If you have driven by the Dutch Country Inn at the intersection of Highway 1 and 22, you have no doubt noticed the impressive landscaping in front of the Dutch Country Inn in the southeast corner of that intersection.

“We have added trees, shrubs and other plants plus a buggy and new lighting to spruce things up,” commented Allison Bontrager, human resources manager for the motel. “We have moved the sign and added some bark mulch to help make our motel more attractive.”

Dave Ebersole did the design and Terra Enterprises LLP of Wellman did the work.

“We are constantly thinking of ways we can make the guest experience better,” Bontrager said.

In the past year we have installed new carpeting, new bedspreads and done some painting,” she pointed out. “We will be putting in new curtains in the coming year. And we are also planning on changing out the door locks to bring them more up to date.”

Dutch Country Inn has rooms with a mixture of king size and two queen beds. “We have one family suit that has three beds and two baths. “We also have one suite with a whirlpool bath and a larger bed,” she noted.

Rates for the motel range from $83 to $109 (for whirlpool room).

Like most motels, the Dutch Country Inn has a continental breakfast featuring cinnamon rolls from the Golden Delight Bakery, plus bagels, instant oatmeal, coffee and juice.

The motel also offers free WI-FI.

“We have seen a steady increase in business as people learn about our motel,” Allison said. She noted that the motel is often full with football fans on home game weekends plus other activities in Iowa City and the local area.

The Marlin Bontrager family bought the Pull’r Inn motel from Phil and Joyce Ropp five years ago and renamed it the Dutch Country Inn to make the name more fitting to the community.

The Bontrager Family Singers continue to tour about six months of the year. They have made appearances throughout the United States including Alaska, plus Belize and Mexico. While there have been as many as 10 children touring in the past, today there are only eight singers in the group including Allison.

“We spend about six months of the year touring as the Bontrager Family Singers,” she noted.

Mitchell no longer travels with the family singers as he manages the motel fulltime and he is married and has a child.

Dutch Country Inn employs 13people in housekeeping and front office guest staff.

For more information on Dutch Country Inn visit dutchcountryinnkalona.com.