August 11th, 2015
Ever think of a B&B breakfast as being a buffet? The Port Washington Inn features their Door County Cherry Bread Pudding, as favorite on their brunch buffet. The innkeepers here emphasize quality ingredients and buffet items made from scratch, no shortcuts, and that makes their full breakfasts second-helping worthy. The dish was a favorite with the Judges of our Innkeeper Cook Off contest…perhaps it will become your favorite brunch dish!
¼ cup butter, melted
1 loaf of bread, cut into cubes
6 large eggs
3½ cups milk (2% or any, including some half & half, if desired)
½ cup Wisconsin maple syrup
1 cup dried Door County Cherries
Preheat oven to 450°F. Melt ¼ cup butter in a jelly roll pan. Add the cubed bread to the pan. Place in oven and toast until nicely browned (watch carefully!). While bread cubes are toasting, use a blender to blend the eggs, milk and maple syrup. Place toasted bread cubes into a large bowl and pour the liquid from the blender over them, mixing well. Add this mixture to a previously well-buttered 9×13-inch baking pan. Add more milk (or half & half ) so the level of liquid in the pan is approximately equal to the level of the bread. Sprinkle the dried cherries over the top, mixing them throughout the pan. Sprinkle lightly with raw sugar. Bake until the middle is firm and the top is nicely browned (approximately 1 hour).
frozen tart cherries, pitted
frozen sweet cherries, pitted
For the sauce: Purée equal amounts of tart and sweet cherries, sweetened to taste with raw sugar. For a thicker sauce, leave cherries whole and lightly sweetened to create a sauce as they thaw.
Innkeeper Tip: We use two of our small loaves of homemade wheat bread. Make sure you have enough toasted bread cubes to fill a 9×13-inch pan, slightly heaped, as they will be absorbing some of the liquid.
Picture yourself enjoying breakfast on the porch of Port Washington Inn.
July 13th, 2015
Silver Star B&B Front Porch
It’s not unusual for a bucket list to be tied to those landmarks that define a place. In Spring Green, it’s a performance of Shakespeare under the stars at the American Players Theatre; enjoy a gentle sleep at Silver Star B&B located on a bucolic 340-acre estate. In Green Bay, it’s a tour of the just-renovated Lambeau Field; spend the night at Astor House B&B. Run away to Circus World in Baraboo; overnight at Pinehaven B&B or Inn at Wawanissee Point. Check those off the list!
Silver Star B&B Deck
June 30th, 2015
The Green Bay Historic Preservation Commission, at its 14th annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, awarded the Astor House B&B with a Culturally Significant Award. This award recognizes a building that contributes to or exemplifies cultural trends in the City of Green Bay. The Astor House was the home of Dr. Julius Bellin, founder of Bellin Hospital. Since 1999, Greg (deceased) and Barb Robinson have welcomed guests at the 5 guest room B&B. Of course, being located in Green Bay, Packer weekends fill up fast!
June 23rd, 2015
We are proud to announce that Washington House Inn has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner! The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. When you, the guest, take the time to share your experiences, you are assisting other travelers to find the B&B Inn that is tailor made for their getaway.
Set in a historic 1886 Victorian cream city brick building in Cedarburg, Washington House Inn is luxurious lodging within walking distance of historic downtown restaurants, shops, a local winery and brew pub and seasonal festivals. Guests are pampered by the boutique hotel’s thoughtful amenities, including warm flickering fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and steam showers, and a deluxe continental breakfast.
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Historic charm blends perfectly with modern amenities at the Washington House Inn.
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.
May 13th, 2015
Quilts – it’s a good idea to keep at least one close by here in Wisconsin! There’s an Amish Quilt Auction in Amherst (between Stevens Point and Waupaca) Saturday May 16 (www.maderauction.com) featuring over 300 quilt and wall hangings. We’ll recommend getting an early start – Artha Sustainable Living Center B&B is within a few miles, and the Stevens Point, Manawa, Waupaca, and Weyauwega B&Bs are less than a 30 minute drive. Make your reservations / mark your calendar for the August 29 quilt auction too.
Warmth under the ‘wedding ring’ quilt at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.
Keep the chill away at Willow Pond B&B and Events
April 17th, 2015
Tempted to let your fitness routine lapse while enjoying your B&B getaway? Innkeepers like Marilyn at Riverview B&B in Neshkoro make it easy to treat yourself to a workout – in a room with a view of history. Inspired by a presentation on John Muir’s history in Marquette County and the talents of a local muralist, the Muir Room exercise area was created. Practice yoga, walk/jog on the treadmill – TV viewing optional. The wall murals not only reflect local history, but are similar to the views of the White River that guests will enjoy at Riverview B&B.
And, if you need a bit more motivation to ‘get moving’, Marilyn’s yummy Blueberry French Toast Bake will do it!
April 2nd, 2015
We’re delighted to tell you about 2 B&Bs that have just joined WBBA.
Door County Lighthouse Inn in Egg Harbor/Door County is a cozy lighthouse-styled B&B. Innkeepers Claire & Frank are your source for ‘everything lighthouse’ – including lighthouse tours by trolley packages. And, rather than choose which winery to visit, check out their Wine & Dine package: tour & taste at 4 wineries, dine, and leave the driving back to the inn to the trolley. Claire notes: “in May we expect the cherry and apple tree blossoms to show!”
Allyn Mansion B&B is one of those rare properties at which the term ‘elegant’ is appropriate – it was the grand prize winner nationally for historic restoration and is considered among Wisconsin’s 20 most remarkable homes – it’s in the book! But, relax … at Innkeeper Randy’s evening wine and craft beer reception, and therafter in your spacious suite furnished with a 32” flat screen tv (premium satellite access), WiFi w/a Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet and stereo system. And just so you know, your private bath is stocked with aromatherapy soaps and plus Turkish towels. The Allyn Mansion B&B is located in Delevan, in the Lake Geneva area.
Step back into the elegant past with all the amenities of today at the Allyn Mansion.
You’re guided by beacons of light to the Door County Lighthouse Inn.
March 24th, 2015
Anticipating what’s soon to come, we’ve tapped our member inns for those with SPRING in their name.
Cold Spring Inn (Hubertus) is surrounded by 80 acres along the Oconomowoc River. Hiking trails, tennis courts, and a cozy fire pit invites cool evening relaxation, perhaps with a glass of their own boutique wine.
Valley Springs Farm (Reedsburg) – at this tranquil farm setting, each spring and summer, sand-hill cranes nest in their pasture and welcome folks with their morning call- we don’t think you’ll object!
Wellspring B&B (West Bend), a CSA farm, is an agritourism destination where guests can participate in educational opportunities such as cooking classes, organic gardening, & food preservation workshops.
A true farm-to-table experience at Wellspring B&B.
Valley Springs Farm – kids are welcome!
A recipe for relaxation – Cold Spring Inns own boutique wine and locally sourced cheese.
February 5th, 2015
On Tuesday February 10 at 8 pm cst on the Travel Channel, the McCormick House Inn squares off against 3 different hotels in “Hotel Showdown”. It’s a winner-take-all competition. Representatives from the competing hotels spend the night at each other’s property, and with an exacting eye for detail, award points for every aspect of their experience. The highest-rated hotel wins a coveted $25,000 prize. The episode’s final stop is Hayward, Wis., home to Jeff’s McCormick House Inn – a refurbished Victorian mansion decorated with art collected during Jeff’s world travels. He gives the hoteliers a taste of Hayward’s favorite winter activity, as the rivals face off in a cross-country ski race. To wrap up their evening, the McCormick House comes to life with a cocktail party and gourmet dessert from Jeff’s own ice cream shoppe. Oh the suspense! Tune in – we’ll be watching!
The English Garden’s reflecting pool at the McCormick House in Hayward.
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.
On the “Drive thru the Zoo” …
And the fire is so inviting … warm up and get cozy back at Hidden Serenity!