Hidden in the “gem of the prairie” of Clayton County, Iowa, is a tranquil country getaway. Conveniently located along Highway 52 in the rolling green hills, is The Red Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast. This historic home has all the grace and elegance of the past with all the modern conveniences of today. Take a stroll around the spacious yard brimming with beautiful flower gardens. Among this serenity of nature, you can sit back and relax on the large deck or the gazebo. It’s a perfect hidden gem near Garnavillo. Bookings are available for private getaways, romantic weekends, or relaxing vacations.
Built-in the 1860’s during the U.S Civil War, this federal style red brick home has an intriguing history. Early property owner James McCleland, who served in the War Of 1812, was married to a woman named Juliet. He became the first post-master of Guttenberg. Later, after shooting the County Sheriff, McCleland was charged with the first murder in Clayton County. The question remains: was he guilty? James and Juliet are buried on a hill overlooking the farm at The Red Brick Inn.
Prepare to be charmed, because the inn maintains many of its original features. The historic home is beautifully appointed so you feel right at home. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites with fireplaces and private baths complete with Jacuzzi bathtubs. Relax in the large living room with a great book, or in the farm's vast backyard. The large deck area is the perfect place to put up your feet and take in some fresh country air. Have a refreshing cool drink in the “Tea House” gazebo. Stroll around the gorgeously landscaped yard or visit the "Red Chicken Inn" (the chicken house where the eggs are gathered in the morning). Enjoy a delicious breakfast of farm fresh eggs with farm-grown vegetables alongside fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries from the garden. And chickens aren’t the only feathered friends to call The Red Brick Inn home. Ducks waddle around and quack their hellos to guests. Let's not forget. A farm isn’t complete without man’s best friend. Furry dogs and cats roam around the property at their leisure. At night, gaze up at the moonlit sky as stars twinkle over the countryside.
It’s a glorious sight to see. Check into The Red Brick Inn in Clayton County and experience for yourself, this hidden gem of paradise on the prairie.
By Gianna Manternach
Image credit: The Red Brick Inn Bed & Breakfast