Recently I needed to travel to the Bemidji area to finish some business related to my mother's death, and I decided that I should check out Villa Calma in Bemidji. It turned out to be an exceptionally good decision.
Villa Calma overlooks Lake Bemidji. See that second-floor deck? That was part of my accommodation for the night.
Imagine how I felt, after a long drive in dicey weather, to arrive and find this room waiting for me.
No TV, and that was just right. After dinner I cozied up on the chair and read for a good long time.
If it hadn't been pouring rain, I would have sat out here instead:
But no worries. Inside was cozy and warm, and the sound of the rain falling and the birds chirping was so relaxing.
My room was the Florentine; there are three other guest rooms.
The Sicily, which, like the Florentine, has its own private bath. The other two rooms share a bath.
The Venice, and...
The public living spaces were equally gracious and relaxing.
A porch overlooking the spacious deck, where I spent some time reading and watching birds.
And the main living space, where breakfast (baked pears with yogurt and mint followed by ham, onion, garlic, and cheese quiche with fresh fruit) was served.
Before the rain set in in earnest, I decided to explore the outdoors a little.
Villa Calma is on a stately road with little traffic and good walking paths. In fact, you can cross the street and take this stone staircase:
Which was built as part of the WPA program back in the 40s:
And, by golly, it takes you right to Lake Bemidji.
Looking through the trees across the lake, you can see where Bemidji State University is.
My intention was to walk that way and visit the campus, where I took a couple of courses many years ago. Alas, the rain pre-empted that walk. But that wasn't really a disappointment, when I had such a lovely room to retreat to.
Villa Calma. Highly recommended. Although perhaps I should visit again, just for quality control...