New Breakfast Menu

New Breakfast Menu

It's been awhile since I posted a blog, so it's about time! What better blog post than to tell you about our new breakfast menu! If you watch our Facebook page, you know much of this.

Supporting the local community has always been part of our mission and goals at Northfield Inn. We decided then to change our menu so that we could use more fresh, delicious, and local foods that are in season. This is a win-win for both the community and our guests. The best way we feel we can accomplish this is by preparing and serving gourmet breakfast sandwiches! 

We have been "testing" this idea and menu for the past week with our guests. They all loved the sandwiches! They used words, like "phenomenal," "excellent," "delicious," and "scrumptious!" Below are three sandwiches we have tried. We are perfecting one more, Egg in a Hole Benedict. Stay tuned for more info!

You can also watch our Facebook page as we continue our quest to have the best B&B for our guests! 

Tested and Approved Sandwiches



English muffin with stone ground Dijon mustard, bacon, lettuce, tomato, two oven baked eggs, avocado, and Gorgonzola crumples. 



A crispy Ciabatta bread with honey mustard spread, baked ham, smoked Gouda, and two oven-baked eggs with with cream.

Herb Sensation

Herb Sensation

Ciabatta bread with whole grain mustard, spring lettuce with lemon balm, two baked eggs, Asiago crumbles, asparagus with thyme and lemon zest, cherry tomatoes with oregano, and thick cut bacon (optional).



Crispy English muffin, spring lettuce, layers of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and topped with oven-baked, runny eggs. 

Building a Garden: Part One!

Building a Garden: Part One!

Welcome to my first installment of building the Northfield Inn vegetable and herb garden. I'm starting slow and small since I am new to this. This will be fun (or painful), so follow along my wonderful (or devastating) journey to build a garden from seed to harvest. 

Part One: Testing my Ability

I decided to start simple and plant herb seeds to see if I could actually make them grow. I did this in the 8th grade, now with a Ph.D., I should be able to do it with ease. Right? Well, come to find out, the advanced education was not needed because You Tube showed me the way. (Not an advertisement for or against advanced degrees.) I digress. Let's get started on what I did to test my 8th grade knowledge, enhanced by You Tube videos.

Step one: A bit of predicting 

To determine what and when to plant the seeds indoor, I kinda needed to know when the last frost will be for the year. The Farmer's Almanac has a wonder tool that predicts when the last frost date for 2017 will be for Northfield, Minnesota. The good folks there predict May 7, 2017 as the last spring frost. I decided, however, they were wrong (I have no evidence to believe this), and I decided that the last frost date will be April 15 instead (after all, I do have an advanced degree. Ha!). 

Step two: Decide what to plant and when

After I decided what day will be the last frost date for 2017, I then hopped over to and used their online tool that calculates when to start seeds. Well, their tool didn't list thyme, but I decided to start my first test seedlings of thyme. Do you see a pattern, here?

Step three: Put dirt in tray 

Well, I just put some organic seedling dirt in a tray. 

Step four: Fill the cups

I don't know what these cups are made of, but I love them. They are cute. I filled each cup about 3/4 the way full of the organic seedling dirt once the cups were placed in the tray.

Step five: Sprinkle the seeds

Okay, so the seed package said to put about two seeds in each cup. Really? Have you seen thyme seeds? They are microscopic. Even with my bifocals, I couldn't count two seeds out of the bunch. Instead, I took a pinch of seeds and sprinkled them into each cup. 

Step six: Cover seeds with dirt

Given that the seeds are microscopic and happen to be the same color as the dirt, I decided to use a pick and just fold the dirt and hope that the seeds were covered.

Step seven: Water the seeds

I used a spray bottle to moisten the dirt without disrupting the seeds (I think). 

Step eight: Label the cups

I labeled each cup with the name of the thyme and date I planted them. I'm not sure why I labeled every cup since all the cups in the tray are the same kind of thyme. Just roll with me here. 

Step nine: Cover tray with lid

Well, cover the tray with a lid. 

Step ten: Put tray near heat

Full disclosure: I was going to buy heating pads for my darling seedlings to be warm, but those pads are expensive! I could have bought myself a blanket for the price of one pad! I decided then to put my seeds next to a heat vent on the floor. 

Step eleven: water and be hopeful daily

I have been spraying with water each day since 2/21/2017. No luck yet, but I remain hopeful. I think the above photo is tyme. I can't remember. :-)

I will post again when I see any sprouts or just simply give up. 

Mornings at Northfield Inn

Mornings at Northfield Inn

6:30 a.m.

Coffee, tea, orange juice, water, fruit, yogurt, and english muffins are provided in the butler's pantry to start a healthy day!

6:30 a.m. until Breakfast

After grabbing starters from the butler's pantry, hang out in the living room while listening to some light jazz and read the paper, or stay in your suite to sleep a little longer, or take a long hot shower.


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy our chef-designed breakfast. You tell us what time you want to eat, and we will bring it to you in the dining room or your suite. 

After breakfast, let us help you plan your day!

Breakfast Starters

Breakfast Starters

New at Northfield Inn!

Grab a coffee, tea, juice, or water and a healthy snack while we cook your breakfast. We offer these breakfast starters at no additional cost to our guests.

Before and After

Before and After

We bought the property in October 2015 with the intent to open a bed and breakfast. We thought it would be fun to show photos of some of the rooms before and after the renovation. We open January 21, 2017, so come check us out!

Home: October 2015

Before: Foyer

Before: Living Room

Before: Dining Room

Before: Kitchen

Before: Secondary Kitchen

Before: Bedroom One

Before: Bedroom Two

Before: Bedroom Three

Before: Spiral Stairs Entry


Home: December 2016

After: Foyer

After: Living Room

After: Dining Room

After: Kitchen

After: Butler's Pantry

After: Suite One

After: Suite Two

After: Suite Three

After: Laundry Room

After: Suite Four (Added as an Addition)

Our Story

Our Story

We have completed the Northfield Inn's promo booklet, Our Story, which provides history and amenities of the property and Inn. Feel free to download and share!

Holiday Window Scenes

Holiday Window Scenes

If you haven't seen the holiday window scenes at the shops in Northfield, it's worth a trip! Here are just a few from this year's Winter Walk. 

Our Ecological Footprint

Our Ecological Footprint

One of our guiding principles is to reduce our ecological footprint constantly and consistently. When we open in January, here are a few ways we will be living this principle: 

Throughout Home

  • Two new efficiency central air units (one upstairs and one downstairs)
  • New efficient furnace
  • LED bulbs in interior and exterior of home
  • Use of green-sealed cleaning products
  • Bathroom and bedroom linens washed only between guest stays (unless guests ask during their stay)
  • Recycle or donate plastics and aluminum 

Each Suite

  • Wireless lights that can be turned off from smart phone
  • Ceiling fan in each bedroom
  • Extra blankets
  • Trash and recycle containers
  • All new, efficient water-flow, rain shower heads in each bathroom
  • Friendly reminders how to reduce water consumption

Food and Nature Ecology

  • Buy locally grown
  • Vegetable garden on property
  • Rain garden on property
  • Community walking, sitting garden on property
  • Composts egg shells, coffee grounds, fruits, and vegetables
  • No-kill but repel pests

Future Transportation Partnerships

  • EcoTrans 
  • Northfield Bus Lines

A Few Photos

A Few Photos

As we get ready to open next month, I thought it would be fun to post some photos of the details of the Inn. Here are a few to get started! 

Our new sign and matching lamp post.




During your stay, grab a game from our game box. Below is a list of some of the games you can choose. 

  • 5 Second Rule
  • Apples to Apples
  • Bananagrams
  • Cards
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Clue
  • Code Names
  • Connect Four
  • Dominoes
  • Michigan Rummy 
  • Monopoly
  • Outburst
  • Over Ten Puzzles
  • Parcheesi
  • Payday
  • Pit
  • PlayStation 4 with Games
  • Scattergories
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Speak Out
  • Telestrations
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Yahtzee

Don't see a game you like? Let us know! We will do our best to find it and have it waiting for you upon your visit. 

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

Coming to Northfield for the Winter Walk on December 8, 2016? Consider staying at Northfield Inn!

We currently have availability for the event. 

Mention you saw this ad on Facebook and get 25% off your stay!

Featuring Beekman 1802

Featuring Beekman 1802

During your stay, enjoy Beekman 1802 shampoo, conditioner, and soap. These products are made with goats milk, shea butter and verbena. They are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. 

Coffee Equipment

Coffee Equipment

We will have hot coffee waiting for you from breakfast through happy hour each day of your stay. If you wish to make your own coffee, however, here is a list of tools we have ready for you:

Poor Over Single Filter

Coffee Bean Scale

Manual Bean Grinder




Goose Neck Kettle



French Press

Chemex Paper Filters


Breakfast at the Inn: MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE BAKE

Breakfast at the Inn: MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE BAKE

Granola, cranberries, and almonds

Raisins, cranberries, yogurt, and syrup

Yogurt, cinnamon, and raisins

We have created another item you will find on our menu at Northfield Inn. We decided to bake apples filled with raisins, brown sugar, and butter. We then experimented with different topics, and we liked them all! That's when we decided to let our guests create their own by choosing the toppings. Here are a few of the toppings you can choose:

  • Raisins
  • Almonds
  • Yogurt
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon
  •  Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Granola
  • Apple crisps
  • Cranberries
  • ...and more.


Breakfast at the Inn: COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS

Breakfast at the Inn: COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS

Every breakfast at the Inn will feature a muffin as a side dish. Today we experimented with a recipe, Coffee Cake Muffins, from Damn Delicious. We followed the recipe as written because it is oh, so good but with one exception: we made our muffins Texas style -- BIG! These muffins are great as a side dish or entree and served with coffee, our many teas, milk, fresh orange juice, or water. 

We hope you are enjoying our blog. Keep following us as we build a great menu for our guests before we open on November 1, 2016.



Another option on the menu at Northfield Inn will be the more traditional breakfast items found in the Midwest. All the items are locally grown and organic. We start with baby round potatoes roasted in rosemary, sea salt, and coarse pepper. The eggs are from free-range hens and are prepared with salt and pepper. The bacon is from a sustainable farm down the road and is prepared with honey and coarse pepper. The toast is bread from a local bakery and topped with rosemary butter.

As with all of our breakfast entrees, you can also choose any of the following:

  • Greek yogurt cup with oats, nuts, fruit, and drizzled with honey
  • Cottage cheese
  • Muffin 
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Apple or orange juice
  • Water



For our house biscuits, we have chosen a southern-style biscuit recipe from Southern Living.  Our chosen jelly, Minnesota Cranapple from Jamazing, is a Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon winner. The slight taste of the sweetness in the biscuits is a perfect match for the slight tartness of the jelly.

Carleton College Packing Day

Carleton College Packing Day

Book your stay now, and we will provide complimentary breakfast for you and your family during your stay. 

Consider staying at Northfield Inn when you pick up your student for Winter Break.

We are across the street from Carleton, have free parking, and luxurious suites.

Offer good for stays between November 16 through November 22, 2016.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Going to the St. Olaf Christmas Festival?

Consider staying at Northfield Inn!

We currently have availability for the following days during the festival:

  • Thursday, December 1
  • Friday, December 2
  • Sunday, December 4

We have no availability for Saturday, December 3. 

We will have the Inn decorated in style and offering a special holiday breakfast menu.