Bed And Breakfast In The Pines, Victorian Style

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As you round a bend on Bradshaw Drive in Pine, you might notice an unusual sign.

The horse on the sign is sitting in front of a claw-footed tub that is overflowing with bubbles.

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The Pine Victorian Inn is one of the few Victorian-style B and Bs in the state of Arizona. Pine Victorian has three rooms that each sleep one couple and come with breakfast. The fourth room is a long-term rental.

The sign announces Pine Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

A year ago, Kim Savage and her husband John thought about selling their four-bedroom home as an inn.

"Twenty-five people wanted to see the house so we thought, maybe we shouldn't sell and do it ourselves," Savage said.

This past February, Savage served strawberry crepes to her first guests.

"Do it five-star," is the advice Savage said she was given by a consultant, going into the project.

With that in mind, Savage, an art major, decorated each room with the charm of the 1800s in mind.

"There are only a few Victorian style B and Bs in the state of Arizona," Savage said.

The silhouettes of a man, a woman and a design in yellow roses from a newspaper from the 1800s attracted Savage's attention in a Smithsonian magazine.

Savage found a man in Pennsylvania who made silk screens of the designs and they frame inn's entrance hall.

Pine Victorian has three rooms that each sleep one couple and come with breakfast. The fourth room is a long-term rental.

Each room has its own coffee pot, TV and DVD, plus bathrobes and slippers for guests.

The Admiral Room, The Rim View Room and The Garden Cottage Suite each have down comforters, chandeliers above the bed, and Jacuzzi bathtubs and electric fireplaces.

"I thought chandeliers were so elegant. Men have come in and said, this is too feminine, but they are earning brownie points with their partners, because women just love the d├ęcor," Savage said.

Wallpaper in three of the bathrooms is a replica of the what was on the walls of several bathrooms in The White House when Clinton held office.

Outside the inn, there is a screened gazebo, a screened six-person Jacuzzi and a sitting area with a firepot.

The sitting area looks over a field to a horse ranch. Early in the morning, guests may see a herd of elk in the field.

Family reunions have been held under tents in the field. The inn can accommodate 200 day-guests for a reunion or wedding.

Treats at Pine Victorian

Savage serves coffee and tea all day in fine patterned china cups that she chose from local stores.

"I am a big advocate of buying at small local shops, so guests who come up here will find places to shop," she said.

There are fresh fruits, homemade pastries and muffins, potatoes, sausage and bacon for breakfast. The meal also includes a large entree, such as veggie quiche or crepes.

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The Garden Suite at Pine Victorian, a bed and breakfast inn.

Savage also hosts tea parties for women or girls.

Inn guests and others can enjoy half-hour carriage rides with Julio the horse. Julio pulled carriages in the Amish country for a dozen years and responds to voice commands.

Savage deals with new people all the time. She never knows who she might meet or what might happen.

"I just want to make people feel special," she said.

Savage has made dinner when a group of guests got on well together.

She felt bad when a man from Germany and a man from Phoenix who had come up with their wives argued politics all night.

The Phoenix couple has visited the inn several times since.

"I asked the man if he was still in contact with the man he argued with. He told me they get together once a week for dinner," Savage said.

A week ago, a NASA astronaut working on the Mars project showed Savage how to use the telescope she just bought for guests.

"Our goal is to welcome people up to a peaceful Christian retreat where they could enjoy the solitude of the pines," Savage said.

She placed Christian materials around her inn, so guests can "focus on God and the beauty around them."

Rooms start at $87 a night.

Contact (877) 974-6329 for reservations and information or visit the Website at: www.pinevictorianinn.com/.

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