The Innkeepers

Innkeepers John & Sandra in a recent photo by guest Danielle D'Ermo

Innkeepers John & Sandra in a recent photo by guest Danielle D’Ermo

Your host and hostess are John & Sandra O’Reilly who will be here to greet you and see that your stay is pleasantly memorable.  Here’s their story:

John & Sandra owned and operated Plunkett’s Pest Control, a regional pest control service company based in Fridley.  Their daughter, Stacy, had been off to college, graduate school and on to McKinzie and Company, a management consulting firm that works with Fortune 100 clients.  Then, in 2001 at Sandra’s birthday dinner being celebrated at a Twin Cities restaurant, Stacy announced, “O.K., you two, I’m ready to run this company, now what are you going to do?”

While pondering the question, another bottle of wine was ordered and the idea of a bed and breakfast on their land in Pine County was suggested.  The B & B has worked out very well, giving John & Sandra something interesting to do while keeping them out of Stacy’s hair as she runs the company.

The Pleasant Surprises

After opening in 2004, John & Sandra discovered three pleasant surprises.  One is the answer to the question, “Will anyone come to our B & B?”  The answer is “Yes, they will come!”  Since opening in 2004, over 2,000 couples have been guests at Woodland Trails.  The most gratifying surprise has been that many of the 2,000 couples have come back, some as many as a dozen times!  Finally, the third surprise is that, while there is a “do not invite back” list, there is no one on in it!  It seems that only nice people come to B & Bs like Woodland Trails; all the riff-raff must go elsewhere.

Lucky & Lady too

Lucky & Lady at our bed and breakfast

Lucky & Lady with Guests

Black labs crossed with who-knows-what, Lucky and Lady may be ideal bed and breakfast dogs.  They add to the rustic ambiance in Woodland Trails’ rural setting yet are very mellow.  They welcome a scratch behind the ear from guests who like dogs and are willing to “go away” for those who do not.  Consumers of dog food only, there is never any begging for people food.

Lucky and Lady, who have to be brother and sister since they are best buddies, were found together and, based on the puppy teeth they had at the time, are the same age.  Click here for the full story on how they made their way from rural Arkansas to a B & B in Minnesota.

John and Sandra and Lucky & Lady all welcome you to Woodland Trails Bed and Breakfast!