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!
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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)
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.