Burr Oaks Bed and Breakfast

349 Burr Oak Road, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota 55991
Innkeeper(s): Fern Axelson
 
  • Introduction

    Burr Oaks Bed & Breakfast -- located in Zumbra Falls, Minnesota -- is tucked into a hillside overlooking a secluded valley with twenty-two acres of serene, pastoral beauty. Walk down the terraced steps to the meadow where there are chairs and tables for you to be at ease to read, write letters… Or, grab a book and a snack and retreat to the swing at the edge of the woods. Loosen up as you appreciate the sights and sounds of nature at its finest. Explore the hills, rambling along the paths where you will find benches placed for your rest and reflection.

    Only 20 miles north of the city of Rochester, MN, on the edge of the village of Zumbro Falls is the Burr Oaks Bed and Breakfast. It is an 1890 newly renovated farmhouse, which retains much of its quaint-old fashioned charm. This beautiful old home is air conditioned and offers two elegant rooms with shared bath.

    A Warm Welcome Awaits YouAfter a peaceful night's sleep in the country, you must make your most difficult decision of your stay: where will you savor your delicious breakfast? Out on the screened porch or the spacious deck where you can hear the birds chattering as you take in the splendor of the sunrise? Or maybe amongst the beautiful flowers on the private back patio nestled into the hill. How about in the enchanting gazebo overlooking the valley?

    If you prefer to eat indoors, in the dining room you can bask in the morning sun as it pours in the large bay window. Just outside the windows you can watch a wide variety of birds -- cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, finches, juncos, nuthatches, woodpeckers and tiny humming birds as they savor their delicious Burr Oaks B&B breakfast. From the windows throughout the house and the gazebo you can observe larger wildlife such as deer, turkey and grouse at the feeding stations on the edge of the woods.

    Stroll down the picturesque lane, which winds through the trees to the neighbor's horse paddock and field. Maybe you will discover some frisky colts or calves frolicking in the sun. Or, if you are so inclined, a vegetable garden and flowerbeds await your endeavors. This is a casual, comfortable country home that is lovely in all seasons. Whether the woods and grounds are blanketed with snow, spring/summer blossoms or fall colors, we know you will enjoy your stay.

     
    Burr Oaks is tucked into a hillside overlooking a secluded valley with twenty-two acres of serene, pastoral beauty. Walk down the terraced steps to the meadow where there are chairs and tables for you to be at ease to read, write letters. Or, grab a book and a snack and retreat to the swing at the edge of the woods. Loosen up as you appreciate the sights and sounds of nature at its finest. Explore the hills, rambling along the paths where you will find benches placed for your rest and reflection.
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Fern Axelson for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay as a getaway from stress.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Hospitality. Caramel rolls. Old fashioned charm.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is the #1 reason to visit.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Guests feel very comfortable and at ease.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret is how quickly the area has been recovering from the devastating flood of 2010.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    A traveler should visit the Mayo Clinic, Amish community, wineries at Lanesboro, and Gold Rush Days-Oronoco.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Strolling through the woods and the village of Zumbro Falls are close by.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Fisherman's Inn. Besides good food they often have a display of waterskiing.
    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Any of the above mentioned activities will have websites.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    I have two to three rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, I accept well-trained pets.

  • Area Attractions

    Fishing:

    • Fishing in the Zumbro River as well as the Trout stream just 3 miles north of Zumbro Falls

    Canoeing & Tubing:

    • Canoeing/tubing in the Zumbro River in the Sportsman's Park in ZF
    • Zumbro Falls Canoe Rental at the Sportsman's Park in ZF (507) 753-2568. Open May 1 - September 30. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Canoe on the lovely Zumbro River -- 7 mile run to Hammond (3 hours). 14 mile run to Power Dam (5-6 hours)
    • Life Jackets and paddles are provided

    ​Hiking:

    • You can hike/amble/stroll through the woods at Burr Oaks
    • You will find occasional seating areas where you can rest, relax, reflect sitting quietly and listen to the large variety of birds enjoying day

    Walking:

    • Or, you can walk the River Road along the Zumbro River

    Golfing:

    • ZF Golf Club. (507) 753-3131 -- Call for tee off times
    • Nine hole course, 2 miles south of Zumbro Falls on Highway 63
  • How to Find Us

    Rochester to Zumbro Falls:

    1. Depart Rochester on Local road(s) (East) for 32 yds
    2. Turn right (South) onto 2nd Ave NE [W Silver Lake Dr NE] for 87 yds
    3. Turn right (West) onto Civic Center Dr NE for 0.2 mi
    4. Turn right (North) onto US-63 [N Broadway] for 18.9 mi
    5. Arrive Zumbro Falls

    Minneapolis to Zumbro Falls:

    1. Depart Minneapolis on Local road(s) (North) for 32 yds
    2. Turn right (East) onto S 8th St for 0.4 mi
    3. Continue (East) on SR-55 [S 8th St] for 11.3 mi
    4. Continue (South-East) on Local road(s) for 10 yds
    5. Continue (South-East) on SR-55 [SR-149] for 4.4 mi
    6. Bear right (South-East) onto US-52 [SR-55] for 45.6 mi
    7. Continue (South) on Ramp for 0.3 mi
    8. Merge onto SR-60 [HWY-60 Blvd] (East) for 11.7 mi
    9. Continue (South-East) on CR-68 [Main Street] for 54 yds
    10. Continue (South-East) on SR-60 [CR-68] for 0.6 mi
    11. Turn left (North) onto US-63 for 32 yds
    12. Arrive Zumbro Falls

    St. Paul to Zumbro Falls:

    1. Depart St. Paul on Local road(s) (East) for 76 yds
    2. Bear right (South-East) onto Sibley St for 87 yds
    3. Turn right (South-West) onto 10th St E for 153 yds
    4. Turn right (North-West) onto CR-55 [Jackson St] for 120 yds
    5. Turn right (East) onto Ramp for 0.1 mi towards I-94 / US-10
    6. Merge onto I-94 [US-12] (East) for 0.3 mi
    7. At I-94 Exit 242D, turn off onto Ramp for 0.2 mi towards US-52
    8. Bear right (South) onto US-52 [Lafayette Bridge] for 8.4 mi
    9. Continue (South) on Ramp for 1.0 mi
    10. Continue (South-East) on US-52 [SR-55] for 45.6 mi
    11. Continue (South) on Ramp for 0.3 mi
    12. Merge onto SR-60 [HWY-60 Blvd] (East) for 11.7 mi
    13. Continue (South-East) on CR-68 [Main Street] for 54 yds