Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Wisconsin B&B Owners Like to Travel Too

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Jay Karen, CEO of PAII speaking at WBBA’s 2011 Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Owners of B&Bs love to travel.  You read that right.  They like to leave the inn from time to time to experience other cities and other inns.  And that’s just what they get to do at least annually at the November Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association’s innkeeper conference.  It’s a time to tour B&Bs, discuss traveler preferences, celebrate accomplishments including our soon-to-be released cookbook, and reconnect as friends.  B&B owners are in it because they love what they do and that really comes through at that gathering.  It comes through when they get back to the inn too!  By the way, if you’re interested in becoming an innkeeper, give us a call and we’ll find a place for you at the next Aspiring Innkeepers Seminar, November 4, 2012 at the Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau.

Culture Vultures Always Welcome at Wisconsin B&Bs

Monday, March 5th, 2012

In this year’s travel trends forecast from TripAdvisor.com, one of the top trips being planned by respondents for 2012 is a cultural trip, meaning a getaway built around a visit to a museum or historic site.  They even gave this category of travelers a catchy name – “culture vultures.”  This is a trend that Wisconsin B&Bs can really get behind.  After all, 26 of our member inns are National Historic Register properties, so a visit to one of them is already a cultural trip in and of itself.    If you’re interested in Wisconsin Historic Sites, there are 10 of them, from the Madeline Island Museum in the northernmost tip of the state to the First Capitol in Belmont in the southwest corner of Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Historical Museum   is located on the Capitol Square in Madison and it’s full of wonderful information about the state’s rich history. We recommend the exhibit “Wisconsin innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected” which runs through August.

Strawberry Lace Inn in Sparta is an opulent Italianate Victorian built in 1875 by a Major in the Civil War. Innkeepers Elsie and Jack searched the entire country for the home to complement their antiques.

Four Gables B&B in LaCrosse is a 1906 Queen Anne home built by the Munstocks made their money, at the time, from strawberries. It remained in the Munstock family until 1981 when the present innkeepers, Jerry & Nancy, saw the potential for a B&B.

The Rochester Inn in Sheboygan Falls, the first general store and post office in the county, was built in 1848 - the same year Wisconsin became a state - and is the 2nd oldest building in Sheboygan County.