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Favorite Wisconsin “Inn-Sider” Tips for Things to Do In March

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

March is a time of year that leaves many of us longing for spring, and in Wisconsin, we still have a number of weeks befwisconsin_winter_barn_postcard-r6298c8d8e196446e9394804543c9897e_vgbaq_8byvr_512ore those warmer temperatures grace us once again and entice us to spend more time outdoors.  This is when cabin fever can be at its worse.  The ski hills do a great job of making snow for the downhill skiers and snowboarders.  But for those of us who prefer to stay on a more level plane, March’s weather in Wisconsin can be tricky and many times there may not be enough snow for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.  Let’s face it, it’s been a long winter and most of us are ready to do more than go for a walk in the neighborhood or visit the mall to get out and about and feel rejuvenated.  Fortunately, Wisconsin has much to offer in the way of indoor activities, and most of the time we don’t need to look much further than our own backyard.

Visit a local museum, what a better way to find out about our local and state history than to visit a museum. With a quick search on the internet I discovered Wisconsin has over 420 museums.  The list is long and varied, you are sure to find one that suits your interest. Here are a few out of the ordinary that may peak your interest and be worth getting in the car to go visit.

The Chocolate Experience Museum in Burlington, WI is free to the public during regular business hours.  What’s not to love… a free tour (they do ask for a donation) and chocolate!! Burlington’s Chocolate Experience Museum exists to educate visitors about the history of chocolate and the part it plays in the world, improve the local economy and economic stability for Burlington as a tourism destination.

Did you know Harry Houdini was from Appleton, WI?  The History Museum at the Castle has an exhibit, AKA Houdini which lets you experience some of Harry Houdini’s tricks of the trade through hands-on activities. It is great fun for the whole family! See why the world renowned magician called Appleton his hometown.

And we can’t talk about Wisconsin without mentioning cheese.  Monroe, WI has the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. Enter ….”an era that was, that will never be again” as you step inside the Imobersteg Cheese Factory, restored and located on our campus, where each year on the second Saturday of June a 90 pound wheel of Swiss cheese is made right before your eyes, as it was done over 100 years ago.

Check out the local Center for the Arts, Wisconsin communities are doing a wonderful job of bringing in exhibits, entertainers and artists to their area.  You can see an up-and-coming comedian, a musical, an orchestra, or the ballet.  They have art exhibits, magicians, and choir concerts.

The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls has a wide variety of activities scheduled for March, which includes 2 exhibits, ​Industrial Art and Design, and GEMS: Contemporary Metalsmiths and Art Jewelers in Menomonie, a community choir concert, the music of Simon and Garfunkel, and TV Town: A Midwest Musical Comedy.

The Grand Theater in Wausau has quite a range of entertainment scheduled for the month.  Get The Led Out on March 2 is committed to recreating the magic of Led Zeppelin in all its depth and glory, Get The Led Out features six talented musicians playing all of the classic hits!  42nd Street, March 21, tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.  “Symphony on the Rocks”, March 25, is VIC FERRARI and 26 of the best classical and pop musicians from the Midwest. This is the first Symphony in North America to perform with iPads only! You see all musicians working together, not hiding behind a conductor or a music stand.

Dine at a Supper Club What could be more Wisconsin-like than having dinner at a Wisconsin Supper Club?  Did you know there are over 350 of them in this state? And, they even have a website to help you find the nearest one, Wisconsin Supper Clubs. Supper clubs are a dying breed, which is sad, because we’ve turned to quick food from chain restaurants rather than supporting these great places. Take a night off from cooking, get gussied up, and head to one of our great Wisconsin supper clubs.

Book a stay at a luxurious B&B One more wonderful thing about Wisconsin is the hospitality of the innkeepers at our Bed and Breakfasts. Did you know there are more than 120 B&B’s listed on the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association’s website? No matter the weather, you will find a Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast to be warm and inviting.  It is the perfect place to start your March adventure, you might find a roaring fire in the common area where you can enjoy a glass of wine or hot cocoa with other guests, or maybe your room will have it’s own fireplace and even a Jacuzzi tuWarm and Cozy - White Lacee Innb where you and your loved one can relax in a warm bath.  A delicious home-cooked breakfast will be made just for you with plenty of hot coffee and juice to get you going.  Our innkeepers are a wealth of knowledge of local activities, so if you don’t have an itinerary planned for the day, they will be able to help with suggestions of interesting things to do in the area that fit your interests.  There is an abundance of activities in Wisconsin during the month of March, and you are sure to find an unique adventure close to a Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast.





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.