Archive for December, 2013

Keep warm the Wisconsin Way

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

With record-setting sub-zero temps this week (-26 in Central WI), keeping warm head to toe is a challenge. Paired with Sunday’s Packer win over the Chicago Bears and upcoming playoff, brisk sales of Cheesehead hats are sure to follow. Fittingly, it was our friends in Illinois who nicknamed us cheeseheads! The wedge-shaped hat debuted in 1987 at a Brewers game; it became popular with Packer fans in the mid-90s as Brett Farve led the team to 2 Super Bowls.  Of course, cheesehead hats are made in Wisconsin by “Foamation“, headquartered just south of Milwaukee in St. Francis.  Packer fans can enjoy the warmth and comfort of the Astor House B&B – the only B&B in Green Bay – and they do not raise their rates for home games! With the recent Packer come-from-behind wins, we agree with Foamation “where there’s a wedge, there’s a way!”

Pre and post game comfort at the Astor House B&B in Green Bay. and there's just a hint of green and gold.

Pre and post game comfort at the Astor House B&B in Green Bay. with just a hint of green and gold.

 

Perfect example of "a picture says a thousand words"!

Perfect example of “a picture says a thousand words”!

 

Wisconsin ‘Grown’ Aluminum Trees

Friday, December 27th, 2013

People who remember them don’t necessarily miss them and most young people have seen them only on TV in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”… the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree! Wisconsin – known for its lumberjack history and woodsy vibe – was also home to the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, manufacturer of over a million silver trees from 1955 – 1972.
Laugh – or cringe – if you must; sold originally for $10-$20, the trees are now are worth hundreds – and the rare pink tree is valued at $1500. Is anyone running up to the attic about now? If you find this treasure, it will be light – the trees were designed to be light enough for women to lift the boxes containing the tree, stand, and colored light wheel. How considerate.
We can’t promise that you’ll see shiny-ever-changing-colors aluminum trees at our 140 B&Bs, but feel free to look.  And, the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square in Madison now has an exhibit – due to its popularity, this is the 4th time Evergleam trees have been featured.  Shine on!

Blue ... red...green... shimmering aluminum tree. 60% of America's aluminum trees were produced in Wisconsin!

Blue … red…green… shimmering aluminum tree. 60% of America’s aluminum trees were produced in Wisconsin!

…the fire is so delightful …

Friday, December 13th, 2013

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go” … ahhh – you DO have places to go! A quick amenity search reveals over 2 dozen B&Bs have wood-burning fireplaces in the guestrooms! And for those who appreciate immediate gratification, over 60 B&B have gas fireplaces in the guestrooms.  Picture yourselves infront of a cracking fire in the great room, wine glass in hand or mug of hot cider – nearly 100 B&Bs can make this vision a reality. Let it snow – let it snow!

Tauschek's B&B Log Home in Plymouth marries the warmth of wood and stone in the comfy great room.

Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth marries the warmth of wood and stone in the comfy great room.

jacuzzi + fireplace

Just off Hwy 41-45 north of Milwaukee is Hubertus, home to the Cold Spring Inn. Close to the ‘big city’ yet an escape from the city.

Toast your cares away!

 

GET REAL…BUTTER!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

We’ve just heard the news that butter is back!
This is good news for our tastebuds, local dairy farmers, and our health.  While butter is a fat – a natural saturated fat – the artificial substitutes like ‘partially-hydrogenated oil’ aka transfats are now officially branded by the FDA as no longer generally recognized as safe.
The freshly baked (no preservatives necessary), locally sourced, bursting with natural flavor breakfasts found at our B&Bs start your Wisconsin day tastefully.  Blueberry French Toast Bake delights guests at Riverview B&B in Neshkoro – we’re sharing the recipe (found also on page 149 in the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Cookbook) with you.
Butter is back … for some of us, it never left …

 

It may be cold outside, but its (French) toasty inside at Riverview B&B. Neshkoro is just 10 miles east of 39/51 on Hwy E, using the Westfield exit.

It may be cold outside, but its (French) toasty inside at Riverview B&B. Neshkoro is just 10 miles east of 39/51 on Hwy E, using the Westfield exit.