We were very happy with our stay. By far the BEST breakfast we've experienced to date at a B&B. A much more comfortable stay for the price, verses a hotel room. We arrived later in the evening after a delayed flight and storm filled drive from Chicago. It really felt like we had gotten "home" and were ready for the rest.
My husband and I stayed at Songbird for our anniversary and had a wonderful stay. We found the B&B due to a Groupon and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The entire place was comfortable and relaxing and the breakfasts were excellent. My husband isn't huge into the idea of B&Bs but the atmosphere was so relaxing that by the first morning he was asking when we could come again! We have already recommended my in-laws check this out and can't wait to go back ourselves.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a friend half way between Wisconsin and Michigan and stayed at the Songbird Prairie. It was a wonderful experience for me and I plan to return with my mother and other friends in the future as I am eager to be able to share my experience. The home is a beautiful extension of Barbara and Efrain's attention to detail. It is well appointed without making you feel uncomfortable.The property is carefully tended. I felt very much at ease and welcomed. We stayed in the Bluebird Suite. It was beyond my expectations as to comfort quality and comfort. I plan to bring my Mom to stay in the Purplefinch Suite. Each room is unique and so well done. The highlight of my stay was being lavished on through Barbara's culinary gifting and creativity expressed in the presentation of her breakfasts! Each morning was full of delights for my senses. Plates were arranged and garnished with fresh herbs from the garden. I was wowed by the extra special touches and thought put into each of them while enjoying the variety and activity of the many birds that visited the feeders stationed just outside the windows. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this B&B! I went away refreshed and renewed in body and with an uplifted spirit!
Barbara is a wonderful host and keeps everything immaculate. The Cardinal room was fantastic! Breakfast was very tasty and it's fun to watch and listen to the birds feeding right outside the windows of the dining area. Valparaiso is a great town with many choices of restaurants. My wife was really impressed with the local yarn shop, Sheep's Clothing. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is fun for hiking and is less than 1/2 hour's drive from Songbird Prairie.
Songbird was a great experience. We had the best host, Barbara, that made sure we were happy, and relaxed. The outdoors were quiet, and my wife and I finished up on some books while listening to all the birds. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get away from the city life, and enjoy tranquility. - Ricky
We have stayed at Songbird Prairie twice and have been extremely happy and refreshed. Barb and Efrain are wonderful hosts. Everywhere you look, from your room to the common areas, there are beautiful personal touches. It is like staying in someone's beautiful home. The bed linens are luxurious. Songbird is very, very clean and I really appreciate that when I stay anywhere. Barb's gourmet breakfast is really something to look forward to, not only for how good the food is, but also for the lovely way it is served. It is amazing how many birds you see when you sit in the breakfast room and Barb can name them for you by sight or sound. Spending a couple of days at Songbird Pairie is a very relaxing experience and you leave refreshed and pampered!
My wife and I were looking to getaway from the Chicago area, and the Songbird Prairie B&B was perfect! From just north of Chicago we made it down in about an hour and a half and were welcomed to the beautiful home and our amazing room. The hospitality, the room, and the breakfast were all perfect. We enjoyed the songbirds surrounding the sun-filled breakfast room each morning. And Valparaiso providing for nice excursions and offered some terrific restaurants. Highly recommended!
It all starts as soon as you are greeted at the door,where we were welcomed by the owners who run the home.The ambiance of the living room that leads to the dining area is just so eloquent.The view from the dining room offers an overlook of wooded areas with many species of birds that will come up to give you a photo opp while they feed. We stayed in the Bluebird room which was absolutely beautiful,warm and cozy,with the Kingsized bed,fireplace,heated tile floors in the bathroom and double whirlpool bath for two.It was so quiet,peaceful and all so private!The following morning we came down to breakfast where Barb was cooking an amazing breakfast for us that included Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries,blueberries and other fruit along with gourmet coffee and fresh orange juice,(among other food items),all served on a beautiful table setting with delightful service from Barb herself and her husband Efrain.What wonderful people they are!Anyways,this Bed and Breakfast far exceeded any expectations and we cannot wait to go back there.Five Star for sure.
We enjoyed our stay immensely! Barbara is very nice and cares about each resident. It is a great comfy feel without feeling crowded by other residents. We still felt the romance and seclusion in our room and at breakfast! The facilities were GREAT ...everything was clean and lovely. I am not a bird person. but it was so peaceful and fun to watch the birds while enjoying breakfast. Her food is unique and yummy. We really enjoyed the soaked pear. It would've been nice to have light sodas in the guest fridge (e.g. Sprite/Ginger Ale). Other than that it was a great escape and we will be back.
We were really impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms. The photos on the web do not do the rooms justice. They are very cozy (and romantic!). We stayed in the PurpleFinch Suite. It has the BEST Jacuzzi tub. It was so nice sipping tea and relaxing in the tub. The property is very well kept. The owners clearly take a lot of pride in their B&B. Breakfast was great - and chef/restaurant quality. Since we stayed during the winter months, we didn't tour the property. The bare trees did however afford us the opportunity for some great bird watching during breakfast! We will definitely be back.
We have stayed at other bed & breakfasts, and this is by far the best! The rooms were elegant, the food was excellent, and the hosts, Barb & Efrain, were so hospitable. They made us feel like we were old friends coming to visit them in their house. The setting is beautiful and peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their attention to detail is over the top! I highly recommend Songbird Prairie!
We stayed in the beautifully decorated Bluebird room. Spacious and relaxing. The most gracious hosts Barbara and Efrain are wonderful people and inn keepers. The breakfast is so delicious. Quiet surrounding and beautiful woods with deer and birds. Next visit in summer when everything is in bloom. Loved it - Jim & Deb
This was our first stay at a B&B and we were not disappointed! Beautiful house, lovely rooms, and delicious food! Barbara and Efrain were very hospitable, welcoming hosts. We felt very comfortable staying here and would love to visit again. -Kelli & Billy
I totally enjoyed every moment of my stay at the bed and breakfast from the moment I drove up. The pictures posted really does not show how beautiful and breath taking the bed and breakfast is. I liked being greeted at the door. It was comfortable and relaxing. The breakfast was delicious and displayed so artistically that I took pictures of it too. I will definitely be back and it was a fantastic surprise for my boyfriend for his birthday. Just the get-a-way we needed.
Personalized treatment even before we arrived. Barbara greeted us at the door and was an exceptionally gracious hostess. The room was very clean and decorated with beautiful decor. Everything at our fingertips that we needed during our stay. Breakfasts were divine, and we enjoyed watching and listening to to the birds outside the breakfast room windows. A great place to stay!
We have been back multiple times... always a joy to be part of this amazing Inn. It is our comparison factor anytime we visit other Inns they must match the standards set by Barbara at this peace-filled Prairie hide-away.
My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and were looking for quiet time to relax, enjoy each other and have fun in the Valparaiso area. We found all of that during our two night stay at The Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast. Barbara and her family were welcoming and made us feel like we were entering a home, not a hotel. Attention to every detail was made, including remembering that whether we were tea drinkers or coffee drinkers and most importantly that I am a diabetic! Barbara put agave, rather than syrup, on my plate one morning, because she was in tuned with the fact that I was a diabetic. How thoughtful! We ordered a cheese plate and were amazed with the fine cheeses and fruit that were on the plate. It gave us an opportunity to relax in our room with a bottle of wine and some conversation. We met other couples there that were having the same wonderful experience and had some wonderful fellowship and conversation. Finally, based on Barbara's suggestions, my husband and I had some wonderful adventures and exquisite food in downtown Valpo. Our anniversary celebration was just what we ordered....relaxing! I would high recommend The Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast. - Priscilla Dwyer Matt and Priscilla Dwyer, guests
I discovered Songbird Prairie on tripadvisor, read the stellar reviews, and immediately made a reservation. Although I could only stay one night, I was just enchanted by the experience. The Inn is located off the beaten path, and it was like stepping into a different world. Gorgeous environment: natural gardens, sun-lit prairie and wooded areas--all gloriously quiet with the exception of the chit chat of the many varieties of birds residing in this natural setting. The Inn was welcoming, as was Barbara, the owner and an incredible Chef. The minute I walked in I told her I was never leaving! My room was beautifully appointed, as was the entire Inn. It was elegant yet comfortable, with none of the over the top frou frou found in many B&B's. And the giant whirlpool was just what I needed to soak away any and all stress. The breakfast Barbara prepared could have come from the pages of Saveur magazine. Her meticulous presentations artfully included edible flowers, herbs and greenery, all from her extensive garden. The food was incredible, with each course more amazing than the last. Last but not least: the magic of the songbirds. In the glassed-in breakfast room, there were bird feeders of all shapes and sizes, so the guests can sit and watch as beautiful birds visit for a bit, have a snack and say hello into the built in microphones. Yellow finches, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds and hummingbirds all made appearances. It was perfect. Peggy M. Evanston, Illinois
My husband and I have been married for 42 years and (sorry to say), after all of those years have gone by, we have gotten "comfortable" with each other. Our 3 days at this amazing B&B were all it I hoped it would be. We relaxed and watched the dozens of songbirds and reconnected. Barbara has that magic touch to know how a REAL B&B is run.
Beautiful B&B with gracious hosts. Rooms are very well appointed and spotlessly clean. The breakfasts were creative as well as delicious. Valpo is a great little town. Interesting shops, nice restaurants and a great craft brewery. Also, don't miss the Taltree Arboretum. Jim & Linda St. Charles, IL
This was our second visit to Songbird Prairie B&B and it was as good, if not better than our first visit about a year ago. We came to celebrate my birthday and fathers day a week early. We were greeted by Barbara, the owner, upon our arrival and reminded of all the amenities that come with the facility. It was a very relaxing stay and the other guest that were present were extremely nice to interact with. Breakfast was a delight. Very tasty, well presented, and having the various variety of birds coming and going the entire time during the meal was entertaining in itself. We will be returning for future visits.
Marie and Anthony our stay at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast was phenomenal we enjoyed all the amenities that was offered. Barbara and Effrain have the gift of hospitality. We stayed in the Robin room it was peaceful and serene. Our experience will be memorable for years. The food was amazing!!! Various spices and ingredients danced a love song on our tongues.... The birds were beautiful to view in the sunroom..
This is the best B&B in the Midwest. My husband and I have stayed three times over the past few years and we are never disappointed. Barbara and Efrain are wonderful hosts, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast is superb! The breakfast room provides some breathtaking views and birdwatching. All and all, a fantastic escape from the day to day grind. We can't wait for visit #4!
My husband and I were absolutely charmed by Songbird Prairie B&B! We live in Chicago and were happy to find such a lovely, affordable getaway barely an hour from the city. The room was lovely, filled with thoughtful touches that set the place apart. Plus the breakfasts were delicious! Homemade biscuits and scones, Yum! Full, creative and artfully served breakfasts took place in a peaceful sun room where we listened to and watched the myriad birds. We stayed the weekend and had plenty to do and see: Valparaiso has a quality downtown with excellent shops and restaurants; the Indian Dunes National Lakeshore was also an easy and fun day trip. We headed back to Chicago relaxed and looking forward to our next visit. Thank you, Barbara & Efrain!
What a beautiful 2 days we had in Valparaiso, Indiana. This is a gorgeous Victorian Bed and Breakfast on beautiful acres of wooded forest with birds galore. The wonderful breakfasts made by Barbara were enjoyed in the sunroom facing the woods with so many varieties of birds feeding just a few feet away while we dined on poached pears, baked french toast, fruit served mounded in wine goblets and one of the best omelets I have ever had. The rooms were decorated perfectly in every detail and included fireplaces, wonderful bathrooms with large jacuzzis (some with heated floors),comfortable beds and all so very romantic. Barbara and Efrain have seen to anything and everything you could want and have made their home yours. Valparaiso, itself is fun to wander around and the restaurants are fabulous. You will not want to miss Don Quijoti's, and its genuine Spanish cuisine. The owner/chef will visit your table more than once and the seafood paella for 2 along with the made to order Sangria are not to be missed. This is a place we will definitely return to and enjoy again. You have to see it to believe it. Joe and Lynn March 25th to March 27th.