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.

Make Business a Pleasure.

April 23rd, 2014

When business takes you to the south side of Madison, how about a ‘reverse commute’? Rather than fight traffic from downtown lodging to your destination, try a pleasant 15-minute drive from a B&B in Belleville, Verona, Stoughton, McFarland, or Cambridge. At the Cameo Rose (Belleville), innkeepers Gary & Dawn say: “Early breakfast options, evening wine and snacks, and free WiFi are just a few of our amenities, along with 120 private acres to explore with 4 miles of mowed hiking trails. The Badger State Trail is an easy hike from our door and a perfect route for your morning or evening walk/run.  Paoli’s fabulous dining/shopping is just 5 minutes away.  Escape to the country and make your business a pleasure!”

Your final appointment of the day - breathing in the fragrant flowers, listening to the flowing water, relaxing in the gazebo ... at Cameo Rose Inn, Belleville.

Your final appointment of the day – breathing in the fragrant flowers, listening to the flowing water, relaxing in the gazebo … at Cameo Rose Inn, Belleville.

B&B Getaway Giveaway week 8

March 27th, 2014

B&B Getaway Giveaway week 8
This is it folks – the grand finale! Enter to win our facebook contest – if you haven’t already.  The last remaining 2-night stay packages are from these 2 inns. Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B in Wisconsin Dells: you may have thought ‘waterpark’ at the mention of WI Dells … instead, think  vintage “Air Stream Trailer” with a spacious deck and 2 soaking tubs. And, think romance.  Or, you may choose a stay in a garden cottage or traditional B&B guest rooms. Either way – you win!
Westphal Mansion Inn & Boutique in Hartford…who says an English Tudor Mansion and flat screen TVs don’t mix – certainly not us! Breakfast is your choice – in the truly elegant dining room, on the porch, or delivered to your room. Can this get any better? How about visiting their Boutique, where it’s welcome Spring décor and good-bye winter ( those items are on sale!), gifts, chocolates …

The vintage Air Stream "Argosy" has been meticulously restored and is surrounded by a large deck. Imagine star-gazing in the two outdoor side-by-side soaking tubs. Bowman's Oak Hill B&B is just 5 minutes from the bustle of Wisconsin Dells.

The vintage Air Stream “Argosy” has been meticulously restored and is surrounded by a large deck. Imagine star-gazing in the two outdoor side-by-side soaking tubs. Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B is just 5 minutes from the bustle of Wisconsin Dells.

If only walls could talk - Once a third floor ballroom, now a guest room with all the comforts of past and present, expertly blended by innkeepers Pam & Garrett at the Westphal Mansion Inn & Boutique, located in Harford.

If only walls could talk – Once a third floor ballroom, now a guest room with all the comforts of past and present, expertly blended by innkeepers Pam & Garrett at the Westphal Mansion Inn & Boutique, located in Hartford.

 

 

 

 

B&B Getaway Giveaway Week 7

March 17th, 2014

Here’s a quick quiz: what do trout fishing, the American Birkebeiner, and a 36-mile view have in common?  All are found at B&Bs – showing that when we say ‘seek the unique’, we mean it! The stunning view from the pub and virtually all of the Inn at Wawanissee Point is both relaxing and a stimulation to explore – and perhaps motivation to ‘work off’ the gourmet breakfast.  A world away in a 20 minute drive from WI Dells.  And referencing the Dells, innkeeper Agnes says ‘when you’ve had enough stimulation’, head just 40 miles north to the Mecan River House (Coloma) – with a #1 trout fishing stream running along the length of the property.  Unwind on the deck, or search out antiques and hand-crafted Amish items at the nearby shops.  Heading further north to the Hayward / Birchwood area, the Cobblestone B&B is a destination in any season.  Of course, the Birkebeiner  x-c  trails are the winter draw (and just a few hundred miles of snowmobile trails too), more trail systems offer fat biking, mountain biking, hiking…”run, bike, ski” is the northwoods mantra.  Enter our Facebook contest to win a 2 night stay at Cobblestone B&B, Inn at Wawanisee Point, or Mecan River House http://a.pgtb.me/qVSz88

Breakfast at the Cobblestone B&B, Birchwood, WI

Breakfast at the Cobblestone B&B, Birchwood, WI

The Pub at the Inn at Wawanissee, Baraboo, WI

The Pub at the Inn at Wawanissee, Baraboo, WI

Mecan River House TROUT FISHERMAN: you can walk right down to the MECAN RIVER which is a #1 trout fishing stream!  The MECAN RIVER runs length of the property, with many DNR, newly created holes for trout to gather!

Mecan River House TROUT FISHERMAN: you can walk right down to the MECAN RIVER which is a #1 trout fishing stream! The MECAN RIVER runs length of the property, with many DNR, newly created holes for trout to gather!

 

B&B Getaway Giveaway continues: Week 6

March 12th, 2014

While reading about B&Bs is fun, winning a complimentary stay is better: enter our Facebook contest http://a.pgtb.me/qVSz88

20 minutes North of Milwaukee in downtown historic Cedarburg is the Stagecoach Inn, a restored 1853 stagecoach hotel. Today’s guests enjoy whirlpool tubs, wifi, cable TV and more. Their pub, chocolate shop, and daily wine social make it almost unnecessary to leave the inn, but do take a stroll to local shops, restaurants, winery, and the Cedar Creek Settlement. Travel west to Reedsburg’s Parkview B&B for crisp line-dried linens, a sumptuous breakfast … it’s true: the only thing they overlook is the park!  Innkeepers Tom, an avid gardener & Donna, a former Home-Ec teacher team to create masterful breakfasts and snacks like Orange Craisin Pistachio Biscott.

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Beerntsens' Candies

Beerntsens’ Candies

 

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

The Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award goes to…

March 8th, 2014

Congratulations to Steve and Nancy Sandstrom of Pinehurst Inn!  This past Monday at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva, Pinehurst Inn of Bayfield was awarded the Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award!

“Pinehurst Inn is an 8 room B&B on Lake Superior, offering a magnificent natural environment that is enjoyed by visitors year round.  Pinehurst has a mission to be a premier eco-lodging facility, providing the highest level of green lodging hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of the property and area. Pinehurst is committed to sustainability in all practices, serves as a model for other tourism businesses, and is a leader in the Wisconsin Travel Green Program.  A few of the sustainable initiatives Pinehurst practices includes using solar panels, organic and/or locally grown food, composting of all food and garden waste, providing guests with reusable stainless steel water bottles, and offering workshops and seminars to other business owners to learn about sustainable business.  The ‘bottom line’ at Pinehurst is a triple bottom-line, not only measuring business success with financial capital, but natural and social capital as well.”

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Congratulations Steve and Nancy!

Congratulations Steve and Nancy at the Pinehurst Inn!