Bed and breakfast and berries

Nathan Liewicki
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Jeff Crichton described himself as the “brains and muscle” of Bend in the River Berries. He did, after all, build the dessert café – Urban Escape – and the two log cabins – Orchard View Bed and Breakfast – that look over the orchard.

His wife, Stephanie, laughed aloud when told how her husband described himself within the framework of their business. It was, after all, her idea to add the bed and breakfasts to the couple’s urban escape.

“My wife wanted to put in a bed and breakfast, so we did,” Crichton confirmed.

Located about five kilometres south of the Friendly City, the Crichtons officially unveiled their bed and breakfast locations on Monday to a host of visitors. Open since May, the cabins – perched upon a hill – provide a spectacular view of the valley, including the ever-growing orchard.

“We want to try and get people to slow down – to take a break – when they come here,” said Stephanie.

“We built the bed and break so people can enjoy what we enjoy every day.”

She added that to this point in the inaugural season, the bed and breakfasts have been frequently utilized, especially by “people travelling and are looking for a last-minute place.”

Most of the time the Crichtons are able to accommodate guests, but sometimes they have to turn prospective guests away. But it’s not a bad problem to have.

Bill Sawers has not spent a night in one of the bed and breakfast cabins, but the Moose Javian was in the orchard picking an ice cream pail of Saskatoon berries to be used, of course, as filling for mouthwatering pies.

“It’s an excellent idea,” he said of the bed and breakfasts. “It presents a unique away-from-the-farm vacation where you can stay and relax.”

Visitors from across the province, country and other parts of the world have visited the two-and-a-half acre orchard, where seven varieties of fruit – cherries, raspberries, Haskap berries, gooseberries, rhubarb, plums and Saskatoon berries – can be picked at the cost of $13 a pail.

Although the orchard is the main attraction, the couple is hopeful that their May to September bed and breakfast offering will continue to attract a wide range of unique visitors.

To make reservations at the Bend in the River contact the Crichtons at 306-692-9873.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.

Geographic location: Friendly, Saskatoon

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