Posts Tagged ‘Waupaca’

Wake up early at a Wisconsin B&B Association Inn

Friday, July 19th, 2013

On this day in 1869, influential Wisconsin naturalist, John Muir penned these words in his July 19 journal entry in an effort to capture the experience of awakening for the first time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California:

Watching the daybreak and sunrise. The pale rose and purple sky changing softly to daffodil yellow and white, sunbeams pouring through the passes between the peaks and over the Yosemite domes, making their edges burn; the silver firs in the middle ground catching the glow on their spiry tops, and our camp grove fills and thrills with the glorious light. Everything awakening alert and joyful…

John Muir,
Entry for “July 19″ from My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911.
“California As I Saw It”: First-Person Narratives of California’s Early Years, 1849-1900

Courtesy of Library of Congress.

We at the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association couldn’t agree more! Our member inns are here to make daybreak a  joyful experience. Not only will you be greeted with a delightful breakfast, but many times the grounds also offer spectacular opportunities to fully experience the wonders of nature. While our highest point (Timms Hill at 1,952 ft) is not exactly as awe-inspiring as the Sierra Nevadas, we believe sunrises at our 46 rural inns are definitely camera-worthy!  Case in point: Crystal River Inn, Waupaca. Innkeepers Robert and Deb Benada got these great shots around their inn.  To plan a getaway focused on bird-watching and nature preserves, we invite you to visit our birding map which will help you locate nearly 400 birding sites within 30 miles of one of our member B&Bs.

Morning Mist at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

Morning Mist at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

 

Indigo Bunting, Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

Indigo Bunting, Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

Monarch Caterpillar at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

Monarch Caterpillar at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Hardy Explorers

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Here in Wisconsin, we never let winter get in the way of a good outdoor event.   Stay at a Wisconsin B&B and you’ll always know you have a warm, cozy bed and warm, homemade breakfast to come back to.  So here are our picks for some terrific outdoor fests for each weekend in February, with links to B&Bs in the area, starting with the 24th annual Hot Air Affair in Hudson, February 1-3.  The weekend includes hot air balloon launches, a parade and geocaching.  The Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament will be held in Westby, February 1-2.  There’s the Sturgeon Stampede in Fond du Lac, February 8-10, with skating, broomball, ice bowling, and ice sailing.  The centerpiece of the Manawa Snodeo in Manawa, February 15-16, is the vintage snowmobile and motorcycle racing under the lights.  Rounding out the short month is the American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Event in Hayward, February 21-23.  Also, feel free to take a gander at Travel Wisconsin’s Snow Conditions Report and click on your favorite activity to see what the conditions are like. Feeling hardy?  We hope so.

Ski Jump Tournament courtesy of the Westby House Inn, Westby.

Guest gears up for an afternoon of snowshoeing at Justin Trails B&B Resort, Sparta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Warm Fireplace at a Wisconsin B&B Sounds Mighty Nice

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Welcome to January 2013.  We’re declaring it the Month of the Cozy Fireplace, given the winter chill in the air here in Wisconsin.  Perhaps you’d like to book an overnight at an inn that stokes the fireplace every evening, thus complementing the warm hospitality dished out by the innkeepers.  There’s Inn at Wawanissee Point in Baraboo, where the massive stone fireplace in the living room is a popular spot for evening wine and cheese gatherings.  At Silver Star Inn B&B in Spring Green, the fireplace in the dining room is a nice accompaniment to the steaming hot coffee and homemade pastries served every morning. And at Cleghorn B&B in Waupaca, the fireplaces in the guest rooms are a special luxury we all wish we had at home.

 

Inn at Wawanissee Point, Baraboo.

Silver Star Inn B&B, Spring Green.

Cleghorn B&B, Waupaca

Weddings at Highclere Castle…or a Wisconsin B&B

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Fans of the incredible PBS series “Downton Abbey” most certainly spent last Sunday evening glued to their TV sets for the season premiere.  At last, the wedding of Matthew and Mary!  And a wedding for Edith on the way.  Did you know you can actually book a wedding at Highclere Castle where the series is filmed?  Well, if that’s not in the (bridge) cards for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that many elegant Wisconsin B&Bs also host weddings.   Or perhaps an elopement is more your style, in the spirit of Lady’s Sybil’s runaway marriage to the chauffeur.  It’s all so thrilling, isn’t it!

More than a walk down the aisle, here comes this Bride down on a garden path, fragrant with flowers. Experienced wedding planners at the Oscar H. Hanson House in Cambridge do the work, so you can treasure every moment.

Weddings at Willow Pond B&B & Events in Weyauwega promise to be nature-inspired. Gardens and water features are the stage for wedding vows, while tents or the festive converted barn shelter the celebration.

 

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

On August 18, Waupaca will be hosting the Waupaca Area Triathlon.  With its fantastic Chain O’ Lakes and beautiful countryside, this area of the state was meant for an event like this.  Innkeeper Kerri Thiel of the Apple Tree Lane B&B there has participated in the tri, which makes her especially qualified when it comes to catering to the needs of athletes.  “We have flexible check-in/check-out, covered secure bike parking, in-room massage, a very early pre-race high-carb breakfast buffet, and a full breakfast upon the athlete’s return,” noted Kerri.  She also makes a mean granola cup, available before or after the race, and shares that recipe here which she adapted from one found on Pinterest.

Winning Breakfast Granola Cups
Yields:  12 regular size cups or 25 mini cups

 Ingredients:
4 T. butter
¼ C. honey
¼ C. molasses
3 T. brown sugar
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. ginger
¼ t. ground cloves
¼ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 c. Old Fashion Oats (not Quick Cook)
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flax seed
¼ c. sliced almonds
¼ c. dried cranberries or mixed dried berries 

Filling:  Greek yogurt and berries of choice, garnished with a mint leaf. 

Directions:

In saucepan, add butter, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.  Heat until combined.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix together the oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds, and cranberries.  Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until completely coated.  Place the mixture into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to cool.  When ready to bake, grease muffin tin and fill each opening about 2/3 full.  Using your fingers, press into the center of the hole and then work your way around the edges to form a bowl.  Place the bowls into a 325 degree oven.  Cook 15-17 for regular size and 10-12 for the mini.  Let cool completely before removing from the tin.  Store in airtight container. When ready to eat, pull out and fill with Greek yogurt.  Top with berries of choice and garnish with a mint leaf.

Picture yourself lazily swinging, post-race, on the grounds of Apple Tree Lane B&B. Replenish your energy with Innkeeper Kerri's crunchy homemade granola.

 

 

Warm Up with Soup (and Grilled Cheese)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Some might call it a classic combination – tomato soup and grilled cheese.  Of course, with it being Wisconsin, we always suggest making the sandwich using an artisan cheese.  Download the brochure of artisan cheese varieties and think about pairing two or three cheeses.  Then whip up this recipe for Italian Basil Tomato Soup from Green Fountain Inn in Waupaca and you will feel warm and cozy no matter what the mercury reading is outside.  Here’s one more idea: Search for B&Bs that offer rooms with fireplaces (wood-burning) and enjoy a warm-you-up breakfast made for you.

Italian Basil Tomato Soup – makes 4 servings

1 pound Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 (14.5ounce) cans diced Italian tomatoes
1(8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 c basil, chopped
1/2 c lemon juice
2 TBL sugar
1TBL Worchestershire sauce
1 t salt
3/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Heat a bit of oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over med-high heat.  Remove sausage from casings & crumble into the pot.  Add onion & celery and cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender.  Add in the tomatoes and puree together using a blender (regular or immersion). Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.  Cook just until heated.  Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and/or croutons.

Cooking Classes - a great inside activity for the winter - are held at the Green Fountain Inn, in Waupaca.