Thursday, August 27, 2015

Garden Fresh Meals Offered at Cedar Crest Lodge

The Freshest Produce Right Outside our Door

Come on, who doesn't enjoy a fresh, ripe tomato picked right off the vine that day?!  How about taking the memory of that flavor and beefing it up with ribbons of fragrant basil, a light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with fresh ground salt and pepper?  That is exactly what our guests are currently enjoying as their dinner starter at Cedar Crest Lodge.
    
Why stop there?  Lettuces, asparagus, spinach, peas and green beans also shine their light during guest meals at our Kansas Bed and Breakfast.  In fact, there isn't much that we do not grow in our large, organic garden here in the countryside.  Our garden staff works tirelessly at starting the majority of our produce from seed long before our guests get to enjoy it sometimes still warm from the sun.  Many of our tomatoes are heirloom varieties that are unique in color and flavor which makes for a beautiful presentation and taste.

As the saying goes in Kansas, "Make hay while the sun shines" . . . Now is the time to take advantage of the bounty being offered fresh from the garden - just a few steps away from the dining area.  It doesn't get much better than that!  Book your late summer getaway now!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Cedar Crest Lodge Grabs Top Eight Breakfast Slot in Nation

In as little as 4 months, Cedar Crest Lodge Bed & Breakfast has captured its third prominent accolade! Through BedandBreakfast.com, we have placed in the top eight in the nation for our breakfast entree, Smoked Brisket Quesadillas!  USA Today Travel even featured an article on the contest.  We are beyond excited that we have been recognized for something that is such a focal point at our lodge: food!

For several years we have been growing fresh produce on our property to serve our guests.  As self-proclaimed foodies ourselves, we know how important great, fresh ingredients are to the final dish.  It was fun to create a breakfast entree that starred regional cuisine - smoked brisket, and the freshest ingredients possible - local grown garden veggies!  Although we did not win the grand prize, we were happy that we made it as far as we did.  Our Facebook fans were very supportive in our efforts to move ahead and for that we are very humbled and appreciative!  There's always next year!  Many thanks to our loyal guests who continue to post such awesome reviews on our behalf to make recognition possible for us. 

Moving ahead, we have lots of ideas on how we want Cedar Crest Lodge to evolve in the next few years, but you can bet that food will be at the top of the list.  Stay tuned as we continue to provide our guests what they are obviously looking for . . . a romantic inn located in a hidden location that offers amazing food!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cedar Crest Lodge, Pleasanton, KS Wins Award - iLoveInns 2015 Top 10 Romantic Inns

GREAT NEWS! Matt and I have just received notification that Cedar Crest Lodge has earned one of iLoveInns 2015 Top 10 Romantic Inns awards!!! 

"For the 22nd year, the company has chosen the Top 10 Romantic Inns. This year, after months of consideration by full time staff members who research inns eight hours a day and rounds of rounds of sometimes heated discussions, they have chosen the 2015 Top 10 Romantic Inns."

THE 2015 TOP 10 ROMANTIC INNS

Barcelona Lakeside B&B, Westfield, N.Y.
Middleton Inn, Washington, Va.
Cedar Crest Lodge, Pleasanton, Kan.
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Lousia, Va.
The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, La Jolla, Calif.
Alegria Oceanfront Inn & Cottages, Mendocino, Calif.
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, Carson, Wash.
Full Circle Ranch B&B Inn, Cave Creek, Ariz.
Castle in the Country B&B, Allegan, Mich.
The Bridgeton House on the Delaware, Upper Black Eddy, Pa.


We are unbelievably excited to be a part of this esteemed list and can't tell you how grateful we are to our loyal guests who post such wonderful reviews on our behalf.  Thank you!

For those of you who missed the notification of our BedandBreakfast.com award in December, Cedar Crest Lodge was named by their staff as one of 2014's Top 10 Hidden Escapes!  Again, thank you to all who "share the love" with others.


 







Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cedar Crest Lodge, Pleasanton, KS - Romance, Rest and Reunions

"Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour." 
                                                                                                   - William Cowper  
                                        he Task (1785)--'The Timepiece' (Book II, lines 606-7)

I will be the first to proclaim that I like a certain amount of change in my life.  Monotony is NOT my friend and I become very irritable at the thought.  That is one of the reasons I consider myself fortunate to be a part of our family business.  Even though it appears that we at Cedar Crest Lodge simply offer lodging for guests - our purpose (and variety) goes way beyond that simple task.

As I am typing this, we are hosting a 4-night family reunion for 35 people ranging in age from 6 weeks to 87 years.  Yesterday, a family left to travel back to 3 different states after staying here for a 3-night reunion.  If the amount of laughter and smiles are an indication - both families will walk away with a heart full of memories. 

Last weekend our couples consisted of a 29th birthday celebration, an out-of-state vacation, a couple reconnecting with each other, a Mom and daughter getaway, and 3 anniversary couples.  As you can see, these guests were all looking for more than a place to lay their heads at night.  I believe they were looking for an experience to take back with them to their day-to-day lives. 

To me, "variety is the spice of life" and I am proud to say that Cedar Crest Lodge can offer a variety of experiences to many different people.  It is, in fact, the essence of what we are all about:  a respite for guests who need to reconnect with each other, nature, God or even themselves. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cedar Crest Lodge Menu Update for a Healthier 2013

In July of last year our blog was about catering to various food allergy and dietary needs.  As I wrote at that time, we would be happy to work around any special dietary requirements our guests need.  The more advanced notice we have, the better. 

As I sit here now and contemplate my own dietary delimma (basically, how to develop a heathier diet for not only me, but my family) it seems fitting to offer healthier options to our guests as well. 

Our picnic lunches have been a great add-on for our guests and although nutrionally balanced, they could be lightened up in terms of nutrient quality.  Starting in February, Cedar Crest Lodge will offer certain "Healthful Alternative" choices to our menu.  Our "Healthful Alternative" picnic will include whole grains, fresh vegetables, low-fat proteins and fresh fruit.  Additional snack offerings will also be added to our menu such as a Hummus and fresh Vegetable Tray, as well as Fresh Fruit.

I look forward to sharing all of the new recipes I have been working on so that we can offer these healthier options.  We hope these changes will give you more to choose from and enhance your stay with us at Cedar Crest Lodge!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Enjoying Fall in the Country at Cedar Crest Lodge Bed & Breakfast

I've said it before, but will continue to repeat myself:  this place was meant for fall.  The rustic design of the lodge, the colors, the setting are all ideal for this time of year.  This season - it rocks!!  Who would have guessed that the drought we had this summer would ever give way to the vibrant, colorful fall we see before us now. 

It's like we are in some alternate universe as our gardeners, Lisa and Tina, have been busy picking over 100 heads of dahlias, fresh green beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and spinach!  Mema and the boys spent some time picking pears which are now ripening.  Isn't it November??!!  Check out our beautiful floral displays below.


 
I guess the old adage, "don't ask questions" applies here.  I'll just be quiet and enjoy.  Happy Fall, everyone!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cedar Crest Lodge Bed & Breakfast Catering to Special Diets and Food Allergies

When we opened for business just over twelve years ago (July 14, 2000 to be exact) there was a lady who stayed with us on a fairly frequent basis who was lactose intolerant.  Even though I had heard of this problem, it was my first encounter with preparing food for those who may be allergic or intolerant of certain food items.

Fast forward to today and a typical day in our kitchen where we are consistently working around various food allergies and special dietary needs.  Highly allergic to nuts, cannot have gluten, no diary . . . no problem!  Our most challenging yet was a guest who needed a gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, vegetarian diet.  I have to admit, I did have to ponder that one for a while.  In the end we had an extremely happy guest! 

So, if you're nervous about staying with us because of special dietary needs - worry no more!  Just be sure to let us know in advance of your stay and we will work to provide you with a meal you not only enjoy now, but will continue to enjoy later ; )  Bon Appetit!