Our accommodations in Mason City were in a stunningly restored house that belonged to the owner of the local meat packing business, so very in keeping with our eating patterns on these trips and life in general.
We loved it from the columns on the front porch to the original inlaid wood and brick features to our period appropriate bedrooms. Downstairs is a big comfy living room, a formal dining room, and a kitchen while there are four bedrooms on the second floor and a third floor Jacuzzi suite. All of the rooms come with antique furnishings and their own bathrooms.
And as if all that weren't enough for us to be smitten, the Decker House provided us with symmetry, which we love, because who stayed in Rick's room just a month ago? Why, Bill and Hillary Clinton. So not only did we meet a presidential candidate on the day we stayed there (Obama), but we're sleeping where a presidential candidate (and a president) just slept.
Mary's room, the third floor Jacuzzi suite, is the biggest and nicest in the house and is particularly romantic and lovely (though all the rooms are as nice as any B&B we've stayed in) but it was vetoed by Bill because it is accessible only by a torturous staircase with a ceiling so low, even Mary has bumped her head on it twice. Tall former presidents have to protect their noggins.
The owners are delightful and incredibly helpful, even getting us a special off-hours tour of the Music Man themed facility next door.
The location near the scenic river (as in trouble with a capital T) and historic business districts couldn’t be better.
All this and very affordable rates add up to an irresistible package for B&B fans.
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