We hope you’ll find many of our amenities will make your stay comfortable and a few unique features you won’t want to miss. Often these are what continues to draw you back, time and time again.
Read on or watch this video below if you want to see and hear firsthand what’s it’s all about around here!
The wrap around porch/veranda offers a pleasant view of the gardens, pine trees and often wildlife scampering around. Swing in the hammock and listen to the peaceful trickle of the waterfall or wander through the gardens and find your ideal spot to relax; there are many.
Just off the deck is the hot tub, available to all guests year round. Slip on your Whispering Pines B&B Kimono robe and take a soak on a moonlit night. Or, snuggle up with a Mexican wool blanket to keep you warm while star gazing on those chilly evenings.
Memories: Fun & Games in the Den & Parlor
The parlor, dining room and den are common areas open to all guests. Homemade snacks, candies, and refreshments will tempt you to indulge. We even provide you with wine glasses and cork screws in case you’ve found wine on your journey here or brought that special bottle you’ve been saving to share.
Play the piano in the parlor, help piece together the community puzzle or in the den, you’ll find a TV w/Cable, CD/DVD player, playing cards, and board games. Enjoy a movie from the DVD library or gather around the dining table to play a game of cards or just to chat.
History of the Inn
This Victorian Era farmhouse was built in 1878. The main floor is decorated in classic formal Victorian style with original dark woodwork framing the doorways, transoms, and lace adorning the tall double hung windows. The high ceilings and interior decor in the common rooms will easily transport you back to the Victorian period. But, we’ve kept it casual and comfortable through our reuse of building materials and modern conveniences such as central heat and air conditioning and wireless internet. They are complimented by antiques from different eras and relics from Jeanna’s global travels.
Over the years, many changes and updates have been made to the structure of the home. It’s believed in the early 1900′s, the wrap around porch and beautiful hardwood floors were added as well as moving the kitchen from the underground room to the main floor. If this interests you, Jeanna is happy to point out obvious elements of the current structure or remnants left behind that show proof of these changes.
A few more clues that this was once a working farm can be seen around the now 6.2 acres of grounds. You’ll find the old root cellar, outhouse and chicken coop, now the backdrop for Jeanna’s vegetable garden.
Jeanna Stavas is your innkeeper and your hostess.
In August 2005, I took a step of faith and left Austin, Texas and my corporate technology role, returned to the mid-west and bought Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast. I have found a way to use my passion for cooking and entertaining and my God given gift of hospitality. This turned out to be a way to return “home” to my mid-western roots after being away for over 20 years.
I spent my time away, living in Arizona and Texas, but was blessed to have traveled extensively worldwide. Through these experiences, I believe I gained an understanding of quality accommodations. I also learned to embrace food as an experience, no matter your culture.
Prior to my time in the business world, I spent nine years in the hospitality industry. Customer service is critical and I’m hopeful my experience and knowledge will ensure that your stay at Whispering Pines is pleasant and memorable.
Around here, we’re often sharing travel stories, engaging in food or garden talk, discussing antiques, history or some other fascinating must-see. Building relationships is one thing I love to do and I welcome you to visit Whispering Pines. Many will come a stranger and leave a friend.
I believe we have an amazing local area and community, have created many partnerships and am pleased to offer my concierge recommendations on the historic attractions, recreation, shopping and wining and dining options in the area.
Although I do not reside in the main house along with the bed and breakfast rooms, my private innkeepers quarters are onsite, just a few feet away, in case I’m needed. This seems to work out extremely well and provides the guests with their own space.
“’My mission is to create an experience like no other that allows you to relax your stresses, retreat from your day to day life and renew your sense of passion in life”
– Jeanna Stavas
Certified Nebraska Green
Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast has earned certification through Greener Nebraska for its use of environmentally friendly practices in daily operations. We are glad we can demonstrate a dedication to protecting the environment.
Some of the green practices we have implemented include:
- We recycle. There are containers available for guests to use and we participate in our local recycling program. There is a list on site to let you know what we can and cannot recycle.
- Many of our cleaning supplies are homemade. This not only saves our environment, but it saves on the wear of the equipment as well. And, we’re happy to share our recipes.
- Weather permitting, we hang our sheets and robes on the line to dry. This saves energy and provides fresh smelling linens to crawl into at night.
- Our lotions, shampoos and shower gels are purchased in bulk and we refill them.
If you have time, sit back and enjoy this video where Jeanna interviews with Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD and discusses how she is “Going Green for Good.”