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Published May 17, 2013, 11:12 AM

Hatton couple’s Beaver Creek Bed & Breakfast gives city people a new experience

HATTON, N.D. - After her children grew up and moved away, Shelley Wold missed the feeling of a full house, so she opened Beaver Creek Bed & Breakfast in Hatton this year with her husband, Kevin.

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

HATTON, N.D. - After her children grew up and moved away, Shelley Wold missed the feeling of a full house, so she opened Beaver Creek Bed & Breakfast in Hatton this year with her husband, Kevin.

The bed-and-breakfast that sits on 13 acres of heavily wooded land and a creek gives people a taste of the country, Shelley Wold said.

“I grew up in the country, so I just appreciate nature and the calmness of experiencing the outdoors. I thought maybe city people would want to experience something different,” she said.

The 1925 two-story stucco home has a porch, sun porch, cottage garden, back patio and chiminea (outdoor fireplace).

Guests can enjoy campfires by Beaver Creek on the property or stroll through the trees. Wold described the creek as a “cozy spot” to enjoy North Dakota sunsets.

The original two-cell jail from Sheldon sits on the property so guests can have breakfast or afternoon coffee “in jail.” Wold also created a rock path to a playhouse in the woods for children. Making the bed-and-breakfast family friendly was important to Wold since she remembers how much growing up in the country shaped her life.

“I’m big on family, so I want kids to experience the outdoors,” she said.

One of the biggest differences between a typical hotel and a bed-and-breakfast, Wold said, is the intimacy.

“A bed-and-breakfast is personal and special,” she said.

“There’s that personal touch of meeting people and experiencing different things, where hotels are kind of generic.”

One of Wold’s personal touches at her country retreat is her Icelandic breakfast. Slices of cucumber, tomatoes, cheese and fish are served with “good hearty bread.” She also makes an Iceland pancake, called ponnukokur. The thin pancakes are served with a rhubarb spread and whipped cream.

So far, Wold says guests have enjoyed the homey feel of her bed-and-breakfast – one guest even took to Facebook to proclaim it a five-star bed-and-breakfast.

“I enjoy seeing people have a good time in this atmosphere,” Wold said.

Beaver Creek Bed & Breakfast is available for day events like bridge clubs and overnight stays. Learn more about Wold’s new bed-and-breakfast by visiting www.ndbba.com, calling (701) 543-3215 or emailing beavercreekbedandbreakfast@yahoo.com.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525

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