I love Chicago. I also love leaving Chicago. Murphy Guest House was the perfect escape from the city - it's reasonably priced, and the Victorian house is a beautiful setting for curling up with a good book or a game (thankfully, it isn't overwhelmed by frills and lace, like so many bed and breakfasts seem wont to be). Ann is an incredible host - it's clear that she loves what she does. We were greeted with sparkling juice, chocolate-covered strawberries with our initials drawn in white chocolate, grapes, and a little plate of cheese and crackers. And our names were written on a chalkboard welcome sign outside of our room. What a welcome! We stayed in Jayme's Room, and the bed was a contender for The Most Comfortable Bed Ever. I kid you not, it really was that good. I'd be tempted to take it home, but my little car would never be able to hold it. There's ice cream and bottled water in the fridge, a large selection of excellent teas downstairs (Ann also sells tea), and candy everywhere. We had a breakfast of waffles with fresh fruits and whipped cream, lavender bread, scones, ham, scrambled eggs, and Orange Julius. I tried valiantly, but couldn't even come close to finishing it all. Also: I will be reverse-engineering the Orange Julius. My boyfriend and I couldn't stop talking about it. (Ann was kind enough to list the ingredients for me, so experimentation begins tomorrow.) Since we'd gotten into a conversation about how much we loved dogs, Ann also introduced us to Pixie, who promptly decided we were friends and demanded our attentions in the best way possible. (This may have been my boyfriend's favorite part of the morning.) All in all, it was a fantastic, relaxing way to spend a couple of days. We're looking forward to coming back (hopefully for longer next time!).
To celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, we booked a weekend special at Murphy Guest House and were wowed by the whole experience. First of all, Bristol, Indiana, is right on the border of Michigan and Indiana and right by the St. Joseph River. Our hosts, Ann & Gary, were gracious and wonderful from start to finish. Their place is wonderful decorated with Victorian elegance and comfort. We stayed in Camryn's room (their three rooms are named after their three lovely granddaughters) which was spacious, comfortable and the adjoining bathroom was just as wonderful. We were greeted with a bottle of sparkling fruit juice and a plate of cheese, crackers, cookies, and chocolate dipped strawberries. Our room was at the perfect temperature and the complimentary robes were just the perfect touch. Our bed was turned down for the evening with chocolate mints on our pillows and a pitcher of ice water with lemon on the bedside. Right outside our door was a mini fridge chock full of drinks, V8, pop, and Dove bars for midnight snacks/drinks. Their breakfast was amazing. We started with fresh fruit parfaits (the first day was peaches and strawberries and then, the next day was grapes and honeydew) with lavender bread and freshly baked scones/muffins. One day, we had an amazing poached egg with cheesecake pancakes topped with blueberries and strawberries. The next, we were treated to peppered bacon with a puff pastry filled with cream cheese and egg with basil. YUM! On top of the delicious food, they had hot water for tea and freshly baked cookies at all times. When we went on a 7.5 mile kayak down the St. Joseph River (starting off in Mottsville, Michigan and ending back up in Bristol, Indiana) - Ann offered to make us a picnic lunch for us to enjoy, as well. Overall, wonderful hosts and a lovely bed & breakfast experience. We were kept very comfortable and felt spoiled on our anniversary. We can't wait to return again for more of Ann's cooking and the comfort of Murphy Guest House.
My husband and I stayed at Ann's B&B during a trip to a ND Football and Soccer game. It was only a 30 minute drive between campus and the B&B. We typically stay in South Bend, but due to last minute arrangements and high prices, we opted to stay in Bristol, and we are so glad we did! It was a warm, comfortable stay, to say the least. We were greeted with special personalized treats, sparkling grape juice, wonderful turn down service, hot water for tea any time, and homemade cookies. The breakfasts were plentiful and delicious! I took home a recipe! The bedding and bed was oh so comfortable! Ann is a very gracious hostess and makes you feel right at home. I would highly recommend this B&B (and I;m pretty darn picky)! We have stayed at many B&B's, but this one will stick out due to the many special touches!
On a long road trip, we had planned to stop in Bristol, Indiana and eat at the local Subway but because of road delays, the Subway was closed. So we saw that the Red Bird Tavern (Yelp calls it Red Bird Cafe so I'm not sure if it has two names) was open so we walked across. The bartender was very personable and friendly and the chicken salad sandwich (toasted) was mmm-mmm tasty. The cook was also very friendly. The food was cheaper than a typical Subway - $4 for the freshly made sandwich, .75 cents for a bag of chips and a buck for a fountain soda. Note: The bar allows smoking (in fact a sign on the door warns you of this) so one of my traveling companions waited outside but it was kind of cool to have that "throwback" feeling since every bar and restaurant where I live is now non-smoking. Bathroom was moderately clean - as good as a drinking establishment on a Friday night can be and the drinking patrons were well-behaved.
Pizza is ok. Just OK. We've ordered it on two separate occasions but ended up throwing out leftovers instead of eating them (and we have a family of 6. Leftovers are a rarity in our house) The first time we had it delivered and I wasn't home when the pizza came. No review on delivery.....but the second time was carry out and the staff was kinda rude. I wouldn't say "I need to speak to your manager" rude, but more like "mention it in my Yelp review" rude. I just felt like since I wasn't a familiar face that I wasn't welcomed. I would've eventually tried the other menu items but haven't felt compelled to go back.
Great place to get a simple meal off the turnpike. Excellent Chicago dog and other Chi-town Favs.
Some of the best Chicago dogs around as far as I'm concerned. The pizza is good as well, although I go for the Chicago dogs, raked through the garden, and the hand cut french fries.