Stephanie Crichton and her husband Jeff started Bend in the River Berries as a semi-retirement project.
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Bend in the River Berries is opening a bed and breakfast comprised of two cabins overlooking their orchard.
Now the 1,800-tree orchard has expanded, won an award for innovation, and become a new career for the couple.
Crichton said she couldn't be happier.
"It's just fantastic," she said. "It has just sort of blossomed … we had cattle and sheep, and now we're downsizing that so we can spend more time in the orchards and (the side businesses)."
Those side businesses include a dessert cafe and a newly-opening bed and breakfast.
"We're just looking to have the whole package out here. We have the orchard and the dessert cafe that was based on the orchard itself … now, we thought we'd put in the bed and breakfast because, during the summertime, it's just gorgeous down here," explained Crichton.
The bed and breakfast consists of two cabins that house four people — both for rent — that have a "spectacular view" of the orchard, fire pits and barbecues in their backyards, a games area and a spot to watch the sunset.
Crichton said she anticipates they will be occupied frequently.
"We get a lot of tourists from all around the world who happen to be in the area. They come out here, and they all sign the guest book," she explained. "I'm sure if we had the bed and breakfast before, they would have stayed with us."
In fact, she said, several customers had suggested the bed and breakfast concept before Crichton and her husband decided to move forward with it.
All three aspects of the business aspire to the same goal.
"We're trying to get people to slow down a little in life," said Crichton. "We want them to take an hour out, come to a quiet place, and pick some fresh fruit."
The ribbon will officially be cut on the cabins on July 14 at 11 a.m., and interested individuals can contact Crichton to inquire about rates at (306) 692-9873 or (306) 630-9872.
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