Posts Tagged ‘Door County’

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

Thursday, 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!

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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.

DEAR HUNTERS

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is here – why not ensure a warm welcome home from your dear with a WBBA gift certificate?  140 Bed & Breakfasts throughout the state ensure that whatever destination you choose, the B&B accommodations are sure to be an upgrade from deer camp.
Your thoughtful sentiment, printed right on the gift certificate, make this gift personal and individual – never ‘last minute’.
Ordering is easy – use the Gift Certificate Secure Order form or give us a call at 715-539-9222. Your gift certificate will arrive in just a few days.

Dear Camp at Country Comfort in Menomonie melts your cares away with onsite massage packages.

Dear Camp at Country Comfort in Menomonie melts your cares away with onsite massage packages.

You're not likely to mistake The Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Door County's Fish Creek with deer camp accommodations. This Thorp House B&B guest room, with its massive walnut bed, has, just out of sight, a dressing room with a double whirlpool ... soothing!

You’re not likely to mistake The Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Door County’s Fish Creek for deer camp accommodations. This Thorp House B&B guest room, with its massive walnut bed, has, just out of sight, a dressing room with a double whirlpool … soothing!

Inside Scoop on Great Hiking Trails Part 2

Monday, July 1st, 2013

We promised to pass along more innkeeper recommendations on nearby hiking trails and here they are! First we invite you to explore the trails close to the Eagle Harbor Inn, in Ephraim. Right in Ephraim there is a path that wanders through the town and up the bluff down small quiet back roads past all kinds of summer cottages and year around homes. The Bay of Green is never far from view. In fact at many places along the way it’s possible to dip your toes into that bay. There is a route that is mapped it takes a couple of hours. But, it is possible to walk small parts of the route at a time.   Also located close by is one of the best state parks in the state, Peninsula State Park. There are trails for all skill levels and they vary in length as well. The park is loaded with so much to see.  If those are trails too traveled for your taste there is Newport State Park a mere a 20 minute drive north. There you’ll find more secluded and rugged trails on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Also Whitefish Dunes State Park is located south of Jacksonport. Along with miles of trails over sand dunes and into the thickly wooded areas of the park, there are dunes along the shore for picnicking and sunning while you try to brave the icy cold waters of Lake Michigan.   A little further south in Appleton Judy Halma of the Franklin Street Inn shared with us that guests often enjoy hiking the Heckrodt Hiking Trail-76 acres of forested wetland, 3+ mile trail system allows access without getting your wet feet, located less than 5 miles from the inn.   Nearby in Oshkosh, Brayton B&B recommends The Wiouwash State Trail is a rail trail just a few short blocks from the inn. Its name is derived from the first two letters of the four counties it traverses: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Shawano. The trail is used by walkers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers during the winter months. The trail is split into two sections. The northern section runs from Aniwa to Split Rock. The southern section runs for 21 miles from Oshkosh northward to Hortonville and offers opportunities for biking, walking, jogging and bird-watching.  As it traverses the countryside, the southern section of the Wiouwash passes through a number of interesting natural habitats. Segments of the trail run through prairie and wetlands, attracting hundreds of species of birds, including sandhill cranes. The trail also crosses Dagget’s Creek, the Rat River and Black Otter Creek. It’s a scenic and relaxing journey, whether you’re on foot or two wheels.  That’s all for now! Stay tuned for Part 3 for more hiking recommendations!

 

Heckrodt Hiking Trail in Menasha offers great views of the diverse life in the wetlands.

Heckrodt Hiking Trail in Menasha offers great views of the diverse life in the wetlands.

Peninsula State Park

Peninsula State Park

See Which B&Bs Garnered “Best of the Midwest”

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The editors of Midwest Living have just released their annual “Best of the Midwest” issue and we offer hearty congratulations to these highly deserving member B&Bs:

Where to eat in Bayfield: Rittenhouse Inn. The editors called it one of their all-time favorites with wraparound porch and luxe rooms.

Where to stay in Door County: Door County Lighthouse Inn, Eagle Harbor Inn and White Gull Inn all made the list!

Top kid-friendly stops in Wisconsin: Rainbow Ridge Farms B&Bin La Crosse, thanks to what the editors call a “go-ahead-and-get-dirty-attitude.”

Rainbow Ridge Farms B&B in Onalaska is very kid-friendly!! In every sense of the term!

Fodor’s Names 10 Best Small Towns in America

Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

Juniper Inn, Fish Creek.

This week Fodor’s unveiled its list of 10 Best Small Towns in America, saying “in a time when ‘authentic’ is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected and surprisingly sophisticated array of independent and locally-minded offerings.” Door County was one of the 10, with a mention of Juniper Inn B&B in Fish Creek. Fodor’s lauds the peninsula for its beaches, boutique shops, working artist studios and, of course, fish boils and locally grown cherries.  We’ll add B&Bs to that list too!

 

Wisconsin B&B Getaways For Last-Minute Types

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Usually leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for, well, you know the saying.  But not always, as evidenced in this list of Wisconsin B&Bs who offer last-minute getaway packages.  And by last-minute, we mean you can even call the day you want to stay. We also like the category of specials called “off season,” knowing the discounts and good values listed here might be just the permission one needs to break up this long winter with a welcome change of pace. Time to pack your overnight bag.  

Sturgeon Bay’s Scofield House invites you to enjoy the quiet season in Door County … hmm, immediate seating anyone? Their 2 night stay, Friday & Saturday, in any whirlpool room comes with an additional discount thru April 30.

Want to be on the “A-list”? Receive weekly unpublished last minute specials at Bayfield’s Old Rittenhouse Inn, available exclusively to email subscribers (sign up at rittenhouseinn.com). Then, you could be in this spacious third floor King suite, once the home’s ballroom, featuring the original tongue and groove wood interior, a seating area with a double-sided fireplace, and a massive window seat with sweeping views of Bayfield, Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

What’s Between Green Bay and Door County?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

There’s an area of Wisconsin that goes by Kewaunee County that is oft overlooked because it lies in the shadows of Green Bay and Door County.  Yet, it’s a sweet sliver of the state with some great insider finds, as chronicled in this wonderful travel piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Especially nice to see two of our member inns – Joannes B&B in De Pere and The Red Forest B&B in Two Rivers – recommended under Where to Stay.

One of three luxurious guest rooms at Joannes B&B, De Pere.

A small sampling of the scrumptious breakfasts that await you at the Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers.

 

Door County in the Winter is Wonderful

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should close the door on a Door County getaway.  Quite the contrary!  The tranquility, easy pace, serene scenery, good food, artful finds and, of course, the largest concentration of B&Bs in the state should tempt you this time of year.  Here’s a wonderful story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the best winter attributes of Door County, with some well-earned accolades for White Gull Inn and Thorp House Inn and Cottages.

Thorp House Inn and Cottages are just what you had in mind… cozy and private… nestled in the pines… in the heart of the village. Most rooms fireplaces and some have whirlpools. Both the Inn and Cottages are open year-round.

For 32 years, the White Gull Inn has provided warm, friendly hospitality – which represents the best of what Door County has been and what they hope it continues to be.

Tennis Terms Applied to Wisconsin B&Bs part 2

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Winner: An unreturnable shot. B&B version: Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn – Belleville just won the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.

Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn, Belleville

Mini-break: Server loses a point in a tie-break. B&B version: Escaping midweek and taking advantage of the great promotional packages at Door County Inns like: Inn at Cedar Crossing & Sawyer House B&B both of Sturgeon Bay, and Trollhaugen Lodge – Ephraim.

Inn at Cedar Crossing (left), Sawyer House B&B (center) both of Sturgeon Bay; Trollhaugen Lodge B&B, Ephraim (right)

Anticipation: Receiver anticipates where the next ball will land. B&B version: Anticipation is half the fun of your B&B getaway.  Plan all the things you want to do by perusing the appropriately titled Things to Do section of our site.

Nice return: Receiver hits a strong return. B&B version: If you love a particular B&B, by all means do return.  At the Albany House B&B – Albany, an impressive 65% of their visitors are return guests.

Albany House, Albany

Nice touch: Usually refers to a deft drop shot. B&B version: SevenOaks – Lake Geneva, offers its guests heated floors and heated towel bars to warm your soft, fluffy towels which we think is an especially nice touch.

SevenOaks, Lake Geneva

 

Second serve: Second chance to get serve in. B&B version: In addition to breakfast, the Westphal Mansion Inn B&B – Hartford offers an evening wine and cheese reception for their guests.

Westphal Mansion Inn B&B, Hartford. Their complimentary “Wine & Cheese Social Hour” is available daily from 4:00-5:00pm.

Get Cooking

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

There’s something about enjoying a made-from-scratch breakfast at a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast that often inspires the home chef in our guests. So we thought we’d post a list of some fun cooking classes around the state to get culinary juices flowing.

Bekah Kates, an incredibly cute shop filled with wonderful kitchen and home items, is located in an 1886 building (the owners lovingly restored it themselves) right on the downtown square in Baraboo.  The list of cooking classes here ranges from farmers’ market dishes to Thai to fancy French desserts.  Stay at Inn at Wawanissee Point or Pinehaven B&B, both in Baraboo.

At specialty shop Orange Tree Imports in Madison, a 35+ year mainstay on chic shopping boulevard Monroe Street, their list of chef instructors is very impressive.  And so is the list of B&Bs in the Madison metro area.

The Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County occupies a former village school house built in 1879.  It appropriately bills itself as “a place for people who are passionate about food,” given they’re a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.  This seasonal school is open June through October; take your pick of B&Bs up and down the Door County peninsula when you attend.

Coquette Café in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward is famous for its authentic yet unassuming bistro fare you might find in the home kitchens of French grandmothers.  Their demonstration-style cooking classes are held Tuesday evenings, so sneak away midweek and stay at the Brumder Mansion B&B.

If La Crosse is a favorite getaway destination for you, sign up for a cooking class at the People’s Food Co-op.  For accommodations, reserve a room at Four Gables B&B or Wilson Schoolhouse Inn.

The list of classes at Dinner’s On in Altoona is temptingly eclectic.  We especially like that at the end of each class participants enjoy a full buffet, with plenty of time to discuss all the creations.  Stay at an Eau Claire area inn like Fanny Hill Victorian Inn or Otter Creek Inn.

Now get cooking!

 

Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre has a tradition of entertaining and delighting guests for over 30 years. A locally-owned dinner theater, restaurant, banquet facility and nine-room inn, Fanny Hill has a way of making guests feel welcome every time. Summer is the time to enjoy the manicured property with astonishing flower gardens and to catch the deck entertainment.