We had reservations to stay at The Gladden House B & B. What an absolute wonderful surprise this place was. Below is an excerpt from their website at gladdenhousebandb.com
The Gladden House, located in Salem, Indiana, was constructed in 1898 and has a storied past. Mattie Gladden was said to have been a madam in Nashville, Tennessee area before returning to her hometown with the intention of continuing her trade. Sparing no expense, Mattie constructed a fine Victorian mansion right on the main street of town and opened her business to the delight of wealthy businessmen traveling from Chicago to Louisville via the Monon Railroad. For a time, all went well until the town mothers "convinced" the town fathers to close her down. From legends of lost diamonds, to connections with P. T. Barnum, to hidden passages and Victorian intrigue, Gladden House has stirred curiosities for more than a century.
The current owners, Chris and Jenny Bundy, acquired the house in 1978 and have lovingly restored the home to its former splendor as well as creating inviting garden areas for the pleasure of visitors.
|The Gladden House Bed and Breakfast, Salem, In.|
The innkeepers were Chris and Jenny Bundy and they were absolutely delightful. We stayed in the Queen Ann Room which was just off the kitchen. It had it's own entrance, a bedroom, sitting room and nice big bathroom. It even had its own porch to enjoy. We were warmly greeted by Jenny as her husband was away that evening. She had home made cookies and drinks waiting for us. Jenny also gave us a wonderful tour of her home. She stated that they have owned the house since the 70's and raised 3 kids there. I couldn't imagine living in such an opulent place as a child. It would be like growing up in a fairytale. There are 3 floors and 3 different rooms that they rent out. She gave us all types of info about the town, I only wish we would have had more time to enjoy everything. Jenny's husband Chris joined us the next morning for a yummy breakfast of, fresh fruit, blueberry muffins, coffee, juice and a frittata. We enjoyed their company over breakfast and left stuffed and happy.
|One of the guest rooms|
|Reading area on the third floor|
|Our room in the Queen Ann Suite|
We arrived at the breeders at 9:00 a.m. and were greeted by the owner Pat and lots of happy little pups. I opted not to take pictures there as there was enough excitement going on and besides I couldn't hold Millie if I had a camera in my hand. By 9:30 a.m. we were on our way back home with our little miniature schnauzer pup Millie between us safely in her pet carrier. She was so good all they way home, not a sound out of her and slept most of the way. We stopped for a quick sandwich that we ate in the truck and we got out to stretch our legs and give Millie a little time to walk around.
|My friend Melissa was kind enough to let me borrow her pet carrier so we could get Millie safely home.|
|Resting outside the carrier while Mom and Dad have some lunch.|
|Dad can we go to my forever home now.|
|First time eating at her new home. Went at it with her front paws right in her dish.|
I know that we will have lots and lots of wonderful adventures ahead of us with Miss Millie the traveling pup.