Quilts – keep one close!

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.

Warmth under the ‘wedding ring’ quilt at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

Keep the chill away at Willow Pond B&B and Events in Weyauwega

Keep the chill away at Willow Pond B&B and Events

 

Wellness While Away

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!

Riverview exercise room 4Riverview exercise room 5

 

Seek the Unique at TWO NEW INNS!

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.

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.

You’re guided by beacons of light to the Door County Lighthouse Inn.

It’s officially SPRING!

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.

A true farm-to-table experience at Wellspring B&B.

Valley Springs Farm - kids are welcome!

Valley Springs Farm – kids are welcome!

A recipe for relaxation - Cold Spring Inn's own boutique wine and locally sourced cheese.

A recipe for relaxation – Cold Spring Inns own boutique wine and locally sourced cheese.

It’s a Showdown!

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.

The English Garden’s reflecting pool at the McCormick House in Hayward.

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!