Posts Tagged ‘B&B getaway’

Newly Built B&Bs Do Exist in Wisconsin

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

There’s a long-standing myth the B&B industry can’t seem to shake and it’s that all inns are Victorian with antiques and doilies everywhere.  It’s just not so.  Styles of architecture among B&Bs in Wisconsin run from historic mansions to lakeside cabins to ultra-contemporary new builds.  Let’s focus on that last category for a moment. There are B&B owners who have created their inns literally from the ground up, favoring a modern style.  Great examples of that include the Artesian House B&B built on a 25-acre wooded plot in Bayfield.  The guest rooms feature a creative mix of contemporary and eclectic. The Inn at Wawanissee Point in Baraboo is a luxurious villa-style B&B with incredible views to the Lake Wisconsin valley. Moondance B&B in Fond du Lac is furnished in a decidedly artistic style with a master suite that also includes a large fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room.  

Then there are inns whose historic exterior belies their modern interiors.  Examples include Lauerman House Inn – Marinette, Tritsch House – Alma, and Wilson Schoolhouse Inn – LaCrosse. 

If you like modern, don’t rule out a B&B.


contemporary B&B decor, historic bed and breakfast, modern, gourmet dining

The Lauerman House in Marinette is a circa 1910 Colonial Revival mansion. The 7 spacious rooms are unabashedly contemporary - and the dining is gourmet.


pool table, B&B pool table, contemporary B&B amenities

Try your hand at a game of pool on the 8-foot Olhaussen pool table at the Tritsch HouseB&B in Alma. You'll find a nice mix of period rooms with beautiful woodwork paired with modern amenities.


contemporary B&B in historic school, Scandinavian-modern comfort, Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, LaCrosse

Go back to school ... and this time, relax in Scandinavian-modern furnishings in an historic schoolhouse that welcomes small groups. The Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, LaCrosse, pairs contemporary comforts - even a full kitchen - with the historic schoolhouse architecture.



Best Farmers Markets in Wisconsin and the B&Bs That Are Nearby

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Seems every farmers’ market in Wisconsin has a personality all its own. Which makes a Saturday morning stroll through tents filled with juicy fruit, fresh-from-the-field veggies, luscious baked goods, honey, even eye-popping bouquets of flowers a nice addition to your B&B itinerary. Bet you’ll even find some garden art or homemade crafts. You may be surprised to learn that the largest true farmers’ market in the country is in Madison, Wisconsin. If you have your B&B getaway on the calendar for this fall, you may want to cross-reference the nearest farmers’ markets by logging on to

The March of Fall Color in Wisconsin is On

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sunny days, cool nights – September is delivering perfect conditions for fall color, starting in the northwoods and marching south.  As you plan your Wisconsin B&B getaway, you might want to log on to for up-to-the-minute fall color reports; you can even request the report be delivered to your e-mail.  The Department of Tourism has dozens of spotters around the state, so it’s a great little tool.  On your drive, maybe set aside time for a little detour to enjoy a Wisconsin Rustic Road.  Lest you think “rustic roads” is a clever title for unimproved roads, think again. These roads, with their terrific natural features, offer hikers, bikers, and motorists a less-traveled escape into some of the finest scenery the Midwest has to offer. There are more than 500 designated miles of Rustic Roads in 54 counties of the state, many with B&Bs close-by.

Taking B&B Myth Busting into Our Own Hands

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

And now, a word from our innkeepers on the five most common myths in the B&B world.  They want you to know:

A) You will not have to share a bathroom. Added bonus – many inns have spa-quality bathrooms.
B) A B&B does not have to be historic to be licensed by us.  There are contemporary properties as equally B&B-worthy as historic mansions.
C) You do not have to eat breakfast with strangers.  Interact as much or as little as you like – simply communicate your preference when you make your reservation.
D) There is no curfew. Some inns have separate guest entrances, so stay out as late as you like.
E) Innkeeping is not a hobby; it is a career and a passion.

Remember, our innkeepers like to be asked questions, so no need to be in the dark or under a cloud of misperception when it comes to your B&B getaway.