Prairie Path Guest House

1002 N. Lowden Road, Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
Innkeeper(s): DeLos (Buster) & Fern Stadel
  • Introduction

    Prairie Path Guest House

    Welcome to Prairie Path Guest House

    This Victorian home was built in 1876 and is situated on 35 acres of woods and fields at the northwestern edge of historic Mt. Carroll.

    Shop in The Prairie Path Sampler next door with its antique windows, stenciled floor and primitive decor--filled with quilts, wallhangings, tablerunners, lots of wood --including birdhouses benches etc.

    View our barn quilt as you drive in our driveway and see quilts blowing gently in the breeze from our clothesline. Country and Victorian rooms are available where guests are treated to warm hospitality and a full country breakfast of homemade breads and other specialties. Make this your home away from home.

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    Wake up refreshed to a complimentary hearty country breakfast, served with homemade bread, an assortment of rolls, and our own jellies and jams.

    We are a DESTINATION Bed and Breakfast!Whether its for touring or relaxation, let us guide you to your favorite shopping, walking tour of our historic town, biking, bird watching , theater, museum, State Parks, restaurants, car cruise , or farmers markets, or just relax and swing away on the upstairs balcony private for our guests. Watch the stars at midnight and enjoy early morning coffee while watching our wide assortment of song birds and wild turkey. Indulge in a leisure breakfast of Swedish Pancakes and bacon along with Prairie Paths own homemade CinnamonRrolls. Check out our recipes on this web site for Red Raspberry Coffeecake, Blueberry Muffins and Cinnamon Rolls.

    Our Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake was featured at a dinner in the UGA Dining Commons for A Sunset Breakfast at the University of Georgia to 8700 people!! We are honored to have had that privilege for our favorite Coffee Cake.

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  • 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 Stadel for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Customers stay at our B&B because of the ambiance and homey like atmosphere of our Victorian Home. Also, they seem to love the breakfasts.

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

    I believe our breakfasts are what is best known at our B&B. We serve a really full breakfast all homemade.

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

    The reason people come to our town is because it still has brick streets and is in a historic district. We have come along way in restoring it to its original beauty!

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

    I have received many compliments about the neatness, cleanliness, food and hospitality. Probably the best compliment was from University of Georgia. It featured our Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake at their Sunset Breakfast that served 800 people and sent us a Plate honoring it. You will find this under Our Favorite Recipes at

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret is the fact that our area has retained its original friendly atmosphere along with old timey buildings.

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

    Our small town has several unique stores to visit then we are centrally located from Galena, Davenport, Clinton, Rockford, and Freeport and very close to beautiful southern WI that attracts lots of people. There are several State Parks too... AND our 3 night special is great for just that type of thing. Another great attraction is Timberlake Playhouse, a wonderful summerstock theatre -

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, if you don't mind walking up and down hills. We are located just about 1 mile from downtown.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our favorite restaurant is new. It is a fine dining establishment called Molly’s They serve classic cuisine made from scratch. It is located on Market St. in Mt. Carroll, IL You can read some of their menus on this FB site.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    These are just a few.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We basically have 3 rooms but usually rent just 2 so everyone has a private bath

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets or children under 8. Sorry. We have too many antiques in the rooms etc.

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  • Amenities

    Enjoy the natural country beauty and pleasant relaxation!

    You might spend your time enjoying the deer, wild birds, turkey, blue heron and the occasional howl of a coyote, all from the porch swing on the upstairs veranda or capture quiet moments reading in your own room.

    The Prairie Path Sampler

    Shop The Prairie Path Sampler next door with its antique windows, stenciled floor and country decor - filled with antiques, quilts, wallhangings, dried flower arrangements and old fashioned ambiance.

    Would you like to enjoy the atmosphere of our century-old country home? Let Prairie Path Guest House become your home away from home. We look forward to having you as our guests!

  • Things to Do

    • Shopping & Antiques
    • Historical Society Museum
    • Timber Lake Playhouse summer theater
    • City swimming pool
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • 12 golf courses from 10-45 minutes
    • Lake Carroll - Skiing, Golfing & Swimming
    • Skiing & Snowmobiling
    • Riverboat Casinos
    • Mt. Carroll, Illinois
    • 5 State Parks within 45 minutes
    • Mississippi River only 15 minutes away
    • Mississippi Palisades State Park
    • Walking Tours
    • F.A.S.T. bike trail
    • 45 minutes from Galena

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