a nostalgia for…

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Local Attraction: Primary Colors

We’ve enjoyed the growing trend of an artist community in Jordan, and Primary Colors is a fantastic new addition. In June, our friend (and inn-sitter) Cindy Nevins, opened the new gallery with 16 (and growing) local and regional artists, next door in “The Hub,” home of Frank Nicolin’s historic opera house.

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Recipes from the Garden: Pesto

Our first bounty of the season is the herbs – Basil and Cilantro. Our first natural response was Pesto. Friday night are pizza nights around here for the innkeepers, and in summer that means grilled pizza. So our plan was Pesto instead of pizza sauce, and it was a great success! It works equally well using Cilantro instead of Basil (think chorizo, chipotle pepper, etc.). So here is our pesto recipe experience.

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Courtyard Blossoms: June

What a beautiful season in the garden. Everything is so lush! With this early season though, it just leaves me wondering what will be left to bloom the rest of the summer. Alas, we still are thoroughly enjoying the beauty! The Tiger Lilies, Daylilies and Climbing Roses were here when we bought the mansion –…

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Jordan Art Festival 2010

This past weekend, June 26th and 27th, was the 7th Annual Jordan Art Festival. It was great to see our town all dressed up, bustling with artists and visitors! Each year I look for a few treasures to add to our mansion, and I found some great ones. From 225 Water Street’s Flea Market I found 2…

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