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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

Monday is National Napping Day

Monday, March 11th, 2013

While most of us love the benefits of “springing ahead,” like more daylight as we’re heading out of work at the end of a long day and the promise of warm weather, losing that one hour of sleep is a bummer. With quirky “national” days all the rage, thought you’d like to know that Monday is National Napping Day, to coincide with the return of daylight savings time on Sunday. And, you likely know where this is going, we’re suggesting that some of the best napping to be had is at Wisconsin B&B Association member inns. Innkeepers like Jean Moore and William Mallory at The Lauerman House Inn in Marinette go all out with the beds and bedding, creating a spa resort feel to their guestrooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets, with two suites having a two-person jacuzzi tub to top it all off.   Be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves when you stay at the Water’s Edge, as the inn is located smack dab on the shores of Lake Michigan. So we give you permission to nap on Monday and any time you’re visiting one of our member inns.

The Lauerman House Inn, Marinette, offers personalized service and elegant accommodations in each of their seven guest rooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets. We have two suites each with a two person jacuzzi tub, one with a private wood burning fireplace, and both with an amazing view of the Menominee River.

Wake in the morning to a serene sunrise off the lake and the smell of coffee, then end the day by drifting off to sleep listening to the sound of Lake Michigan waves gently crashing on at the Water’s Edge‘s private natural pebble beach.

We’re Having a Heat Wave in Wisconsin

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

It seems summer temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s are now the norm for Wisconsin.  If you wilt without central air, rest assured there are plenty of cool and comfortable B&Bs in the state that fit the bill.  Another way to chill out is to book a waterfront B&B.  For B&Bs on lakes, try At the Lake House – Lake Geneva, Quiet Cottage on the Lake – Sturgeon Bay, Escape by the Lake – Hudson, Lake Orchard Farm – Sheboygan, Lake Ripley Lodge - Cambridge, and Lakeside B&B – Florence.  We suspect you’ve picked up on the theme!  Inns with river access include Mecan River House – Coloma, Riverside Manor – Marinette, and Riverview – Neshkoro.  Gee, we’re feeling cooler already!

Picture yourself cooled by Lake Michigan breezes while breakfasting at Quiet Cottage on the Lake in Sturgeon Bay (Door County). The French doors of the one private suite - yours - open to the deck and lakeshore. Bird-watching, shoreline stroll, s'mores, in-room massage ... just ask innkeeper Debby!

 

March Weather Madness in Wisconsin

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Forget snow.  Record high temperatures for the third week of March – we’re talking high 70s to low 80s! – have been set all over the state, from Wausau to Green Bay to Stevens Point to Oshkosh.  According to meteorologists, we can thank the jet stream for the mild readings.  How wonderfully odd to see people out biking, hiking and even golfing.  A great number of the state’s golf courses opened early, so if you’re itching to tee up a combo golf/B&B getaway, you’re in luck.  Many of our more rural member inns have excellent hiking trails on their own acreage or state and county park trails nearby. Dare we predict that summer is just around the corner?    

Cameo Rose walking trail, private and serene walking trail, nearby to bike trails

Cameo Rose Victorian Inn, located in Belleville (less than 10 miles south of the heart of Madison) has four miles of private and beautiful hiking trails. Cameo Rose is a mile from the Badger State Bike Trail, six miles from the Military Ridge Bike Trail and 12 miles from the Sugar River Bike Trail. Daily and annual bike trail passes can conveniently be purchased from the innkeepers.

 

Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers, biking, Mariner's Trail, Rawley Point Trail

The Red Forest B&B in Two Rivers is your home base while biking the Rawley Point Trail or the Mariner's Trail. The Rawley Point Trail, six miles of hard packed limestone trail, connects Two Rivers and Point Beach State Park, winding through pine and hemlock forests, dunes and fields. The Mariner's Trail is six miles of paved lakeshore trail joining Manitowoc and Two Rivers, with lake views and flower gardens along the way.