Mary Jo and John Smith
433 Cook Avenue
Jonesboro, IL 62952
What's for Breakfast ...
At Hidden Lake Bed & Breakfast, we take great pride in our breakfast! As John will tell you, we spent sixteen weeks at a breakfast and brunch cooking class before opening Hidden Lake just to ensure your breakfast pleasure ... and yes, it's true, he received the better grade!
There are three options for breakfast at Hidden Lake:
First, of course, you have the option to skip breakfast. Bed & Breakfasts are much cozier, more personal, and definately more comfortable than any hotel or cabin so even if you don't enjoy breakfast or prefer to sleep in, stay at a B&B to enjoy the ambiance and special attention. At Hidden Lake, select our "I'd Prefer to Skip Breakfast" and we'll deduct $15 from the price of your suite each day. Your suite includes in-suite coffee service so don't fear that you have to start the day without caffine just because you prefer to skip breakfast.
Second, you have the option for a more European style breakfast that will be waiting in your suite when you arrive and refreshed each day. What's a European style breakfast? Food that you might enjoy most any time of day ... a platter of cheese, meat, fruit and bread or pastry. You can enjoy it in the evening when you arrive, in the morning when you arrive or as a snack between adventures ... even take it with you as you hit the wine trail for the day! And, of course, we'll talk with you about your preferences to ensure that you enjoy our selections.
Lastly, you have the opton to select a traditional American breakfast. We'll bring it down the night before, placing it in your refrigerator. You'll find juice, a fresh fruit creation or a homemade pastry and a breakfast made with you in mind as its prepared. When you make your reservation, you'll find that we ask for your breakfast preferences. Do you have special dietary considerations? Are you sticking to a low-carb or low-fat menu? Maybe Weight Watchers? Are you a vegetarian? A diabetic? Is there anything to which you are allergic? Or perhaps there are breakfast foods that you simply don't enjoy or you'd something special that you'd like. Just let us know and we'll take it all into account!
Please make your selection when submitting your reservation request.
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Picnics & Such ...
While we don't boast a full service restaurant at Hidden Lake, we do offer some alternatives to dining out for every meal.
We are also happy to pick-up any additional items you might need (particularly if you are trying to plan a surprise get-away!) for simply the cost of the item and a $7 service charge.
At Hidden Lake Bed & Breakfast, you'll find 18 acres of woods, gardens and water to explore and enjoy. As with our guest accommodations, all 18 acres is off limits to smoking for the joint pleasure of all guests staying at Hidden Lake.
Hidden Lake is approximately two acres and stocked with bass, red ear, bluegill and catfish as well as grass carp for pond management and a large population of turtles. The lake is available to all guests for fishing and paddle boating, but no swimming, please. As you fish, please practice CPR - catch, photograph, and release - unless prior approval is obtained to keep some of the fish. And if you forget you're fishing pole, just ask! We always have extra poles available for guest use. Prefer paddle boating to fishing? Use of the paddle boat is complimentary - in fact, we love to see our guests enjoying it - and is available during the warmer seasons. A canopy on the paddleboat comes in handy to keep the sun off and please remember to take the safety floatation cushions with as you head out!
Not into fishing or paddle boating? You'll still find ample reason to visit the lake. A bridge at the far end provides access so that guests may enjoy a leisurely stroll around the water. As you do so, you'll find a scattering of benches at which to stop, rest and simply enjoy the beauty. Wandering guests will also find a beautiful pergola complete with climbing wisteria and a lovely swing for kicking back and relaxing. I highly recommend it for 'veg-ing out'! If you're looking for a lazy day, be sure to order a Hidden Lake picnic to enjoy out by the lake. We'll even include the blanket! Or visit our hilltop gazebo ... the views are spectacular and I can highly recommend it, both for an early morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Either way you are certain to appreciate the beauty and quiet as you sit with a grove pine trees behind you, the lake in front of you, and a veil of ornamental grasses surrounding you.
In the evenings, enjoy a romantic campfire under the stars perhaps with a bottle of wine you picked up at one of the nearby wineries or order one, and we'll have it delivered. A small campfire area is always at the ready with extra wood nearby. Just ask John or I for newspaper, matches and 'boy scout' juice to get it started! We'll even supply the marshmallows if you're interested!
A woodland walkway and several gardens are also available at Hidden Lake for your enjoyment. Approximately 1/4 mile long, the woodland trail leads you from the MainHouse to the grove of pines at the top of the hill. Listen as the wind blows through the pines and inhale their wonderful fragrance (can you tell where I spend my free time!). In the spring, you'll find the woodlands alive with hundreds of colorful daffodils, red bud trees and white dogwoods. And as you stroll through the woods, look for the statuary garden begun two years ago and ever evolving. I particularly enjoy the woods in the hot summer months.
Flower gardens, an herb garden, and an ornamental grass garden also grace the 18 acres of Hidden Lake Bed & Breakfast. Guests are welcome to explore them all! The flower gardens are always showing off something in bloom — roses, daffodils, tulips, gladiolas, peonies, hibiscus, and so much more — while the herb garden, in addition to providing herbs used in our breakfasts, always has extra for our guests. Let me know and I'll bundle up a few herbs for you to take home as a remembrance of your stay. Fresh herbs are wonderful addition to any meal! The ornamental grass garden is probably my favorite beginning it with just few grasses six years ago. Today it boasts 50+ plants and is growing every year. Bamboo grass forms the backdrop for this garden with maiden grasses, zebra grasses, blue fescue, Japanese blood grass and more vying for attention.
John and I are waiting to exceed your expectations so let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. A short list of other services we provide includes: