Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Kolden Report: Billings Bed and Breakfast," The Crossings. "

Hello, kids!

Wolf Point, Montana native Jan Hansen Wattles and her husband Terry have opened a bed and breakfast in Billings.  If you are looking for a quiet weekend getaway, close to the 24th street/Kings Avenue madness, this is it.

The address is:

The Crossings Bed and Breakfast
1807 Lost Creek Road
Billings, MT  59101
janwattles@msn.com
406-672-6878

The website is:  http://www.thecrossings.us

And you can find them on facebook.

Here's a look around.  Keep in mind that these images were taken a few months ago, just as winter was leaving us. 



You can't find the place with a GPS, using the address.  But it's easy to find.  Just go south at the King's Avenue exit. 


 I hear there is now green grass, flowers and fluffy cushions on the porch!  There is a park directly across the street and beyond that the creek, making it a pretty peaceful spot.


Foyer.



Sign in!



Neighbor/artist made this jewelry tree.  I love it's uniqueness.



Sitting area.



Reading room.


Dining room.  Jan can seat you individually or make long tables for groups. 



Jan's sentiment.


Treasures in the dining room.


Spotless kitchen.



This is where I wanted to be.  Look at the double stainless fridge!  I opened it of course.  Neat as a pin.  (Must be a sickness,  mine never looks that neat...)


Up to the rooms.


Traveler suite.  Masculine in feel, king bed.  Only room with a tv.



Desk, lamp, snacks and water.


Each room has a private bath appointed with blow dryer and pull out mirror.  Nice touches!


Dispenser contained QUALITY product and the baths were SUPER spotless. 



Sisters suite.  Very vintage and more feminine in nature.  Queen bed.


On the left, Jan and her sisters Jean and Joy.  The other sisters are Jan's grandchildren.    Thus the naming of the room!


In keeping with the theme, three little girls dance round and a book on sisters. 



Again, private bath. 



Homesteader Suite.  I believe the rope was Jan's Dad's, (Wild Horse Hansen) and his hat and photo hang in the suite as well.  Desk for working or playing.


Love this vintage wooden box containing towels. 


Did I mention that guests can do their laundry?  Jan said she has had guests stay for extended periods when working in town. 


The Josephine.  Think honeymoon or spa weekend. 


Has a walk in closet complete with his and hers robes, as well as a double bathroom, seen through the doorway (two sinks).


Oh, and a chandelier.


The Josephine bathroom has both large shower and jacuzzi tub.


And a seat for shaving your legs, ladies!



All rooms are locking. 



On the lower level is the fitness center, complete with sauna.



The Garden suite.  Bed is queen, but it looks small in my image.



The bath is  appointed very similar to the Traveler, Sisters and Pioneer Suites. 



Each room has ample power for charging your devices.



There is a nature trail just out the front door.


The walking path runs along a creek, loaded with wildlife.


We saw ducks galore.


The trail leads to a bridge, crossing over to "Norm's Island" which is a sanctuary. 

The facility is also available for seminars, parties or gatherings of any kind.  For more information and booking, contact Jan.  Reservations are recommended.  Jan says she has been BUSY. 

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