Anchor Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Anchor Inn Bed & Breakfast has been voted one of the Top 15 B&B's with "Best Hospitality" by inngoers in Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal's 2003 Book of Lists and also One of the Top 15 B&B's with "Best Garden" by inngoers in Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal's 2004 Book of Lists!!
A warm welcome awaits all who visit the historic Anchor Inn Bed and Breakfast in Syracuse, Indiana.
This turn-of-the-century, three-story, yellow frame house was built in the American Four Square architectural style and adjoins an 18-hole, public golf course. Lake Wawasee can be seen through the trees from several second story floor windows.
Located in Northwest Indiana, 118 miles east of Chicago and 120 miles north of Indianapolis, Anchor Inn is centrally located between South Bend and Fort Wayne in the heart of Indiana's lake country only 1 hour from the University of Notre Dame.
Originally built in 1905 during a period when Lake Wawasee and the neighboring Lake Syracuse area were a remote resort, the Anchor Inn opened as a bed and breakfast in July 1986. With its fine oak woodwork, claw-foot bath tub, open stairway and high ceilings it is reminiscent of another era. Each guest room is individually decorated and has its own special atmosphere. Relax in the parlor beside the fireplace.
The large front porch, with its wooden swing and several high back rocking chairs, faces the tree-lined drive that offers a view of the neighboring golf course on one side and on the other a view of a cottage style garden and wooded property.
Offering a full complimentary breakfast that is prepared by Jean and served each morning in the home's dining room, guests will experience a welcome change from restaurant dining as they all sit and eat together at the same table. The menu changes from day to day, but you are promised a full and hearty meal each morning of your stay. (An attempt will be made to meet any special, health related diet request).
- Open all year, rooms range in price from $90 to $100 plus tax per night
- Four guest rooms with queen or kings beds and private baths
- No minimum stay on holiday and football weekends
There are several things to do and to see while you are in the Syracuse-Wawasee area, but the main attraction for most guests is a visit to one of the glacier-shaped lakes. There are over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County including Indiana's largest natural lake (Lake Wawasee) and deepest (Lake Tippecanoe). Here you can enjoy skiing, boating, windsurfing, and swimming. Try your luck at fishing for bass, northern pike or bluegill. Several fishing tournaments are held each summer on Syracuse and Wawasee Lakes, and national ski tournaments and ski shows are held on Lake Camelot and Webster.
Other attractions include: several antique shops, theatre in-the-round for live musicals and plays, a 3400 acre state game preserve where you can observe several variety of fowl and game in their natural habitat, free music concerts are held in three city parks on summer weekends.
You may wish to visit five county museums including Billy Sunday's home and Jail Museum - which served as the sheriff's home and county jail from 1871 - 1982. Sunday morning church services are offered on the shore of Lake Wawasee (boat-in-worship is sponsored by many of the local congregations and has taken place each summer for the past 25 years).
Indiana's oldest sternwheeler will tour you around Lake Webster or you can take a dinner cruise on Lake Wawasee. There are three 18-hole public golf courses within a 5 mile drive from Anchor Inn (South Shore Golf Course is just next door). Amish areas, weekly auctions and files markets are a favorite in the nearby towns of Nappanee and Shipshewana, and the University of Notre Dame is only a 1 hour drive.
Kosciusko County Summer Annual Events include:
- Oswego Trader Days
- Melntone Egg Festival
- Winona Cup Sailboat Regatta
- Village at Winona Art Fair
- Bill Sundy Festival
- Mermaid Festival
- Silver Lake Days Festival
- Master Works Festival
- Oakwood Fine Art Festival
- Milford Fest
- Independence Weekend
- Wawasee Flotilla
- Kosciusko County 4-H and Community Fair
- Kool Kruisin' Car and Truck Show
- Claypool Festival
- Antiques Car Show
- Celebration Latina!
- Back to the Days of Kosciusko
Jean and Bob have made a special effort to decorate their home in a way to make each room of the house as cheery and comfortable as possible. Guests have commented that staying at Anchor Inn, "sort of feels like visiting Grandma's house".
There are family photos, collectibles, many original water-color paintings, Jean's handicrafts and needle work, selected pieces of antique furniture and other artifacts in each of the rooms.
Cross-stich samplers Fun things in Hoosier cabinet Family Pictures
Two of the guest rooms now have lovely four-poster trundle beds of a walnut tree that taken down from the yard and crafted by an Amishman.
Fireplace Old Organ
Our parlor has become a sort of music room for the family. Here we have an Edison victrola, a 1884 pump organ and an old upright piano.
History of the House
Anchor Inn was built as a home for the Eugine Des Jardin family in 1905. The home was very nice for its time. The bathroom of the house had a water closet with an elevated wooden tank, an enamel bath tub with clawfeet, and a marbletop sink. The house had hardwood floors throughout, an open stairway as well as the maid's stairs behind the kitchen, a large pantry, maid's room and a carbide-gas generator that was used to produce gas for lighting the house.
The Des Jardins lived in the house for four years from 1905 - 1909. After their mother died, the land and property were traded for property in Chicago.
Sometime between 1932- 1938, the front yard and two lake lots were used as a park. It had a big wooden toboggan slide on to Lake Wawasee and a shelter house on the north side of the house. (The shelter house fell down in 1946 and the slide was torn down in 1947.)
The house was used as a lodge back in the 40s, and at one time two or three small cabins housed guests in the back yard.
There also was a campground behind the house and a baseball diamond on the property.
A Little Bit About Us
Jean and Bob Kennedy (along with their daughters) are your hosts at Anchor Inn Bed & Braekfast. Jean was trained as an RN at the University of Evansville, Indiana and received her MSN in Pediatrics from Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana. She worked most of her nursing career in the area of neonatology and pediatric ICU. She also taught in the nursing program at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. After their first daughter was born, Jean set aside her nursing to become a full time momma, wife and homemaker.
Bob attended college at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho and received a degree in Wild Life Management. After graduation from college, he spent some time working for the California Forest Service and then worked for the Lafayette City Park Department.
After the Kenndys were married in 1980, they moved to Anchorage, AK where they lived for 4 years and where both children were born. While there, Bob worked at Prudhoe Bay in Atlantic Richfield's warehouse 900 miles away from their home. This was north of the Artic Circle and at the northern most end of Alaska's pipeline. Since moving back to Indiana in 1985, Bob has worked at the local mill that mixes and makes feed supplements for cattle, birds and other animals.
The Kennedy daughters attend the local school system and the famliy attends church together each week.