Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

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!


Christmas Curb Appeal at Wisconsin B&Bs part 3

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

We’re still waiting for fluffy white stuff to fill the air, and that means there’s still time do your outside decorating sans snowshoes.  In the northwoods, Mother Nature eventually takes care of much of the decorating – nothing like a fresh snowfall at dusk at Pinehurst Inn (Bayfield), with warm lights glowing inside, to remind us of the beauty of the season.  At the Cobblestone B&B in Birchwood, the antique cross-country skis remind us of fun after the holidays.  These ‘snowy reminders’  from a few previous seasons are just what we need to get motivated.

Old wooden cross-country skis are a fitting tribute to the founder of the American Birkebeiner (the largest X-C race in North America) Tony Wise, who grew up in this home, now the Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast. Innkeeper Mary Lou knows how to keep the chill out with breakfast next to a crackling fire on a wintry morn.

Fall Getaway in Wisconsin Must Include…

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

We all have our favorites when it comes to the quintessential fall getaway in Wisconsin, so this is by no means a definitive itinerary, but it comes close in our book.  Did we mention you’ll probably need at least a week to get everything in?

Underwater view of a cranberry bog, courtesy of          Amil’s Inn B&B, Wilton.

Tour a cranberry bog.  Make reservations to tour Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids.  This historic and sustainable cranberry marsh has been in continuous operation since 1873. Make reservations to stay at one of two nearby inns in Steven’s Point – Dreams of Yesteryear or A Victorian Swan on Water. Also, this weekend September 28-30 is the 40th annual Warrens Cranberry Festival  in Warrens, WI, the largest of its kind in the world.  Before you go check what’s available at these area B&Bs…rooms are going fast!

Attend an Oktoberfest event. We have to go with La Crosse on this one,  with their Oktoberfest running September 28-October 6.  Relax at Four Gables B&B or Wilson Schoolhouse Inn after the merry-making.

Take in a view from above.  At Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, take a ride to the top of Granite Peak and back via ski chairlift.  The rides are available September 29-30, October 6-7 and October 13-14. Then stay in a National Register Arts & Crafts masterpiece, the Stewart Inn.

Head to a farmers’ market.  No matter what B&B you’re visiting, there’s bound to be a farmers’ market close by.  Just ask the innkeeper.

Tailgate. Tailgating before a Badger game? There are a half-dozen different Madison B&Bs to choose from to serve as home base.  Just be sure to pack plenty of red and white.  Tailgating before a Packer game? There are numerous inns within 50 miles, with half-dozen of them within a 25 mile radius of  Green Bay and Lambeau Field for your game-day pleasure.

Experience opera.  The Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee kicks off its season at the end of October with a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Experience fall drama by staying at Cold Spring Inn in nearby Hubertus. Located on 80 acres with a river valley running through it, Cold Spring Inn also has a new boutique vineyard and wine tasting.  Bravo!

Eat a caramel apple. In Cedarburg, the caramel apples at Amy’s Candy Kitchen are the best (that’s not just us saying it either, it’s according to the Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Wisconsin State Fair).  The two B&Bs in town are historic gems – they are the Stagecoach Inn B&B and Washington House Inn.

It Can Be an Eventful Summer if You Want It to Be

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Taste of Wisconsin Dells June 9-10 features tasty samples from over 20 Dells area restaurants, plus a beer tent, arts & crafts show, large corvette parade and more. WI Dells area B&Bs are Bowman's Oak Hill B&B, Inn at Wawanissee Point, Pinehaven B&B and White Rose Inns.

Here in Wisconsin we pack as much fun into summer as is humanly possible.  We have ethnic festivals, music festivals, food festivals, and festivals just for the heck of it.  There are ball games and car shows and county fairs.  To say nothing of events dedicated to the likes of loons, muskies and butterflies.  See, we told you we make the most of June, July and August in Wisconsin.  If a festival or event is all the incentive you need to hit the road, then start planning out your summer getaway schedule using this playlist” of events from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.   Cross reference the event location with B&Bs in the area and you’re set for maximum fun over the course of the next three months.

Floating An Idea for a Spring Getaway

Monday, May 7th, 2012


Have you ever gone whitewater rafting?  In Wisconsin, now’s the time, as spring is when the rivers are high with meltwater and spring rains.  We recommend the Peshtigo River, which offers a nice, long stretch of active whitewater.  Inns located in north-eastern WI include Lakeside B&B in Florence and Inn at Pinewood in Eagle River.  The Wolf River has Class II and Class III rapids, great for experienced paddlers looking for a rush.  Crandon’s Courthouse Square B&B and Marinette’s Lauerman House Inn, M&M Victorian Inn and Riverside Manor B&B are closest to outfitters along the Wolf. 

Inn at Pinewood, Eagle River, log resort, private lake, balconies, suites

Guests at The Inn at Pinewood, Eagle River, a log resort, can enjoy the private lake by boat or by balcony view. A true Wisconsin 'up north' experience.

B&Bs That Believe Earth Day is Every Day

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

We have an especially soft spot for Earth Day (it’s April 22) here in Wisconsin.  Maybe it’s because the force behind the first Earth Day was Wisconsin’s own Senator Gaylord Nelson.  Or because of our state’s proud farming heritage (you can even  stay at a B&B on a working farm) and abundant natural resources.  Here at the Wisconsin B&B Association, we have another reason to support Earth Day in a big way – it’s because B&Bs were among the first tourism businesses in the state to step up and be Travel Green Wisconsin certified when the voluntary certification program launched some five years ago, and our lodging segment remains a pioneer yet today in the state’s green movement.  If you’re looking for a B&B getaway that will allow your eco-conscience to rest easy without giving up the amenities you love, then choose from any of our Travel Green Wisconsin certified inns.   You’ll have nearly 40 to choose from!  Happy Earth Day everyone.

working farm B&B, LaCrosse, LaCrosse WI, Wisconsin bed & breakfast, Travel Green Certified

Rainbow Ridge Farm B&B, your country farmhouse getaway, is just a stones throw from La Crosse. The comfortable, serene atmosphere at Rainbow Ridge Farms will renew your spirit while you take a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. And, for a different kind of hustle, visit their 'baby animal due date' calendar!


Travel Green Certified, working farm B&B, Justin Trails Resort, Sparta, Wisconsin B&B

At Justin Trails Resort of Sparta, llamas Dusty and Rusty get a snack. Justin Trails' rolling fields are criss-crossed with hiking and X-C ski trails - great exercise for both 2 and 4-footed creatures!

A Cure for Downton Abbey Withdrawal

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A Cure for Downton Abbey Withdrawal

If you’re among the growing legion of fans of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” then, like us, you’re already in withdrawal knowing Season 3 won’t premiere until 2013.  Until then, may we kindly suggest you plan to holiday at one of these Wisconsin B&Bs known for their opulence and luxury as a way to ease your pain and channel the Crawleys.  We believe the Dowager Countess of Grantham herself would approve.  In alphabetical order by city, we unveil our most Downton Abbey-esque B&Bs: Rittenhouse Inn – BayfieldWashington House – Cedarburg,  Joannes B&B – DePereAngel Inn – Green LakeWestphal Mansion Inn – HartfordMcCormick House – HaywardPhipps Inn – HudsonLivingston Inn – MadisonLauerman House Inn / M&M Victorian – MarinetteLudlow Mansion – MonroeInn at Pine Terrace – Oconomowoc The Roth House – Soldiers GroveStrawberry Lace Inn – SpartaDreams of Yesteryear – Stevens PointScofield House – Sturgeon Bay, Apple Tree Lane B&B – WaupacaIsadora’s B&B – West Bend.

Victorian, Downton Abbey, antiques, today's comforts, Stevens Point

Originally separated by pocket doors, the Ladies' Parlor and the Men's Parlor now permit co-ed relaxing...scandalous in Victorian times! Dreams of Yesteryear - Stevens Point welcomes you to yesteryear with today's comforts.


Door County, Sturgeon Bay, dining, Victorian

Pass through the portieres and step back in time at the "high Victorian" Scofield House in Sturgeon Bay of Door County. Hint: you'll find TV's hidden in the armoires, plus other comforts of today.

When is Breakfast in Bed a Guilt-Free Pleasure?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Admit it, breakfast in bed is a guilty pleasure, what with dining in your pj’s, lingering over the Sunday New York Times, indulging in a sweet treat you might otherwise avoid because it’s not part of your diet plan and all.  To enjoy the experience fully, however, we think you need to rid your mind of guilt, and these Wisconsin B&Bs are here to help you with that.  Phipps Inn in Hudson always provides the option of breakfast in bed and about two-thirds of guests take them up on the offer.  At the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B in Cambridge, not only can you request breakfast in bed, you can request breakfast on the porch or the patio if you prefer.  Guests staying in the suites at Eagle Harbor Inn in Door County will hear a light knock on their door at 8 a.m. to signal their homemade breakfast basket has arrived, with Door County Cherry granola and Door County cherry cider among the goodies.  At the Black Walnut Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, the innkeepers there exclusively serve breakfast to the room every morning rather than providing a dining room option, noting that “everyone loves this feature!”  The Brayton B&B in Oshkosh and the Franklin Victorian B&B in Sparta are also on the breakfast in bed bandwagon. So enjoy this simple gesture of hospitality knowing it’s delivered with good wishes for a guilt-free getaway.

Door County, breakfast in bed, in-room breakfast, Black Walnut Guest House, Sturgeon Bay

Your breakfast-in-bed at the Black Walnut Guest House in Sturgeon Bay (Door County) begins with fruit and freshly baked muffins. You'll add to your breakfast tray with selections from the menu.

Funny Videos on Why B&Bs Are a Better Way to Stay – Part 1

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

If you’re a loyal Wisconsin B&B traveler, you already have your reasons for choosing inns over hotels.  Like quiet ambience, free wi-fi, gourmet breakfast, luxury linens, big screen TVs, connection to local history and culture, and friendly innkeepers.  But for the rest of the traveling public who’ve not yet crossed a B&B threshold, it may simply be a case of the unknown or that a B&B just never entered their consideration set. Well, our trade organization, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, put out a series of videos on YouTube that we think are a hoot showing why a B&B is a better way to stay.  Here are links to our favorites regarding the food experience.  Enjoy and feel free to forward to that friend of yours whom you’ve been trying to convince to give B&Bs a try.  Real Breakfast   Real Food  Great Coffee

By the way, fourteenWisconsin B&B inns actually have full restaurants on site.

full breakfast, fresh fruit, local foods, farmer's market, natural foods, Travel Green Certified, Westby House Inn, restaurant

And this is just the first course of the breakfast you'll enjoy at the Westby House Inn, in Westby WI. The inn's menu, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, changes to insure the freshest locally sourced foods.


White Gull Inn, Door County, fish boil, full restaurant, gourmet restaurant, Good Morning America

The White Gull Inn hosts a regular Fish Boil - no trip to Door County is complete without this tradition! And, the White Gull Inn's breakfast of Door County Cherry French Toast was named the "Best Breakfast in America" by Good Morning America.