Archive for March, 2013

Fodor’s Names 10 Best Small Towns in America

Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

Juniper Inn, Fish Creek.

This week Fodor’s unveiled its list of 10 Best Small Towns in America, saying “in a time when ‘authentic’ is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected and surprisingly sophisticated array of independent and locally-minded offerings.” Door County was one of the 10, with a mention of Juniper Inn B&B in Fish Creek. Fodor’s lauds the peninsula for its beaches, boutique shops, working artist studios and, of course, fish boils and locally grown cherries.  We’ll add B&Bs to that list too!

 

Travel Like an Insider, Check into a Wisconsin B&B

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Find great insider tips to get the most out of your stay in Sturgeon Bay at the beautiful historic Reynolds House B&B. Heather Hull is a great hostess – which is actually a pretty common thing at a WBBA member inn – and she will give you valuable advice on local finds.

If you think the typical innkeeper is the hovering type, guess again. They’re there to greet you and get you checked in, serve you a wonderful homemade breakfast, and offer advice on the insider finds in the community. That last service may be the best of all, because Wisconsin B&B owners, unlike paid concierges, give you the real scoop on the best shopping boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, and local attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as checking into something better.

Scrapbooking Retreats at Wisconsin B&Bs

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Scrapbooking is nice as a solitary pursuit, but wouldn’t you rather cut and paste surrounded by a crew of your favorite fellow scrapbookers? If yes, then consider making it an away occasion. Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake hosts scrapbooking weekends fall through winter, with an area designated specifically just for that.  At the Franklin Street Inn in Appleton, innkeeper July Halma, a former art teacher, says her B&B is a “Crop Til You Drop” retreat location. And at Lake Orchard Farm B&Bin Sheboygan, three-night scrapbooking retreats are held in their well-lit clubhouse area, with use of fully equipped kitchen included in the package.

Clubhouse is full for a scrapbooking retreat at Lake Orchard Farm B&B, Sheboygan.

A group at Miller’s Daughter B&B, Green Lake enjoying a scrapping marathon.

We’ve got the cure for cabin fever!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The first step to curing the 2013 strain of cabin fever is to leave your house. The second step is to head to a Wisconsin B&B Association member inn and, lo and behold, we’ve got real cabin B&Bs to choose from.  In Wisconsin, inns come in all shapes and sizes, which makes finding a unique place to stay a happy endeavor. You have your Victorian mansions, contemporary urban inns, working farms, and cabins. Yes, there are 18 member B&Bs whose architecture is true cabin, from the rough hewn logs to the big front porch to the roaring fire in the fireplace, like Grapevine Log Cabins B&B in Sparta and Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth.  There are also inns that have cabins, with Justin Trails B&B Resort in Sparta a fine example of that. And inns with the cousin to the cabin – the cottage – like Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Fish Creek.

Stay at a quiant cottage at Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Fish Creek.

Relax on the porch at Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth.

Birds Chirping

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

There’s nothing quite as sweet as the sound of birds chirping. It’s that harbinger of spring that melts even the grumpiest soul.

Great bird watching opportunities await at the Horicon Marsh. Stay at the nearby Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon.

Did you know that right from our web site you can access nearly 300 birding sites around the state plus nearby inns? Take a gander and get that spring getaway on the calendar.

Monday is National Napping Day

Monday, March 11th, 2013

While most of us love the benefits of “springing ahead,” like more daylight as we’re heading out of work at the end of a long day and the promise of warm weather, losing that one hour of sleep is a bummer. With quirky “national” days all the rage, thought you’d like to know that Monday is National Napping Day, to coincide with the return of daylight savings time on Sunday. And, you likely know where this is going, we’re suggesting that some of the best napping to be had is at Wisconsin B&B Association member inns. Innkeepers like Jean Moore and William Mallory at The Lauerman House Inn in Marinette go all out with the beds and bedding, creating a spa resort feel to their guestrooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets, with two suites having a two-person jacuzzi tub to top it all off.   Be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves when you stay at the Water’s Edge, as the inn is located smack dab on the shores of Lake Michigan. So we give you permission to nap on Monday and any time you’re visiting one of our member inns.

The Lauerman House Inn, Marinette, offers personalized service and elegant accommodations in each of their seven guest rooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets. We have two suites each with a two person jacuzzi tub, one with a private wood burning fireplace, and both with an amazing view of the Menominee River.

Wake in the morning to a serene sunrise off the lake and the smell of coffee, then end the day by drifting off to sleep listening to the sound of Lake Michigan waves gently crashing on at the Water’s Edge‘s private natural pebble beach.

Wisconsin B&B Getaways For Last-Minute Types

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Usually leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for, well, you know the saying.  But not always, as evidenced in this list of Wisconsin B&Bs who offer last-minute getaway packages.  And by last-minute, we mean you can even call the day you want to stay. We also like the category of specials called “off season,” knowing the discounts and good values listed here might be just the permission one needs to break up this long winter with a welcome change of pace. Time to pack your overnight bag.  

Sturgeon Bay’s Scofield House invites you to enjoy the quiet season in Door County … hmm, immediate seating anyone? Their 2 night stay, Friday & Saturday, in any whirlpool room comes with an additional discount thru April 30.

Want to be on the “A-list”? Receive weekly unpublished last minute specials at Bayfield’s Old Rittenhouse Inn, available exclusively to email subscribers (sign up at rittenhouseinn.com). Then, you could be in this spacious third floor King suite, once the home’s ballroom, featuring the original tongue and groove wood interior, a seating area with a double-sided fireplace, and a massive window seat with sweeping views of Bayfield, Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

Message to Stressed-Out Millenials: Stay at a B&B

Friday, March 1st, 2013

According to Stress in America, a study commissioned by the American Psychological Association, Millennials, also known as Gen Y (born between 1982 and 2004) are the most stressed demographic. Who knew! Now, couple that with the fact that an average of 9.2 vacation days were skipped last year, and we may be on to something. We’re chiming in with a recommendation to check into a Wisconsin B&B. It’s a getaway option that won’t break the bank (college loans, anyone) and could restore a sense of balance.  A good starting point might be an inn that’s off the beaten path, like the Crystal River Inn B&B in Waupaca or LaCrosse’s Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, where tranquility and space to breathe come at no additional charge.  Nearly 30 inns in Wisconsin offer complimentary wine and cheese, so that’s another nice de-stressing idea.

Where students once studied, you can still write on the blackboard! The rural setting on 10 acres of woods and hills is just a mile from the upper Mississippi River and only 8 minutes from historic downtown LaCrosse. At Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, the entire schoolhouse rental comfortably accommodates 2 to 8 adults.

Nestled in the historic village of Rural (Waupaca) on the bank of the Crystal River is this 1853 farmstead. Innkeepers Deb & Robert serve food from their garden, harvest local wild fruit and make all their jellies and jams. Walk their labyrinth where they are restoring the prairie – grass in the summer and snowpacked in the winter.