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Inn receives national award for its breakfast fare

WARRENSBURG For those in the mood for a world-class breakfast, a long trip isnt required. Warrensburgs Cornerstone Victorian Bed and Breakfast has been nationally honored for their food and hospitality. Most recently, the Cornerstone was awarded the title of 2008 Best Breakfast by the top-tier bed and breakfast Web site bedandbreakfast.com. Previously, the Cornerstone received the 2004 National Bed and Breakfast of the Year award from Laniers B&B Review Worldwide, a global bed and breakfast reviewing publication. I try to never repeat a course with a guest, Cornerstone Victorian Co-Owner and Head Cook Louise Goettsche said Monday. We make sure to use local ingredients and keep the menu in-season. According to the bedandbreakfast.com Web site, the awards selection was based on guests comments and reviews. The Web site represents over 7,000 bed and breakfasts nationally with reviews, ratings and booking information. The 2008 award was given to seven bed and breakfasts nationally ranging from California to Michigan. Cornerstone Co-Owner Doug Goettsche said the Cornerstone Victorian was the only bed and breakfast selected for this award in the Northeast. We both love the hospitality business, he said. Mondays five-course breakfast began with different fruits with complimentary flavors and concluded with a choice of Eggs Fondue or strawberry French toast. Each course was intricately decorated with seasonal foliage and meticulously presented. The Goettsche family has a long history in the hospitality business beginning in the 1880s with Dougs great-great-grandfather, Doug Goettsche said. Before purchasing the Cornerstone and moving to Warrensburg in 2000, the Goettsches ran bed and breakfasts in the Catskills. The Cornerstone Victorian, located on Main St., consists of a nearly original structure, complete with ornate woodwork and hand-made stained glass. Updates have been made, including bathrooms in each of the five guest rooms. Warrensburg had street lights installed in the 1880s, he said. But this house was the first to be wired for power. This years guests included groups from Canada, Italy and Belgium as well as many local couples, Doug said. As soon as we saw this place, we knew it was the one, he said. We had looked at buildings all over the Northeast Warrensburg is the perfect setting for this kind of business.

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