Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin B&Bs’

B&B Getaway Giveaway continues: Week 6

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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20 minutes North of Milwaukee in downtown historic Cedarburg is the Stagecoach Inn, a restored 1853 stagecoach hotel. Today’s guests enjoy whirlpool tubs, wifi, cable TV and more. Their pub, chocolate shop, and daily wine social make it almost unnecessary to leave the inn, but do take a stroll to local shops, restaurants, winery, and the Cedar Creek Settlement. Travel west to Reedsburg’s Parkview B&B for crisp line-dried linens, a sumptuous breakfast … it’s true: the only thing they overlook is the park!  Innkeepers Tom, an avid gardener & Donna, a former Home-Ec teacher team to create masterful breakfasts and snacks like Orange Craisin Pistachio Biscott.

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Stagecoach Inn in Cedarburg

Beerntsens' Candies

Beerntsens’ Candies

 

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

During the evenings, the Pub is a pleasant gathering place where guests can enjoy wine from the Cedar Creek Winery and other house specialty drinks.

Some B&B Myths Die Hard

Monday, May 13th, 2013

A recent post by writer Andrew Knowlton, (aka “The Foodist”) at Bon Appétit magazine had us shaking our heads and tsk-tsking. Try as we might in the B&B industry to dispel myths, some food writers simply haven’t  gotten the message. So, first read his post here, then continue with our blog. It’s all so not true! Here in Wisconsin, nearly 100% of B&Bs have private baths and not just any baths but spa-like baths – the White Lace Inn – Sturgeon Bay  and  Canyon Road Inn - Turtle Lake are perfect examples. You don’t have to eat with other guests, although many travelers like the experience. Just choose an inn that provides in-room breakfast like the Otter Creek Inn of Eau Claire, where you’ll customize your own breakfast (and dining time) from their menu.   Or, choose the communal table set-up at Pickwick Inn of East Troy. Curfew, shmerfew….there is no such thing. Same goes for rigid check-in times. Who needs a mini-bar when most innkeepers provide free beverages (unless of course you prefer to pay for water). Many offer complimentary libations and snacks in the evening too. Who wouldn’t love the Wisconsin wine and cheese tasting at Cold Spring Inn, Hubertus…from their own vineyard! To borrow from the line in that Oldsmobile TV spot, this is not your grandmother’s B&B.

Breakfast at the Otter Creek Inn is as individual as you are: choose your entree, sides, and beverages and schedule delivery to your guest room door so that you may enjoy breakfast-in-bed or at the private table in your guestroom.

Breakfast at the Otter Creek Inn is as individual as you are: choose your entree, sides, and beverages and schedule delivery to your guest room door so that you may enjoy breakfast-in-bed or at the private table in your guestroom.

Largest Shower, View of Lake, Canyon Road Inn, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin B&B

Canyon Road Inn – Turtle Lake just may have one of the largest showers of all B&B’s in Wisconsin, at 8’ long . . .and with a view of the lake, too.

Perfectly paired wine & cheese awaits guest enjoyment at Cold Spring Inn's complimentary welcome gathering.

Perfectly paired wine & cheese awaits guest enjoyment at Cold Spring Inn‘s complimentary welcome gathering.

 

 

 

Green is the Color of the Year, Even for Wisconsin B&Bs

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

 

English Manor B&B, Sheboygan is located within approx 5 miles to four championship golf courses - Whistling Straits' Irish and Straits Courses and Blackwolf Run's River and Meadow Valley Course.

English Manor B&B, Sheboygan is located within approx 5 miles to four championship golf courses – Whistling Straits’ Irish and Straits Courses and Blackwolf Run’s River and Meadow Valley Course.

Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. Which makes us think green grass.  Which makes us think golf. If you’re looking for perfectly manicured greens to be an integral part of your next Wisconsin B&B getaway, then use this handy map to plot out which course you’d like to tackle and then cross reference the nearest B&B. English Manor B&B in Sheboygan, Cobblestone B&B in Birchwoord, and Hollyberry Inn in Hayward have a nice golf package offers, so perhaps tee it up there for starters. Hollyberry Inn sent in this jewel of a golf package:

 

Receive twenty percent off green fees when you stay at Hollyberry Inn B & B. Come play the “4-Star” rated, prestigious and affordable Hayward Golf Club. This “#1 Most played Golf Course in Northern Wisconsin” offers a challenging yet friendly,  beautifully manicured, immaculately groomed course. HGC is just blocks from Hollyberry Inn, where you will enjoy a warm, inviting, comfortable stay, including a scrumptious homemade breakfast before you hit the links. Holly will be happy to schedule your tee times and any other golfing arrangements. Plan ahead to ensure best tee times. (Certain days and times may not be available.) 715-934-4004

 

Check Into Something Better

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Here at the Wisconsin B&B Association, we find it mildly amusing that some hotels are offering “B&B Packages.” What’s that adage about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? Well, we’re not falling for the flattery. Truth is, the breakfast you get at a B&B is homemade, often featuring local ingredients, and served to you. You needn’t flip your own pancakes or try to figure out the toaster settings … or worse.  What if B&Bs offered a “Hotel Package”? ‘See why B&Bs are the Better Way to Stay … there, we got that off our chest!

 

Biking Season is Nearly Here, Really, We Promise

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

 

Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail tunnel, photo courtesy of Franklin Victorian B&B, Sparta.

Most of the snow has melted, there is that unmistakable smell of spring in the air, and the birds are chirping like they’re trying out for the musical chorus of a Broadway show.  All that’s left is for the temperature to cooperate, and it will, any day now, we just know it. Rather than fixating on the mercury (remember, a watched pot never boils), take the time to tune up the Trek and make a reservation at an inn near your favorite bike trail in Wisconsin. Here’s a map to help you plan your inaugural 2013 biking getaway.

See Which B&Bs Garnered “Best of the Midwest”

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The editors of Midwest Living have just released their annual “Best of the Midwest” issue and we offer hearty congratulations to these highly deserving member B&Bs:

Where to eat in Bayfield: Rittenhouse Inn. The editors called it one of their all-time favorites with wraparound porch and luxe rooms.

Where to stay in Door County: Door County Lighthouse Inn, Eagle Harbor Inn and White Gull Inn all made the list!

Top kid-friendly stops in Wisconsin: Rainbow Ridge Farms B&Bin La Crosse, thanks to what the editors call a “go-ahead-and-get-dirty-attitude.”

Rainbow Ridge Farms B&B in Onalaska is very kid-friendly!! In every sense of the term!

Fodor’s Names 10 Best Small Towns in America

Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

Juniper Inn, Fish Creek.

This week Fodor’s unveiled its list of 10 Best Small Towns in America, saying “in a time when ‘authentic’ is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected and surprisingly sophisticated array of independent and locally-minded offerings.” Door County was one of the 10, with a mention of Juniper Inn B&B in Fish Creek. Fodor’s lauds the peninsula for its beaches, boutique shops, working artist studios and, of course, fish boils and locally grown cherries.  We’ll add B&Bs to that list too!

 

Travel Like an Insider, Check into a Wisconsin B&B

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Find great insider tips to get the most out of your stay in Sturgeon Bay at the beautiful historic Reynolds House B&B. Heather Hull is a great hostess – which is actually a pretty common thing at a WBBA member inn – and she will give you valuable advice on local finds.

If you think the typical innkeeper is the hovering type, guess again. They’re there to greet you and get you checked in, serve you a wonderful homemade breakfast, and offer advice on the insider finds in the community. That last service may be the best of all, because Wisconsin B&B owners, unlike paid concierges, give you the real scoop on the best shopping boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, and local attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as checking into something better.

Scrapbooking Retreats at Wisconsin B&Bs

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Scrapbooking is nice as a solitary pursuit, but wouldn’t you rather cut and paste surrounded by a crew of your favorite fellow scrapbookers? If yes, then consider making it an away occasion. Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake hosts scrapbooking weekends fall through winter, with an area designated specifically just for that.  At the Franklin Street Inn in Appleton, innkeeper July Halma, a former art teacher, says her B&B is a “Crop Til You Drop” retreat location. And at Lake Orchard Farm B&Bin Sheboygan, three-night scrapbooking retreats are held in their well-lit clubhouse area, with use of fully equipped kitchen included in the package.

Clubhouse is full for a scrapbooking retreat at Lake Orchard Farm B&B, Sheboygan.

A group at Miller’s Daughter B&B, Green Lake enjoying a scrapping marathon.

We’ve got the cure for cabin fever!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The first step to curing the 2013 strain of cabin fever is to leave your house. The second step is to head to a Wisconsin B&B Association member inn and, lo and behold, we’ve got real cabin B&Bs to choose from.  In Wisconsin, inns come in all shapes and sizes, which makes finding a unique place to stay a happy endeavor. You have your Victorian mansions, contemporary urban inns, working farms, and cabins. Yes, there are 18 member B&Bs whose architecture is true cabin, from the rough hewn logs to the big front porch to the roaring fire in the fireplace, like Grapevine Log Cabins B&B in Sparta and Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth.  There are also inns that have cabins, with Justin Trails B&B Resort in Sparta a fine example of that. And inns with the cousin to the cabin – the cottage – like Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Fish Creek.

Stay at a quiant cottage at Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Fish Creek.

Relax on the porch at Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth.