Owner's History

The owners of The Meadows Inn, Annie Gjertsen and Bruce Gjertsen, are originally from the Chicago suburbs. They both started their first careers as educators. Annie taught high school mathematics, anthropology and computer science. She moved into administration as a high school Math and Science Division Head and completed her Doctorate of Education from Northern Illinois University in 1998. Bruce's career in education began in west-central Illinois as a high school biology teacher. After 13 years of teaching science, he transitioned into the technology arena and for the next 14 years explored the entrepreneurial aspects of managing his own consulting and technology training business, working with school districts and small businesses in the midwest. Among their other careers, Annie learned the Starbucks coffee business and Bruce pursued a culinary career attending The Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado.

The Meadows Inn owner's Bruce Gjertsen and Annie Gjertsen

Annie and Bruce posing for a picture after hiking Spruce Railroad Trail. (photo by H. Quinn)

The History of The Meadows Inn

Over 25 years ago, Annie and Bruce visited their first of many bed and breakfast inns during their business and leisure travels. After their first B&B experience, they were convinced that at some time in the future they would open and manage their own B&B, in their own style. For five years they searched for the "perfect" property. On their journey, they took a detour and spent one year in Breckenridge, Colorado, managing a 10-room luxury inn - and survived!

Annie and Bruce discovered this property for sale in 2004 and envisioned their dream B&B. After six months of renovations, they opened the doors ready to share the great Pacific Northwest with their guests. In March 2005, they hosted the grand opening of The Meadows Inn for the community and received rave reviews for their hospitality, gourmet food, and luxury accommodations. Comments from friends and guests who have stayed at The Meadows Inn affirms that they have indeed created an environment of warmth, luxury, and relaxation, in addition to providing outstanding food and hospitality.

One of many outdoor areas overlooking The Meadows Inn vineyard with Annie enjoying a wine toast
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Future Goals

Each and every day Annie and Bruce strive to exceed their guests' expectations. Their people skills and culinary backgrounds offer a winning combination for all of their guests to experience. They will continue to share their hospitality and friendship with all of their world visitors. Come and enjoy The Meadows Inn!

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