B&B Getaway Giveaway continues: Week 6

March 12th, 2014

While reading about B&Bs is fun, winning a complimentary stay is better: enter our Facebook contest http://a.pgtb.me/qVSz88

20 minutes North of Milwaukee in downtown historic Cedarburg is the Stagecoach Inn, a restored 1853 stagecoach hotel. Today’s guests enjoy whirlpool tubs, wifi, cable TV and more. Their pub, chocolate shop, and daily wine social make it almost unnecessary to leave the inn, but do take a stroll to local shops, restaurants, winery, and the Cedar Creek Settlement. Travel west to Reedsburg’s Parkview B&B for crisp line-dried linens, a sumptuous breakfast … it’s true: the only thing they overlook is the park!  Innkeepers Tom, an avid gardener & Donna, a former Home-Ec teacher team to create masterful breakfasts and snacks like Orange Craisin Pistachio Biscott.

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Beerntsens' Candies

Beerntsens’ Candies

 

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

The Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award goes to…

March 8th, 2014

Congratulations to Steve and Nancy Sandstrom of Pinehurst Inn!  This past Monday at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva, Pinehurst Inn of Bayfield was awarded the Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award!

“Pinehurst Inn is an 8 room B&B on Lake Superior, offering a magnificent natural environment that is enjoyed by visitors year round.  Pinehurst has a mission to be a premier eco-lodging facility, providing the highest level of green lodging hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of the property and area. Pinehurst is committed to sustainability in all practices, serves as a model for other tourism businesses, and is a leader in the Wisconsin Travel Green Program.  A few of the sustainable initiatives Pinehurst practices includes using solar panels, organic and/or locally grown food, composting of all food and garden waste, providing guests with reusable stainless steel water bottles, and offering workshops and seminars to other business owners to learn about sustainable business.  The ‘bottom line’ at Pinehurst is a triple bottom-line, not only measuring business success with financial capital, but natural and social capital as well.”

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Congratulations Steve and Nancy!

Congratulations Steve and Nancy at the Pinehurst Inn!

Warm up with us – Week 5 B&B Getaway Giveaway

March 5th, 2014

It just gets better: this week, 3 B&B’s are awarding 2-night stays in our facebook contest.  The 3 inns serve up generous amounts of hospitality and history, balanced with modern amenities and cultural venues. The Lamppost Inn of Fort Atkinson, where you can dress the part in vintage clothes, is a few blocks from the Fireside Theatre.  Eagle Centre House B&B (Eagle), an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek Revival stagecoach inn, pairs the warmth of wood-burning stoves & fireplaces with the comfort of air-conditioning…it’s near Old World Wisconsin Outdoor Living History Museum.  Pedal’rs Inn (Wales) is where innkeeper Dee’s award-winning breakfast (yes – in our Innkeeper Cook-off!) starts your day of biking or visiting Lunt & Fontaine’s Ten Chimneys estate.

 

Lamppost Inn dress-upEagle Centre House exterior  Pedal'rs Inn bed chamber 4

Lake Country Inns offer a Bit O’ Bed & Breakfast

March 2nd, 2014

Start your St. Patrick’s celebration on March 16 Sunday afternoon at Delafield’s Reveres Well Street Tavern for dancing, fun and food. Join in the 2 hours of Ceili dance instruction with the music from the band ‘Tis, followed by a dinner buffet fit for any bloke or lass. Your experience continues with a night at any of the 3 Lake Country Inns: Inn at Pine Terrace or Pleasant Street B&B in Oconomowoc, and Pedal’rs Inn in Wales. It’s top-o-the-morning to you with a full (very full!) Irish breakfast: Black Treacle Scones, Boxty, Irish Baked Beans, Bangers, Baked Irish Eggs with Mushroom Gravy, Apple Amber Pie, Juice, Coffee & Irish Breakfast Tea.

A Bit o' Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: the Inn at Pine Terrace in Oconomowoc.

A Bit o’ Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: the Inn at Pine Terrace in Oconomowoc.

A Bit o' Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: Pleasant Street B&B, Oconomowoc.

A Bit o’ Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: Pleasant Street B&B, Oconomowoc.

A Bit o' Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: Pedal'rs Inn, Wales

A Bit o’ Bed & Breakfast March 16-17: Pedal’rs Inn, Wales

 

Think Green – Warm Up with Us – B&B Getaway Giveaway

March 1st, 2014

Think GREEN … not what’s deep under the snow or St Paddy’s Day, but “traveling green”.  Innkeepers are doing their part to protect our environment while you enjoy a getaway in comfort and style.  Think earth-friendly cleaning & laundry products and a breakfast that supports local farmers – or features juicy tomatoes right from the inn’s garden. WBBA is honored to have as members Pinehurst Inn (Bayfield) which earned the highest score, and Artha Sustainable Living Center (Amherst) at #2 in Travel Green Wisconsin’s certification program. And, you can win a 2-night stay at either inn by entering our facebook contest!  On a final note, about 40 B&Bs throughout the state have earned their Travel Green certification.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.

 

Warm Up With Us – Week 4 B&B Getaway Giveaway

February 26th, 2014

Pinehurst Inn, located in Bayfield – an 8 room bed and breakfast – is known for their eco-elegance. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning before heading out to Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. Return after your busy day to relax with Enso Day Spa services.  Over the top concierge service ensures wonderful memories.
Nestled in rolling hills just 10 minutes from the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca is Artha Sustainable Living Center, Amherst, which earned the second highest rating in Travel Green Wisconsin.  From the organic cotton towels and sheets to the delicious breakfast using organic produce from their own garden, your stay is both relaxing and energizing.  Make your own natural herbal beauty or bath products at Artha’s workshops, too.

A summer evening at Pinehurst Inn.

A summer evening at Pinehurst Inn

Artha Sustainable Living Center ... in full bloom.

Artha Sustainable Living Center … in full bloom.

 

 

Warm Up with Us – week 3 B&B getaway giveaway

February 20th, 2014

Victorian Elegance meets Contemporary Comfort at the Scofield House in Sturgeon Bay / Door County. Light through the beveled crystal and stained glass windows, highlights the hardwood floors inlaid with red and white oak, maple and cherry. While your ornately carved bed is antique, it cradles a comfy pillow-top matress; antique armoires conceal the electronics – to enjoy or ignore! You may even eventually leave the inn (after the hearty breakfast, of course) to visit Door County’s scenic parks, award-winning wineries, and eclectic shops.

“Where the joy of living is served daily” – words to live by for the innkeeeprs at Lindsay House in Manawa – as shown by this guest’s Trip Advisor comment:  “I have returned to Lindsay House each year for the past five years; each time I am again surprised by Judy’s expertise in her breakfast presentation.”  We’ll tell you more: showcasing local ingredients and Wisconsin products as much as possible, Judy & Tim offer culinary variety.  Breakfast starts with a fruit course – perhaps baked apples or a guest favorite, heavenly bananas.  To follow? Sweet pumpkin waffles with roasted pears, or a savory such as potato frittata. That is living … joyfully!

Enter to WIN a 2-night stay at one of these inns https://a.pgtb.me/qVSz88

Here's a peek at how breakfast can start at the Lindsay House.  Can you smell the warm apples and cinnamon?

Here’s a peek at how breakfast can start at the Lindsay House. Can you smell the warm apples and cinnamon?

In the spacious Gazebo Room there's space to relax, warm by the fire

Warmed by the fire In the Gazebo Room – you’re in the perfect spot to start – finish? – that best seller you packed. Stay in, venture out, the Scofield House is in a quiet neighborhood, an easy stroll to dining and shops.

Warm up with Us Week 2: 2 Inns / 2 Winners of a 2-night B&B Getaway!

February 11th, 2014

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Whether providing a show in the cozy theater, serving beautifully presented food in the restaurant, or guiding guests to their room, Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre has a way of making guests feel welcome every time. Located in a wooded setting, you feel as though you’ve driven many miles away from the city into a serene country estate – however, you’re only a mile south of Eau Claire. The inn is surrounded by a manicured property with astonishing flower gardens – and here’s a photo to refresh your memory as to what lies under the snow!

Ride a trolley car? Have a treat at the ice cream parlor? Take in an open-air performance at Alpine Valley? East Troy – “Small Town USA” and home of the Pickwick Inn invites you to do these – and more.  Guest may sleep in the “Charles Dickens Room” with a double whirlpool tub overlooking the treetops … something Mr Dickens never dreamed of!  Innkeepers Dave & Jane will start your day with a multi-course, locally-sourced breakfast.

Enter to win at http://on.fb.me/1ifaKCp.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles ... come back out after dinner & theatre ... all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

 

Hearty, homemade, and delicious - just what you want at a B&B.  Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.

Hearty, homemade, and delicious – just what you want at a B&B. Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Up With Us – WIN A 2-NIGHT B&B GETAWAY

February 4th, 2014

Have you ever dreamt of sleeping in a castle? No need to travel far – the Inn at Pine Terrace was modeled on the design of a French nobleman’s castle near Vienna. Built in 1879 by wealthy Chicagoans as their summer residence, the Inn is one of the last and largest of the mansions still standing in Oconomowoc; it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  If you’re a fan of hand-carved woodwork and exquisite wall coverings (Bradbury & Bradbury), your senses will be saturated.  If you’re not a fan – you’ll become one!

Innkeepers John & Ruth’s list of “some of the breakfasts we love to cook” include Pecan Stuffed French Toast, San Diego Eggs, Apple Panakuchen…accompanied by starters like citrus fruit salad, baked apple, or flowered orange with fruits.

And, the stunning Sun Room is the perfect spot to warm up with us this winter.  The Inn at Pine Terrace’s 2-night stay is our first prize to be awarded in the WBBA & Discover Wisconsin partners contest.  Entering is easy with this link: http://on.fb.me/1ifaKCp

Yes - this is Wisconsin! The Inn at Pine Terrace is modeled on a castle in Vienna.

Yes – this is Wisconsin! The Inn at Pine Terrace is modeled on a castle in Vienna.

 

One of the 11 guest bedrooms.

One of the 11 guest bedrooms.

Feel the warmth, picture yourself in the aptly named Sun Room at the Inn at Pine Terrace.

Feel the warmth, picture yourself in the aptly named Sun Room at the Inn at Pine Terrace.

 

Warm up to Winter

January 4th, 2014

Let’s begin our tour of Wisconsin’s winter activities in Neillsville, located in the heart of Wisconsin with over 120,000 acres of public access forest land.  From O’Neill Manor, you can choose to cross country ski or snowshoe up O’Neill Creek located just out the Manor’s back door into beautiful forest land and end up on their privately groomed trails, or head out onto the many outstanding public trails located 15 minutes from the Manor.  Want to try down hill skiing, tubing or snow boarding? Then, Bruce Mound is the place for you.  Snowmobiling trails abound using the public ATV trail system.  Innkeeper Julie can even put together a traditional sleigh ride for you.  And, she’s conveniently posted these activities with links for more information right on their website.  Bundle up!

Sleigh bells ring ... snow is glistening.

Sleigh bells ring … snow is glistening.

A blanket of snow is the foundation for just about every winter sport in Neillsville.  O'Neill Manor is the place to start and end  your fun in the snow.

A blanket of snow is the foundation for just about every winter sport in Neillsville. O’Neill Manor is the perfect place to start and end your fun in the snow.