Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association’

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.

Class A Baseball in Wisconsin

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Janesville's Scarlette House, is in the heart of the Court House Hill Neighborood - the entire area is on the National Register. And, 25% of Wisconsin'sNational Register homes are in Janesville. Walk to antique shops and restaurants ... and of course, make the Scarlette House your home-base for taking in Beloit Snapper games!

Our Milwaukee Brewers are beloved here in Wisconsin, but we also have an affinity for the Class ‘A’ clubs – namely the Appleton Timber Rattlers (the Class A affiliate of the Brewers) and the Beloit Snappers (the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins).  Their games are not only a bargain, they’re great fun and you get to see the stars of tomorrow.   For Rattlers’ games, stay at The Roost B&B or Franklin Street Inn.  If you’re taking in a Snappers’ game, try the Scarlett House in nearby Janesville.