Posts Tagged ‘wine’

A double dose of Spring

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Breakfast outdoors at Springdale Inn in Verona, and watch the resident Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, and Monarch and Swallowtail Butterflies as they revel in their native prairie gardens. And that’s not all! Prairie enthusiast turned Innkeeper Nancy Hylbert is known for sending you off with your own complementary starter native plant garden, which she’ll dig from the extensive prairie nursery surrounding her inn.

Experience the Seasons (thanks – we’ll take SPRING now) at Cold Spring Inn & Vineyard in Hubertus, located on 80 acres of the Kettle Moraine watershed along the Oconomowoc River. A new boutique vineyard enhances the landscape and guests are invited to sample the wines … now that’s as “locally sourced” as you can get! Try the inn’s par-3 golf green – a hole-in-one scores a free night stay!

10SNEI? On the grounds of Cold Spring Inn, guests can play the par-3 golf course, work up an appetite and thirst on the tennis court, bird-watch on the extensive private trail with walking bridges over the Oconomowoc River.

10SNEI? On the grounds of Cold Spring Inn, guests can play the par-3 golf course, work up an appetite and thirst on the tennis court, bird-watch on the extensive private trail with walking bridges over the Oconomowoc River.

Prairie flowers grace the entrance of Springdale Inn ... and 54 acres of native prairie restoration surrounds the solar-powered inn.

Prairie flowers grace the entrance of Springdale Inn … and 54 acres of native prairie restoration surrounds the solar-powered inn.

…the fire is so delightful …

Friday, December 13th, 2013

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go” … ahhh – you DO have places to go! A quick amenity search reveals over 2 dozen B&Bs have wood-burning fireplaces in the guestrooms! And for those who appreciate immediate gratification, over 60 B&B have gas fireplaces in the guestrooms.  Picture yourselves infront of a cracking fire in the great room, wine glass in hand or mug of hot cider – nearly 100 B&Bs can make this vision a reality. Let it snow – let it snow!

Tauschek's B&B Log Home in Plymouth marries the warmth of wood and stone in the comfy great room.

Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth marries the warmth of wood and stone in the comfy great room.

jacuzzi + fireplace

Just off Hwy 41-45 north of Milwaukee is Hubertus, home to the Cold Spring Inn. Close to the ‘big city’ yet an escape from the city.

Toast your cares away!

 

Wisconsin Winery Tops at International Competition

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Wine and cheese and B&Bs has such a nice ring to it.  Many of our member inns provide complimentary tastings in the evening, featuring Wisconsin artisan cheeses and Wisconsin wines.  Yes, that’s right, we have some incredible wineries in Wisconsin, including one that took top honors at this month’s San Diego International Winery Competition.  Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac was named 2012 Winery of the Year, beating out entries from Napa Valley and 13 countries.  What an especially nice honor during Wollersheim’s 40th anniversary year, although the vineyards there date back to the 1840s.  Take of tour of the historic buildings here – you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Europe – and allow time for tastings.  Then spend the night at a B&B in the Madison area or nearby Wisconsin Dells.   

Savor the local flavor includes sampling locally produced wines at many B&Bs. With over 40 Wisconsin Wineries and over 150 WBBA member B&Bs, the pairings are nearly endless. The Wine Cellar at Madison's Speckled Hen Inn is shown here.

A Taste for Culinary Travel and Wisconsin B&Bs

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Our bed-and-breakfast visitors have a taste for culinary tourism, which is why we decided to participate in the first ever Wine Dine Wisconsin tasting event, set for October 10-11 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.  There will be vintners, microbreweries and artisanal food producers there.  And we’ll have a booth too (with giveaways, of course, since that’s all part of our hospitality credo).  Our very own Pat Fischbeck, owner of the Speckled Hen Inn and the winner of our 2008 recipe contest, will take to the Chef’s Stage on Saturday morning to prepare her Wisconsin Breakfast Panini for the crowd.  There’s a price break if you order your tickets in advance.  For out-of-towners, Milwaukee-area B&Bs are listed here.

 Two other culinary fests we recommend:

  • Wisconsin Dells on Tap, part of Autumn Harvest Fest in Wisconsin Dells, will take place October 17.  More than 25 Wisconsin microbreweries participate in this tasting event, and there are food pairings from Carr Valley Cheese and the National Mustard Museum too.  To order advance tickets, click here.  
  • The first Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival set for November 6 and 7 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  There will be bus tours to cheese factories, seminars on the art of cave-aged and pasture-grazed cheeses, and a gala reception featuring 100 different Wisconsin cheeses.  Tickets for the cheese-a-thon are available by clicking here.