The Shepherds' Inn Bed & Breakfast, Inc.
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Need a place to stay a night or more? Tired of the drab noisy Motel room without amenities such as shampoo, hair dryers, coffee, breakfast or service? If you love a bed & breakfast or maybe you haven't stayed at one, now is the time to stay with us at The Shepherds' Inn B&B in Ord, Nebraska. You will be personally greeted upon arrival and you will not have to cook your own breakfast or clean up afterwards.
This nearly 100 yr. old home offers the atmosphere of the by-gone Victorian era with its many antiques. We offer a private escape tucked away in the heart of the country for adults. To maintain a peaceful distraction free atmosphere, we have no accommodations for children. We are just off scenic by-way 11, well worth the short drive. Although we do not reside at the B&B, our home is just a shout away in case we are needed. This arrangement provides our guests with their own space as us with ours. You will receive a warm welcome along with tasty snacks and beverages when you check in between 4 & 6 p.m.
How you spend the rest of your time is up to you. You can relax on the porch, swing in the lawn swing watching the animals in the petting zoo, listen to and watch the numerous song birds, rabbits, squirrels and occasionally you will see a deer or wild turkey, possibly a pheasant.
You can also walk on our hiking trail or walk our safe scenic country roads. Maybe you would rather grab a monogrammed fluffy robe and head for the hot tub complete with colored lights and water fountains. You can also enjoy the parlor, watch a movie or play some board games with fellow guests.
Menus are available from the local restaurants. Wireless internet is available throughout the house as well. We are well known for our gracious hospitality. We will exceed your expectations. Come, let us pamper you!
Enjoy a good nights sleep on our quality beds complete with luxurious high thread count linens. One guest commented that she had never slept on such awesome sheets. Another guest stated his wife is still raving about those new sheets. Awaken to the smell of coffee and breakfast being prepared.
Our hot tub is located outdoors for the ultimate in relaxation, all year long. Observe the constellations and hear the sounds of the night while relaxing under the stars.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Don and Doris Vancura for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most of our guests are repeat guests and know we are the best lodging in the area. New-comers have usually been referred by someone or have just heard by the grapevine that we are the best in the area. We are becoming more popular with business travelers and offer the government rate. Other guests come to visit family in the area or are maybe traveling through and this is a good stopping point. Other guests come for the annual Alumni Reunions of Ord and surrounding towns. We have people coming for weddings in the area and funerals. Quite a few guests just come to get away and they can enjoy peace and quiet at our Inn. Our area main highway is a scenic by-way and hosts the Junk Jaunt the last weekend in September. This is an extremely popular event.
What are you best known for?
We are known for our hospitality and good food. We pamper our guests by not overlooking any detail. Our breakfasts are multi-course, candlelight and served by a waiter dressed in a semi-tuxedo. That is also part of the uniqueness of the Inn.
What makes your inn unique?
I would say our most unique feature is that we are in the country, off the beaten path, where nature can be enjoyed with utmost privacy. We have just added some beautiful framed fine art paintings by Peter Nixon and Itzchak Tarkay. They really do compliment the Victorian decor. You will enjoy them whether or not you are into fine art.
What do you love most about your inn?
What I love most about the Inn are the fantastic people we meet and learn about their lives and what they like. I love the decor of the Inn. It is elegant Victorian decor and furnished with antiques. It is the house where my husband was born. His grandparents built the house. From the outside it looks like a well-kept farm house. Walking in the front door the memories of days gone by are awakened. Guests say when they walk up the stairs to the second floor "this is just like Grandma's house, warm and cozy".
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We had a guest from Colorado say as he checked out of the Inn "We have finally found a reason to come to Nebraska", to stay with us. I would say the #1 reason to come is to see what rural Nebraska is like and the beautiful countryside we offer.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We hear this frequently. "This is the best B&B we have ever stayed in, even Europe can't top this."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Well, the best kept secret is "The Shepherds' Inn" according to some. We do offer a beautiful area with lots to do, depending on how far they want to drive from us.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
It depends on their age and interests. Most people come to relax and not do much else. They love to read and walk on the safe country roads. We have a library of books and movies to watch. We have a hiking trail. We have farm animals that love adult visitors and often put on quite a show for them, asking for attention. We have one of the most authentically restored military forts in the area where reenactments are done or just self-guided tours of the buildings. We have 3 reservoirs in the area for hunting, fishing, water sports, etc. There is also a fish hatchery to be visited at one of those areas. There is an old sod house close by filled with antiques and a table set like they are expecting you for dinner. It is a self-guided tour and no charge. We have a Chalk mine close by for tours. In that town there are also buildings made of that chalk. There are 3 very nice golf courses close by. We have an abundance of unique restaurants in the area. Driving a little farther there is the famous Sandhills of Nebraska. There are lots and lots of things to do in the area.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We have our own private hiking trail and lots of rural scenery is you care to take a walk.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
I don't want to seem impartial so won't single out any one of them. I love them all. There is a unique country restaurant in the area that was a schoolhouse at one time. There is a restored old Hotel restaurant that is very popular. We have 2 pizza places, 1 is homemade style, not a chain and delicious. We have a restaurant/bar that is very good, a Veteran's club and the usual fast foods place. I do not have a favorite, I like them all.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Yes, the Nebraska Travel Guide is available in hard cover or online at visitnebraska.org. There is also an area guide available at local establishments called Escape that gives a detailed amount of information of things to see and do in the area.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. We love pets BUT are finding there are so many people allergic to the dander they can leave in a room. We are "dander free" and people love it. As far as I know, the only place pets can be taken care of is at the local veterinarian, and they do treat them like their own.
Bingo, our llama is a very popular and and special "fellow". He loves our guests, spotting their vehicle as they drive in, running along the fence beside them, hoping they will come to his pen for a visit. He loves to be fed dry bread and will give a dry kiss to most. Bearded men are his favorites. He is still the "King" even when one of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the country visit.
Nebraska Association of Bed & Breakfast
The Shepherd's Inn is Inspected and Approved. As a member of Nebraska Association of Bed & Breakfast our guests' are guaranteed the highest quality of comfort and hospitality in the State of Nebraska.
Please visit our inspected and certified butterfly garden. The butterfly population is in danger of becoming extinct due to the lack of nourishment required by the butterfly and other pollinators. This is in part due to the use of chemicals which has killed the milk weed and other important plants. The Monarchs winter in CA and Mexico then migrate north and can't find food. Monarchs feeds almost exclusively on milk weed. Our garden provides food from the caterpillar stage through the butterfly. Learn more at www.naba.org
"This is irrigated farm land. The green rolling hills of Valley County are as consistent as the slow flowing waters of the Loup Rivers.
The Shepherds’ Inn outside of Ord, Nebraska has been our only exposure to a bed and breakfast. Frankly, I did not expect much – was I pleasantly surprised. This decade old family home has been well maintained. Each guest bedroom has a modern bathroom. From ceiling fixtures to foot stools, antiques abound, displayed in front of expensive Italian wallpaper.
The owners are Titanic buffs and have enjoyed numerous ocean cruises. This interest/experience has culminated in an elegant breakfast presentation that deserves as many stars one can award. It is easy to fantasize you are back in time and enjoying the attention of family servants.
If you must travel with children or pets, one should look elsewhere. These delicate antiques deserve responsible adults. Staying there is like being in a doll house. Take your time, smell the roses, and by all means – visit. Be warned, if you travel during the evening hours, you will encounter deer, pheasants, and other critters.
We will return."
Ken and Carol McCall
"We have finally found a reason to visit Nebraska."Colorado Resident
WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE! My family and I stayed here for a night and it was wonderful! The house was super clean and the bed was really comfortable. She did not overlook a single detail. The breakfast was to die for. I just cannot say enough good stuff about this place. It may be a little our of the way but it is well worth the trip!!
"We had a great stay at shepherds' inn due to work related event. The proprietors pulled out the red carpet for us, even going so far as adjusting their schedule for us in order to meet our reservation needs. The breakfast and treats that were prepared by "master chef" Doris were exceptionally scrumptious and served to us by "butler" Don in full dress. Each bedroom is large, private and spotlessly clean. We were able to use the dining room to work in the evening although internet was available in the bedroom as well. Lots of little extras along the way for our comfort. Thanks for a wonderful stay." Phyllis Borman
"Nancy and I have had the privilege of stay at the Shepherds' Inn over the last few years. It is located out in the country in a farm setting. Don and Doris are wonderful hosts insuring that each guest has a relaxing stay. We enjoy the outdoors and are runners. This is a perfect place to run. You can run, jog, stroll or walk four mile square around the inn. The terrain is hilly but you will be on a road throughout the outdoor adventure. After returning from a morning run there was always an exquisite delicious breakfast." Nancy And Charles Jones
"You truly have created a little piece of heaven here on earth, you do wonderful work and provide a marvelous service." Mark & Mary Danner
"We did a murder mystery and the food was WOW!!! Nice-nice people." Sherry
"My wife was raving about the new cotton sheets (smiley)" Roger
"I have stayed in many B&B's in the US, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Austria, etc. This was the very best in every way!" Maureen Weller
- The Shepherd's Inn is close to a challenging 9 hole golf course
- Valley County Historical Museum
- Loup Rivers Scenic ByWay Highway 11
- Ft. Hartsuff, 1870's restored military fort
- Ord Highschool Reunion (July)
- Rod Run, Fathers Day
- Bird Watching
- Evelyn Sharp Days
- Dowse Sod House
- Historic Chalk Mines
- Private hunting grounds
- Winter sports, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, sledding etc.
- Junk Jaunt, last full weekend in Sept.
- Public hunting and fishing
- Tubing and Tanking on Calamus & Cedar Rivers
- Calamus Golf Course
- Large variety of restaurants and gift shops
- Calamus Reservoir with white sandy beaches, boating, fishing etc.
- Calamus Fish Hatchery
- Burwell Rodeo
- Sherman & Davis Creek SRA
- Chokecherry Days, Sargent
- Pumpkin Festival, Elyria
- Fall Festival, Arcadia, Labor Day
- Popcorn Days, North Loup
- Turtle Races, Ericson
- Pitzer Quarterhorse Sale , April & Sept.
- State Fair within 75 miles
- Polish Days, Loup City, June
- Loup City High School Reunion (Memorial Day weekend)
A gift shop on premises has an eclectic mix. A few of these are soy candles, crocheted doilies, wool/mohair hats, wool dusters, jewelry, framed pictures and homemade chokecherry, wild plum, mulberry syrups and jellys and the terrific Merino skin care products for dry skin. Merino helps those who are taking chemo, radiation, have diabetes or just dry hands from hard work. Dry heels, elbows and knees are quickly healed, also. Merino mail orders are welcome.