• Dog Boarding Facility Newly Added to Mtn View

    New Dog Boarding Facility provides needed service

    Here at the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast we get asked one question quite often: “Do you allow pets?”.  Sadly, we can not.  Then quests  often ask “Can you recommend a good place that does dog boarding?” We totally sympathize with how difficult it is to travel and leave your little loved one behind! If you have met our Rocket, then you know we love dogs!    Well, we now have a great answer for you!  Dog Boarding FacilityMountain View has a new dog boarding facility- Country Pet Playground.

     

    The owner, Karissa, stopped by the B&B one day to introduce herself and drop off some brochures.  I was instantly impressed with her and very hopeful that her dog boarding facility would be a good one.  She has worked as a veterinary technician for the past 10 years so I feel confident in her ability to handle any issues that might arise (especially with our Rocket who suffers with seizures).  She offers both boarding and daycare services so we decided to take Rocket for a day visit and let him see what he thought!

    As many of you know, a good dog boarding facility is hard to find!  I always hated to leave Rocket at a place where he would spend most, if not all, of his time in a crate or small kennel.  Country Pet Playground is designed for the dogs to be able to play and interact with one another.  It has both a large indoor area and a fenced in outdoor area complete with obstacles and play toys!  A great plus in my book!

    Rocket Takes a Visit

    We made the short drive from the B&B out to Karissa’s place.  It’s only 4.5 miles from the B&B and easy to find. (but do be aware that a short portion of the drive is on a dirt road.  Hard to get away from those dirt roads in Mountain View!)  Upon check-in, I was further impressed with her professional operation.  As part of the check-in procedure, she gives you a page of what she promises to do.  In addition to the expected things like feeding and administering medications, she also promises to interact with your pet at least 6 times a day and provide playtime and exercise up to 3 times and 6 hours each day!  Wow!  I have never seen anything like this!  I can’t tell you how good it felt to leave Rocket there knowing that he wouldn’t be shut up in a kennel and ignored all day!

    Dog Boarding Facility

    Rocket immediately made friends with another dog about his same size.  Karissa put a bigger, more rambunctious dog in a large kennel first before introducing them.  That showed me that she is careful about how she introduces the dogs to one another.  She also puts color coded collars on the dogs to easily tell neutered from non-neutered males so she can make decisions about which dogs get to interact with one another.  Understandably, they will spend some time in the kennel as other dogs come and go, but the kennels are very spacious.

    Rocket’s Report

    When we arrived to pick him up, she provided us with his personalized “report card” complete with picture.  How cute is that?!?  This is a complete report of his activity time, nap time, meals, etc. and included a personal note onhow/what he did for the day. (there may or may not have been some humping going on! Haha!) According to her scale of great- fair- poor, Rocket had a great day!  I think Rocket would agree.  When we got home, we had one tired pup!  He was worn out from his day of playing and making new friends.

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a dog Dog Boarding Facilityboarding facility of this caliber right here in Mountain View!  Since her grand opening in January, she has already gotten a lot of business.  I expect that her business will only grow and  she already has plans to add a second fenced in yard to accommodate the growing need.  I highly recommend Country Pet Playground and suggest you make your reservations early as I expect her to fill up quickly for the busy summer season.

  • Christmas in Mountain View

    Christmas in Mountain View

    Christmas in Mountain View, Arkansas is a very special time in the Ozark Mountains. All the musicians, crafts people, store owners, innkeepers, and other folks are winding down after a busy tourism season. Thanksgiving has been a time for wonderful fellowship with family and friends. It has also been a time to be thankful for all the folks who come to Mountain View during the year.

    Christmas in Mountain View

    After Thanksgiving, Mountain View comes alive again as the Christmas spirit revives tradition in crafts and song. The crafts people renew their vigor to make special home-made gifts. Musicians get their instruments in tune to sing classic Christmas songs. Innkeepers and merchants pull out the stops in decorating for the season. All of the towns folk work together to make Christmas in Mountain View a wonderful experience for our special guests.

    One event that you will not find anywhere else in the country is Caroling in the Caverns. The most talented musicians from Mountain View and abroad play and sing classic Christmas carols. The acoustics in Blanchard Springs Caverns provide a mesmerizing, awe-inspiring effect. This great family fun event will be sure to inspire wonderful Christmas feelings in any Scrooge. Check out Mountain View’s Chamber of Commerce page for details.

    Christmas in Mountain View

    On Saturday, December 5th, the Courthouse lighting ceremony will take place at the Stone County Courthouse (just a short walk from the Wildflower). To celebrate Christmas in Mountain View, a live nativity scene will take place as well as a Christmas parade. Santa will also drop by for a visit with the kids (and adults, too J). Live music will resonate from the Courthouse Square stage in a wonderful Christmas celebration.

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    The Ozark Folk Center will host a Wassail reception with live music at the White Oak Theater on December 11th starting 5 pm. After the reception, follow your host over to the Skillet restaurant. A wonderful multi-course meal will be served with live musical entertainment between courses. A reception, a wonderful dinner, and all the live Christmas music you could ever ask for! For more information, go to the Christmas in the Ozarks page.

    This coming month is a great time to check out Christmas in Mountain View. Bring the whole family and experience a wonderful, Ozark mountain Christmas. You will leave with memories to last a life time.

    We hope to see you soon!

     

     

    The Wildflower Bed & Breakfast On the Square is a short walk from the Courthouse Square stage and less than a mile from the Ozark Folk Center. Check out the Caroling in the Caverns package deal, which includes a wonderful dinner. Book online or call (870) 269-4383 for information.

     

     

  • Beanfest 2015

    Beanfest 2015

    Beanfest 2015 was hampered quite a bit by the weather. The forecast calling for stormy weather seemed to scare off some folks. Those that came did get a little wet on Friday night. Saturday morning saw a good storm blow through. The Artisan Market suffered the worst with tents being blown down and wares damaged. It was difficult to keep barricades and signs from being blown over. The bean cookers had a hard time keeping their fires going.

    Beanfest 2015

    However, there was great music and great food and great fun. The weather cleared out before noon. The Outhouse Parade and Races went on as scheduled. Beans and cornbread were served (free as always) to a hungry crowd. The skies were still cloudy in the afternoon, but the crowds grew. Shelley made our guests some awesome beans and cornbread here at the Wildflower. Chief’s Kettle Corn set up by the Music Store and served amazing, fresh made kettle corn.

    And the music played on for Beanfest 2015. A fiddle player who played with Alan Jackson wowed the crowd in front of the music store with some amazing fiddling. A group on other porch of the Mountain View Music Store had a dulcimer player, bass, guitar, and at times a banjo and mandolin player. The lady playing the hammered dulcimer played from morning until late at night and was absolutely amazing. Even though the rain prevented some groups from playing in front of the court house, several groups hung around and played at the Pickin’ Park.

    Beanfest 2015

    We had some jammin’ of our own here at the Wildflower. JC Bonds came and played Friday morning. His guitar playing and story-telling were delightful to all of our guests. His appearance was extra special to our long time guests who have known JC for decades. Unkle Dave and Bill Nesbitt came Saturday morning for some guitar and mandolin picking and singing. Unkle Dave stayed around for “just one more” for a couple of hours after breakfast, playing and singing in our parlor.

    Beanfest 2015

    My long-time good friend Barry Napier stopped by with some friends Saturday evening for a jam on the porch. Crystal and Daryl were walking by and stopped in to watch. After learning that they sang as well as played the fiddle and the guitar, we invited them to join in! Our guests sat on the porch and listened to some great folk and country music… and an occasional silly story.

    The best part of the weekend was just having our wonderful guests. Even though the weekend was not all that it could have been, they all seemed to have a wonderful time. Several of them have been coming here for 30 years! They were very complimentary about the improvements of the mattresses, the new Comphy sheets, and the great breakfasts that Shelley cooked. They all said that they had a great time and rebooked for next year.

    Beanfest 2015

    I also liked wearing my Mountain View tuxedo with Shelley in her Mountain View ball gown.  🙂

    All in all, Beanfest 2015 was wonderful for us. Despite the weather and the difficulties our Wildflower guests and our guest performers were great. They made the weekend one that we will always remember very fondly.

  • Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!!

    Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!!

    When people look at booking a place to stay, they are all about reviews, reviews, reviews. Shelley and I are the same when we travel. We want to know what other people are saying about the places we stay. A large part of our travel decisions come from reviews. That goes for our buying decisions as well.

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    I used to not be a big review person. I guess I was sort of a review hypocrite. I got the benefits of reviewing the reviews, but I never left a review. My perspective has changed, especially since I now own an inn. Feedback is very important to a business owner and good reviews are important to sustainability. That is why we ask a lot of our guests to complete our survey and leave us a review on TripAdvisor, BedandBreakfast.com, Google, or our Facebook page. 

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  • Old Friends and New Friends — and Dulcimers!

    An Amazing Dulcimer Week with Old Friends and New Friends

    Last week was an amazing week. We started the week busy, then just filled up from there!

    Pete and Edna were here celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations to this amazingly awesome couple. Shelley and I are honored they chose our little inn to spend their anniversary. We sure enjoyed their company and hope to have them back again soon.

    Several guests came in for the Mountain Dulcimer workshop at the Ozark Folk Center. Joe is one of our favorite and frequent guests and a Mountain Dulcimer player. It was a delight seeing him and his family come to attend the workshop.

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  • First Weekend at the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast

    Our First Weekend as Innkeepers at the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast

    When Shelley and I talked about buying the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast, we had a dream that consisted of great guests, great music, and all around great fun. So here we are, in the real situation. Our first big weekend with an almost full house. We survived our first weekend as innkeepers. As far as first weekends go, I believe we could not have asked for better.  We still had a few hiccups, though…

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  • A New Life in Mountain View

    A New Life in Mountain View

    I just returned home from a weekend spent at the Wildflower doing my first training with Pam (the current owner).  I have such a mix of emotions swirling through my head.  A little bit nervous, very excited, but mostly extremely grateful.

    God has led us into something so wonderful; it’s hard to describe, but I’ll try.  

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  • What’s for Breakfast?

    One of the reasons why we thought owning a bed and breakfast would be a good fit for us is that I LOVE to cook.  I love the joy it brings to people.  So the “breakfast” portion of this venture is a pretty big deal to me.  I want our breakfast to be great!  I want it to be something our guests look forward to and return for.  No pressure!

    So I have spent the last several months scouring every source out there for the best breakfast recipes.  I tried recipe after recipe on my more than accommodating family.  I haven’t cooked much lunch or dinner in months; all my efforts have gone into breakfast!   I have finally narrowed it down to some favorites and have even gotten my favorite biscuit recipe selected!   Now it’s time to call in other opinions besides family. (I’m not sure my stepson is 100% confident to tell me if something is bad! Haha) 

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