When Melody found the property that is now our Bella Collina ("beautiful hill") in 2006, she called Scott and insisted that he come see the view. Once he saw it, he agreed they had to buy it. Clearing the logged-off land that had grown up to a dense barrier of brush and vines was a massive task, but in the end, there was a beautiful meadow, a wide lawn, and a pond with waterfalls. We got it finished just in time for our son's wedding.
The view was so perfect, we knew we had to share it. That is how the idea of a bed and breakfast was born. It has been a long journey with its share of ups and downs, but we are happy at last to be able to share our new home (yes, we live here) with guests who can also enjoy this stunning property.
Scott is a practicing gastroenterologist whose pastimes include landscape photography and writing (he's 180 pages into his first novel). Melody has run our non-medical businesses for years after working as a physical therapist and starting a home health agency and a skilled nursing rehab program. We have three very grown kids, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and two exhausting grandkids.
A Greeting from Sherwood, Innkeeper Extraordinaire
Hello to our future Guests,
I was born and raised in Michigan, where for many years there I worked for my father and Grandma Joyce at the family convenience store. I started a new venture in 1997 by becoming the innkeeper for the Williams House Bed and Breakfast in Amelia Island, Florida. After several years of innkeeping, I joined a group of friends in opening three restaurants. All of these succeeded, but I discovered that restaurants were not my passion. After five years, it was time to return to innkeeping.
From the heat and humidity of Florida, I felt a calling to the Pacific Northwest Coast and took a position in the charming town Yachats, where I ran the Seaquest Inn Bed and Breakfast for about four years. I loved the coast, but the remoteness left me yearning for an opportunity closer to a populated area.
Enter Scott and Melody. One day this lovely couple came to stay at the Seaquest. They began pelting me with questions about running a B&B. I was curious, then intrigued, and finally excited about the possibility of running a brand-new B&B in the Willamette Valley. When they asked me to join them, I demurely responded YES PLEASE!
I'm looking forward to meeting each of you and sharing our beautiful inn. I can't wait to WELCOME YOU HOME!