Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast

Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast Nestled on 73 wooded acres on the edge of Ames, Raspberry Hill offers the ability to get away while staying close to everything. Only 4 miles to Jack Trice Stadium.
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Can you guess where this weekend’s wedding couple met?They reproduced it on Raspberry Hill’s bridge! This is so cool!!!R...
10/10/2020

Can you guess where this weekend’s wedding couple met?

They reproduced it on Raspberry Hill’s bridge! This is so cool!!!

RaspberryHill is a venue that brings the Hallmark love story to life!

💛Simply Love  💛Mr&Mrs Phillips Wedding 8/28/20Eric Yerke from Studio-Y Photography captured the pure depth of this coupl...
10/08/2020

💛Simply Love 💛
Mr&Mrs Phillips Wedding 8/28/20

Eric Yerke from Studio-Y Photography captured the pure depth of this couples' joy.
Check him out at https://www.studioy.co/
https://www.facebook.com/studioy.co/

Raspberry Hill is so blessed to experience these joyous occasions thru the lens of gifted photographers.

A story to encourage...This is a story 2 years in the making.Our family business, Raspberry Hill, opened July 2018.  On ...
10/06/2020

A story to encourage...

This is a story 2 years in the making.
Our family business, Raspberry Hill, opened July 2018. On August 2018 our daughter at the age of 3 was diagnosed with Autism. So our family began a journey living together in autism with the blessings and struggles.

*Love has a way of bringing passion to our steps when a child or loved one is struggling. Caitlin's struggles allowed us to see the needs of new ways to support kiddos living with autism.
The difficulties Caitlin endured we endured. So social things like church, sports event, dinners out, family/friend gatherings, and all other group activities were out. These types of activities put Caitlin in a terrified flight mode. She would run off in fear to find a quiet,safe alone space. You can imagine how difficult this was to navigate these struggles while operating a social business. But, family is made to walk alongside each other during hard times. This grew our family in compassion for those that are isolated in their struggles.
Driven by a desire to help Caitlin with her social anxiety, panic attacks, and communication skills led us to enroll into several traditional ABA(Applied Behavior Analysis) clinics. Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the only evidence-based intervention for the treatment of autism. However, ABA is also an effective intervention for many other developmental delays and disabilities. ABA can be implemented across all age-ranges from early childhood through adulthood.
The science is clear that ABA does work to help those living with Autism. Unfortunately for our daughter, the traditional setting for her to receive those services did not. Her anxiety and panic attacks at the age of 3 continued to increase in severity,which negatively impacted her mental,emotional, and physical health.

*Determined to find success for her future and help for our family, we continued searching for something different. We discovered
Developmental Wellness, an in-home ABA therapy. This chapter in Caitlin's Autism journey changed everything in her developing story.
Caitlin started her in-home services at our farm with zero words, sounds/body language gestures were her outlets for communication. Unable to express yourself is a very frustrating burden to carry at the age of 3. But, with the talents of her therapist that came to our farm every day we witnessed HOPE for Caitlin's future success!
We are blessed to live on a farm with many animal friends like pigs, horses, chickens, a mini donkey, ducks, goats, cats, and dogs. There is a safe corral where Caitlin's therapist would work teaching her her animal sounds. What a magical opportunity for Caitlin to use ALL her senses with the animal friends while learning farm animal sounds. These simple sounds I took for granted with our other children,which were mastered under the age of 1. But, this calming farm environment opened her mind to learn not only sounds but WORDS and SENTENCES! She said ,"Hi Mommy" for the 1st time while out it in the corral with her farmyard friends at the age of 4! This was a LIGHT bulb moment for Brad and I! This is the beginnings of our family founding the nonprofit, Cultivating Hope Farms, giving more kids the same opportunity for future success on the farm!

Caitlin's success came FULL circle on Saturday.
Caitlin and her twin sister were invited to be the flower girls at a wedding at Raspberry Hill! The family business became an opportunity for Caitlin to shine!
At first, Brad and I were not confident this was going to work. We have seen encouraging progress for Caitlin to be successful in life's events, but would all this stimulus be to much for her?
Our world is filled with social cues that we as "typical" navigate mostly unnoticed. But, for some of those living with Autism most definitely DON'T go unnoticed. Without the ability to communicate one's discomforts, fears, and needs leads to behaviors the public tends to judge harshly. As a parent we didn't want those potential negative vibes directed at Caitlin if she became uncomfortable while walking down the aisle. Several more months of in-home on the farm ABA therapy passed. Caitlin with the help of her animal helpers continued to acquire the ability to interact in social situations more comfortably
WITHOUT anxiety, panic attacks, or go into flight mode!

*A wedding showcased a success story in the making!
Caitlin and her sister successfully walked down the aisle with many strangers watching a little girl, while unknowing the struggles she has overcome. She even danced and played with the other children attending the wedding, while the loud music echoed thru the party and the dance floor lights flashed! Brad and I watched at a distance in a reality that seemed 2 years ago unattainable. At this magical moment Raspberry Hill and Cultivating Hope Farms joined together making a FULL circle of HOPE!

* Cultivating Hope Farms is a Iowa's 1st Care Farm for those that live with autism and special needs to cultivate hope on the farm for them and their family towards a successful future! We have witnessed it with Caitlin and our family. Please join us to share this vision to support our autistic and special needs individuals gain life/job skills while accessing services through licensed professional on the farm!
We NEED a barn with an ABA compliant bathroom to facilitate programming at Cultivating Hope Farms' 25 acres on the edge of Ames. We would love for your to join our team with your talents, time, materials, and/or donations. For more informations call Gina at 515-210-5407, message us at https://www.facebook.com/cultivatinghopefarms, or at
http://cultivatinghopefarms.org

Building material cost are on the rise making our financial needs greater. Together we can raise $75,000 to help our special needs families and community! So grateful for your help building a farm to come home to.

10/03/2020
10/02/2020

RaspberryHill’s pianist

Raspberry Hill..A magical place to make your fairytale wedding reality!Thank you Benjamin Gruwell Photography for captur...
10/02/2020

Raspberry Hill..

A magical place to make your fairytale wedding reality!

Thank you Benjamin Gruwell Photography for capturing a magical moment at RaspberryHill!

Raspberry Hill's 2020 couples Persevered! Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destination Wedding Photographer...
09/30/2020

Raspberry Hill's 2020 couples Persevered!

Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destination Wedding Photographer for capturing this beautiful couple's perseverance during a pandemic.

Book your tour today and persevere!
Call Brad at (515) 210-9099 or email at [email protected]

RaspberryHill is blessed to be a part of so many great programs for our community! If you haven’t heard of Kindermusik E...
09/29/2020

RaspberryHill is blessed to be a part of so many great programs for our community!
If you haven’t heard of Kindermusik Early Childhood Music Of Ames I would highly recommend them!

We had a blast at our outdoor Kindermusik playdates on Sunday. Fortunately, the 🌧 stayed away in the late afternoon. Thanks to Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast for sharing their space!

Be on the lookout for upcoming "pop-up" outdoor classes! When the weather is supposed to be nice, I may schedule something just 1-2 days in advance. 👀🎶

Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive.Words lived out through very special RaspberryHill guests this wee...
09/29/2020

Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Words lived out through very special RaspberryHill guests this weekend.

I came to clean today and was completely HUMBLED by their kindness💛!They served us 💛 by cleaning the Hill. See notes below💛

Serving one another in love, lives by the selfless actions of this beautiful family 💛

09/28/2020
Raspberry Hill Princess Book your wedding tour TODAY!💛You too can be a princess for the day!Call Brad at (515) 210-9099,...
09/27/2020

Raspberry Hill Princess

Book your wedding tour TODAY!💛
You too can be a princess for the day!

Call Brad at (515) 210-9099, email at [email protected], or send a FB message to schedule a tour.

2021 Prices will be going up. So lock in the 2020 price soon.

Thank you Benjamin Gruwell Photography!

Raspberry Hill’s  Outdoor Fun!
09/25/2020

Raspberry Hill’s Outdoor Fun!

Anyone who's cooped up or stressed out, will feel like a new chick during Cultivating Hope Farms Yoga Chick event at Ras...
09/24/2020

Anyone who's cooped up or stressed out, will feel like a new chick during Cultivating Hope Farms Yoga Chick event at Raspberry Hill this Sunday from 3-4pm. There will be chickens and baby chicks participating making this a YOGA to remember!
!!!!ONLY 10 spots available!!!!

Register at [email protected] TODAY!
$20/individual ALL proceeds go to the nonprofit Cultivating Hope Farms for special needs families and our community.

Pay on the day of the event by check to Cultivating Hope Farms or cash.

Photography ARTWORK! Love this magical photo taken at Raspberry Hill's Koi pond for a beautiful wedding couple.Amazing B...
09/24/2020

Photography ARTWORK!
Love this magical photo taken at Raspberry Hill's Koi pond for a beautiful wedding couple.

Amazing Benjamin Gruwell Photography!

Book your tour today!
Call Brad at 515-210-9099, FB message, or email at [email protected]

Anyone who's cooped up or stressed out, will feel like a new chick during Cultivating Hope Farms' Yoga Chick event at Ra...
09/23/2020

Anyone who's cooped up or stressed out, will feel like a new chick during Cultivating Hope Farms' Yoga Chick event at Raspberry Hill this Sunday from 3-4pm. There will be chickens and baby chicks participating making this a YOGA to remember!

!!!!ONLY 10 spots available!!!!
Register at [email protected] TODAY!

$20/individual ALL proceeds go to the nonprofit Cultivating Hope Farms for special needs families and our community.

Pay on the day of the event by check to Cultivating Hope Farms or cash.

Book your tour today! Call Brad at 515-210-9099, message us on Facebook, or email at info@raspberryhillbnb.comThank you ...
09/21/2020

Book your tour today!

Call Brad at 515-210-9099, message us on Facebook, or email at [email protected]

Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destination Wedding Photographer for showing fairytales DO come true through the art of photography!

Check her out today at http://melissacervantes.com

09/20/2020
Leah Rose Productions

WOW!

Leah Rose Productions

After an entire week straight of rainy cold weather, the sun made an appearance for Bryan and Sarah’s special day 🌞

Enjoy this sneak peek while I work on the full film 🎞

Photographer: Benjamin Levi Gruwell
Associate LRP Shooter: Jade Peterson
Venue: Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast

09/18/2020

Raspberry Hill‘s patio is so enjoyable even the wildlife come to entertain.

Newly engaged or maybe needing an updated family photo??? What better way then take it at Cultivating Hope Farms this Su...
09/17/2020

Newly engaged or maybe needing an updated family photo???

What better way then take it at Cultivating Hope Farms this Sunday during the free Ranch Program with 100% of the proceeds going to help Iowa’s 1st Care farm for special needs families and our community!

Nicole Parham, Photographer will be at Cultivating Hope Farms Ranch Program from 2-5 offering to photograph you and your family with a free will donation to Iowa's 1st Care Farm.
She will also have release forms available on site when you arrive.

Thank you Nicole for your generosity!

Fairytales do come true at Raspberry Hill!Thank you Benjamin Gruwell Photography for capturing the fairytale moments.
09/14/2020

Fairytales do come true at Raspberry Hill!

Thank you Benjamin Gruwell Photography for capturing the fairytale moments.

Congratulations  Sarah and Bryan! What an awesome day you guys had to tie the knot! ❤ Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast

Fall Weddings and beautiful cakes at Raspberry Hill.Looks great Butter!
09/12/2020

Fall Weddings and beautiful cakes at Raspberry Hill.

Looks great Butter!

fall wedding.
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cake: autumn spice
filling: salted caramel
buttercream: vanilla
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#iowawedding #cakeart

These are the chairs I would like to someday purchase for RaspberryHill’s events. Give us a thumbs up if you agree. 👍🏼
09/10/2020

These are the chairs I would like to someday purchase for RaspberryHill’s events.

Give us a thumbs up if you agree. 👍🏼

Here is Raspberry Hill's line up of Iowa Wines we can serve for your next special event!Backcountry WineryFireside Winer...
09/09/2020

Here is Raspberry Hill's line up of Iowa Wines we can serve for your next special event!
Backcountry Winery
Fireside Winery
Tassel Ridge Winery

Check them out and give us your order for your next event at Raspberry Hill.

Thank you The Riverbend Collective for capturing this great photo at Raspberry Hill. Thank you also to Backcountry Winery and Something Borrowed DSM!

Keep watching for an upcoming wine tasting and tour opportunity on Sunday, Oct4 at Raspberry Hill!

Raspberry Hill's brides are beautiful, but our grooms are Dashing!Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destinat...
09/08/2020

Raspberry Hill's brides are beautiful, but our grooms are
Dashing!

Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destination Wedding Photographer for capturing these moments at Raspberry Hill.

Schedule your tour of Raspberry Hill today!

09/06/2020

RaspberryHill now has sparkling wine available for your next special event.

Schedule a tour and taste what we have to offer!

Thank you Something Borrowed DSM for your beautiful decor!

09/03/2020
Cultivating Hope Farms

Cultivating Hope Farms

Recent Proclamation by Governor Reynolds, Cultivating Hope Farms has decided to cancel our September Social with a Cause events.

Did you know for weddings and events Raspberry Hill has a balcony with available sound system/lights for performers? Tha...
09/03/2020

Did you know for weddings and events Raspberry Hill has a balcony with available sound system/lights for performers?

Thank you Melissa Cervantes - Iowa, Midwest & Destination Wedding Photographer for your gifts at capturing moments to remember!
http://melissacervantes.com

A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding at Raspberry Hill! Raspberry Hill has an European feel without the travel restri...
08/31/2020

A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding at Raspberry Hill!

Raspberry Hill has an European feel without the travel restricitions.

Something Borrowed DSM gave Raspberry Hill an amazing new ambience! Laura from Something Borrowed is the best in the bus...
08/29/2020

Something Borrowed DSM gave Raspberry Hill an amazing new ambience!

Laura from Something Borrowed is the best in the business for supply decorating services with your personal or corporate events, specializing in weddings, graduation parties, birthday’s, baby showers, and grand openings. They also offer personal shopping, set up/design services, and event planning.

ATTENTION Brides... you should really check her out!

Our custom design & decor today for Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast 🌾 What an amazing Iowa venue~
We pulled in the buildings old world charm with a theme of wheatgrass, natural botanicals, and silk floral for easy upkeep. Our chosen color scheme was Navy, Burgundy, Gray, and Ivory. The venue can dress the display up or down depending on the event. The addition of gold silverware vs silver & an easy change of napkin colors makes this design adaptable. Our clients have 75+ acres of land and the ability to change out the contents of each vase also. Located right in the heart of Ames, IA this is definitely a perfect place for your intimate wedding plans, with larger packages available also. Set up a tour asap because this gem is every brides dream home~ ♥️

💛Live and Love like Suzie Today💛Raspberry Hill's Family "Hostess with the Mostess" as Suzie would say beat us all to Hea...
08/26/2020

💛Live and Love like Suzie Today💛

Raspberry Hill's Family "Hostess with the Mostess" as Suzie would say beat us all to Heaven's finish line.

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If you feel called, share a Yellow Heart in the comments below. This was Suzie's favorite color.

08/20/2020
08/20/2020
Summer Love at Raspberry Hill!Thank you El Photography & Design!
08/20/2020

Summer Love at Raspberry Hill!

Thank you El Photography & Design!

Raspberry Hill is blessed to have the incredibly gifted   Something Borrowed DSM soon decorating our main hall for our w...
08/19/2020

Raspberry Hill is blessed to have the incredibly gifted Something Borrowed DSM soon decorating our main hall for our wedding couples!

Sneak peek 🍃 We’re working hard on an order for a local venue, they needed some permanent decor for venue showings~
Can’t wait to share the final photos on site 🤍🍃 

Together we CAN help the vulnerable in our community no matter the difficulties that have come with 2020.Join Cultivatin...
08/18/2020

Together we CAN help the vulnerable in our community no matter the difficulties that have come with 2020.

Join Cultivating Hope Farms & Friendship Ark Homes & Community Services on Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast 74 acre estate this Thursday from 6-9pm for a Social for a Cause.

Join us again on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. as we partner with Cultivating Hope Farms for another outdoor social event in support of both of our organizations. There will be Outdoor Games, Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Trucks, Iowa Wines, Sangria, Craft Beer and 74 beautiful acres of land ideal for social distancing. Bring your personal "bubble" of people and escape with us in a socially distanced way for a few hours. Admission is free.

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5500 240th St
Ames, IA
50014

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Raspberry Hill was developed from our faith, love of family, and pursuit for outdoor adventure. We have a deep passion to offer a nature inspired place of refuge for kids, their families, and our community with Christ’s love uniting it beautifully together.

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We can't attend your event tonight. Could you let us know how we could still make a donation? Thanks!
My husband and I got married at Raspberry Hill last year on May 17th. For our one year anniversary we had planned a trip to Switzerland and Italy but it was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. However, we were fortunate enough to spend our one year anniversary weekend at the place where it all started! I highly HIGHLY recommend Raspberry Hill. Not only is it a gorgeous property but the owners, Brad and Gina are the sweetest, nicest people around. I plan to go back again and again! 05/17/19 -> 05/17/20
This was a magical day last year and I cannot imagine it anywhere else. Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast was my fantasy wedding come true.
THANK YOU Raspberry Hill for the great setting for our family photos- these photos are priceless to us! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Blessings in 2020! Ben Sandness Photography
We're having a great time at the Fall Festival!!
Three of my kids enjoyed kid camp at Raspberry Hill. They loved it! They were excited to go every day and when the week was over they wanted to go again. Gina has such a kind heart and is so patient with the kids! She really celebrated each of their strengths and delighted in their new discoveries. My kids had opportunities to do sewing and fishing with more kind expert helpers! Raspberry Hill is a very special place run by very special people. We always enjoy our time at their events. This is a wonderful place to go and soak up life’s simple pleasures.
Since I can’t be there in person please know I’ve lifted up prayers and am wearing burgundy in support of you all today! 🙏
We stumbled across the Raspberry Hill B & B and were not disappointed. The house is set on beautiful acreage providing a quiet and serene setting. The manor is spacious and inviting. Our room was very comfortable and cozy. Brad provided us with a delicious breakfast. Their plans for expansion are impressive and will provide an ideal option for special events in the future. Would highly recommend.
So much fun at Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast! Thanks for a great time!
Thank you for the fun Easter event!
Enjoying nature on Palm Sunday at Raspberry Hill!
Thanks Raspberry Hill for creating the perfect setting for our Murder Mystery Dinner event!! "Murder at the Manor" Our group had a great time!