Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

Wright – right in Wisconsin!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy is strong in Wisconsin, with his longtime residence & school – Taliesin – located near Spring Green. Now, his works are up for “World Heritage Site” designation from UNESCO; there are only 21 of these in the US! You’ll find Wright sites in WI open for tours at www.wrightinwisconsin.org . Our thanks to writer Mary Bergin for this info.  Get insider touring tips from nearby Innkeepers Kelly & Jay at Hill Street B&B  and Jean at Silver Star Inn, both located in Spring Green!

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn's front porch.

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn’s front porch.

 

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

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

Warm up with Us Week 2: 2 Inns / 2 Winners of a 2-night B&B Getaway!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Whether providing a show in the cozy theater, serving beautifully presented food in the restaurant, or guiding guests to their room, Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre has a way of making guests feel welcome every time. Located in a wooded setting, you feel as though you’ve driven many miles away from the city into a serene country estate – however, you’re only a mile south of Eau Claire. The inn is surrounded by a manicured property with astonishing flower gardens – and here’s a photo to refresh your memory as to what lies under the snow!

Ride a trolley car? Have a treat at the ice cream parlor? Take in an open-air performance at Alpine Valley? East Troy – “Small Town USA” and home of the Pickwick Inn invites you to do these – and more.  Guest may sleep in the “Charles Dickens Room” with a double whirlpool tub overlooking the treetops … something Mr Dickens never dreamed of!  Innkeepers Dave & Jane will start your day with a multi-course, locally-sourced breakfast.

Enter to win at http://on.fb.me/1ifaKCp.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles ... come back out after dinner & theatre ... all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

 

Hearty, homemade, and delicious - just what you want at a B&B.  Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.

Hearty, homemade, and delicious – just what you want at a B&B. Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Up With Us – WIN A 2-NIGHT B&B GETAWAY

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Have you ever dreamt of sleeping in a castle? No need to travel far – the Inn at Pine Terrace was modeled on the design of a French nobleman’s castle near Vienna. Built in 1879 by wealthy Chicagoans as their summer residence, the Inn is one of the last and largest of the mansions still standing in Oconomowoc; it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  If you’re a fan of hand-carved woodwork and exquisite wall coverings (Bradbury & Bradbury), your senses will be saturated.  If you’re not a fan – you’ll become one!

Innkeepers John & Ruth’s list of “some of the breakfasts we love to cook” include Pecan Stuffed French Toast, San Diego Eggs, Apple Panakuchen…accompanied by starters like citrus fruit salad, baked apple, or flowered orange with fruits.

And, the stunning Sun Room is the perfect spot to warm up with us this winter.  The Inn at Pine Terrace’s 2-night stay is our first prize to be awarded in the WBBA & Discover Wisconsin partners contest.  Entering is easy with this link: http://on.fb.me/1ifaKCp

Yes - this is Wisconsin! The Inn at Pine Terrace is modeled on a castle in Vienna.

Yes – this is Wisconsin! The Inn at Pine Terrace is modeled on a castle in Vienna.

 

One of the 11 guest bedrooms.

One of the 11 guest bedrooms.

Feel the warmth, picture yourself in the aptly named Sun Room at the Inn at Pine Terrace.

Feel the warmth, picture yourself in the aptly named Sun Room at the Inn at Pine Terrace.

 

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.

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

 

Head Out on the Highway

Friday, May 17th, 2013

So often we tout the bike trails in Wisconsin and suggest ideas for biking between B&Bs. Time to give some due to the other two-wheeled form of travel – motorcycling. We just learned that seven communities in the region of western Wisconsin known as the “driftless area” – an area untouched by glaciers and the drift deposits left by glaciers, and notable for deeply carved valleys – have banded together to promote “Cycle Driftless Destinations.” The seven cities are Sparta, La Crosse, Black River Falls, Hillsboro, Tomah, Onalaska and Trempealeau, and they’ve pooled resources to produce an area map showing five interconnected routes that circle through the back roads of the region. Sounds like a wonderful way to while away a weekend. Of course, lodging will be required and that’s where our lovely Wisconsin B&Bs come into play. We recommend a stay at the Franklin Victorian B&B in Sparta for starters, where they offer inside secure motorcycle storage. There’s also Grapevine Log Cabins and Justin Trails B&B. In La Crosse, choose between two inns which are both listed on the National Historic Register – Four Gables B&B and Wilson Schoolhouse Inn. On to Onalaska, where the Lumber Baron Inn offers water views of Lake Onalaska, or you can opt for a farmhouse getaway at Rainbow Ridge Farms. Happy (motor) cycling.

Franklin Victorian breakfast

Yes, you could ‘camp’ while exploring southwest Wisconsin’s driftless area … or you could start your day with this breakfast at the Franklin Victorian B&B in Sparta. While you enjoy the comforts of the inn, your bike is out of the elements too!

Lumber Baron chairsoverlake

After a day on the bike, only the water will be moving as you relax at the Lumber Baron Inn’s haven on Lake Onalaska.

What’s the #1 Reason to B&B?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

According to industry research, a whopping 87% of travelers head to B&Bs for romance. We love that! This time of year also brings to mind that famous quote from Lord Tennyson: “In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Let’s add woman’s too. At any rate, check out the romance packages offering by Wisconsin B&Bs and see which offer the highest level of compatibility with your idea of a romantic spring getaway.

Bath Sommelier - the ultimate in a soothing bath in the privacy of your room, with a beautiful array of the finest spa soaps, lotions, homemade bath salts from the Dead Sea, and loofahs. Total relaxation emersion, with soy aromatherapy candles, specialty music CD, and sprinkle of bath rose petals around to delight you. Fresh flowers, a small tray of fruits and chocolate truffles, and a beverage of your choice will complete the experience. Honeybee Inn, Horicon.

Bath Sommelier – the ultimate in a soothing bath in the privacy of your room, with a beautiful array of the finest spa soaps, lotions, homemade bath salts from the Dead Sea, and loofahs. Total relaxation emersion, with soy aromatherapy candles, specialty music CD, and sprinkle of bath rose petals around to delight you. Fresh flowers, a small tray of fruits and chocolate truffles, and a beverage of your choice will complete the experience at Honeybee Inn, Horicon.

Enhance your Romance - Two relaxing and invigorating one hour in room massages performed by a certified therapist to the soothing sounds of nature, enhanced by soft music for a quiet interlude from a busy and hectic day. Chilled bottle of champagne or sparkling juice in your room upon arrival, a rose bouquet, and box of Bernstein's chocolate truffles. Romantic dinner for two at the award winning Courthouse Pub Restaurant.  In the morning, a four course candlelight breakfast ... Westport B&B, Manitowoc

Enhance your Romance – Two relaxing and invigorating one hour in room massages performed by a certified therapist to the soothing sounds of nature, enhanced by soft music for a quiet interlude from a busy and hectic day. Chilled bottle of champagne or sparkling juice in your room upon arrival, a rose bouquet, and box of Bernstein’s chocolate truffles. Romantic dinner for two at the award winning Courthouse Pub Restaurant. In the morning, a four course candlelight breakfast … Westport B&B, Manitowoc

Wisconsin B&Bs That Just Make Good (Horse) Sense

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

For casual horse race fans, it’s really more about the hats than the horses at the Kentucky Derby.  And the names of the horses: This year’s winner was Orb, followed by Golden Soul, Revolutionary, and Normandy Invasion. Now for fans of horseback riding, here’s our “revolutionary” idea for the year – book a room at one of the Wisconsin B&Bs that provide stabling for your horse. Leading the B&B race is O’Neill Manor in Neillsville – innkeepers and avid riders Jon & Julie Counsell’s 60 acre farm just ½ mile from the inn has 5 large boarding stalls, 1 stallion stall, and 5 miles of trails.  Clark County’s 25+ miles of horse trails are just outside of Neillsville.  We’re placing bets right now this will be the summer for Wisconsin B&Bs to make a strong showing among those who love to ride.

You and your horses will be treated like Derby royalty by Julie & Jon, innkeepers at O'Neill Manor. Guest horses board at their farm 1/2 mile from the inn, and 5 miles of single track trails are available to guests only.

You and your horses will be treated like Derby royalty by Julie & Jon, innkeepers at O’Neill Manor. Guest horses board at their farm 1/2 mile from the inn, and 5 miles of single track trails are available to guests only.

 

Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report Getting a Workout

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Last year – decided lack of snow in Wisconsin.  This year – enough snow to keep snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers and snowman builders incredibly happy.  The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions report  is up and running and we dare say it’s getting tons of hits every day, to match the tons of snow blanketing the landscape here.  These are especially pretty conditions for those who favor state parks for winter workouts.

You’ll stay warm with a snow-shoe trek in the freshly-fallen snow blanketing Wisconsin. B&Bs near city parks, state parks, or with their own trails, just may welcome you back and chase away any chill with a piping hot mug of cocoa!