Driftless Barn Inn

In by Andy Kelleher

A Full Hot ‘Country Breakfast’ is served to our guests in the ‘Old Granary’.  A Buffet Style Breakfast is offered between 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Menu’s may vary but guests typically can choose from:   Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Belgium Waffles, Hot & Cold Cereal, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, and Toast, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, and Milk.


The ‘Old Granary’ was originally used to store grains fed to the livestock housed below. Today the Granary serves as our Lobby and Breakfast Area. In good weather, breakfast may also be taken on the gazebo, where guests enjoy the view of the rural countryside. Just imagine a view of three states while you enjoy a breakfast of farm fresh scrambled eggs dripping with country butter, or how about a country sized serving of Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. Yes, Country Living is Good.


Our Tara Inn is not just a Bed & Breakfast, it is a refuge from modern stresses. Guests are treated like family. Your reservation is a key to tranquility and comfort. You may enjoy just sitting on the deck, watching the corn grow. Or how about a walk in the woods to unwind after a long work week? Just want to lay about and watch TV? Satellite TV provides Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and HBO. Are you a sportsman? Bring a fishing pole along, we are located close to trout streams and the Mississippi River. Did you bring the boat too? There’s no parking problem here. Coming in winter? Bring your Snowmobile – a trail is close at hand. Just want to enjoy the scenery? We are in the heart of Iowa’s own “Little Switzerland”. Does that give you a picture of our countryside? In Fall Leaf Lookers find fantastic colors here. Guests frequently comment that in all their travels, there is no place as Beautiful as Northeast Iowa. I maybe biased but I think so too! That is why, I invite you to come and stay in the heart of it at Our Tara Inn.


The barn was built in 1896. Originally it served as a shelter for livestock and storage of crops. It served it’s past owners very well and they in turn kept it preserved. This barn has been in my family for the past four decades. I love this barn. Yes, I can say I stacked hay up to it’s rafters and did less glamorous farm work below. But, today I can share it with you as a truly comfortable Bed & Breakfast. The barn’s Post and Beam Construction is visible throughout the Inn. Hand-carved wooden pegs are exposed to show how the structure is held together. Every room has exposed beam work left in it’s reconstruction design. You can even see where the loggers drilled and tied the log floats together when they floated the logs down the Mississippi. Hand quarried native limestone was used for the foundation. The craftsman hand laid the foundation. Can you image building this barn today? UFF DA! Though the barn’s purpose has changed many times over it’s long lifetime, it has always been an intricate part of farm life. Please come and share it’s comfort as a guest of Our Tara Inn.