By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX —Visitors to Colfax will soon have a place to stay in town and will not have to travel to Menomonie, Eau Claire or Bloomer for lodging.
Following a public hearing on September 22, the Colfax Village Board approved a conditional use permit to allow Susan K. Hill of Colfax to operate a bed and breakfast at 503 Pine Street next door to her residence.
Hill told village board members she had either met all of the requirements to operate a bed and breakfast or would soon meet those requirements.
The bed and breakfast, named The Tapestry Trunk, will have four guestrooms and four off-street parking spaces, Hill said.
One of the requirements for a B&B is that the facility has a parking space for each guestroom, she said, noting that the house at 503 Pine Street actually has five bedrooms.
If the B&B operates with four guestrooms rather than five, however, Hill said the B&B would not have to be Americans With Disabilities Act compliant with ramps or an elevator.
The tagline for the business will be, “Who says you can’t go home again?” Hill said.
Guest accommodations at a B&B will be especially helpful for people coming to Colfax for family reunions, class reunions, weddings, funerals, or even for out-of-town family members to visit loved ones living at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center, she said.
Under the state requirements for a B&B, Hill said she can only serve breakfast and that she cannot serve food after 11:59 a.m.
Eggs can be part of the menu, but state regulations do not allow B&B operators to fry eggs, she said.
After the conditional use has been granted for the bed and breakfast, Hill said she would contact the Dunn County health inspector to inspect the B&B.
The Tapestry Trunk will not need a restaurant license and will operate under a “residential kitchen license,” she said.
Scott Gunnufson, village president, wondered if Hill would need any building permits for the B&B.
After purchasing the property several years ago, Hill has already completed remodeling work on the house.
Hill noted that she would not need additional building permits because she had obtained building permits for the work that has been done.
Adding a bit of levity to the public hearing, Hill passed around what she called her “Norwegian PowerPoint” — a small scrapbook of photographs introducing the house at 503 Pine as The Tapestry Trunk and showing various stages of the remodeling work that had been done inside.
A handful of community members were at the municipal building for the village board meeting, but no one spoke “for” or “against” the proposed B&B during the public hearing.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the conditional use permit for The Tapestry Trunk bed and breakfast at 503 Pine Street.