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  • The main floor contains one guest bedroom, called Black Hawk for the town in Cather's novel, My Ántonia. The room has its own ADA- accessible entrance and a cozy queen-sized bed. Historically, this room would have been the Cather family's kitchen. It ret
  • Called Frankfort after the town in Cather's One of Ours, this room was reserved exclusively for Willa's use. The earthy green walls, the fresh white linens of the full-sized bed, and the antique furniture combine to create a tranquil and restful stay. Fra
  • The second floor northeast bedroom is called Sweet Water after the town in A Lost Lady. Adjoining Frankfort by an interior door which may be locked from either side, Sweet Water is calm and cool as its subdued blue walls. Originally, this room belonged to
  • The second floor south bedroom is called Moonstone for the town in Cather's novel The Song of the Lark. During Cather's time, this was the room of Willa's father, Charles Cather. Moonstone is bathed in filtered sunlight during the day and is often moonlit
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Cather Second Home Guest House

Your host(s):
LauraLea Johnson
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541 N. Seward St.
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
402-746-2653 or 402-746-2218
Guest Rooms:
6Bathrooms: 3
$109 - $399
Check In/Out:
3:00pm - 11:00am

Cather Second Home Guest House

This spacious historic house, once the comfortable home of novelist Willa Cather's parents, has been beautifully and lovingly restored.

The Cather Second Home is a host-free guest house located within walking distance of the Willa Cather Foundation headquarters at the Red Cloud Opera House, as well as downtown restaurants and shops, a grocery store, and the Auld Public Library.

Each guest bedroom has a comfortable chair for reading and relaxing, throw pillows, armoires or chests, personal robes and slippers. A main level shared bathroom contains a small vanity and walk-in shower. An upper level shared bathroom is quite spacious and features a claw-foot tub with shower extension and a large vanity. An additional shared half-bath on the second floor is situated at the top of the stairs.

Guests are free to use our fully furnished kitchen, including dishes, flatware and cooking utensils. The kitchen is stocked with coffee, teas, and condiments. A self-serve continental breakfast is provided. Guests may also prepare their own meals and are encouraged to enjoy dining at the large quartersawn oak table, which seats 6-10 guests.

The front parlor offers a relaxing and comfortable setting for family gatherings, book clubs, quilt groups, and other guests. The back parlor features beautiful antique furnishings and a library of books and games. An intimate sun porch provides a private space for reading or quiet reflection.

The home has a secluded brick patio in the back. A wraparound front porch is a relaxing area for enjoying your morning coffee, curling up with a good book in the afternoon, or winding down in the evening with friends.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance of arrival will be a charged $25 handling fee and cancellations made in under 48 hours of arrival will be responsible for the balance of their stay. All cancellation notifications must be made by telephone to the Willa Cather Foundation lodging number at 402-746-2218

Area Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Galleries
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Museums
  • Theater
  • Unique Shopping
  • Wineries

Food Service

  • Accommodates Special Diets
  • Continental Breakfast

Geographic Setting

  • Rural
  • Small Town

Inn Amenities

  • First Floor Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Limited Handicap Access
  • National Historic Register
  • Off Street Parking
  • Outdoor Guest Areas

Inn Policies

  • Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
  • Cash Accepted
  • Checks Accepted
  • Children Welcome
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Smoking Not Permitted

Room Amenities

  • AC/Central
  • ACRoom
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Luxury Linens
  • Microwave
  • Queen Bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Twin Beds
  • Wi-Fi Access

Well Suited For

  • Business Travel
  • Elopements
  • Family Travel
  • Gay Friendly
  • Group Events
  • Honeymoons
  • Meetings
  • Quilters Retreats
  • Romantic Escape
  • Scrapbooking Retreats
  • Single Traveler
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Weddings

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