Clear Creek Bed & Breakfast, Nevada

Across the nation, bed and breakfast establishments are Going Blue, and on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (January 9) some innkeepers will offer free nights to law enforcement officers and their families.

Summer Fogle, owner of Clear Creek Bed and Breakfast started the program last year with nearly 40 inns from Alaska to New York state joining her efforts. B&Bs Going Blue’s Facebook page highlights those establishments that offer the program.

Some, like Clear Creek, offer several opportunities for complimentary nights. Clear Creek opens its doors January 8-10 for one couple or family per night to enjoy this perk. The Fogle’s two boys make something special for breakfast.

“My husband, Justin, was the inspiration behind the idea,” says Summer. “He’s a conservation agent and works closely with local police and the sheriff’s department. Especially because of the last several years, we wanted to honor law enforcement and their families for their sacrifice to our communities.” said Summer. “For the entire month of January we offer a 50 percent discount and, year-round, we offer a smaller discount to law enforcement.”

In the fall of 2015, the Fogles began hosting guests in their lodge-style bed and breakfast that lies adjacent to their home. Situated on 100 acres of farmland halfway between Kansas City and Joplin, Clear Creek focuses on the outdoors. Two black labs named Haley and Annie greet guests. Several hens and a rooster run free and cattle graze in the pasture. Guests enjoy catch-and-release fishing for bass and catfish in the two-acre lake, along with nature walks, wildlife viewing and walking paths. At nearby Four Rivers and Schell Osage Conservation Areas, hunting is terrific and guests can field dress on the Fogle’s property.

The bed and breakfast overlooks the small lake, and guests can enjoy a full kitchen, gas fireplace, outdoor grill and washer/dryer. The spacious, master bedroom sleeps up to six with a queen bed and custom, queen bunk beds. Rockers on the screened, front porch invite morning coffee and, in the evening, guests can relax by the fire pit next to the lake.

“We provide complimentary coffee and a continental breakfast with freshly-baked muffins, fruit, juices and cereals, all stocked in the refrigerator when guests arrive,” says Summer. “One family from Kansas City told us that we’re their new, summer gathering place.”