Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin Bed & Breakfasts’

A Tale of Two Inns

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Have you noticed – on this website’s home page, “Featured Bed & Breakfasts” shows 2 ever-changing B&Bs. The 2 inns caught my eye – how different – how unique – each is!

River’s Bend Inn (Mayville – near the Horicon Marsh) is a gracious English Country Manor. The equally gracious innkeeper, Jayne, has quite a history too – as a high fashion model in New York and as a regular date of John F. Kennedy. Jayne likely was told she should write a book, so she did, and it is a fun summer read:  The River’s Bend.

The second featured inn, Thunder Valley Inn Resort, is one mile from WI Dells, yet a ‘world’ away – a Scandinavian world, that is! Pet friendly Wee Hus is a cozy cottage snuggled next to the Farm House. Most rooms in the Swedish House and Farm House have an extra bed or two for children … schedule a visit to the inn’s dairy farm or a hands-on bread baking session.

Thunder Valley Inn Resort ... dairy farm tours, Sunday Farmer's Market,  Threshing Farm Suppers - a meal and entertainment with all the Ole and Lena jokes you can eat!

Thunder Valley Inn Resort … dairy farm tours, Sunday Farmer’s Market, Threshing Farm Suppers – a meal and entertainment with all the Ole and Lena jokes you can eat!

River's Bend Inn, once a Victorian mansion with a wrap-around porch, now an English Country Manor. Guest rooms have a view of the river, thru typical English diamond-grid windows.

River’s Bend Inn, once a Victorian mansion with a wrap-around porch, now an English Country Manor. Guest rooms have a view of the river, thru typical English diamond-grid windows.

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

Think Green – Warm Up with Us – B&B Getaway Giveaway

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Think GREEN … not what’s deep under the snow or St Paddy’s Day, but “traveling green”.  Innkeepers are doing their part to protect our environment while you enjoy a getaway in comfort and style.  Think earth-friendly cleaning & laundry products and a breakfast that supports local farmers – or features juicy tomatoes right from the inn’s garden. WBBA is honored to have as members Pinehurst Inn (Bayfield) which earned the highest score, and Artha Sustainable Living Center (Amherst) at #2 in Travel Green Wisconsin’s certification program. And, you can win a 2-night stay at either inn by entering our facebook contest!  On a final note, about 40 B&Bs throughout the state have earned their Travel Green certification.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.

 

Warm up to Winter

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Let’s begin our tour of Wisconsin’s winter activities in Neillsville, located in the heart of Wisconsin with over 120,000 acres of public access forest land.  From O’Neill Manor, you can choose to cross country ski or snowshoe up O’Neill Creek located just out the Manor’s back door into beautiful forest land and end up on their privately groomed trails, or head out onto the many outstanding public trails located 15 minutes from the Manor.  Want to try down hill skiing, tubing or snow boarding? Then, Bruce Mound is the place for you.  Snowmobiling trails abound using the public ATV trail system.  Innkeeper Julie can even put together a traditional sleigh ride for you.  And, she’s conveniently posted these activities with links for more information right on their website.  Bundle up!

Sleigh bells ring ... snow is glistening.

Sleigh bells ring … snow is glistening.

A blanket of snow is the foundation for just about every winter sport in Neillsville.  O'Neill Manor is the place to start and end  your fun in the snow.

A blanket of snow is the foundation for just about every winter sport in Neillsville. O’Neill Manor is the perfect place to start and end your fun in the snow.

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.

Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Ringing…

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides Nov 24th through Jan 31st!
Listen to the sleigh bells ring while a team of Percheron pulls you on a party sleigh across forty beautiful wooded acres. Just the sleigh ride is worth the visit…but add thousands of Christmas lights to an evening sleigh ride and it’ll be a night to remember! Liz at the Stagecoach Inn, Cedarburg, welcomes back rosy-cheeked guests after their Paradise Ranch Sleigh Ride.

 

You’re singing the song right now, aren’t you?  It’s a heartwarming ditty that never gets old.  The imagery of being “snuggled up together like two birds of a feather” is sweet, admit it.  And what’s not to love about a winter scene that reminds you of a “picture print by Currier and Ives.”  If you’re yearning for a sleigh ride, then a winter getaway to Token Creek Eco-Inn, the Parsonage, Franklin Victorian, or Stagecoach Inn should be on your 2013 winter to-do list.  And that line that goes “There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie”…well, you’ll get that at these inns too.

Madison-area inns Token Creek Eco-Inn (DeForest) and The Parsonage (McFarland) recommend Rocking Acres for winter sleigh rides and warm season carriage rides to horse riding lessons. Cornerstone Carriages offers tours of downtown Madison and custom private tours at a location of your choosing.
Jean at Token Creek adds: “Hot chocolate and a warm fire are here to greet you after your ride too!”

Horse drawn sleigh rides through the scenic countryside on a group or private tour can be arranged for guests at the Franklin Victorian in Sparta, with the Red Ridge Ranch. Innkeeper Jennifer says “be sure to bring your camera!”. Peruse the pictures back at the B&B, while you’re warmed by the fireplace or whirlpool.

Wisconsin B&B Cookbook in Good Company

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Ever heard the expression, “You’re judged by the company you keep.”  Well, this most recent review of new and noteworthy cookbooks puts the new Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association cookbook among some of the most admired brands in cooking, like Epicurious.com and Cook’s Illustrated and the New York Times.   We’re thrilled for all the innkeepers who submitted recipes for this, our 8th edition cookbook.  With 260 recipes from 90 innkeepers, we think you’ve just found the perfect gift for the foodies in your circle of family and friends!

 

 

 

 

 

A Quality (Certified) Christmas Gift

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Think about the best “gift givers” you know.  They’re probably very good at making mental notes throughout the year as to what friends and family members enjoy, admire and desire; they’re usually quite creative; and they never scrimp on quality.  That list item – quality – is especially important to all of us at the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association.  We’re the only quality-certified group of our kind in the state, and every one of our member inns has passed a detailed inspection to be considered for membership.  So, if you’re thinking about gifting a Wisconsin B&B getaway to someone this Christmas (our gift certificates are good at all member inns), we thought you’d appreciate knowing that the “quality” part of the gift is all wrapped up!

How to get the grandkids for a weekend? Gift your kids with a B&B getaway … they’ll toast your thoughtfulness.

A new map for Bikers & B&B goers

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Last week we shared with you that Madison was just rated the fifth most bikeable city in the United States.

Finding scenic bike trails throughout Wisconsin is easy too … it’s deciding which one to ride that’s tough.  A trip thru tunnels and countryside?  A spin on an urban riverfront trail?  Nearly flat rail trails or a rolling forest trail?

Wisconsin ranks third in the nation for its thousands of miles of on & off road bike trails & scenic paths, and we’re a leader in converting rails to trails.

We make it easy for you to B&B&B – that’s Bed & Breakfast & Biking, of course.  Our bike trail map shows the asphalt or crushed limestone trails (no roads) that are accessed within 10 miles of a B&B city.  Of course, many bike trails are just a few blocks from a B&B.  Your innkeeper will be delighted to recommend the best routes.

The Interurban Trail links Mequon, Cedarburg, and Port Washington over a 30 mile route. How convenient for bikers that American Country Farm (Mequon), Stagecoach Inn and Washington House Inn (Cedarburg), and Port Washington Inn (Port Washington) are on this trail.

Carry On the Craft Beer Week Celebration

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Did you quaff a glass of your favorite Wisconsin craft beer last week?
Then, technically, you were doing your part to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, which puts the spotlight on America’s small and independent craft brewers, recognizing their contributions to American culture.  As B&B owners, we feel a certain kinship with these brewmasters – we’re all artisans of our trade, value being independent, and live life to the fullest.  Mind if we recommend a few of our favorite craft beers?  When staying at a B&B in the Milwaukee area, take a tour of Lakefront Brewery   and try their “Wisconsinite” brew, a weiss-style beer made with Wisconsin-grown ingredients including a new native Wisconsin yeast strain believed to be the only North American-grown yeast in commercial use today.  When in Stevens Point, take a tour of the Stevens Point Brewery and then make a point to try a seasonal Nude Beach Summer Wheat.  To really tempt you, click on this link to all the microbreweries in the state.

Follow Water Street from your accommodations at A Victorian Swan on Water in Stevens Point to the Point Brewery ... its a pleasant walk of about 8 blocks. Relax in the 2-person sauna or sip a "Nude Beach" brew while relaxing on your balcony.