Good thing you’re likely sitting down reading this next statement: Guys like B&Bs. Yes, it’s true, guys will even plan a guys’ getaway, or “mancation” at a B&B if said inn meets their manly criteria. Pray tell, what could that be? Technology, for starters. Guys want to feel plugged in, which means Wi-Fi, no negotiation there. Big-screen TVS are often mandatory as well. Being able to move around without bumping into stuff is an interior design strategy that appeals to guys, big time. Of course, food is high on the list, as in hearty and often. We reached out to our member inns to see which have offerings that are right on the mark for mancations and landed on 10 that are doing it right. In this blog installment, the first five. Next five in blog part II.
1. The Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg offers a pub crawl in the city’s historic downtown, with all the pubs located in historic buildings and within walking distance of the inn.
2. In Manawa, the Lindsay House B&B has a special called “Mancation, Manawa Style.” Included is a night of bowling, bar food and beer; coffee bar and breakfast fit for a king; and easy access to snow activities like skiing and snowmobiling.
3. Canyon Road Inn with a lake location in Turtle Lake has large rooms with king-size beds, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and welcomes guys who like fishing, biking, hiking and horseshoes.
4. At Inn at Lonesome Hollow in Soldiers Grove, located on 160 acres in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin known for its thousands of cold springs, it’s all about trout fishing. Ride in on your motorcycle to enjoy the winding highways and scenery of the Kickapoo River Valley, then stay in a two- or four-bedroom cabin.
5. The innkeepers at Eagle Centre House B&B in the southern Kettle Moraine Forest say their rooms with two beds and private bath fit the bill for guys. Winter mancations here are typically structured around hunting, snowmobiling and skiing, with a hearty breakfast every morning.