A mini train runs around the B & B Railroad Depot bed and breakfast in the farm area of Oregon, Ohio. The train only runs around the property when it doesn’t rain or the tracks are not too wet. Guests can ride it for free. Linda and Nate Brinkman own the B & B. Linda grew up right near the house and Nate grew up in the Toledo area.
They converted what had been a three bedroom house into a bed and breakfast. “I had hoped to work a little longer and then retire into the bed and breakfast business.” Linda said. Now she does the bed and breakfast most of the time.
The interior of the B & B is decorated with a tropical motif. Linda, the host, went to Hawaii, came back and decided to get what she calls “road kill” furniture. It is rattan style. She found it being thrown away and recovered it herself in beautiful beige fabric. It allows her to have her own theme on the inside. “It is more of a contemporary bed and breakfast” Linda said.
Over breakfast Linda discussed her choice of rattan furniture for the inside interior decorations. “His interest is railroads. The outside is about the railroad. There aren’t a lot of people coming here with an interest in railroads. We have a lot of bird watchers and fisherman who like to leave early and I give them a discount because they don’t need all the extras. Families come for weddings and the whole family takes over the house.” she said.
If guests come expecting a train depot on the inside of the B & B they will be disappointed. “If they come here because they are interested in trains they stay one night. They aren’t repeat business. There are so few of them that come here. It is a homey place” Linda said.
There is a little dog named Brutus that runs around the house and property. Linda and her husband both smoke outside on the front porch. There are many plants and chairs on the porch. The porch goes around the outside of the front of the house. They have two cats that run around outside and swings set up for their grandchild on the front porch.
In the guest living area her son made a toy box for the granddaughter that looks like a coffee table. All of her granddaughter’s toys are hidden inside the coffee table. There is one small bathroom for two guest rooms downstairs. The other bathroom is inside the third guest room downstairs. Upstairs is a suite with two king size beds with a walk in closet. The bathroom is across the hall. There is a parrot in Linda and Nate’s bedroom.
An abundance of silk flowers sit on top of the kitchen cupboards. They also drape the entrance of the guest living room area. There are live plants all around and they trail down from the second floor loft.
They are nestled between two railroad tracks each about a mile from the B & B. The train’s horn can be heard coming at all different hours. Linda’s son works for the railroad as well. Close by is a refinery and the Maumee State Park.
There are five choices for breakfast. Guests are asked to circle what they want for breakfast the night before. Linda asks what time guests want to have breakfast. There is no set time for breakfast or check in. “The coffee pot is on day and night for guests” Linda said.
“It was a mixture between staying with your Aunt Helen and staying at a contemporary bed and breakfast. We thought there would be enough room for the roll-away bed in the room before we arrived. We couldn’t see how it would fit with our things in the room. We felt misled. I slept on the couch. Linda found me there and offered the other room. We paid for two nights and we came to a mutual agreement that it was two rooms for one night instead of one room for two nights. We decided to stay in another place the second night closer to our function and with two beds in one room. ” said a guest that wished to remain anonymous.