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Our Story

established in 2018

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Kari and Pete have always loved traveling and loved coming home.  After many years, they realized with the size of their family, hotel rooms didn’t work very well.   Their favorite travels often included staying at a vacation home with more rooms, extra bathrooms and a bed for everyone.

When they stepped on the front porch of 508 on Jefferson they both arrived at the same conclusion:  “Wouldn’t this lovely old home be wonderful for groups and families visiting Decorah.”  

Dedicated and talented local craftspeople spent long days renovating the home while retaining it’s historic beauty.  You will find so many talented artists in the area!

Pete and Kari both graduated from Luther College and love the charming town of Decorah and the beauty of the Driftless Area.  Pete is one of the founders of Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. in Decorah.


These are a few of their favorite places in Decorah:  

  • Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.

  • Dragonfly Books

  • Luna Valley Pizza Farm

  • Impact Coffee

  • Oneota Co-op

  • The Farmers Market 

  • Sugar Bowl Ice Cream

  • Off The Driftless (canoeing and tubing)

Also, we love dogs…we have three!  We usually don’t travel with ours but if your pet is well behaved we do have two rooms that are dog friendly.  There is an extra charge.

Please know any profits from the rental of 508 on Jefferson will go to the following charities:

  • Developmental Center for Fragile X

  • Theater for All

  • FRAXA

  • Humane Society of Northeast Iowa 

We look forward to your visit!