Prairie Path Guest House

map-buttonPrairie Path Guest House
1002 North Lowden Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Proprietors: DeLos (Buster) and Fern Stadel

This Victorian home, built in 1876, is situated on 35 acres of woods and fields at the northwestern edge of historic Mount Carroll. Three Country and Victorian rooms are available now. Here guests are treated to warm hospitality and a full country breakfast of homemade breads and other specialties. Wake up refreshed to a complimentary hearty country breakfast, served with homemade bread, an assortment of rolls, and our own jellies and jams. Indulge in a leisure breakfast of Swedish Pancakes and bacon along with Prairie Path’s own homemade cinnamon rolls.

Make Us Your Home Away from Home
We are a DESTINATION Bed and Breakfast! Whether its for touring or relaxation, let us guide you to your favorite shopping, walking tour of our historic town, biking, bird watching, theatre, museum, State Parks, restaurants, car cruise, farmer’s markets, or just relax and swing away on the private upstairs balcony. Watch the stars at midnight and enjoy early morning coffee, while watching our wide assortment of song birds and wild turkey.

Enjoy the Natural Country Beauty and Pleasant Relaxation
You might spend your time enjoying the deer, wild birds, turkey, blue heron and the occasional howl of a coyote, all from the porch swing on the upstairs veranda or capture quiet moments reading in your own room.

The Prairie Path Sampler
Next door is The Prairie Path Sampler with its antique windows, stenciled floor, and country decor. The space is filled with antiques, quilted items, birdhouses, chairs, wall-hangings, dried flower arrangements, primitive trees, and old fashioned ambiance.

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The Story of How Prairie Path Guest House and Sampler was Born
Way back in the early 1980’s our family had all grown and married. Our big Victorian home was now quiet. Buster and I had only ourselves to cook and bake for. I, in one of my former employments, was a baker and really missed that job. Additionally, I started taking quilting classes to fill up the extra hours, when I wasn’t working. The more classes I participated in, the bigger my supply of quilts grew. So what was I to do?

We decided to open a Bed and Breakfast. I love decorating. So we transformed the bedrooms into beautiful Victorian and Country Rooms. We served all homemade breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, main entries such as omelets, French toast, Swedish Pancakes along with bacon or sausage. Problem solved for that part, but it still didn’t solve the problem of too many quilted things in supply. So we built a small shop and opened Prairie Path Sampler.

When my husband retired he decided to do some woodworking and fashioned many trash to treasure items, primitive wood chairs, birdhouses, and much more. So he added those things to our shop inventory! Maybe this doesn’t sound like retirement, but we do enjoy it!

Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Customers stay at our B&B because of the ambiance and homey like atmosphere of our Victorian Home. Also, they seem to love the breakfasts.

What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
I believe our breakfasts are what is best known at our B&B. We serve a really full breakfast all homemade.

If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
People travel to our town, because it still has brick streets and is in a historic district. We’ve come along way in restoring these features to their original beauty!

What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
I have received many compliments about the neatness, cleanliness, food, and hospitality. Probably the best compliment was from the University of Georgia. It featured our Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake at their Sunset Breakfast, served to 8700 people, and awarded us a Plate honoring it. We are honored to have received that privilege for our favorite Coffee Cake.

What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret is the fact that our area has retained its original hometown friendly atmosphere and old-timey buildings.

If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Our small town has several unique stores to visit. We are centrally located from Galena, Davenport, Clinton, Rockford, and Freeport. We’re very close to beautiful southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa. That attracts lots of people. There are several State Parks nearby and our three night special is great for just that type of thing. Another great attraction is Timber Lake Playhouse, Illinois’ oldest professional summer stock theatre.

Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes, if you don’t mind walking up and down hills. We are located just about 1 mile from downtown.

What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our favorite restaurant is new. It’s just a coffee bistro with wonderful sandwiches and soups, all homemade, and has a craft area inside too. It is located in Market Street Commons and its name is Brick Street Cafe.

How many rooms does your inn have?
We basically have three rooms, but we usually rent just two. That ensures everyone has a private bath.

Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets or children under 8 years of age. Sorry, we have too many delicate antiques in the rooms.

Reservation Information
Rates: $89 for double occupancy and includes a full breakfast.

  • Full advance deposit is required for all reservations.
  • Credit card numbers may be used to guarantee reservations.
  • MasterCard and VISA accepted.
  • Guaranteed rooms will be held until checkout time of the following morning.
  • Refund of advance deposit will be made when notice of cancellation is received 72 hours prior to the 4:00 p.m. check-in time of the day of the reservation.
  • If cancellation or no-show occurs after the 72 hours limit, your credit card will be charged. If the room is resold, you will not be charged.

Guest Information
Check-out time is 10:00 a.m.

  • Rates include Complimentary Full Breakfast
  • Sorry, no CHILDREN or PETS.
  • We kindly request that should you smoke, you do so outside the home only.