We stayed at a fantastic bed and breakfast in Sisseton, South Dakota last week called The Farm. It came complete with a trio of sheep Huey, Dewey and Louie, a pig named Charlotte, a flock of chickens, one lone but very noisy duck, a cadre of cows and a single bull who caused some excitement when he broke through the fence during our visit, a cat and two tiny dogs. Our hostess Betsy had lived most of her life in California but decided a number of years ago to buy her grandparents’ South Dakota homestead which had fallen into a state of disrepair. Betsy rolled up her sleeves and turned it back into a working farm, with fields of corn, bee hives, and a large garden. She’s restored the barn, transformed the house, spiffed up the chicken coop, turned the old outdoor toilet into a reading room, landscaped the yard and decorated three beautiful rooms for bed and breakfast guests.
Our breakfasts were made with items from Betsy’s farm- jams and marmalades she’d preserved herself served on homemade bread and muffins, French toast, bacon, omelettes and pork patties.
Our bed was big and sooooo comfy, there were cozy robes to slip on in the morning, and the bathroom was almost too cute to use.
Betsy made us dinner one night with beets and zuchinni from her garden, dijon chicken from one of her butchered fowl, rice and a couple of bottles of wine from her cellar.
Betsy has traveled the world and has hosted lots of unique guests at her bed and breakfast. It was so interesting to visit with her. I was doing research for a middle grade novel in Sisseton, and Betsy had arranged contact with several local people I could talk to.
While I interviewed her friends Beth and Ralph who are long time residents of the Sisseton area, Betsy took Dave on a farm tour with her all terrain vehicle.
Betsy’s Farm Bed and Breakfast is a little off the beaten track but its a jewel of a place that added charm and interest to our visit in Sisseton South Dakota.