Archive for June, 2014

A Tale of Two Inns

Thursday, 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!

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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.