A Carefully Restored Historical Landmark

By Linde Hyder

Quietly nestled among towering pines in a colorful setting that changes with the seasons, lies the Dug Road Inn, an Italianate-style home built by one of Decorah’s first businessmen. Steeped in local history, the landmark property is ideally situated within minutes to the Upper Iowa River, Luther College and the Vesterheim Museum.

Beyond the welcoming front porch, the inn has been lovingly maintained to ensure the preservation of its storied past while providing all of today’s conveniences and luxury accouterments. Public areas include a sitting room with a fireplace and a dining room. Private accommodations comprise two main-floor guest rooms, a third bedroom and guest suite on the second level and a third-floor guest suite perched amid a leafy canopy of maple trees. Additionally, there are a commercial kitchen and a newly-completed innkeeper’s suite above the garage.

Careful attention-to-detail and décor are evident throughout, resulting in a pleasing blend of unparalleled comfort and relaxed elegance. Modern enhancements include Jacuzzi/air jet tubs, a central vacuum, commercial dishwasher and updated electrical and plumbing. The five-star rated bed and breakfast is also a popular venue for wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, business luncheons and other special events.

Recognized as a mecca for entrepreneurs seeking an exceptional quality of life, Decorah attracts visitors from across the country and around the world with its quaint restaurants, craft breweries, trendy boutiques and thriving cultural community. This property can continue as a bed and breakfast (managed by the owner or leased out), used as a private home, or rented as three apartments. Offered at $739,000 with furnishings, fixtures, catering equipment, bedding and business included.

Doug & Shirleen Sturtz
Dug Road Inn