Ridiculously Good Rhubarb Recipes

June 14th, 2018

 

We rounded up a few rhubarb recipes that will have your mouth watering in no time. Technically a vegetable but legally a fruit, this spring/summer darling is a delight in pies, tarts and crumbles.

Whether the star of a recipe or paired with berries, rhubarb is remarkably tasty. Don’t believe us? Try these recipes from our member innkeepers and you’ll be craving something rhubarb-y every year.

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

The first is a tasty treat from White Lace Inn, Sturgeon Bay, WI:

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
¾ cup white sugar
3 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
¾ cup milk
¼ cup oil
¼ cup sour cream
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup chopped strawberries
Chopped nuts, (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°F and line muffin cups. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, oil, and sour cream. Add the creamed mixture to the dry ingredients and blend well. Fold in the rhubarb and strawberries. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling about ¾ of the way. Sprinkle additional sugar and chopped nuts over the tops of the muffins and bake 20 minutes.

 

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

The next is a recipe from Angel Inn, Green Lake WI:

Outrageous Coffee Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup buttermilk
¼ – ½ cup melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups chopped rhubarb
2 ¾ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans

Topping:
½ cup butter
½ cup cream or half & half
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix together the buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla; stir in the rhubarb. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Spread the batter in the pan and sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes away clean. Stir and heat the topping ingredients in a small saucepan. When the coffee cake comes out of the oven, poke deep holes over entire surface of the cake using a meat fork or skewer. Drizzle the warm sauce over the cake, cool, and serve.

 

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Meet the Innkeepers

June 11th, 2018

 

We have new innkeepers we’d like you to meet. One runs a breathtaking castle, another is near the deepest inland lake in the state, and yet another is nestled in the heart of the countryside. What they have in common is a passion for hospitality and introducing guests to the experiences the locals love.

Joining the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association is no small thing. Our member inns are all inspected, licensed and insured, for starters. And each one offers a unique take on travel. Time to meet our newest members.

 

Castle La Crosse Bed & Breakfast, La Crosse WI

New to the WBBA in March, Castle La Crosse Bed & Breakfast owners Billy Banes and Brandon Rigger opened up their home and a piece of La Crosse’s history to guests in May 2017. Also known as Castle on Cass, this beautiful home was constructed in 1892 and features all of its original Richardson Romanesque details. Billy and Brandon both strive to find the freshest, most delicious and in-season ingredients for all of their made from scratch breakfasts. All entrees and dishes are made from local eggs and meat products provided by a local family-owned farm in Houston, MN and the surrounding area. Produce and other products are sourced seasonally from the La Crosse Farmers Market, Peoples Food Co-op and other community members.

 

Miller’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast, Green Lake, WI

Miller’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast in Green Lake welcomed new owners Paula and Ross Bilodeau after they purchased the inn in April. This lovely inn was built in 1905 as a parsonage for the First Congregational Church. The inn was moved to its present location in 2002 to save it from demolition and lovingly renovated into the beautiful Green Lake inn it is today. The property is surrounded by majestic pine trees and the gardens burst with color throughout the summer to complement the peaceful setting. Miller’s Daughter’s philosophy is to keep things simple so that you can relax and take a break from the routine and stress of everyday life. Breakfasts are cooked using fresh ingredients, locally sourced and seasonal when possible. It is a pleasure for them to indulge their guests with delicious and creative combinations.

 

Shane Acres Bed & Breakfast, Juneau WI

The WBBA’s newest member, Shane Acres Bed & Breakfast in Juneau, holds a family based business that enjoys having company and that strives to make your stay a B&B experience like no other. Owners Richard Lowe and Jackie Shane offer something more than just a bed and breakfast, they offer a home away from home. Set on ten acres of rolling countryside, it’s an escape from stress to a place where leisure comes naturally. Shane Acres is located nearby to many area attractions. Whether you love antique shopping, visiting breweries, golfing, or hiking, you’ll find all your favorite activities just a stone’s throw away from the comfortable, welcoming atmosphere that Richard and Jackie have to offer.

 

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The Ultimate Road Trip

June 7th, 2018

 

Did you know it’s the 80th anniversary of The Great River Road, that ribbon of highway that hugs the Mississippi River? Now that you do, do make plans for a road trip to end all road trips. The GRR, for short, has loads of B&Bs along the way.

The Great River Road may be turning 80 this year, but its ability to deliver an awesome scenic tour along the Mighty Mississippi never gets old. If you’re looking for an epic road trip, this is it. First, a little background. The route was formally established in 1938 by stringing together existing roads, auto tours and state trunks. It is Wisconsin’s only National Scenic Byway. There are 33 historic river towns along the 250-mile Wisconsin stretch, with some of those communities dating back to the 1600s.

Mississippi River Bluffs along The Great River Road

O.K., now on to a couple of recommendations on what to see and where to stay:

Tritsch House B&B in Alma, WI is in an area that hugs the beautiful river banks of the Mississippi. The B&B itself is nestled into the river bluffs with wonderful views of the river. Nearby, you will find walking paths, rivers activities such as boating, fishing, canoe or kayaks, art galleries and wonderful shopping. Just imagine sitting out with a glass of wine while you watch the beautiful Alma sunset with that someone special.

Another B&B you will find nearby to The Great River Road is Rainbow Ridge Farms located in Onalaska, WI, where you can relax in their turn-of-the-century farmhouse and 35 acre working hobby farm. As their guest, you are invited to feed animals, milk a goat, bottle feed a “kid”, or collect eggs. In this area, you can enjoy antiquing, visiting Amish farmsteads, or participate in one of the area’s many festivals like Oktoberfest, the Great River Folk Fest, Jazz Fest, Art Fair on the Green, and Riverfest.

Some of the tallest bluffs along the Great River Road are located around La Crosse. La Crosse is the largest city you’ll pass through on your Great River Road journey. Castle La Crosse B&B and Four Gables B&B are the places to be if you’re stopping to enjoy the variety of great restaurants, stores, museums and historic attractions that the city has to offer!

 

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Live It Up at Live Concerts

June 4th, 2018

 

Foodies book vacations around a destination’s authentic food offerings. Exercise enthusiasts map their road trips around triathlons and marathons. History devotees head to reenactments. Music lovers fill up their summer calendar with live concerts. Let’s make this the summer of music getaways in Wisconsin. You may be surprised at the line-ups!

Hand it to Wisconsin to host every kind of music genre around – jazz to rock, indie to folk, up-and-comers to today’s biggest headliners. Seems we just love a good party with good tunes. If music is your thing, here’s a Billboard-esque rundown of top concerts in Wisconsin this summer and suggestions on where to stay after the final curtain call.

Waterfest, Oshkosh WI

June 15-16: Metro Jam, Manitowoc. This free music fest features performers across nearly every genre. Westport B&B and Red Forest B&B offer impeccable accommodations not far from the festival.

Thursdays, June 21-August 23: Waterfest live concert series, Oshkosh. Soak up the atmosphere at the outdoor amphitheater, then stay at the Brayton B&B, where it captures the best aspects of a B&B: wonderfully inviting rooms, tantalizing food, and the personal touch of Innkeepers that happily serve as concierge during your stay.

July 6-7: Eaux Claires Fest, Eau Claire. This indie music and arts festival is getting lots of national attention. The Otter Creek Inn offers one acre of wooded beauty located within city limits and is abound with flowers in the summer, while the nearby Inn on Lake Wissota is famous for being tucked away in the pine-filled shores of this picturesque lake.

August 2-5: Mile of Music, Appleton. After all that walking at this free, 100% original music festival featuring emerging artists, you can walk to and rest up at Franklin Street Inn, where Victorian Charm with Modern Comfort give you the experience of comfort and elegance when you sleep.

August 17-18: Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, Wausau. Stewart Inn is fit for music celebrities, where it offers unmatched charm and amenities in a beautiful arts & crafts mansion.

Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, Wausau WI

Eaux Claires Fest, Eau Claire WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24-26: Great River Road Folk Festival, La Crosse. Four Gables B&B and Castle La Crosse offer very unique overnight experiences – Four Gables B&B is a lovely Victorian Queen Anne home listed on the National Register and tastefully furnished with antiques. Castle La Crosse, also designed in the Queen Anne form, is a grand bed and breakfast featuring numerous bedrooms, beautiful leaded and stained-glass windows, a library, and a music room.

September 28: Kilbourn City Live, Wisconsin Dells. Hear up-and-comers before they hit it big, then head to peaceful Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B to enjoy 8 acres of park like setting and 23 acres of woods to wander. You will have the opportunity to rest, reflect, relax and be renewed both in body and spirit during your stay.

 

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How Do You Define Well-being?

May 29th, 2018

 

Have you taken stock of your well-being lately? Basic human needs like being in nature, knowing where your food comes from, getting a good night’s sleep, and making time for the people most important in your life can often be addressed with a B&B getaway.

Transformative travel is next-gen wellness travel. It’s a getaway that helps you reset and recharge. And it isn’t about an age as much an attitude about what’s important in life, addressing all aspects of a person’s life – exercise, meditation, healthy food, relaxation, unplugging, preventative care, even the goal of using up your vacation days.

In Wisconsin, a number of B&Bs really get transformative travel and the power that little moments have to put guests on the path they’ve always longed for.

Forest Therapy for all seasons at Inn at Wawanissee Point

The Crystal River by Apple Tree Lane B&B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Apple Tree Lane B&B, it’s their interpretation of the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” that has guests flocking there in the warm weather months. Lest you think forest bathing is walking through the woods barefoot or taking a dip in a lake – although it can be those – it is so much more. The practice of slowing down to connect with nature in an immersive, mindful way can boost mood and reduce stress. Apple Tree Lane B&B’s location by the river lets one get accustomed to this practice. Also nearby to the inn, the Waupaca segment of the Ice Age Trail starts within Hartman Creek State Park, running north of the park to Indian Valley Road, and south of the park through the Emmons Creek Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Area. The segment is part of the 1,000-mile National Scenic Ice Age Hiking and Skiing Trail.

Another pristine place to forest bathe in solitude is the Inn at Wawanissee Point‘s 42-acre wooded sanctuary adjacent Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, both nestled atop the Baraboo Range, ancient quartzite bluffs topped with 55,000 acres of oak, maple and basswood forest, the largest tract of its kind remaining in the upper Midwest. Their 3 miles of private trails are secluded, groomed just enough for easy walking, meander mature forest intertwined by a stream, and intersect their small, restored prairie, with meditation benches, stumps and boulders for quiet reflection. Nature power-melts away tension here.

Other B&Bs where you can untether from technology and get back out in nature include Country Comfort B&B and Sheer Memories B&B, with miles of hiking trails right on these properties. Country Comfort is located right on the Red Cedar River and Trail with nearby Hoffman Hills Hiking Trails adding another place for forest bathing while in Menominee. Sheer Memories is located on the rolling hills of Southwestern Wisconsin overlooking the Wisconsin River Valley with trails, gardens, fields, and woods, and where breathtaking views lend itself to a peaceful retreat.

Farm fresh ingredients

Mindful eating is another aspect of transformative travel. At Parkview B&B, the innkeepers take pride in preparing delicious, creative, homemade breakfasts while using seasonal, fresh, local, & quality ingredients. The Altemus Corners B&B lets you enjoy fresh produce and berries for a full breakfast including fresh farm fruit (berries and melons) juices, coffee and tea.

Lazy Cloud B&B has restorative spa treatments right at the inn. Franklin Street Inn hosts experiences in a Group Art Workshop like no other in the area and is another path to well-being for many. They will allow each participant to create a unique painting of their own. Seasonally, these are conducted in their lovely garden area. Artha Sustainable Living Center includes a guided meditation option in one of its packages.

When it comes to a restful night’s sleep, you’d be hard pressed to find anything as dream-inducing as the beds at Ye Olde Manor House and Grapevine Log Cabins. Plus the quiet, rural atmosphere at both properties lends itself to falling asleep and staying asleep.

Lots of ideas to be well!

 

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5 B&B’s to Help You Maintain Your Wellness Routine

April 2nd, 2018

So, you want to get away, but you don’t want to abandon your discipline and regimen of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Somehow a getaway is associated with leaving all your cares behind, throwing caution to the wind, and several days of decadence.  We’re here to tell you that doesn’t have to be the case.  Wisconsin is home to a number of B&B’s that promote healthy living in one aspect or another.  If the point of a getaway is to renew your spirit and rejuvenate your body, then a stay at one of these WBBA member B&B’s will be just what you are looking for.

The benefits of Yoga have been known for years, whether practiced in the privacy of your bedroom, or in a class at the local gym, yoga provides a means of escape from the demands of everyday life.  Reducing stress and promoting overall health by strengthening muscles, muscle tone and flexibility, also reducing blood pressure.  If yoga is part of your wellness routine, or maybe you’d like to see what it’s all about, there are a couple of WBBA B&B’s that offer yoga for their guests.

 

Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska, WI offers goat yoga.  Yes, you heard me right, goat yoga.  What started as a birthday party on a summer day in 2016 on Lainey Morse’s farm in western Oregon.  It quickly grew into a global sensation with classes springing up worldwide. Cindy Hoehne & Donna Murphy are the owner’s of Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska.  Since their B&B is also a working hobby farm, goat yoga is a great fit, offering guests an opportunity to connect with nature and animals while promoting their own health.  Goat yoga was quite a sensation throughout the country in 2017, and Cindy & Donna had much the same experience.  Once they offered the classes, they had so many folks wanting to participate they had a waiting list.  The goat yoga classes are offered seasonally, May through October, at Rainbow Ridge Farms since they are held outdoors with the goats.

Artha Sustainable Living Center is located in Amherst on a lush 55 acre plot with rolling hills of wooded land and open fields.  Marguerite & Bob Ramlow strive to provide a place that exists in harmony with the environment. This harmony includes living within the boundaries of the ecosystem as well as being in tune with our inner selves.  They offer yoga classes several times per week. Yoga retreats are offered three different weekends throughout the year.  Sessions of guided meditation are interspersed with workshops on chakras, breathing techniques and restorative and vinyasa flow yoga.

Brayton Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Oshkosh also offers seasonal yoga outdoors under the pergola during the summer months.  Another service provided by innkeeper Nicole Brayton is one-on-one meditation.  Meditation is also an excellent way to reduce stress and promote wellness for yourself.  While there are different forms of meditation, they have one thing in common, to find a quiet space where you can concentrate on one thing and put the chaos from the outside world away.  This is easy to do when you getaway to one of Wisconsin’s B&B’s.  Whether the B&B is located in the heart of the city or in a remote area, you’re sure to find a quiet, peaceful place for you to focus and recharge.  Take for example the views from Inn at Wawanisee Point in Baraboo, WI.  Overlooking the Baraboo Bluffs, the Inn is a luxury villa secluded on 42 wooded acres with an extraordinary, 36-mile vista of the Lake Wisconsin valley and beyond.  What a spectacular place to leave your cares behind.

The views at Inn on Wawanisee Point offer plenty of motivation for meditating and reveling in the splendor and awe mother nature has to provide.

Or maybe you prefer to stay where the action is, the Washington House Inn in the heart of Cedarburg has elegant lodging within walking distance of historic Cedarburg’s festivals. If you haven’t been to Cedarburg, it’s a quaint town that offers unique shops, restaurants, galleries, a local winery and brew pub, performing arts, historic sites, bike trails and a large selection of outdoor activities for any season.  Their luxurious rooms will offer plenty of peace and relaxation.

Healthy eating is important to many of us, if you want to make sure you don’t completely abandon your healthy eating habits, have a conversation with your innkeeper several days before you arrive.  Chances are a healthy breakfast will be happily provided.

Remember to Seek the Unique while exploring all the beauty Wisconsin has to offer!

 

 

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Oh My, Morel Mushrooms!

March 16th, 2018

 

Pretty? Maybe not, but morel mushrooms sure are delicious and should be incorporated into your breakfast recipes.

Morel mushroom hunting in Wisconsin in the spring is like a secret society, with mushroom aficionados reluctant to share their hunting spots. However, our innkeepers are always happy to share their recipes, and so we reached out to our members for their favorite morel mushroom recipes.

If you’ve never tasted a morel mushroom, you’re in for a treat with this recipe for Eggs Benedict with Morel Mushrooms and Asparagus from Sweet Autumn Inn in Lake Mills.

Ingredients:
1 T. Olive oil
1 Large shallot, finely diced
1 Clove garlic, finely diced
1/2 t. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T butter
8 oz. morel mushrooms, halved or quartered depending on size
1/4 C white wine or broth
1/2 C heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
12 spears asparagus, lightly sauteed or blanched
4 poached eggs
4 slices of multi grain bread, lightly toasted

Directions:
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the shallot and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture, about 3-5 minutes. Add the wind or broth, deglaze the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes and reduce the heat to low. Poach the eggs in your favorite method.

To Plate:
Place piece of toast on the plate, top with the asparagus, poached eggs and creamy mushroom sauce.
This recipe will make enough to serve four.

Not a morel mushroom hunter? You could also try this recipe for Oven Baked Mushrooms from Pedal’rs Inn in Wales.

An open faced breakfast sandwich on a grilled ciabatta roll with roasted bacon, poached egg topped with chocolate bacon gravy and a side of oven roasted mushrooms from Pedal’rs Inn.

Ingredients:
2 T of unsalted butter
16 oz of sliced porcini mushrooms
2 tsp Of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Fresh ground black pepper
1 T of flour
1/4 cup sour cream
Shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven 325. In a sauté pan, melt butter on medium high heat. When butter begins to sizzle place mushrooms in pan. Sauté mushrooms until edges start to brown. Do not let them go until all the juice rendered. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Remove from heat and sprinkle with flour. Stir mushrooms covering with flour. Return to medium heat and add in sour cream being sure to pull in pan scrapings. Pour into individual tart pans or 8×8 oven safe serving dish. Top with Swiss cheese and place in oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm. Serves 4.

Added Tip: When traveling to Wisconsin B&Bs in the spring, ask the innkeeper about local farmers’ markets, where you may be able to snag some morels, plus other spring favorites like asparagus and rhubarb. You’ll never leave empty-handed at the state’s largest farmers’ market which happens every Saturday on the Capitol Square in Madison. Who knows, you might even run into innkeepers from The Buckingham Inn, The Livingston Inn,  and Hotel Ruby Marie when you’re there!

 

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Favorite Spring Cleaning Hacks Innkeepers Use

March 14th, 2018

 

As you’d expect, B&B owners know a thing or two about cleaning. So we asked our member innkeepers for their favorite hacks for sprucing up and refreshing around the home. It’s our ode to spring cleaning.

Innkeepers wear a lot of hats – host, chef, concierge, gardener, bookkeeper – but around spring cleaning time, the title that may be worn a bit more than the others is that of housekeeper. Let’s just say they are wizards at spring cleaning. Here are some creative ways to tackle this annual ritual straight from the pros.

1. “You know when your sandstone coasters get those marks from your coffee mugs or wine glasses that just wont wash off?  You feel like you should get rid of those coasters that have protected your fine furniture.  But… you love your coasters.  Well, simply pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide on them and the stains rinse right out! Wa La!”

 

2. “If you want to remove carpet stains (and anything off a mattress as well), try Hydrogen Peroxide and Blue Dawn Dish Soap mixed together. Use 1 part Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (the original blue kind), 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide, mix together and pour directly on the stain.”

 

3. “To take years of paint off of things like hinges and doorknobs: Line a crockpot with a zip lock bag and put them in with water. Turn it on low and let it soak for an hour. When you take them out, the paint just peels off! So much easier than scraping and no chemicals!”

 

4. “There is a product from Shaklee called Scour Off Paste. I have used the product on my tempered glass on my wood burning stove. Over the years, I have tried everything to get the soot off that glass from the fire and nothing worked. This works easily, quickly, and completely. It also works to remove stains other cleansers can’t and is great for cleaning tubs, ovens, sinks, and tiles too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. “Use a lemon piece to scrub your wooden cutting boards: Cut a lemon in half, squeeze some of the juice over the board, pour some salt over the board and use the lemon to scrub!”

 

6. “When dusting your ceiling fan just put an old pillowcase over each blade and slide it off. This will trap the dirt instead of just moving it around.”

 

7. “You know those fuzzy seeds from trees like cottonwoods and plants like dandelions that float around and attach themselves to your screens? De-fuzz your screen door and window screens by running a lint roller over each side!”

 

8. “For small stains and water marks on microfiber couches, try a white sponge, white bristle brush, rubbing alcohol, and a spray bottle. Saturate the stains on the couch by spraying with rubbing alcohol and scrub, scrub, scrub with that sponge. Once it dries, you’ll notice it feels hard. That’s what the bristle brush is for! Small circular motions with the brush will fluff up the couch like new again.”

 

Happy cleaning!

 

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Hygge Makes Us Happy

March 7th, 2018

 

Hygge is hot right now. It’s a Danish word for cozy, comfortable and content, and it’s showing up in home décor and travel trends. See how some Wisconsin B&Bs are interpreting the simple pleasures of hygge.

If Pinterest is any indication of trends – and it is – hygge is big. How to hygge, you ask? Create a cozy atmosphere, be present in the moment, partake of simple pleasures, slow down, be thankful, embrace harmony, and carve out time and space for friends. Count us in!

For us, this Danish word, pronounced “hue-guh”, really boils down to “contentment.” And here are inns that have been serving up hygge long before it became a thing:

 

Real tea and coffee: Lindsay House B&B, Manawa

French pressed coffee, comfort, and a good book on the porch at Lindsay House B&B

 

Candles at breakfast: Garden Gate B&B, Sturgeon Bay

Candlelight and pleasant conversation await you with breakfast at Garden Gate B&B

 

Freshly baked pastries: The Livingston Inn, Madison

This homemade pistachio breakfast ring is just one of many delicious pastries from The Livingston Inn

 

A sprig or two of fresh flowers from the garden: Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers

Enjoy your refreshments outdoors in the beautiful garden area at Red Forest B&B

 

Less-is-more home décor: At The Lake House, Lake Geneva

At The Lake House offers modern simplicity to feel right at home

 

A reading sanctuary: Castle La Crosse B&B, La Crosse

Pick out a book and set yourself up in a quiet spot by the window at the Castle La Crosse B&B library

 

Conversation nooks: 1810 Emerson House B&B, Beloit

A quiet corner for your enjoyment at 1810 Emerson House

 

Crackling fireplace: Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon

Bask in the warmth of the fireplace in the Queen Bee Victorian room at the Honeybee Inn

 

Hiking path with picnic spots: Lake Orchard Farm Retreat, Sheboygan

Rolling fields, natural woods, fruit orchards and a Lake Michigan view greet you on the trails around Lake Orchard Farm Retreat

 

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Sustainable Travel Leap

February 28th, 2018

 

Looking for ways to tread lightly on the earth when you travel? Try green-certified independent inns to start, and then ask the innkeepers for recommendations on locally owned shops and restaurants.

Spring always seems like the ideal time to talk about eco-lodging, what with Mother Nature waking from winter slumber, delicate plants and edibles poking through the once ice-crackled earth, and travelers eager to inhale the fresh air and exhale wind-chill hangovers.

 

 

Here in Wisconsin, we have a voluntary certification program called “Travel Green Wisconsin,” and we’re proud to say the Wisconsin B&B Association was a pioneer in this movement to promote eco-friendly travel. Among the many inns that are certified are Lake Ripley Lodge B&B in Cambridge with their new rain gardens boasting Native Wisconsin wildflowers, and Crystal River Inn in Waupaca, who serve food from their garden, harvest local wild fruit, and make all their jellies and jams.

Lake Ripley Lodge B&B

View from Crystal River Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going above and beyond what Travel Green Wisconsin requires are Pinehurst Inn B&B in Bayfield, which was named one of the “Top 10 Eco-friendly Inns” by BedandBreakfast.com and received the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Stewardship Award, and Artha Sustainable Living Center in Amherst, where guests appreciate local, organic food and are welcome to attend the yoga studio’s weekly classes.

You can find a more complete list of travel green certified inns on our website.

Pinehurst Inn

Artha Sustainable Living Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the Wisconsin B&B Association’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop there. We’re also proponents of “conscious travel,” with innkeepers always happy to suggest ideas for shopping local, dining at locally owned restaurants, and visiting attractions that preserve the history and culture of the community.

We’re all in this together!

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