Saturday, July 23, 2016

        12 Secrets of Massage Therapists


Getting a good massage can be a blissful experience. Whether you get a deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology, or Swedish massage, you'll hopefully feel serene and pampered afterward. But massage therapists do much more than simply knead your muscles and decrease your stress. We spoke to a few to learn their secrets of their relaxing trade.

“I think that all massage therapists cringe at the term masseuse,” Stevie Duren, a certified massage therapist at Blissful Bodywork in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tells mental floss. Although some people use the terms masseuse and massage therapist interchangeably, Duren says that masseuse has a sexual innuendo and implies a lack of education. Regulations vary by state, but most massage therapists undergo hundreds of hours of training, learn multiple bodywork modalities, and pass an exam to become certified or licensed. And they must complete continuing education credits to stay up to date with the latest research and techniques.

The word masseuse, however, doesn’t bother licensed massage therapist Nicki Dekunchak, who owns Philadelphia’s Hands at Home. “Most people don’t know the proper term is massage therapist,” Dekunchak says.


Because massage therapists get up close and personal with your body, the way you smell doesn’t go unnoticed. Although you may be planning to shower after the massage, be considerate and practice good hygiene before your massage as well. But don’t worry if you haven’t shaved your legs—massage therapists aren’t looking at your stubble, and it doesn’t affect their treatment plan.

If you shower before your massage, allow enough time for your hair to dry. According to licensed massage therapist Michelle Doetsch, wet hair can cause moisture to seep through the sheet on the massage table into the padding underneath. If the padding gets wet, Doetsch has to change it before her next client’s appointment and do an extra load of laundry. 


Massage can be both a complementary healthcare practice (accepted by some medical insurance plans) for people with chronic pain and injuries and a relaxing, spiritually nourishing activity.

According to licensed Illinois massage therapist Rick Smith, no field is quite as rewarding as massage therapy. “When someone comes to me for help, I'm truly honored. In only a few sessions massage therapy can relieve, to one degree or another, physical stress and discomfort, muscular pain, emotional stress and tension, limited range of motion, and that overall feeling of malaise. And all without drugs or invasive procedures,” he says.


Although getting a massage can be the ideal time to unplug, relax, and forget about emails, some people text, work, or tweet on their phones while they get a massage. In her office, Duren doesn’t allow clients to have their phones turned on (except for extenuating circumstances), but if she’s working elsewhere, she lets the client choose.

“I would rather have a client make time to receive bodywork and feel that they can still do what they have to do, rather than using the excuse that they don't have the time to get bodywork,” she says. Dekunchak echoes that sentiment, explaining to mental floss that she has a handful of clients who need to work during their massage. “My motto is it’s your time. Do what you want with it!”


Because they see parts of your body that you might not be able to easily see—think the back of your hips or behind your knees—massage therapists can spot irregular or suspect moles. If you get regular massages with the same massage therapist, it’s even more likely that he or she will notice any changes in your skin and suggest you go to a dermatologist.

Although you remove your clothes (and underwear, if you wish), lie on a massage table, and receive physical pleasure, don’t mistake your massage therapist for a sex worker. The American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics states that massage therapists shall “uphold the highest standards of professionalism” and “refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct or sexual activities involving their clients in the course of a massage therapy session.” Therapists are also required to properly drape their clients, only undraping an area while they’re massaging it. 


Because massage therapists are usually paid for their time, don’t be late to your appointment. You’ll either miss out on the full time of your massage, or you’ll make your massage therapist’s day more stressful.

Besides massaging clients, therapists might need to change the linens, sanitize the table, return oils and other tools to their proper places, and respond to emails and phone calls. Showing up late means that your massage therapist might not have enough time to complete all their responsibilities and eat lunch.

Most massage therapists don’t make a ton of money ($43,000 was the mean annual wage in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and because the work hours are irregular, some of them also work a second job to pay the bills. Unless they own their own business, they only earn a percentage of the price you pay.

So whether they work as an independent contractor in a spa or for an hourly wage in a medical clinic, most massage therapists rely on tips to make ends meet. If you’re satisfied with the quality of your massage, tip your therapist 18 to 20 percent.


Your body gives clues about its state of health or disease, and massage therapists can read these clues—a hard stomach, tight lower back muscles, or knotted hamstrings—with their hands. “A therapist can often tell if a client is constipated by working the intestinal area. I usually only do this kind of work if specifically requested,” says Duren.


If you’re a nervous talker during a massage, don’t worry about filling the silence. Some clients enjoy talking on the table, but others prefer silence to savor the moment and fully relax. Whatever you choose, your massage therapist will probably be fine either way, as long as your time on the table is calming, soothing, and therapeutic.  


Three to five years after graduation, the burnout rate for massage therapists has been estimated at between 50 and 88 percent. Because they work on their feet, using their hands, arms, and elbows to massage, therapists can get carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and trigger finger. Even if massage therapists take breaks between massages, repetitive stress injuries can make their jobs painful, contributing to a large number of therapists who leave the field each year.


Judith Levinrad Norman, who teaches massage therapy at New York City’s Swedish Institute,tells Oprah Magazine that good massage requires really tuning in. Comparing massage to meditation, she explains that she clears her mind, focuses on being present, and connects to her client’s body. No matter what area of the body she works on, Norman tries to encourage her clients to let go and loosen up. “After you've worked on a lot of bodies, you see with your hands. You don't see with your eyes anymore. I don't need to look—my hands know,” she says. 



Because their work is physical, massage therapists definitely get massages, too. Massage therapist Julie Azzopardi admits that she trades massages with her colleagues at the spa where she works and tries to get a massage once a week or once every other week. Duren says she gets massages because she has to. “The work that I do is intense and strenuous and I have to keep myself in good repair to offer the kind of work I do to my clients,” she says. Dekunchak admits that she gets regular massages, even at 9 months pregnant.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hi!  my question is……why do the Chickadees in my garden go to a stone wall with a ledge, land and then spread their wings toward the sun??  This seems to be a group activity.  Thank you for your help!

Right now a group of baby birds with new plumage and in late summer adult birds that are growing new outer feathers, often sun themselves. Like ironing our clothes, the heat of the sun might help make it easier for birds to shape their new feathers. And along with easing discomfort associated with molting, the sun may also help dislodge parasites so the bird can preen them off more easily.

Some ways birds maintain feather quality is through water, dust, and sun bathing. Instinct to sunbathe is not always to warm the body. Like humans they probably enjoy a few rays but their main reasons for sunning is probably to keep their feathers in top shape.

Most birds have a preen gland or uropygial gland at the base of the tail. With their beak, birds realign the barbs correctly, remove any dirt or parasites and apply preen oil. If the bird sunbathes the oil is exposed to the ultraviolet light from the sun. Then the uropygial gland secretions convert to an active form of vitamin D which is ingested with the next preening. This may explain in part why some birds sunbathe.

Monday, July 4, 2016

                            Dunes Sand Sculpture 2016

                        is Bicentennial Legacy Project!

The 19th Annual Indiana Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest is approaching fast. Join us for this year’s theme of “Indiana” and carve out your own creation in the sand on Saturday, July 9. The registration table opens at 9 a.m., but teams may begin working as early as 7 a.m.
Sculptures that follow the theme will earn extra points from the judges. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, one for teams of children 15 and younger and another for individuals and families numbering less than eight. Watchers can also vote for their favorite in the "Viewer's Choice Award" between noon and 1 p.m.Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Enjoy Unlimited Wine Tastings, Fabulous Food Pairings, Culinary Demonstrations, Live Entertainment and MORE! Get your Valparaiso Food & Wine Festival tickets while they last!

Epicurean's looking for a one-of-a-kind summer evening in the park need to look no further! The Valparaiso Food & Wine Festival, which sells out every year, has been upgraded to a true VIP experience for 2016. "Taste & Sip" Tickets are $75 each and include unlimited wine tastings, food pairings from local upscale eateries, live entertainment by the Jeff Brown Trio, culinary demonstrations and artistic aerial performances! Gather your friends, celebrate a birthday or plan that perfect date night.  This great event is slated for Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 8pm.

Get your tickets (click here) and then sit back and raise your glass to giving back to the community! Valparaiso Events is proud to be a non-profit organization that hosts over 80 days of events in the community each year. The majority of our events are family friendly and free. So your tickets to the Valparaiso Food and Wine Festival not only get you a VIP experience and a fun evening in the park, but you are supporting the year round efforts of an organization that works to create a vibrant and thriving community! Cheers!

For more information on the Valparaiso Food & Wine Festival,  click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

  • If you are not an experienced birdwatcher, it can be tricky to glimpse a Brown Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, here at Songbird Prairie and once you do you may wonder how such a boldly patterned, gangly bird could stay so hidden. Brown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly down curved bill and staring yellow eyes. Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird.
    Brown Thrashers are fairly large, slender songbirds with long proportions—the legs are long and sturdy, and the bill is long and slightly down curved. The tail is long, too, and often cocked upward in the manner of wrens.
    Brown Thrashers are foxy brown birds with heavy, dark streaking on their whitish under parts. The face is gray-brown and the wings show two black-and-white wing bars. They have bright-yellow eyes
    Brown Thrashers skulk in shrubby tangles or forage on the ground below dense cover here on the certified natural habitat of Songbird Prairie. They’re most obvious when they sing their loud songs from shrubs and treetops. The song is a complex string of many musical phrases (many copied from other birds’ songs, with each phrase typically sung twice before moving on). They also make a distinctive, harsh tsuck note
    Scrubby fields, dense regenerating woods, and forest edges are the primary habitats of Brown Thrashers. They rarely venture far from thick undergrowth into which they can easily retreat. Come to scout out this amazing bird here at Songbird Prairie.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Here's what other guests are saying about Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
Wonderful Experience!!!!
3.6  on May 22, 2016
My boyfriend and I stayed at the bed and breakfast for an evening for his birthday. The owner of the bed and breakfast was so kind and responsive to all of my inquiry prior to our stay. It was a surprise for my boyfriends 25th birthday and I asked for the romance package, a cake, and several other special items. Barbara went above and beyond to answer all my questions and to make sure that our stay was perfect. When we got there, I couldn't believe it. It was beautiful. It was above and beyond my expectations. Every single detail had been thought of. We spent the evening eating a wonderful dinner at Bon Femme (a restaurant close by that was SO DELICIOUS and had the BEST staff) and then returned to our room, the purple finch suite, for cake and a bath for two. The only thing I would have changed is when we returned to the room we had a bubbly cider instead of actual champagne, as alcohol was not permitted in the bed and breakfast. Definitely not a deal breaker :) I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway!

Best Massage I've Ever Had!
5  on April 19, 2016
My husband and I loved our couples massage.The therapists were attentive and professional. The Inn was romantic as always and it was a perfect evening away. Melissa Huffman

Great getaway!
4.8  on March 30, 2016
Loved this place! We stayed in the Bluebird room. It was decorated perfectly for a B&B experience that was elegant and comfy, with a touch of modern but not too sleek that it still had the feel of a comfortable country getaway. Sleeping area and bathroom were very clean and roomy. Resembled a large master suite. Loved the fireplace and two person jetted tub. King size bed was very comfortable with soft linens. Special touches like chocolates by the bed, fresh baked cookies, and coupons to some nice choices for dinner were great. The breakfast food was wonderful, and the setting even better. A sun room with great views and speakers to hear the many birds that will visit during the meal. Great place to stay in NW Indiana and enjoy some nearby great restaurants in Valparaiso.

Relaxation Central
5  on March 23, 2016
Nicely tucked on the edge of the woods this B&B is very clean and all the little details make you feel like royalty. The rooms are just the right size and the tub, calming music, and fireplace put an explanation point on the relaxation experience. Breakfast was INCREDIBLE in the sunroom and birds feeding during the meal was the icing on the cake. I've been to many B & B's and the others can't compete! Barbara is a pro and has truly found her calling. Mark

Songbird in February
5  on February 23, 2016
We stayed in the cardinal room on a w/th in February. Our goal was to relax. The room was wonderful. The area was quiet. The breakfast was incredible. The view during breakfast was really cool. Cardinals, blue Jay's, woodpeckers all flying around the feeders near the windows. It looked like a bird aquarium. We paid for a couple's massage. It was well worth it. The rooms upstairs were calming and comfortable. Therapists were very good. Used vouchers to eat at local restaurants for dinner. Bon femme was very good, staff was so nice. Sage was ok. Menu was limited, and they put mushrooms in just about everything. Overall our stay was exactly what we wanted.

Always a great experience
5  on January 14, 2016
My wife and I always Love the experience and how relaxing and peaceful are stay is. The messages are great and so relaxing. The girls do a fabulous job.

Very kind and welcoming
5  on January 04, 2016
You will feel welcome when you arrive and feel relaxed and refreshed when you have to leave.

 Inn review November 2015
4.6  on November 29, 2015
Excellent retreat from the city, and still few minutes away from Valparaiso, Indiana and an hour from Chicago Downtown. It feels clearly out of the city, and relaxing, even though easy roads to drive back to town. Personalized care, outstanding gourmet style breakfast, no other dining that I am aware of, but plenty of nearby places to go. Rooms are definitely large and inviting to rest or a romantic getaway.

Wonderful Stay
5  on November 25, 2015
I have stayed at Songbird Prairie on many occasions for several years. Over all of those stays each one has been spectacular! From the quiet, peaceful grounds to the European towels, to the wonderful d├ęcor, to the amazing breakfasts ... Barb and Efrain Rivera are great hosts and provide such a spectacular, second to none, stay. Hats off, Barb and Ef! Terrific job!

 The Perfect Getaway
5  on September 11, 2015
Celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary and sentimentally loving cardinals (and most other songbirds) this was the perfect place to unwind, relax and be pampered. Barbara & Efrain are the consummate hosts. Warm, gracious, engaging without being intrusive. Highly recommend this as a bed and breakfast that has it all.

 “I had a meeting in Chicago, but just could not tolerate one more plane trip, L ride downtown, and a hotel.”
4.8  on August 09, 2015
This was the bed and breakfast near the Indiana Dunes that had the best reviews on Trip Advisor. I was not lead astray. Peaceful,beautiful. There really are songbirds (and others). Breakfast was marvelous with fresh edible flowers. The coffee was spectacular. I did not even consider stopping at Starbucks. Breakfast was, however, nearly eclipsed by the performance of the birds out the window. My Chicago meeting was at 10:30 AM. It as no problem to drive in (1 and a half hours), and when I returned I could visit the Dunes.

Fit for a Queen/King!
4.0  on May 27, 2015
Unbelievable getaway in Northwest Indiana! Peaceful surroundings, extravagant furnishings and delicious gourmet breakfast - nature lovers will not want to leave!

Bridal Shower
5  on April 30, 2015
I held my bridal shower at Songbird Prairie and everything exceeded my expectations. Barbara went above and beyond to make sure everything went as planned. The decor is beautiful, the food was delicious and the entire home was spotless.

Great Weekend Away
5  on February 25, 2015
Couldn't have asked for a better experience for our first bed and breakfast. Amazing hospitality along with rooms, amenities, and the best breakfast myself and my wife Amanda have ever had. If you get a chance to go don't pass it up and my wife Amanda said to make sure you get a massage.

Perfect romantic evening
5  on February 17, 2015
By far our best B + B experience. We opted for a dinner at the Inn and it could not have been nicer. Delicious four course meal prepared and served by a private chef! Our room was clean, inviting and more spacious than it appeared on line. Breakfast looking out on the birds (what else?) was very generous and delicious. This Inn and it's gracious hosts are very highly recommended.

Great Getaway
5  on February 16, 2015
Barb & Efrain make you feel right at home. Great room and the house is fantastic. Bed was great and the robes were a nice touch. Just far enough off the beaten path to make you feel like you really got away. The breakfast was outstanding and beyond what we were expecting. Thought I was at a downtown five star restaurant. Highly recommend.

 Beautiful B & B !
4.8  on January 20, 2015
Songbird Prairie is a beautiful and relaxing B & B! We needed rest and so enjoyed the lovely and comfortable setting, our room was excellent! Barbara's breakfast is both beautiful and delicious, very relaxing to enjoy while watching the birds. We will return to the Songbird Prairie B & B!

Wonderful Stay!
5  on January 20, 2015
Charming Bed & Breakfast. So peaceful, the atmosphere makes you never want to leave! Superior hospitality, superior room stay. The breakfast was gourmet and delicious. Highly recommended!

great stay
4.8  on December 11, 2014
Wonderful relaxing place. Great attention to detail and wonderful people to deal with. Welcoming clean and very nicely decorated. This place takes alot of work to keep you and boy do they do a great job.. John and Michelle

Great Week-end!
4.2  on November 26, 2014
Our stay at the Songbird Prairie B&B was perfect. Our room was beautiful as was the entire house and grounds. Loved viewing the birds from the sunroom at breakfast and also from our room, Cardinal Suite. Breakfasts both days were delicious as well as beautifully presented. And we thank Barbara for putting up with us - getting lost on the way there, failing to work the front door lock properly and inadvertently ringing the doorbell! Barbara and Efrain were both very, very nice.

 The Best B&B
5  on November 16, 2014
This is truly one of my favorite places to get away! You won't be disappointed. Clean & beautiful location, amazing breakfasts, perfectly relaxing. Barbara & Efrain are friendly and attentive to every detail. This is worth every penny. We've stayed at least 7-10 times over the years & loved each visit!

Fabulous and relaxing vacation destination
5  on October 02, 2014
My husband and I only had a night to get away, but Barbara and Efrain's beautiful bed and breakfast packed so much relaxation, comfort, and romance that we truly felt like we were on a full-fledged vacation. The bed and breakfast is beautiful and our suite was gorgeous, clean, and absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway. The surrounding area offers many activities from great dining options to fun outdoor adventures. Barbara's breakfast is to die for--elegant and delicious. Barbara and Efrain are stand-out hosts--available for everything you need and to offer friendly guidance in activities but never in the way. We hope to return and recommend this B&B very highly! Becca and Jason

relaxing and delicious
5  on September 09, 2014
My husband and I loved the home that was decorated so comfortably and the friendliness for the owners. The breakfast dining area was surrounded by bird feeders and woods. The food was amazing and we didn't need to eat until dinner those two days. We felt so relaxed and comfortable during our stay. Peter and Becki

5  on August 25, 2014
Barb and Ef, I can't thank you enough for your kind hospitality and graciousness in my stay on 8/20. Your home is so beautiful and the surroundings are unparalleled anywhere.

5  on August 15, 2014
Songbird Prairie B&B,is such a wonderful place! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Songbird Prairie and was blown away on how beautiful EVERYTHING was. Our host Barbra and Efrain went over and beyond making us feel welcomed and at home in this tranquil and calming paradise. The breakfast was delicious and something you would receive at a 5 star restaurant. Thank you Barbara and Efrain for making our anniversary one to remember! We will be BACK! Your truly, The Jacksons

Our Favorite B & B!
5  on July 29, 2014
We just came back from another wonderfully relaxing week-end at our favorite B & B! We visit with Barb and Efrain at least two times/year, if not more, because each time we come back it's like coming back to a warm and inviting home. Their hospitality, beautiful rooms and delicious breakfasts are just a few of the many reasons we love to return each time. The name, Songbird, is a very fitting description of their lovely B & B. While you eat breakfast in their beautiful four season room, you will see a wide variety of songbirds. They have bird feeders and microphones positioned near the windows, so you not only get to see the beautiful birds, but hear them as well! We can't wait to come back in the fall, in hopes that the "spa" room will be complete! Jami & Jim

Great stay...can't wait to go back
4.0  on July 08, 2014
My husband and I stayed at Songbird for our anniversary and had a wonderful stay. We found the B&B by google maps and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The entire place was comfortable and relaxing and the breakfasts were excellent. My husband isn't huge into the idea of B&Bs but the atmosphere was so relaxing that by the first morning he was asking when we could come again! We have already recommended my in-laws check this out and can't wait to go back ourselves.

Great weekday getaway
4.0  on June 29, 2014
We had a great midweek getaway. The breakfasts were detailed and exquisite.

A delight for the senses!
5  on June 25, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a friend half way between Wisconsin and Michigan and stayed at the Songbird Prairie. It was a wonderful experience for me and I plan to return with my mother and other friends in the future as I am eager to be able to share my experience. The home is a beautiful extension of Barbara and Efrain's attention to detail. It is well appointed without making you feel uncomfortable.The property is carefully tended. I felt very much at ease and welcomed. We stayed in the Bluebird Suite. It was beyond my expectations as to comfort quality and comfort. I plan to bring my Mom to stay in the Purplefinch Suite. Each room is unique and so well done. The highlight of my stay was being lavished on through Barbara's culinary gifting and creativity expressed in the presentation of her breakfasts! Each morning was full of delights for my senses. Plates were arranged and garnished with fresh herbs from the garden. I was wowed by the extra special touches and thought put into each of them while enjoying the variety and activity of the many birds that visited the feeders stationed just outside the windows. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this B&B! I went away refreshed and renewed in body and with an uplifted spirit!

Great 2 Day Getaway
5  on June 23, 2014
Barbara is a wonderful host and keeps everything immaculate. The Cardinal room was fantastic! Breakfast was very tasty and it's fun to watch and listen to the birds feeding right outside the windows of the dining area. Valparaiso is a great town with many choices of restaurants. My wife was really impressed with the local yarn shop, Sheep's Clothing. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is fun for hiking and is less than 1/2 hour's drive from Songbird Prairie.

Most Relaxing Experience
5  on June 19, 2014
Songbird was a great experience. We had the best host, Barbara that made sure we were happy, and relaxed. The outdoors was quiet, and my wife and I finished up on some books while listening to all the birds. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get away from the city life, and enjoy tranquility. - Ricky

Most Relaxing and Cleanest B&B!
5  on May 12, 2014
We have stayed at Songbird Prairie twice and have been extremely happy and refreshed. Barb and Efrain are wonderful hosts. Everywhere you look, from your room to the common areas, there are beautiful personal touches. It is like staying in someone's beautiful home. The bed linens are luxurious. Songbird is very, very clean and I really appreciate that when I stay anywhere. Barb's gourmet breakfast is really something to look forward to, not only for how good the food is, but also for the lovely way it is served. It is amazing how many birds you see when you sit in the breakfast room and Barb can name them for you by sight or sound. Spending a couple of days at Songbird Prairie is a very relaxing experience and you leave refreshed and pampered!

4.8  on April 06, 2014
Song bird Prairie B&B is very cozy, comfortable, beautiful and very clean. Great place for a wonderful getaway. Breakfast was outstanding and a master piece

A wonderful getaway!
4.8  on April 04, 2014
My wife and I were looking to getaway from the Chicago area, and the Songbird Prairie B&B was perfect! From just north of Chicago we made it down in about an hour and a half and were welcomed to the beautiful home and our amazing room. The hospitality, the room, and the breakfast were all perfect. We enjoyed the songbirds surrounding the sun-filled breakfast room each morning. And Valparaiso providing for nice excursions and offered some terrific restaurants. Highly recommended!

Pleasantry at it's finest!
5 on March 23, 2014
It all starts as soon as you are greeted at the door, where we were welcomed by the owners who run the home. The ambiance of the living room that leads to the dining area is just so eloquent. The view from the dining room offers an overlook of wooded areas with many species of birds that will come up to give you a photo op while they feed. We stayed in the Bluebird room which was absolutely beautiful, warm and cozy, with the King-sized bed, fireplace, heated tile floors in the bathroom and double whirlpool bath for two. It was so quiet, peaceful and all so private! The following morning we came down to breakfast where Barb was cooking an amazing breakfast for us that included Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries and other fruit along with gourmet coffee and fresh orange juice,(among other food items),all served on a beautiful table setting with delightful service from Barb herself and her husband Efrain. What wonderful people they are! Anyways ,this Bed and Breakfast far exceeded any expectations and we cannot wait to go back there .Five Star for sure.

Superb Songbird!!
4.8  on March 04, 2014
We enjoyed our stay immensely! Barbara is very nice and cares about each resident. It is a great comfy feel without feeling crowded by other residents. We still felt the romance and seclusion in our room and at breakfast! The facilities were GREAT ...everything was clean and lovely. I am not a bird person, but it was so peaceful and fun to watch the birds while enjoying breakfast. Her food is unique and yummy. We really enjoyed the soaked pear. It would've been nice to have light sodas in the guest fridge (e.g. Sprite/Ginger Ale). Other than that it was a great escape and we will be back.

5 on February 11, 2014
We were really impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms. The photos on the web do not do the rooms justice. They are very cozy (and romantic!). We stayed in the PurpleFinch Suite. It has the BEST Jacuzzi tub. It was so nice sipping tea and relaxing in the tub. The property is very well kept. The owners clearly take a lot of pride in their B&B. Breakfast was great - and chef/restaurant quality. Since we stayed during the winter months, we didn't tour the property. The bare trees did however afford us the opportunity for some great bird watching during breakfast! We will definitely be back.

 Great place!
5 on January 29, 2014
We have stayed at other bed & breakfasts, and this is by far the best! The rooms were elegant, the food was excellent, and the hosts, Barb & Efrain, were so hospitable. They made us feel like we were old friends coming to visit them in their house. The setting is beautiful and peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their attention to detail is over the top! I highly recommend Songbird Prairie!

 Peaceful getaway
5  on December 30, 2013
We stayed in the beautifully decorated Bluebird room. Spacious and relaxing. The most gracious hosts Barbara and Efrain are wonderful people and inn keepers. The breakfast is so delicious. Quiet surrounding and beautiful woods with deer and birds. Next visit in summer when everything is in bloom. Loved it - Jim & Deb

Lovely and peaceful
4.8  on November 27, 2013
Songbird Prairie is an amazing getaway from the crazy busy world. The woods and peaceful atmosphere allow you to drift into another world of it's own. If you need rest and relaxation, this B&B is a must!

First B&B
4.0  on September 25, 2013
This was our first stay at a B&B and we were not disappointed! Beautiful house, lovely rooms, and delicious food! Barbara and Efrain were very hospitable, welcoming hosts. We felt very comfortable staying here and would love to visit again. -Kelli & Billy

Songbird Prairie B&B wonderful get-a-way
5  on September 03, 2013
I totally enjoyed every moment of my stay at the bed and breakfast from the moment I drove up. The pictures posted really does not show how beautiful and breath taking the bed and breakfast is. I liked being greeted at the door. It was comfortable and relaxing. The breakfast was delicious and displayed so artistically that I took pictures of it too. I will definitely be back and it was a fantastic surprise for my boyfriend for his birthday. Just the get-a-way we needed.

4.2  on August 27, 2013
We have now had the pleasure of staying at the Songbird Prairie B&B twice. Each time was lovely. The attention to detail that the proprietors pay to everything is evident throughout your stay. Highly recommend.

Beautiful and Relaxing
4.6  on August 12, 2013
Personalized treatment even before we arrived. Barbara greeted us at the door and was an exceptionally gracious hostess. The room was very clean and decorated with beautiful decor. Everything at our fingertips that we needed during our stay. Breakfasts were divine, and we enjoyed watching and listening to the birds outside the breakfast room windows. A great place to stay!

None better!
5  on July 06, 2013
We have been back multiple times... always a joy to be part of this amazing Inn. It is our comparison factor anytime we visit other Inns they must match the standards set by Barbara at this peace-filled Prairie hide-away.

A Peaceful Retreat
5  on July 01, 2013
My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and were looking for quiet time to relax, enjoy each other and have fun in the Valparaiso area. We found all of that during our two night stay at The Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast. Barbara and her family were welcoming and made us feel like we were entering a home, not a hotel. Attention to every detail was made, including remembering that whether we were tea drinkers or coffee drinkers and most importantly that I am a diabetic! Barbara put agave, rather than syrup, on my plate one morning, because she was in tuned with the fact that I was a diabetic. How thoughtful! We ordered a cheese plate and were amazed with the fine cheeses and fruit that were on the plate. It gave us an opportunity to relax in our room with a bottle of white wine and some conversation. We met other couples there that were having the same wonderful experience and had some wonderful fellowship and conversation. Finally, based on Barbara's suggestions, my husband and I had some wonderful adventures and exquisite food in downtown Valpo. Our anniversary celebration was just what we ordered....relaxing! I would highly recommend The Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast. -  Matt and Priscilla Dwyer, guests

A Perfect Getaway
4.6  on June 23, 2013
I discovered Songbird Prairie on tripadvisor, read the stellar reviews, and immediately made a reservation. Although I could only stay one night, I was just enchanted by the experience. The Inn is located off the beaten path, and it was like stepping into a different world. Gorgeous environment: natural gardens, sun-lit prairie and wooded areas--all gloriously quiet with the exception of the chit chat of the many varieties of birds residing in this natural setting. The Inn was welcoming, as was Barbara, the owner and an incredible Chef. The minute I walked in I told her I was never leaving! My room was beautifully appointed, as was the entire Inn. It was elegant yet comfortable, with none of the over the top frou frou found in many B&B's. And the giant whirlpool was just what I needed to soak away any and all stress. The breakfast Barbara prepared could have come from the pages of Saveur magazine. Her meticulous presentations artfully included edible flowers, herbs and greenery, all from her extensive garden. The food was incredible, with each course more amazing than the last. Last but not least: the magic of the songbirds. In the glassed-in breakfast room, there were bird feeders of all shapes and sizes, so the guests can sit and watch as beautiful birds visit for a bit, have a snack and say hello into the built in microphones. Yellow finches, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds and hummingbirds all made appearances. It was perfect. Peggy M. Evanston, Illinois

Songbird Prairie B&B is outstanding in every way
5  on June 14, 2013
My husband and I have been married for 42 years and (sorry to say), after all of those years have gone by, we have gotten "comfortable" with each other. Our 3 days at this amazing B&B were all it I hoped it would be. We relaxed and watched the dozens of songbirds and reconnected. Barbara has that magic touch to know how a REAL B&B is run.

 Great "Getaway" B&B
4.8  on June 13, 2013
Beautiful B&B with gracious hosts. Rooms are very well appointed and spotlessly clean. The breakfasts were creative as well as delicious. Valpo is a great little town. Interesting shops, nice restaurants and a great craft brewery. Also, don't miss the Taltree Arboretum. Jim & Linda St. Charles, IL

 Birthday Celebration
5  on June 10, 2013
This was our second visit to Songbird Prairie B&B and it was as good, if not better than our first visit about a year ago. We came to celebrate my birthday and fathers day a week early. We were greeted by Barbara, the owner, upon our arrival and reminded of all the amenities that come with the facility. It was a very relaxing stay and the other guest that were present were extremely nice to interact with. Breakfast was a delight. Very tasty, well presented, and having the various variety of birds coming and going the entire time during the meal was entertaining in itself. We will be returning for future visits.

 anniversary getaway
4.8  on June 06, 2013
We enjoy getting away once in a while and this place is not very far from home which was convenient for us...we enjoyed a walk along the trail and the beautiful room also.

First Bed and Breakfast getaway was AWESOME,,,
5  on May 29, 2013
Marie and Anthony our stay at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast was phenomenal we enjoyed all the amenities that was offered. Barbara and Efrain have the gift of hospitality. We stayed in the Robin room it was peaceful and serene. Our experience will be memorable for years. The food was amazing!!! Various spices and ingredients danced a love song on our tongues.... The birds were beautiful to view in the sunroom..

Everything was always!
5  on May 21, 2013
This is the best B&B in the Midwest (as Midwest Living says). My husband and I have stayed three times over the past few years and we are never disappointed. Barbara and Efrain are wonderful hosts, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast is superb! The breakfast room provides some breathtaking views and birdwatching. All and all, a fantastic escape from the day to day grind. We can't wait for visit #4!

Great getaway
4.8  on April 08, 2013
My husband and I were absolutely charmed by Songbird Prairie B&B! We live in Chicago and were happy to find such a lovely, affordable getaway barely an hour from the city. The room was lovely, filled with thoughtful touches that set the place apart. Plus the breakfasts were delicious! Homemade biscuits and scones, Yum! Full, creative and artfully served breakfasts took place in a peaceful sun room where we listened to and watched the myriad birds. We stayed the weekend and had plenty to do and see: Valparaiso has a quality downtown with excellent shops and restaurants; the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was also an easy and fun day trip. We headed back to Chicago relaxed and looking forward to our next visit. Thank you, Barbara & Efrain!

Hidden Treasure in Indiana
4.6  on March 29, 2013
What a beautiful 2 days we had in Valparaiso, Indiana. This is a gorgeous Federal Style Bed and Breakfast on beautiful acres of wooded forest with birds galore. The wonderful breakfasts made by Barbara were enjoyed in the sunroom facing the woods with so many varieties of birds feeding just a few feet away while we dined on poached pears, baked french toast, fruit served mounded in wine goblets and one of the best omelets I have ever had. The rooms were decorated perfectly in every detail and included fireplaces, wonderful bathrooms with large Jacuzzis (some with heated floors), comfortable beds and all so very romantic. Barbara and Efrain have seen to anything and everything you could want and have made their home yours. Valparaiso, itself is fun to wander around and the restaurants are fabulous. You will not want to miss Don Quijoti's, and its genuine Spanish cuisine. The owner/chef will visit your table more than once and the seafood paella for 2 along with the made to order Sangria are not to be missed. This is a place we will definitely return to and enjoy again. You have to see it to believe it. Joe and Lynn March 25th to March 27th.

Beautiful rooms, fantastic hospitality
4.8  on March 19, 2013
From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Barbara & Efrain are very welcoming. Their B&B is exquisite. The breakfasts were one of the highlights of the entire trip! Both mornings I was very excited to see what Barbara was serving. Not only was the food delicious, but the presentation went "the extra mile"! Our room was comfortable and the radiant heat floors in the bathroom were a great touch. We hope to return.

 Beautiful Place!
5  on March 18, 2013
My husband and I had such a relaxing wonderful time at the Songbird Prairie! We plan to go back this summer! We have stayed at a few B&B's....but not one was as clean and well organized as this one!! The breakfasts were so delicious!! Barbara's presentation was awesome, her attention to detail really impressed us both. The little things make all the difference!! Thanks Barbara for a lovely memory!!

A perfect retreat
5  on March 12, 2013
My husband and I enjoyed two evenings at the Songbird Prairie B&B. For us this was a great opportunity to have a mini-vacation without the kids and enjoy a quiet weekend with each other. The Riveras have created a beautiful, yet relaxing, B&B taking full advantage of the natural beauty outside. We could have watched the birds for hours as they came to the feeders hanging outside of the dining room windows. Songbird Prairie B&B is also conveniently located to the city center in Valparaiso, with many great restaurants and shops.

Wonderful B and B
5  on March 10, 2013
What a wonderful weekend. Our room was beautiful and the home had a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. I did not know that breakfast could be such a wonderful dining experience. Being able to bird watch while having breakfast was great. This was my first experience with a B & B and I highly recommend it. Jean M

 What a wonderful retreat!
5  on March 05, 2013
My husband and I enjoyed a weekend at Songbird Prairie. Everything was beautiful! The grounds are gorgeous, the home is breathtakingly beautiful! Our room was very neat and clean. Every detail was in place, from the pile of magazines in the corner, to face wipes and heated floors in the bathroom! The food was amazing! Sitting in the breakfast nook, enjoying the scenery, hearing the birds and eating the wonderful food, was more than amazing! Our only regret was that the weekend was over too fast! Every where we went in Valpo, people were friendly and hospitable. We can't wait to get back and enjoy the other seasons at Songbird!

Songbird - Weekend Getaway
5  on February 25, 2013
Owner greeted us at the door when we arrived on Thursday evening. We walking in it was obvious that this place was spotlessly clean and professionally decorated. Beautiful. Barbara, the owner, gave us a tour of the home and expectations of us with "quiet times", front door locking both in and out, and fireplace operations. The sun room where breakfast is served, was again beautiful, and had bird feeders hanging outside with speakers so we could enjoy the woodpeckers and chirping. The birds were very numerous and entertaining while eating breakfast! We loved it. Thursday night it snowed, and on Wednesday morning, there was a path shoveled to our Jeep going to both doors. (this was before the snow plowing was done in the parking lot)...this was true customer service. Breakfast was gourmet and never rushed. Coffee ready on the table before the 9:00 am serving. I believe there are 5 rooms, and all were occupied by Friday. Even filled, it was very quiet, and enjoyed breakfast with everybody. Received Dinner Coupons for local "top shelf" restaurants in Valpo. We went to Bon Femme and Bistro 157. Both fantastic. We are already planning our next coupons or not! Highly Recommended. My wife and me are in our late 50's, and travel quite a lot.

An incredibly beautiful and relaxing B & B
4.8  on February 08, 2013
Songbird Prairie B&B us truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed. From the friendly welcome by Barbara when we arrived - to seeing the incredible Robin Suite - to the fantastic gourmet breakfasts prepared by Barbara - everything was better than we imagined. The whirlpool bath for two was terrific. The seeing and listening to the birds while eating breakfast added to dining experience. I would recommend this B&B to everyone. Thanks Barbara to one of the most relaxing experiences we have ever had. Neal and Leslie Weill

 Wonderfully relaxing!
5  on January 29, 2013
We needed a brief escape to revitalize for the coming week. Although the stay was short, it was wonderful. While my wife enjoyed what she later described as one of the best massages she has ever had, I read in the sunroom, then picked out a movie on DVD (which we watched in our room after dinner). Chef Peter prepared a delicious dinner for us which rivaled any restaurant meal in recent memory. We followed that with a relaxing soak in the swirling warm water of the whirlpool tub. Breakfast the next morning was the ultimate finale to a "picture perfect" get-away, another wonderful meal presented by our gracious hosts. We would recommend it to anyone! (...and will.) Keith and Terri Gingerich (Valparaiso)

Blissful Escape
5  on January 28, 2013
Staying at Songbird Bed and Breakfast is like a dream come true. There were so many details that I could hardly keep my focus. My husband and I were long overdue on a romantic getaway. He picked the best one by far. I would highly recommend this B & B. The room was delicately decorated. The bathroom and Jacuzzi was impeccably clean. Breakfast was one course after another, I don't think I've ever eaten that much in one whole day. You will not regret staying at Songbird Prairie. Booking our next getaway soon!

 Best bed & breakfast in Northwest Indiana
5  on December 11, 2012
The inn was not only beautiful but luxurious! The staff is very personable & kind. The amenities were plentiful & the gourmet breakfast was AMAZING!!! Can't wait to go again for a romantic & relaxing getaway!!! Jeremy & Missy

Want to be pampered?
4.6  on November 28, 2012
We found Songbird B&B the perfect place to be pampered while enjoying nature and beautiful surroundings. Barbara has a keen eye for detail which helps make your stay comfortable. She serves delicious breakfasts with fine china, fresh flowers, tasty recipes and personal attention. We are looking forward to visiting again.

Hospitality at it's Best
4.8  on November 21, 2012
We stayed at Songbird Prairie for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Barbara and Efrain are amazing hosts and truly make every effort to make you feel special. The gourmet breakfast is phenomenal. The room was beautiful, comfortable, and spotless. I would highly recommend this to anyone needing a weekend getaway.

Highly recommend Songbird Prairie
5  on October 23, 2012
My husband and I spent two nights in the Purple Finch room. Our entire stay was so relaxing and enjoyable. Every detail from the way the rooms were decorated to the way the breakfasts were served was carefully planned. The food was amazing -gourmet breakfast. We also enjoyed watching and hearing the birds from the sun room at breakfast. We would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a little getaway. Ben & Charissa

 A Memorable Experience!
5  on October 10, 2012
We held a small bridal brunch at Songbird Prairie this past weekend. The food was magnificent--every detail was lovely, special, and delicious. And the presentation! Wow! The pressed flowers in the plates, the fresh prairie roses garnishing the entrees, the gorgeous hibiscus in the champagne flutes...all just amazing and perfect. Barbara Rivera has created a peaceful, romantic, elegant, inviting environment for any special occasion. The superb service and gentle hospitality exceeded my expectations. What a wonderful NW Indiana "secret" we have discovered. I highly recommend that you visit Songbird Prairie for a memorable and unique experience. I plan to go back soon.

4.8  on October 09, 2012
Our stay was absolutely wonderful! Everything was beautiful and clean. We were so relaxed an it was just we needed as our get away! The gourmet breakfast was exquisite and delicious! We are already planning our next visit!

 Exceptional B&B
4.8  on October 05, 2012
Exceeding our expectations does not even begin to describe our experience during our stay. My wife and I had a chance to get away for a Saturday night. While searching for B&Bs, I ran across this lovely Bed and Breakfast. After reading all the outstanding reviews and viewing the pictures with my wife (who instantly loved it), we decided to give it a try. The pictures do not really do the rooms justice. We stayed in the Robin suite and it was exquisite. All the way down to the clouds painted on the ceiling, the details and comfort of the room completely exceeded our expectations. This was not even the best part of the room. The two person whirlpool bathtub was phenomenal. Adding to our room experience was the fabulous gourmet breakfast provided by Barbara. Hopefully I do not let the cat out of the bag, but the best part of breakfast was watching and hearing the birds. You will have to book your own stay to find out what I mean, though. Barbara and her husband Efrain were very hospitable and were the perfect cherry on top of our absolutely wonderful stay. I will definitely be coming back the next time we think about going away for a weekend. Thank you Barbara and Efrain for a great experience. Sincerely, Kevin and Michelle Egan

I felt like Snow White having breakfast.
4.8  on August 29, 2012
The single most outstanding feature of Songbird Prairie B&B is having breakfast with our little woodland friends. The songbirds were right outside the window while we enjoyed the best breakfast we've ever had. Not just a few birds but at least a dozen different types of birds. Really amazing! We were actually lucky enough to enjoy 2 breakfast extravaganzas! For Songbird Prairie, it's all about the details. Fruit salad as a work of art. Water with mint and berries. Gourmet jams and jellies. Both main entrees were superb!  Excellent coffee with fresh cream. Herbs and flowers from the garden incorporated into both meals for flavor and presentation. The two items that must be singled out: the scones (OH MY GOSH! I don't even really like scones and I seriously considered swiping my husband's) To say that the home is gorgeous is to minimize the amount of effort these folks have put forth to create an unforgettable environment. Our room was comfortable and convenient. Wonderful little surprises: bird song playing softly in the background, bird's nest topped chocolate under a tiny glass dome, fabulous bed and bath linens. All of the rooms and common areas are richly decorated. The furnishings are sumptuous but welcoming. We were the first to arrive and had the opportunity to see all the rooms. One was more beautifully decorated than the next. The home sits on beautiful grounds with Barbara's lovely gardens and a delightful wood with paths down to one of the prettiest meadows we've ever seen. The attention to detail in the home and grounds is truly impressive. This B&B is obviously a labor of love for Efrain and Barbara. Finally, I love their gift shop. Truly unique items, very reasonably priced.

Superb anniversary weekend
5  on August 29, 2012
We booked at room last minute for our 15th wedding anniversary. Barbara and Efrain were nothing but accommodating. The grounds and home were beautiful. We had a very relaxing stay. The ambience at breakfast was just what we needed. And her breakfast was simply wonderful! It was too pretty to eat and needed to be on the cover of a magazine!

 We Love Songbird Prairie B & B
5  on August 19, 2012
We had a wonderful relaxing stay at Songbird Prairie B & B. The owners are very friendly and make you feel so welcome. The rooms are all very clean and so much space in the Suites. The Bluebird suite and the Robin Suite are private and so nice with a lovely large bathroom with whirlpool. The breakfast is fantastic, too! Such a lovely place run by two lovely people.

Luxurious Retreat
5  on August 14, 2012
A gift certificate brought us to Songbird Prairie B&B. What a lovely, memorable gift! The setting itself was the just the beginning of a beautiful experience. The attention to detail made us feel like royalty. The breakfast was exquisite in both presentation and flavor. Dining surrounded by trees and birds and hearing them sing was a delightful way to begin a day. Thank you Barbara & Efrain, for creating such an opportunity. - Jim & Pat

Charming & Peaceful
5  on August 12, 2012
We celebrated our 33rd Anniversary at Songbird Prairie. What a beautiful place! It was a very relaxing, peaceful experience. Efrain & Barbara are very gracious and kind people. The breakfast was amazing. Barbara is very artistic in her presentation. We truly enjoyed our stay at Songbird Prairie and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a charming place to relax and unwind, Knolan & Kim

 Elegance and deliciousness.
5  on August 05, 2012
What a wonderful experience we had! It was better than the pictures on the website. The rooms were perfect and the bedding was shear elegance. The breakfast was absolutely delicious and displayed wonderfully. We will definitely do this again.

First time charm
4.0  on August 02, 2012
Barbara and Efrain are just wonderful hosts and we would enjoy staying with them again. Beautiful charming, cozy, tranquil setting off the beaten path makes for a relaxing time with plenty of things to do around the area if you want to wonder out.

A perfect weekend!
5  on July 06, 2012
Barbara and Efrain sure planned out every detail! My husband and I stayed in the Robin suite, and it was very elegant. The breakfasts were incredible. Everything well exceeded our expectations. We definitely hope to go back soon for another relaxing and refreshing weekend. -Amanda and Garrett

Beautiful B&B with even more beautiful surroundings
4.6  on June 12, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Songbird Prairie B&B for our anniversary. It was lovely, the room was so comfortable and clean. And breakfast the next morning was delicious, and the presentation was exquisite. Thank you so much Barbara and Efrain for helping make our anniversary so special.

Absolutely loved it
5  on June 06, 2012
We absolutely loved it! Barbara and Efrain seemed to have thought of everything we needed for our little getaway -- and more! The pictures are great but don't even do it justice. The soothing songbird theme is carried even into the delicious breakfast. From the jacuzzi after a long walk in such peaceful surroundings, to the joy of meeting and visiting with such dear hosts, this place won our hearts. Bob and Margie, June 2012

Beyond Expectations!!!!!!!
5  on June 01, 2012
Our room was beautiful! The building was romantic and very clean! The breakfast was wonderful and the setting was so relaxing! I would recommend this place anytime! Can't wait to go back!

5 Star Delicious Escape
5  on June 01, 2012
If you are looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then make this your next getaway. You will feel a 1000 miles away everything when you are a tucked into your private suite. We loved the Purplefinch room. The attention to detail is amazing. But the most unexpected surprise was the breakfast... Barbara's french toast souffle, poached pears and gorgeous presentation would leave even Martha Stewart speechless.

 What a Breakfast!
4.8  on May 31, 2012
My wife and I decided to make another return visit to Songbird Prairie and continued to be impressed. We stayed in the Bluebird Room and enjoy the two-person air jet tub. This time we also decided to enjoy an in-room massage and it was the most relaxing either of us have had in quite some time. Dinner at the Bistro was superb (as well as the complimentary desert for guests of the Songbird Prairie - what a special touch). After a couple of warm chocolate chip cookies Barbara bakes and a few Jelly Belly's, we retired for the evening. Waking from a wonderful night's sleep we padded down to a heavenly breakfast. Barbara is such an accomplished chef that her breakfasts are worth the trip. If you have never been to the Songbird Prairie you simply have to give it a try. If you like luxury and a phenomenal breakfast that will tickle your tastebuds, you won't be disappointed. - DW West Lafayette, IN

5  on May 22, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Songbird Prairie on May 19, 2012 . We were greeted at the door by Barbara, who had a huge smile on her face. Our room was so pretty ( the Robin Suite) and Barbara showed us a few of the other rooms that were unoccupied. All absolutely beautiful. The restaurant that was suggested was wonderful as well. Steaks done to perfection ( Bon Femme). And then came breakfast...I wanted to kidnap Barbara and keep her at my house! Stuffed French toast done to perfection. WOW! and WOW!

 A terrific Bed and Breakfast
5  on May 01, 2012
What a great way to start Spring at your beautiful Bed and Breakfast. You have created such a lovely atmosphere for your guests. Breakfasts were fabulous. Such a beautiful presentation, and the view of the back yard was so pleasant. We have passed on your web page to our friends. If we are ever in your area we will be sure to stop again.

Beautiful Setting
4.6  on April 27, 2012
Loved all the attention to detail - a birder's delight. Breakfasts were amazing and beautifully presented. We found lots to do even though we were there in off season.

Romance 11 out of 10
3.4  on February 27, 2012
My wife and I will choose this bed and breakfast above anywhere else we stay in the future. We had massages in our room by the fireplace. We had a cheese and cracker tray ordered to hold us off until our dinner reservations. The room was immaculate and beautiful decor surrounded us. The attention to detail tops any hotel you will ever stay at. When we came back from dinner there were rose petals around the Jacuzzi. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the romantic setting Songbird Prairie represents.

Beautiful retreat!
4.4  on January 30, 2012
My husband stayed here for his birthday weekend. Even though it was only ten minutes from our house, we felt like we were at a retreat. The room was very nice. We especially loved the heated floors! We had in room massages that were very relaxing! Another one of my favorite things was the scrumptious breakfast! It was so delicious and felt like a chef from culinary school cooked our food! We would definitely return even just for breakfast! This is a wonderful retreat that we'd recommend to others wanting a true bed and breakfast experience. Thank you! Nicole and Joe W.