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Biking is the new Golf – You Heard it from Wisconsin B&Bs

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Parkview B&B in Reedsburg

Parkview B&B in Reedsburg

Are you more interested in wheeling along than walking along? You’re not alone. Cycling is now being referred to as the new golf. Here in Wisconsin we have a great rails-to-trails bike system, 117 designated Rustic Roads spanning 669 miles through 59 counties,  plus lots of opportunities to log miles in state and county parks.  Wisconsin has some pretty awesome city cycling too. Take Madison, for example. They have a bike-share program, and commuter bike trails, with several connecting to excellent state trails, for those yearning for a longer-distance ride.  Of course, golf is pretty spectacular here too. The U.S. Open is coming to Wisconsin next year and that’s after the state hosted the PGA last year.  We’re so glad spring is here and we have a hunch we’re not alone.

Wisconsin is one of the top bicycling destinations in the U.S. and we’re not making that up. Just ask the League of American Bicyclists – they are the ones doing the rankings. Old railroad beds converted to bike trails, including the famous Elroy-Sparta trail, have helped put Wisconsin on the national bike map in a big way.

Grapevine Log Cabins in Sparta

Grapevine Log Cabins in Sparta

 

 

If you’d like to map out an extended weekend itinerary that allows you to bike during the day and pull in to B&Bs at dusk, consider one of your stops at Fountain Chateau B&B in Hustler.   The beautiful Omaha Bike Trail (originally the Omaha Railroad), connects right next door, where you can  bike all the way to the Elroy-Sparta Trail and the 400 State Park Trail.

The Grapevine Log Cabins is almost within earshot of the Elroy-Sparta bike trail, a short 1 ½ miles, where it meets the La Crosse River Trail, and Justin Trails Resort tells their guests to make sure they don’t miss the trail’s 875′ tunnel – it’s awesome.

Justin Trails Resort in Sparta

Justin Trails Resort in Sparta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleasant View B&B in Chippewa Falls

Pleasant View B&B in Chippewa Falls

Folks who visit Pleasant View B&B can access the Old Abe Bike Trail less than 1/2 mile away, one of 12 paved bike trails in Wisconsin, Another rail trail, Old Abe follows the Chippewa River from Chippewa Falls to Cornell, connecting Lake Wissota and Brunet Island state parks. A future addition will connect the trail with the Chippewa and Red Cedar state trails, creating a network of more than 70 miles of connected trails in the Chippewa Valley.

Innkeepers who bike themselves include Heidi and Tom at the Buckingham Inn in Madison, so you’d be in great company at their B&B.  The inn provides free passes for Madison’s city bike-share program for a quick ride to restaurants, the Capitol, and other Madison area attractions.

 

Pedal'rs Inn B&B

Pedal’rs Inn B&B

 

We couldn’t talk bicycling without mentioning the Pedal’rs Inn B&B in Wales, a bicycling inspired inn, where you can pick up the scenic Glacial Drumlin State Trail.

Located just a short drive north of Milwaukee, is Hidden Serenity B&B in West Bend and the Eisenbahn, a “rails to trails” project, where you get the beauty of biking in the Kettle Moraine without the steep hills.  Many B&Bs offer relaxing massages at their inns, so inquire, just in case you need to pamper yourself after your day’s ride.

Hidden Serenity B&B

Hidden Serenity B&B

We don’t want to leave out the golfers, so here’s a fun fact: There are three Hurdzan Fry-designed courses in Wisconsin and they’re all public courses: Erin Hills, near Hartford, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, is just 6 miles from the Westphal Mansion Inn B&B, a restored 1913 mansion.

Bowman's Oak Hill B&B in Wis Dells

Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B in Wis Dells

Get in a few rounds before the pros descend next year; Wild Rock, the quarry course in Wisconsin Dells, chiseled around and through a former quarry, is for the golfer who embraces a challenge.  After a day on the course relax in this cottage nestled near the edge of the woods at Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B; or Troy Burne, in Hudson, just 30 minutes from St. Paul and only 15 minutes from the premier Queen Anne Victorian Phipps Inn.  For more B&B options near these courses, just search by city on our website.

 

Phipps Inn in Hudson

Phipps Inn in Hudson

What were you doing 30 years ago?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

It’s 1984 …new Innkeeper Wendy J. Porterfield is opening the doors to the first guests at the Washington House Inn located in historic Cedarburg Wisconsin.  WHI is celebrating their 30th Anniversary on September 14th with an open house from 3-5 PM – and you’re invited! Wendy says: “Anyone attending will receive our new hot off the presses 30th Anniversary cookbook and here is a preview of a bit of the Inn’s history .”
Guests can choose from 2 styles of lux accommodations: rustic French Country rooms with exposed stone walls & beams, plank wood floors, and fireplaces, or the more polished Victorian rooms dressed with fine antiques, brass and marble fixtures and whirlpools … 35 rooms total.  Evening Wine & Cheese features Cedarburg wines & Wisconsin cheeses, and it’s just a 3-block walk to the Cedar Creek Settlement for fine dining & gallery shopping.  And in the morning, savor the creativity of the inn’s 3 bakers at the bountiful breakfast.  Happy Anniversary to WHI from WBBA!

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn's 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn’s 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed - and this is just a peek at the choices!

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed – and this is just a peek at the choices!

B&B Getaway Giveaway continues: Week 6

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

While reading about B&Bs is fun, winning a complimentary stay is better: enter our Facebook contest http://a.pgtb.me/qVSz88

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.

Warm up with us – Week 5 B&B Getaway Giveaway

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

It just gets better: this week, 3 B&B’s are awarding 2-night stays in our facebook contest.  The 3 inns serve up generous amounts of hospitality and history, balanced with modern amenities and cultural venues. The Lamppost Inn of Fort Atkinson, where you can dress the part in vintage clothes, is a few blocks from the Fireside Theatre.  Eagle Centre House B&B (Eagle), an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek Revival stagecoach inn, pairs the warmth of wood-burning stoves & fireplaces with the comfort of air-conditioning…it’s near Old World Wisconsin Outdoor Living History Museum.  Pedal’rs Inn (Wales) is where innkeeper Dee’s award-winning breakfast (yes – in our Innkeeper Cook-off!) starts your day of biking or visiting Lunt & Fontaine’s Ten Chimneys estate.

 

Lamppost Inn dress-upEagle Centre House exterior  Pedal'rs Inn bed chamber 4

Wisconsin ‘Grown’ Aluminum Trees

Friday, December 27th, 2013

People who remember them don’t necessarily miss them and most young people have seen them only on TV in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”… the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree! Wisconsin – known for its lumberjack history and woodsy vibe – was also home to the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, manufacturer of over a million silver trees from 1955 – 1972.
Laugh – or cringe – if you must; sold originally for $10-$20, the trees are now are worth hundreds – and the rare pink tree is valued at $1500. Is anyone running up to the attic about now? If you find this treasure, it will be light – the trees were designed to be light enough for women to lift the boxes containing the tree, stand, and colored light wheel. How considerate.
We can’t promise that you’ll see shiny-ever-changing-colors aluminum trees at our 140 B&Bs, but feel free to look.  And, the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square in Madison now has an exhibit – due to its popularity, this is the 4th time Evergleam trees have been featured.  Shine on!

Blue ... red...green... shimmering aluminum tree. 60% of America's aluminum trees were produced in Wisconsin!

Blue … red…green… shimmering aluminum tree. 60% of America’s aluminum trees were produced in Wisconsin!

GET REAL…BUTTER!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

We’ve just heard the news that butter is back!
This is good news for our tastebuds, local dairy farmers, and our health.  While butter is a fat – a natural saturated fat – the artificial substitutes like ‘partially-hydrogenated oil’ aka transfats are now officially branded by the FDA as no longer generally recognized as safe.
The freshly baked (no preservatives necessary), locally sourced, bursting with natural flavor breakfasts found at our B&Bs start your Wisconsin day tastefully.  Blueberry French Toast Bake delights guests at Riverview B&B in Neshkoro – we’re sharing the recipe (found also on page 149 in the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Cookbook) with you.
Butter is back … for some of us, it never left …

 

It may be cold outside, but its (French) toasty inside at Riverview B&B. Neshkoro is just 10 miles east of 39/51 on Hwy E, using the Westfield exit.

It may be cold outside, but its (French) toasty inside at Riverview B&B. Neshkoro is just 10 miles east of 39/51 on Hwy E, using the Westfield exit.

DEAR HUNTERS

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is here – why not ensure a warm welcome home from your dear with a WBBA gift certificate?  140 Bed & Breakfasts throughout the state ensure that whatever destination you choose, the B&B accommodations are sure to be an upgrade from deer camp.
Your thoughtful sentiment, printed right on the gift certificate, make this gift personal and individual – never ‘last minute’.
Ordering is easy – use the Gift Certificate Secure Order form or give us a call at 715-539-9222. Your gift certificate will arrive in just a few days.

Dear Camp at Country Comfort in Menomonie melts your cares away with onsite massage packages.

Dear Camp at Country Comfort in Menomonie melts your cares away with onsite massage packages.

You're not likely to mistake The Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Door County's Fish Creek with deer camp accommodations. This Thorp House B&B guest room, with its massive walnut bed, has, just out of sight, a dressing room with a double whirlpool ... soothing!

You’re not likely to mistake The Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Door County’s Fish Creek for deer camp accommodations. This Thorp House B&B guest room, with its massive walnut bed, has, just out of sight, a dressing room with a double whirlpool … soothing!

Take A Hike … On the Ice Age Trail

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin is a thousand-mile hiking trail highlighting our world-renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. Perhaps you’ve hiked portions of it – it has multiple access points and traverses a wide variety of landscapes. How about hiking the ENTIRE 1000 miles in one trip?  Ok then – how about reading about it?  Melanie McManus (a freelance writer specializing in travel & fitness) is doing just that – hiking/running the entire trail, starting in St. Croix Falls … bears, dogs, bogs, and more.  After most 30 mile segments (give or take) she is re-energizing at WBBA member B&Bs.  Read about her trek at http://epiciceagetrail.blogspot.com/   To launch your own adventure, visit http://www.iceagetrail.org/trail-map-and-current-conditions.

Ice Age Trail map

 

Holidays with the In-Laws…Not So Fast

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Sure, you may love your in-laws, but do you want to spend every waking hour of the holidays with them?  It’s OK to reply no. On the other hand, you may really like the comfy feeling you get staying at their home and the idea of a made-from-scratch breakfast.  Wisconsin B&Bs give you the best of both worlds – all the amenities with none of the drama.  Speaking of amenities, why not stay at a B&B with on-site spa services or its own gift shop or an indoor pool, just to up the escape factor?  There, problem solved and everyone is guaranteed good memories of the 2012 holiday season.

There just might be something as de-stressing as a dip in a pool …a massage! Innkeeper Loren (certified massage therapist) at Country Comfort provides on-site massage services. Here’s what one guest commented: “I highly recommend assisted stretching and massage on a consistent basis for any athlete. Loren’s services are truly great. He is a caring professional who strives to provide the best therapeutic care for his clients.” -Beth

What’s better than an indoor heated pool to de-stress and burn off a few calories? Ye Olde Manor House in Elkhorn invites you to do just that, whether the view to the outside is swirling snowflakes or blooming flowers.

Common Traits of Wisconsin Innkeepers

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

 

Cookies – YES! Cookie cutter – NEVER!

 

Every B&B in Wisconsin is unique, and so too are its innkeepers.  Yet it seems there are some commonalities when it comes to innkeeper personality traits.  Many are corporate runaways who gave up an office job for a career in hospitality.  Lots of innkeepers will tell you they always dreamed of owning a B&B.  Most are accomplished home chefs, although modest about their talent – they let the food do the talking.  They’re businesspeople who recognize running a B&B requires creativity, authenticity, a love of the hospitality trade, and some accounting and marketing skills as well.  Oh, and being handy with tools doesn’t hurt either!  They’re historians, community cheerleaders and shopping insiders.  In other words, they’re artisans.  So, if you like to support entrepreneurs who eschew cookie cutter for one-of-a-kind (which often includes killer chocolate chip cookies, by the way), then B&B travel might be right up your alley. Click here to start exploring.