Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast, owned by Tim and Judy Trull, offers an atmosphere where everything is intermixed.
The Trulls do everything they can to dispel the myth that innkeepers are always in guests’ faces. First-time guests have been pleasantly surprised, innkeeper Judy Trull said.
“It’s like staying with your best friend, but you don’t have to do anything while you’re here,” she said.
The Trulls purchased Lindsay House B & B in December 2004 and housed their first guests on Jan. 2, 2005. The Trulls had to start from scratch. “When we moved in here, there really wasn’t anything. We got a house and a name and that was it,” Judy Trull said.
The Trulls value the local economy so most of the food served comes from local businesses. The Trulls purchase their meat from Niemuth’s, in Waupaca, their eggs from an Amish farmer, their dairy from Star Dairy in Weyauwega, and their syrup from a place about five miles from the bed and breakfast.
“We try to, whenever we can, serve Wisconsin wine,” Judy Trull said.
In the evening, guests are provided with a snack of their preference. They also can choose a morning beverage served outside their door an hour before breakfast, and a full breakfast, which is always different.
Trull has a passion for cooking and always tries to come up with new entrees. “I just really like the whole thing; that you can take a set of benign ingredients, put it together, and it’s something you can eat,” she said.
Lindsay House B & B also offers romance packages. The Trulls partner with businesses, such as Spa in the Woods and Smith’s Manawa Steak House, and offer massages and meals in these packages.
Guests communicate with Trull before arriving at Lindsay House B & B to make sure the packages are specialized so the guests have a good experience.
Lindsay House B & B sleeps eight people and some of the bedrooms feature connected bathrooms. Others have private bathrooms across the hall.
“There are B & Bs still to this day in the state of Wisconsin where you have to share a bathroom, and you don’t have to do that here, which is nice,” Trull said.
Trull’s husband, Tim, crafted three out of the four beds in the guest rooms. “He made our bed, he made the sleigh bed, and he made the two four-poster beds. He’s very handy,” Trull said.
The Trulls make sure to offer good humor and numerous places for guests to relax. They have a parlor for drinking morning coffee and reading the paper, and two TV rooms. “There really isn’t anywhere they can’t go,” Trull said.
Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast offers a small-town experience, and it is located in the heart of Waupaca County. “Within 10 minutes you can be anywhere, and we have so much to offer in terms of not just outdoor activities,” Trull said.
Some events have been held at Lindsay House B & B, including chamber events, card parties, bridal and baby showers, gift openings and business meetings.
“The flow of the house lends itself to certain things,” Trull said.
The Trulls went into the bed-and-breakfast business with no expectations. They did it because it was Judy’s dream – to meet people on a basic level.
“I think the success of it is that we actually love it, and hopefully that comes through to the guests,” Trull said. “I can honestly say five years later I’m still loving it.”
In a society where relaxation is pushed aside, the Trulls want to offer as much as they can.
“To help people kind of reconnect or give them that vehicle to reconnect with people they care about, I think that’s what helps us be successful,” Trull said. Guests have told the Trulls that the atmosphere at Lindsay House B & B is homey and down to earth.
“I think each bed and breakfast is unique, starting with the innkeeper because we’re all so different,” Trull said.
The house was built in 1892 and was turned into a bed and breakfast in the 1980s. “It was first called Victorian Acres Bed & Breakfast. They used to have tour buses pull up. They were charging two bucks a piece to walk through the gardens,” Trull said.
The Berkhardt family turned the bed and breakfast into Lindsay House B & B, and the Trulls bought it from them.
Lindsay House B & B is open year-round and is busiest in May through September. “For the first three years, I had at least one room booked all year long,” Trull said.
Local events, such as the Manawa Rodeo, are also good for business. For more information, check out Lindsay House B & B’s website at www.lindsayhouse.com.