LYND - For six years, Cheryl and Jeff McConnaughey have been developing a unique herb business, and since April, the McConnaugheys have expanded their services to include a new venture - Lucky Dreamer Herb Farm Bed and Breakfast.
"We're really excited," Cheryl McConnaughey said. "We've had our first guests already."
The bed and breakfast is on the lower level of the McConnaughey home, where visitors can walk right out the patio door and view the sprawling Redwood River. The property is down in the valley and less than half a mile away from the old entrance to Camden State Park, where there are ample opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, bird-watching, swimming, canoeing, cross-country skiing and much more.
Photo by Jenny Kirk
Cheryl McConnaughey stands in front of the kitchen and living room area of the newly-opened Lucky Dreamer Herb Farm Bed and Breakfast located near the old entrance to Camden State Park in Lynd. Visitors can relax with all the comforts of home, while also having countless activities and events to attend nearby.
"I think our bed and breakfast could become a destination for naturalists," McConnaughey said. "Camden doesn't have any cabins, so this is another outlet. It's not necessarily just for people on vacation, but for families that are attending sporting events or cultural events, too."
After stepping through the patio door into the sunroom, visitors will quickly notice the attention to detail, as a lot of thought went into the layout and comforts of each and every room. An overstuffed chaise lounge beckons to visitors wanting to relax, possibly read a book or just take in the view through the wide array of windows. Free reading material is available in addition to the option of purchasing local items, like headbands and hair clips from Heather Gniffke and her daughter, bath and body care products from Nessa's Naturals or herbal things, like bath salts and herb soup seasonings that McConnaughey has prepared.
A mix of brand-new and antique items can be found throughout the bed and breakfast, with displays of artwork by locals, such as Jon Wood, Bill Van Der Hagen and Barb Hawes, adding to the already colorful walls in addition to artwork by relatives.
"Everything here is colorful and meaningful," said McConnaughey, who is also a professor at Southwest Minnesota State.
Attached to the sunroom, the living room area includes two plushy couches, a 52-inch flat screen television, a variety of games and a massage chair.
"When we were at Slumberland buying new bedroom furniture, Jeff sat down in the massage chair," McConnaughey said. "He said 'we really need this.' So we got it. It even has a cup holder."
A hot breakfast, made from the kitchen area next to the living room, is included in the room rate. The McConnaugheys strive to use local products, like farm fresh eggs, bacon, honey and syrup. Visitors can also make their own meals in the well-stocked kitchen, which has brand new appliances.
"We supply the basics, like flour, sugar, salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard and coffee," McConnaughey said. "We also have bottled water that they don't have to buy and provide free popcorn and a glass of beer or wine in the evening."
Two spacious bedrooms the Sage room and the Bay room are available and equipped with queen-sized beds, recliners, large closets, dressers, mirrors, blow dryers, towels and robes.
Free Internet access and printer capabilities are also available, located in a small business area. Maps detailing the location of past occupants are also a unique aspect.
"We put dots on the map for people who have stayed here," McConnaughey said. "We've had people from California, Colorado, South Dakota, Florida and Pennsylvania. We also have an international map, and we've had visitors from Thailand, Germany, Switzerland and China spend the night."
The McConnaugheys have always enjoyed staying at other bed and breakfast establishments and want others to have the same pleasant experience. A new greenhouse and more landscaping plans are in the works, as are additional amenities outdoors, such as a barbecue grill and heat stove.
The bed and breakfast is open year- round. Reservations and more information can be found at www.LuckyDreamerHerbs.com or by calling 507-865-1550.