Holiday Tradition – Start a new one!

December 10th, 2014

All traditions have a beginning – and we think this one bears repeating each year:  while you stay at Hidden Serenity B&B (in West Bend), hop in your car, drive across the street to the Shalom Wildlife Zoo (Wisconsin’s Wildest Zoo) and pick out your annual Christmas tree. Plus experience the “Drive Thru at the Zoo” – you can view the resident wildlife from the warmth of your car and turn on your favorite Christmas music and sing along if you’d like! Innkeepers Chris & Sally take care of the details for you: this Holiday Tradition Package includes a Fraser Fir Tree, admission for two adults to the Holiday Drive-thru the Zoo, hand warmers, and hot cocoa in the wildlife gift shop. And, you’ll remember your new holiday tradition with a special ornament. (Discover more holiday ideas here)

Meet Lewis & Clark! These 2 brown bear brothers were adopted in 2014 by the Shalom Wildlife Zoo.

Meet Lewis & Clark! These 2 brown bear brothers were adopted in 2014 by the Shalom Wildlife Zoo.

 

 

On the "Drive thru the Zoo" ...

On the “Drive thru the Zoo” …

And the fire is so inviting ... warm up and get cozy back at Hidden Serenity!

And the fire is so inviting … warm up and get cozy back at Hidden Serenity!

 

 

Shop Online & Buy Local!

December 3rd, 2014

And, with our GIFT CARDS, you’ll do both at once! 

Our Bed & Breakfast GIFT CARDS have been selected as one of 12 Uniquely Wisconsin Holiday Gift Ideas by Something Special from Wisconsin!  Our Gift Cards are that rare combination of being easy for you to give, yet thoughtful and personalized!  When you choose a B&B Gift Card, your ‘gift-ee’ will choose when (and have a leisurely 5 years to do it!) and where to getaway from 140 B&B inns throughout Wisconsin. 

Sure to be a favorite gift, the WBBA Gift Card arrives with a personalized wrap and the 2015 B&B Directory.

Sure to be a favorite gift, the WBBA Gift Card arrives with a personalized wrap and the 2015 B&B Directory.

 

 

 

 

Educational Opportunities from Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association

November 7th, 2014
Tim Brady Session

Tim Brady from Forty Putney Road B&B and creator of Brand Pandemic speaks to conference attendees at WBBA’s 24th Annual Conference in Wausau, WI.

We’re gearing up for our biggest Annual Meeting, Conference and Trade Show yet, welcoming innkeepers and speakers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa; to be held at the Waupaca Ale House and Conference Center November 9 – 11, 2014.  These events are just as much fun as they are educational for hard working innkeepers. We look forward to seeing everyone again, meeting the new members, and hearing from industry leaders about the latest trends in hospitality. Just a few additional benefits to belonging to the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association!

 

What were you doing 30 years ago?

August 29th, 2014

It’s 1984 …new Innkeeper Wendy J. Porterfield is opening the doors to the first guests at the Washington House Inn located in historic Cedarburg Wisconsin.  WHI is celebrating their 30th Anniversary on September 14th with an open house from 3-5 PM – and you’re invited! Wendy says: “Anyone attending will receive our new hot off the presses 30th Anniversary cookbook and here is a preview of a bit of the Inn’s history .”
Guests can choose from 2 styles of lux accommodations: rustic French Country rooms with exposed stone walls & beams, plank wood floors, and fireplaces, or the more polished Victorian rooms dressed with fine antiques, brass and marble fixtures and whirlpools … 35 rooms total.  Evening Wine & Cheese features Cedarburg wines & Wisconsin cheeses, and it’s just a 3-block walk to the Cedar Creek Settlement for fine dining & gallery shopping.  And in the morning, savor the creativity of the inn’s 3 bakers at the bountiful breakfast.  Happy Anniversary to WHI from WBBA!

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn's 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn’s 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed - and this is just a peek at the choices!

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed – and this is just a peek at the choices!

“Dirt floor, holes for windows and doors …It was love at first sight.”

July 28th, 2014

So says Deb Donaghue, of her first visits to what would become Brewery Creek Inn in Mineral Point. The three-story limestone warehouse that dates back to the 1850s is now a 7-guestroom B&B with rustic exposed stone walls and pampering whirlpool tubs. Travel writer Brian E Clark reports: “I pedaled my bike nearly 50 miles from Madison to Mineral Point — through numerous rain showers — to get there and was more than a bit mud- and rain-splattered upon my arrival. But it was more than worth the effort.” You’ll want to explore Mineral Point’s artsy shops – and be back at the inn’s brewpub for, well, the brews and dinner. Read the full story at jsonline

Origin unknown, the ornate bar is right at home in the Brewery Creek Inn.  Brewmaster Jeff churns out European beer styles such as biere de garde, Scottish porter, and dunkelweiss. Cheers!

Origin unknown, the ornate bar is right at home in the Brewery Creek Inn. Brewmaster Jeff churns out European beer styles such as biere de garde, Scottish porter, and dunkelweiss. Cheers!

 

Wright – right in Wisconsin!

July 15th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy is strong in Wisconsin, with his longtime residence & school – Taliesin – located near Spring Green. Now, his works are up for “World Heritage Site” designation from UNESCO; there are only 21 of these in the US! You’ll find Wright sites in WI open for tours at www.wrightinwisconsin.org . Our thanks to writer Mary Bergin for this info.  Get insider touring tips from nearby Innkeepers Kelly & Jay at Hill Street B&B  and Jean at Silver Star Inn, both located in Spring Green!

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn's front porch.

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn’s front porch.

 

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

A Tale of Two Inns

June 19th, 2014

Have you noticed – on this website’s home page, “Featured Bed & Breakfasts” shows 2 ever-changing B&Bs. The 2 inns caught my eye – how different – how unique – each is!

River’s Bend Inn (Mayville – near the Horicon Marsh) is a gracious English Country Manor. The equally gracious innkeeper, Jayne, has quite a history too – as a high fashion model in New York and as a regular date of John F. Kennedy. Jayne likely was told she should write a book, so she did, and it is a fun summer read:  The River’s Bend.

The second featured inn, Thunder Valley Inn Resort, is one mile from WI Dells, yet a ‘world’ away – a Scandinavian world, that is! Pet friendly Wee Hus is a cozy cottage snuggled next to the Farm House. Most rooms in the Swedish House and Farm House have an extra bed or two for children … schedule a visit to the inn’s dairy farm or a hands-on bread baking session.

Thunder Valley Inn Resort ... dairy farm tours, Sunday Farmer's Market,  Threshing Farm Suppers - a meal and entertainment with all the Ole and Lena jokes you can eat!

Thunder Valley Inn Resort … dairy farm tours, Sunday Farmer’s Market, Threshing Farm Suppers – a meal and entertainment with all the Ole and Lena jokes you can eat!

River's Bend Inn, once a Victorian mansion with a wrap-around porch, now an English Country Manor. Guest rooms have a view of the river, thru typical English diamond-grid windows.

River’s Bend Inn, once a Victorian mansion with a wrap-around porch, now an English Country Manor. Guest rooms have a view of the river, thru typical English diamond-grid windows.

No tie Required!

June 9th, 2014

The much maligned Father’s Day gift – the TIE – isn’t required at our B&Bs.

If Dad enjoys sipping  a cold one, we’ll suggest:  A stay at Brewery Creek, named by CNN last year as one the Top Ten Luxury Beer Vacation Destinations in America.  Located in Mineral Point, a quaint pre-Civil War town, brewmaster / innkeeper Jeff churns out European style beers. Check out our micro-beer trail map and discover what’s brewing throughout the state.

If Dad enjoys standing in a cold one – a world class trout fishing stream that is – the private back yard of the Mecan River House (Coloma) delivers, with many DNR newly created holes for trout to gather.
Let Dad make the choice of where / when, with a WBBA Gift Certificate – we mail the same day you order, Monday thru Friday.

At the Mecan River House B&B, a river does run through it! Trout fisherman can walk right down to the Mecan River, a #1 trout fishing stream that runs length of the property, with many DNR newly created holes for trout to gather.

At the Mecan River House B&B, a river does run through it! Trout fisherman can walk right down to the Mecan River, a #1 trout fishing stream that runs length of the property.

At Brewery Creek Inn, from the vat to the tap to your glass - the European style micro-brews never leave the building!

At Brewery Creek Inn, from the vat to the tap to your glass – the European style micro-brews never leave the building!

Best Rhubarb Dessert Ever!

June 2nd, 2014

According to Dee Davis, innkeeper/owner of The Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast in Muscoda, “This is the best rhubarb dessert recipe I have ever made (or eaten), a real crowd pleaser.” With that kind of endorsement, you’ll have to give it a try!

Rhubarb Cheesecake
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour  (divided)
1 ¼ cup  + 2 Tbsp sugar (divided)
½ cup (1 stick) butter
3 cups chopped rhubarb
2 pkgs (8 ounces each) cream cheese
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F
In a medium bowl combine 1 cup of flour, ¼ cup of sugar and butter. Mix until crumbly and pat into bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
In a medium bowl toss together rhubarb ½ cup sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. of flour.  Pour onto crust.
Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and ½ cup sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Pour over hot rhubarb in pan.
Return to oven and bake 30 minutes or until filling is set.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, remaining 2 Tbsp. of sugar and vanilla. Spread over cheesecake while still hot.  Let cool completely and chill.  Makes 12 servings.

What can be more spring than fragrant apple blossoms and tart rhubarb?  You'll find both at the Victorian Rose B&B in Muscoda.

What can be more spring than fragrant apple blossoms and tart rhubarb? You’ll find both at the Victorian Rose B&B in Muscoda.

A double dose of Spring

May 6th, 2014

Breakfast outdoors at Springdale Inn in Verona, and watch the resident Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, and Monarch and Swallowtail Butterflies as they revel in their native prairie gardens. And that’s not all! Prairie enthusiast turned Innkeeper Nancy Hylbert is known for sending you off with your own complementary starter native plant garden, which she’ll dig from the extensive prairie nursery surrounding her inn.

Experience the Seasons (thanks – we’ll take SPRING now) at Cold Spring Inn & Vineyard in Hubertus, located on 80 acres of the Kettle Moraine watershed along the Oconomowoc River. A new boutique vineyard enhances the landscape and guests are invited to sample the wines … now that’s as “locally sourced” as you can get! Try the inn’s par-3 golf green – a hole-in-one scores a free night stay!

10SNEI? On the grounds of Cold Spring Inn, guests can play the par-3 golf course, work up an appetite and thirst on the tennis court, bird-watch on the extensive private trail with walking bridges over the Oconomowoc River.

10SNEI? On the grounds of Cold Spring Inn, guests can play the par-3 golf course, work up an appetite and thirst on the tennis court, bird-watch on the extensive private trail with walking bridges over the Oconomowoc River.

Prairie flowers grace the entrance of Springdale Inn ... and 54 acres of native prairie restoration surrounds the solar-powered inn.

Prairie flowers grace the entrance of Springdale Inn … and 54 acres of native prairie restoration surrounds the solar-powered inn.