Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin B&Bs’

Birds Chirping

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

There’s nothing quite as sweet as the sound of birds chirping. It’s that harbinger of spring that melts even the grumpiest soul.

Great bird watching opportunities await at the Horicon Marsh. Stay at the nearby Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon.

Did you know that right from our web site you can access nearly 300 birding sites around the state plus nearby inns? Take a gander and get that spring getaway on the calendar.

Monday is National Napping Day

Monday, March 11th, 2013

While most of us love the benefits of “springing ahead,” like more daylight as we’re heading out of work at the end of a long day and the promise of warm weather, losing that one hour of sleep is a bummer. With quirky “national” days all the rage, thought you’d like to know that Monday is National Napping Day, to coincide with the return of daylight savings time on Sunday. And, you likely know where this is going, we’re suggesting that some of the best napping to be had is at Wisconsin B&B Association member inns. Innkeepers like Jean Moore and William Mallory at The Lauerman House Inn in Marinette go all out with the beds and bedding, creating a spa resort feel to their guestrooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets, with two suites having a two-person jacuzzi tub to top it all off.   Be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves when you stay at the Water’s Edge, as the inn is located smack dab on the shores of Lake Michigan. So we give you permission to nap on Monday and any time you’re visiting one of our member inns.

The Lauerman House Inn, Marinette, offers personalized service and elegant accommodations in each of their seven guest rooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets. We have two suites each with a two person jacuzzi tub, one with a private wood burning fireplace, and both with an amazing view of the Menominee River.

Wake in the morning to a serene sunrise off the lake and the smell of coffee, then end the day by drifting off to sleep listening to the sound of Lake Michigan waves gently crashing on at the Water’s Edge‘s private natural pebble beach.

Wisconsin B&B Getaways For Last-Minute Types

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Usually leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for, well, you know the saying.  But not always, as evidenced in this list of Wisconsin B&Bs who offer last-minute getaway packages.  And by last-minute, we mean you can even call the day you want to stay. We also like the category of specials called “off season,” knowing the discounts and good values listed here might be just the permission one needs to break up this long winter with a welcome change of pace. Time to pack your overnight bag.  

Sturgeon Bay’s Scofield House invites you to enjoy the quiet season in Door County … hmm, immediate seating anyone? Their 2 night stay, Friday & Saturday, in any whirlpool room comes with an additional discount thru April 30.

Want to be on the “A-list”? Receive weekly unpublished last minute specials at Bayfield’s Old Rittenhouse Inn, available exclusively to email subscribers (sign up at rittenhouseinn.com). Then, you could be in this spacious third floor King suite, once the home’s ballroom, featuring the original tongue and groove wood interior, a seating area with a double-sided fireplace, and a massive window seat with sweeping views of Bayfield, Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

Dog Days and B&B Nights

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Even if you don’t own a dog it’s difficult to resist tuning in to the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show if only for the announcement of Best in Show. Oh, the drama, the divas, the dog handlers…and what’s with those doggie treats! At any rate, if you are a pet person, you’ll be happy to know there are 13 inns in Wisconsin that would be very pleased to host you and your canine companion.  So, if you’re the type of person who would never dream of leaving home without your prized purebred or mutt with the magnetic personality, the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has you covered.

Miss Maggie D. of the Dobranoc Inn of Fond du Lac has graciously hosted many guest pups and gently tutored them on B&B etiquette.

You’ll never walk alone on the Grapevine Log Cabins’ trails in Sparta. The walking trail starts behind the cabins and meanders up and down hills through the woods. It is about one mile long, mowed and maintained all summer. Ruby, their dog will be glad to accompany you on your walk. She is always ready to go with you and sometimes she just gets back and someone else is going to take a walk and away she goes again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balou, the friendly boxer at Jay Lee Inn, Elkhart Lake spends most of the time in the family’s private quarters when he’s not welcoming guests – either 2 or 4 legged.

 

Wisconsin Farmers Markets Continue All Winter Long

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

We’ve often touted how Wisconsin B&B Association member inns do such a great job of sourcing locally for their breakfast menus.  Bet you didn’t know they carry on with that commitment long after the first snow flies.  Indoor winter farmers’ markets offer a bounty of goodies for B&B owners and home chefs alike.  The Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market at State Fair Park runs through mid-April, with area vendors coming together to offer shoppers a nice selection of root vegetables, artisan cheeses, honey, maple syrup, jam, meats, eggs and pastries.  Extend the warmth by spending the night at a B&B in the region.  The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market welcomes visitors with Alterra coffee, lots of baked goods, popcorn, pickled goods, winter greens and more.  Pair that with a stay at Inn at Pine Terrace – they have quite the following for their pecan stuffed French toast. The famous Dane County Farmers’ Market moves indoors to the Madison Senior Center, where the selection is diverse and delicious,  just like the B&Bs in the Madison area.  Here’s to good eating all year long.

Inn at Pine Terrace, Oconomowoc.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

What’s Between Green Bay and Door County?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

There’s an area of Wisconsin that goes by Kewaunee County that is oft overlooked because it lies in the shadows of Green Bay and Door County.  Yet, it’s a sweet sliver of the state with some great insider finds, as chronicled in this wonderful travel piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Especially nice to see two of our member inns – Joannes B&B in De Pere and The Red Forest B&B in Two Rivers – recommended under Where to Stay.

One of three luxurious guest rooms at Joannes B&B, De Pere.

A small sampling of the scrumptious breakfasts that await you at the Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers.

 

Door County in the Winter is Wonderful

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should close the door on a Door County getaway.  Quite the contrary!  The tranquility, easy pace, serene scenery, good food, artful finds and, of course, the largest concentration of B&Bs in the state should tempt you this time of year.  Here’s a wonderful story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the best winter attributes of Door County, with some well-earned accolades for White Gull Inn and Thorp House Inn and Cottages.

Thorp House Inn and Cottages are just what you had in mind… cozy and private… nestled in the pines… in the heart of the village. Most rooms fireplaces and some have whirlpools. Both the Inn and Cottages are open year-round.

For 32 years, the White Gull Inn has provided warm, friendly hospitality – which represents the best of what Door County has been and what they hope it continues to be.

Christmas Curb Appeal at Wisconsin B&Bs

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Why is it that most of us neglect to take advantage of those last mild days of autumn to hang Christmas decorations outside?  No, we wait until the mercury registers freezing, flurries fill the air, and the north winds whip to finally get to this task.  If you’re in need of some fresh Christmas curb appeal ideas, here are a few from some of Wisconsin’s most stylish B&Bs.   Westby House Inn – Westby, keeps it elegant and simple by stringing thousands of white lights matched by fresh balsm garland and warm lights glowing in each window.  And there’s nothing like a fresh snowfall at dusk at the Westphal Mansion – Hartford, with warm lights glowing inside, to remind us of the beauty of the season.

 

Come right inn, shake the chill off! The Westby House Inn, just 20 miles south east of LaCrosse, surrounds you with Victorian architecture complimented by contemporary comforts. With 15 years of B&B innkeeping experience, Mike & Marie know how to treat their guests!