Notre Dame Graduation Weekend – Guestrooms Still Available

Notre Dame graduation means another school year over and the students are excited to go home and work their summer away. When I worked at Notre Dame for sixteen years, I remember how sad I was to see the students leave. I always got close to several of them, because they worked in the same department as I did.  The atmosphere around campus was different in the summer. I could not wait until they came back in the Fall.  Notre Dame has changed a lot since I worked there, but the spirit of excitement to learn brought an energy that just can’t be defined or replaced. The students kept me young. I will never forget my years working at Notre Dame.

We still have guest rooms available at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast for Notre Dame Graduation weekend May 17 – 18, 2013. We are only 25 minutes from campus and offer a gourmet breakfast each morning, safe parking, king/queen select comfort number beds, private baths, indoor heated pool, garden patio. Check out our website: www.scottishbb.com or call TODAY!

Music Under the Stars at Scottish Bed & Breakfast

Our guests are in for a musical treat on select Saturday nights this summer! Reunion Station, a local duo, will be performing at Scottish B&B on the following Saturday evenings: June 29, July 20, August 24, and September 7. Reunion Station plays a wide variety of music, and has been said to sound more like a four-piece band rather than a duo.

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You can check out the Reunion Station Facebook page HERE.

Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. The cost is only $15 per person, or $25 per couple. As a bonus for our registered guests, the music is included at no extra charge. Space is limited, so be sure to give Brenda a call at 574-220-6672 to make your reservations as soon as you can!

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival This Weekend!

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Back again this year, and with a little more cooperation from mother Nature, it’s the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival! A weekend full of food, fun, music, and sweet Maple Goodness awaits you in beautiful Wakarusa, Indiana. Just minutes from South Bend, IN, and less than 2 hours’ drive from Chicago, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action. Give us a call at 574-220-6672 for information about the Festival, and all of the other area attractions. Plan a weekend jaunt, or spend your summer vacation here with us in northern Indiana’s beautiful Amish Country!

Valentine’s Weekend Special – Two Weekends, Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16!

What better way to celebrate your love for each other than to spend a relaxing (and romantic) weekend at Scottish Bed & Breakfast? We are offering a special package for you to share with that special someone. Stay with us for two nights on either Valentine’s Day weekend (Feb. 8-9, or Feb. 15-16), and we will add our Valentine’s Day Package for only $29 more!

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Awaiting your arrival will be a pair of roses, a bottle of a sparkling non-alcoholic beverage, and a box of mouth-watering chocolates. Add in a hot, home-cooked breakfast each morning, and this is a treat that can’t be beat! Visit our website or call us at 574-220-6672 for information and reservations. Call soon, so you can get your choice of room, as they are booking fast!

Restaurant Week in Downtown South Bend

If you’ve been waiting for a reason to get out of the house and go somewhere, here it is. It’s Restaurant Week in South Bend, IN! The downtown area of South Bend is packed with great places to eat, drink, and see the finest in entertainment.

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Restaurant Week starts on January 21, 2013, and runs through February 3, 2013. (Yes, that’s more than a week, but we just can’t pack everything into a mere 7 days.) With eleven restaurants and clubs to choose from, you’ll want to come back more than once to enjoy everything there is to see, drink, and taste.

And if you need a place to stay while you are in town, the Scottish Bed and Breakfast is only minutes away from all the action, in a peaceful rural setting. When you need to relax and recover from the excitement (so you can do it again tomorrow), there’s no better place than Scottish B&B. Warm, comfortable rooms with Sleep number beds, a relaxing atmosphere, and a hot, homecooked breakfast help you to get ready for more action.

Give us a call at 574-220-6672 or visit our website at scottishbb.com for information and reservations. Ask about our specials, too. We’d love to see you!

Great Deal for Business Travelers in Northern Indiana

Special Corporate rate available Sun.- Thurs.

B & B Hospitality
Why stay at a chain hotel, where you are just another anonymous “guest,” processed through the system. Stay with us at Scottish B&B, where you are guaranteed to feel at home, with a clean room and a comfortable bed, plus a hot, home-cooked breakfast – much better than donuts and cold cereal!

Wi-Fi Service Throughout the Inn
Wi-Fi (Wireless High Speed Internet) is available in all the rooms. If your computer or smart phone has wireless capabilities, just search for a signal. It is free to all our lodging guests.

Competitive Indiana Business Travel Rates
Special corporate rates are available to our Indiana business travel guests Sunday through Thursday nights. Lodging rates are based on single occupancy and include a hot breakfast each morning.

Reservations are confirmed and guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card or upon receipt of deposit. Advanced reservations are suggested, although walk-ins are always welcome.

Business Breakfast Meetings
With advance notice, a breakfast meeting may be arranged for up to 12 people. Breakfast guests not staying at the B&B pay $10.00 + tax.

Business Meeting Facility
Although we do not have a separate meeting room, we can accommodate up to 30 people in our pool room or 12 in the dining room.

Call us at 1-574-220-6672 to discuss arrangements. Corporate Rate available only by phone.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, cash or checks!

Recipe – BEST EVER Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than warm, gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven? Well, maybe warm, gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookies with a tall glass of cold milk!

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Enjoy an evening snack at Scottish Bed & Breakfast

Here is the recipe for the cookies we serve to our guests in the evening. Enjoy!

 

BEST EVER Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 ¼ Cups               All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup                    Cake Flour
1 tsp                      Baking Powder
1 tsp                      Baking Soda
1 ½ Cups               Butter (softened)
1 ¼ Cups               Sugar
1 ¼ Cups               Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
2                           Eggs
1 TBL                    Vanilla
2 Cups                   Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, cake flour, baking powder and baking soda in medium bowl. Set aside.

Combine Butter, sugar and brown sugar in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (2 to 3 minutes).

Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).

Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes).

Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Roll spoonful of dough and place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown (do not over bake).

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Is Now On Pinterest!

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Hey everyone, we are now on Pinterest! For all of you experienced Pinners out there, come visit our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/scottishbb/. If you are not a Pinterest member yet, you can request an invite directly from Pinterest, or send us an e-mail and we’ll get you an invitation. If you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s the fastest-growing social media site on the Internet. It’s a “virtual pinboard” where people can share photos and talk about all kind of stuff – food, travel, crafts, places…the list just goes on and on.

We’re just getting started, so the page may look a little bare for a while, as we look for interesting content. When you log on, be sure to let us know what you would like to see on our page. Right now, we have boards for Gardening, Amish Arts & Crafts, Amish Food & Culture, Scrapbooking, Quilting, Breakfast (Yum), Favorite Places, Culver Academy, and University of Notre Dame. Suggestions for additional boards are always welcome. Just leave a comment on this blog post, or drop us an e-mail.

We look forward to having great conversations about great stuff here on our blog, on Pinterest, and on Facebook. Talk to you soon!

Thousand Dollar Wedding Package

Intimate setting for wedding and reception in Northern Indiana.  Let us take care of your small wedding at the romantic Scottish Bed and Breakfast in Bremen, Indiana. We will organize and perform a simple indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony and reception in the swimming pool room for up to 20 people for ONLY $1,000. Stress-free for the bride and groom, just show up, relax and enjoy! This package is PERFECT for elopements and second marriages.

INCLUDES: Wedding coordination of an indoor or outdoor ceremony, Officiating clergy, Bridal bouquet, Groom boutonniere, wedding cake, Gift Basket with commemorative items, Dinner voucher for two, Two nights lodging in the room of your choice, a picture of the newlyweds.

 

Check Out Our New Video Tour of Scottish B&B

 

Date Set For Amish Garden Walk – June 16, 2012

Since today is the first day of spring, what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than marking our calendars for one of the highlights of the year – the Amish Garden Walk right here in Bremen, Indiana!

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Amish Flower Garden

Every year the Amish community in Bremen, Indiana holds a “Garden Walk” with several Amish families participating. The annual Amish Garden Walk in the Rentown area is Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They ask for a donation ($7.00) which helps the local Amish school. There are always new discoveries to be made among the neat rows of vegetables and bright flowers. (And no weeds!)

The Amish Garden Walk starts at the Amish School house with a sweet snack and beverage for everyone to enjoy. They also sell fresh baked goods, with proceeds benefiting the Amish community. As we walk to the different Amish gardens, the Amish grocery store gives out “FREE” homemade ice cream. It’s a great way to spend a day, and we’re helping the children in the Amish community learn by donating to their school! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Basket with Amish Homemade Goodies

popcornAdd to your stay a basket with delicious Amish homemade goodies!

Includes noodles, Amish jam, church peanut butter, Yoder popcorn, locally made real maple syrup and cookies for your sweet tooth.

Pricing: $40 + tax

 

New! Indiana Business Travelers Welcome!

Corporate rates available Sun.- Thurs.

Wi-Fi Service Throughout the Inn
We now have Wi-Fi (Wireless High Speed Internet) in all the rooms. If your computer has wireless capabilities, just search for a signal. It is free to all our lodging guests.

Competitive Indiana Business Travel Rates
Special corporate rates are available to our Indiana business travel guests Sunday through Thursday nights. Lodging rates are based on single occupancy and include a hot breakfast each morning.

Reservations are confirmed and guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card or upon receipt of deposit. Advanced reservations are suggested, although walk-ins are always welcome.

Business Breakfast Meetings
With advance notice, a breakfast meeting may be arranged for up to 12 people. Breakfast guests not staying at the B&B pay $10.00 + tax.

Business Meeting Facility
Although we do not have a separate meeting room, we can accommodate up to 30 people in our pool room or 12 in the dining room.

Call us, 1-574-220-6672 or 1-574-546-5665, to discuss arrangements.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, cash or checks!

Business Travelers

Scottish Bed & Brekfast DeskSpecial Corporate rate of $79 + tax are available at the inn Sunday through Thursday nights.

Wouldn’t you rather stay at a clean, safe Bed and Breakfast close to major highways and cities with all the convenience of home.

Rate is based on single occupancy and includes a full breakfast each morning.

Please call for availability.

University of Notre Dame Football, It’s that time of year Again

This coming weekend August 19 and 20, the Notre Dame students will be moving into their dorms for the first time if they are Freshmen or returning if a upper class student.  It is the sign that summer is almost over and the first Notre Dame football game is just around the corner.  Notre Dame’s  first football game  is on Saturday, September 3, (Labor Day weekend) against Southern Florida at 3:30 PM Eastern time in the afternoon.  The Scottish Bed and Breakfast still has some guestrooms available for the Notre Dame football season.  We do not raise our rates for the games, but have a two-night  minimum.  If you are looking for the PERFECT place to stay where you can escape the hub bub of crowded restaurants and long lines before and after the game, the Scottish Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  You can come back to the Scottish Bed and Breakfast and just relax by the indoor pool after a long day of walking Notre Dame campus.  One of the things our ND fan enjoys is hearing the band play before the game, a ND tradition.  A hearty homemade breakfast served each morning on game day will give you the energy you will need to walk the campus.  We will share with you the short cut to Notre Dame with no traffic, only 25 minutes south of campus

Traditional Notre Dame Cake

. Check-out www.scottishbb.com to reserve your reservation TODAY!

Nappanee Apple Festival near Bremen IN

The weekend of September 15 – 18 the Nappanee Apple Festival is held in Nappanee, Indiana. During the four day festival there will be live entertainment on two stages, carnival rides, over 100 craft booths and 50 commercial booths, 15 different food vendors, and a huge parade with an airplane flyover on Saturday morning. other events include an apple peeling contest, 5K road run, half marathon, a 25K, 50K and 100K bike ride, apple pie eating contest, wings and wheels show (cars and airplanes), farm tractor. Everything “apple” like apple dumplings, apple pie, apple butter, apple fritter bread, apple turnovers, homemade applesauce and much more!

An interesting history about the Apple Festival. It began in 1975 and has continued every year since, including the annual baking of the famous 7 foot apple pie weighing in at 600 lbs. The festival has become an important part of the heritage of Nappanee. With over 72,000 visitors in 2010, we have grown to become one of the largest festivals in the State of Indiana! Checkout the website at: www.nappaneeapplefestival.org to see the schedule of events!  The Scottish Bed and Breakfast is only 8 miles West of the festival and we still have rooms available for that weekend. CALL TODAY!

Homemade Blueberry Pie Recipe at The Scottish Bed and Breakfast

Ice Cream Anyone?Since it is now blueberry season, I try and do everything blueberry at the B&B. I made blueberry pancakes this week, blueberry french toast and dessert last night was homemade blueberry pie. One of our guests said it was the BEST blueberry pie he had every had, so I am now sharing my recipe with anybody who wants it.  Use whatever crust is your favorite homemade, Pillsbury, etc. This recipe is for a 9-inch two-crust Pie:

BLUEBERRY PIE 

1/2 cup Sugar, 1/3 cup Gold Medal Flour, 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, 4 cups Blueberries, 1 TBL Lemon Juice, 2 TBL Butter.  Heat oven to 425 degrees, lay crust on bottom of pie pan. Stir together sugar, flour, and cinnamon; mix with berries. Put into pastry-lined pie pan; sprinkle with lemon juice and add butter on top of berries, then add Top crust which has slits cut in it; seal and flute. Cover edge with two to three inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 9-inch pie 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. I always cook on a round pie pan in case bubbles over. Everybodies ovens are different so it could take shorter time or longer time just keep checking it. ENJOY!

 

Amish Acres 49th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival Near Bremen Indiana

In Nappanee, Indiana,  Thurs, August 4 thru Sunday, August 9th,  Amish Acres 49th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival  is HAPPENING. Only 6 miles from the Scottish Bed and Breakfast we still have guestrooms available for Sunday night.  Over 320 artists and crafters from around the country surround Amish Acres pond to ply their trade and sell their wares. Live entertainment on three stages throughout the day includes country bands, magicians and square dancing.  Festival foods are very important part of the four day event featuring everything from apple pie to zucchini bread. Best In Show cash prizes, children’s entertainment tent and much more have earned the festival the honor of being one of the Top 200 festivals in the nation and the 8th Top Traditional Crafts Show by Sunshine Artist Magazine.  The Arts and Crafts Festival has also been rated as one of Leisure Group Travel magazine’s Top 50 Outstanding Festivals and Events. So it is not too late to venture out and spend the day at the Festival on Sunday then check in to the Scottish Bed and Breakfast that evening, stay a couple of nights and explore Shipshewana Flea Market which is open every Tuesday and Wednesday!

Guest of the Week “Harry” The Maltese at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast

Since we are pet friendly here at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast we have our wonderful guests sometimes bring their four-legged best friends with them.  Harry’s owners are Cheryl and Lennie from California who were in the area getting their RV repaired. They stayed with us for four nights, so we had a chance to observe Harry. What a wonderful obedient dog who thought he was a human. Even the Scottish Terriers at the B&B liked him.  His owners are wonderful people too and now friends of ours.

Lavender Hill Farm in Niles Michigan Near Bremen, Indiana

A friend of mine and myself went on a field trip to “Lavender Harvest U-Pick Days” at Lavender Hill Farm in Niles, Michigan only 30 minutes from the Scottish Bed and Breakfast.  It was a sunny hot days and we enjoyed a sample of lavendar lemonade and lavendar honey in the Lavendar Gift Shop which was filled with everything lavender. I found a pastoral setting  with over 4000 lavendar plants that display their glory for a few weeks each summer from late June to mid July.  Their speciality are the lavender essential oil and fragrant lavender water that they distill from their own lavender flowers, and the varietal lavender honey made by honeybees on their farm and a line of fine bath and body products made with lavender and other essential oils.  The shop is open April through mid-December.  A surprise were the black sheep, beehives, chickens, cats and wildlife that lives at and around the family farm.  This hidden treasure is a must see!!!  I will visit the Lavender Hill Farm next year.

New Garden Patio Completed at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast

Restaurant Week $25 – 16 Restaurants near Bremen Indiana

Studebaker Tippecanoe Place_09eat. drink in downtown South Bend, Indiana during restaurant week June 27 – July 9, 2011. Sixteen restaurants participating in multiple course meal or dinner for two $25. Dine downtown during Eat.Drink. Downtown South Bend and you can “Add an Extra helping” for only $5. This extra helping goes directly to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to help fight hunger in nine counties across Northern Indiana.  The Food Bank serves more than 10,000 people each month, nearly half of whom are children. Add an Extra helping is a great way to give back to the South Bend community.  LaSalle Grill, fine dining , Fiddler’s Hearth, LePeep, Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, The Vine, Sunny Italy Cafe just to name a few of the fabulous restaurants offering this discounted DEAL.  The Scottish Bed and Breakfast is only 20 minutes from all 16 restaurants.  If you are a foodie and appreciate good food this is the place for you. Check out details at:  www.eatdrinkdtsb.com  Come STAY.PLAY.EAT.DRINK in Bremen and South Bend, Indiana.

Historic Bremen Train Depot Re-dedication in Bremen, Indiana

Historic Bremen Train Depot

On Sunday, May 1, the town people of Bremen, Indiana, came together to celebrate the preservation work completed on the historic Bremen Train Depot with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 PM and with the Bremen High School band performing. B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) built a railroad track across northern Marshall County in 1874. The first depot was wooden and on the northwest side of the east-west railroad track on Center Street four blocks north of the center of Bremen. This brick Train Depot building was built by B&O in 1929 directly across the track from the old depot on Center Street.Local contractor S.G. Lehr was the builder. The depot was dedicated on October 22, 1929, seven days before the stock market crashed. The depot served as a passenger station, a freight office, a Western Union office and a mail station. It provided passenger service until 1971. In May 1987 the depot was officially closed and boarded and left to deteriorate.

In 2002, a small group of citizens met and decided to save and restore the depot. Historic Bremen, Inc. was formed, a federal funded Transportation Enhancement grant was obtained, CSX donated the building if moved and the Town of Bremen donated the new site. Work started in the fall of 2008 and the move was completed in 2009. In early 2010 another grant was obtained from INDOT using ARRA funds to complete the restoration project. The move and restoration of the depot was completed November 1, 2010.

Third Annual “Amish Garden Walk” in Bremen, Indiana

When The Sun RisesEvery year the Amish community in Bremen, Indiana holds a “Garden Walk” with eight Amish families participating this year. The third annual “Amish Garden Walk” in Rentown area is Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. They ask for a donation ($7.00) which the money helps the local Amish school.  I have attended every year since it started and I always suggest it to my guests.  One year I found an Amish guy who beautifully carves clocks in his shop and sells them. Never knew his shop was there, I was never in their back yard before.  So my guests now visit this unique shop and can purchase a grandfathers clock or a small alarm clock in different types of wood. The “Amish Garden Walk” starts at the Amish School house and they sell bake goods and have a dessert snack and beverage for all of us to enjoy. As we walk to the different Amish gardens, the Amish grocery store gives out “FREE” homemade ice cream. I enjoy the beautiful landscape, their farm animals, vegetable gardens and flower gardens….with NO weeds. A very enjoyable day! Bring your camera!  We are all helping their Amish children learn by donating to their school.

Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre Season near Bremen, Indiana

amish_roundbarn11SPRING IS IN THE AIR!  Every year when Amish Acres opens for the season we are excited to see what the plays will be. The “Old Rugged Cross” will run April 14 – May 29. Amish Acres will be open Thursday through Sunday April 14-17 and Wednesday through Sunday beginning April 20. The restaurant, cheese factory, gift shop area and tours of the farm house are just a few of the FUN things to do at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana. Their website is: www.amishacres.com. Come stay at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast which is only 8 miles from Amish Acres.  One of the flowering “Quilt Gardens” is located at Amish Acres.

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