Recipes That Say Wisconsin

September 27th, 2018

 

We usually feature a recipe or two with each newsletter, but with this installment we thought, why stop there when garden plots and farm fields are bursting with ingredients covering the full spectrum of flavors.

 

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

Sweet Treat from Blacksmith Inn On The Shore in Baileys Harbor:

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 325°F and grease or line 10 standard muffin cups. In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and flour. Mix in the egg, oil, and pumpkin. Fold in the pecans and raisins. Fill the prepared muffin cups 2/3 full and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes.

 

Eggs Taos

Savory Breakfast from Cream Pitcher B&B in Blue River:

Eggs Taos

Ingredients
1 large clove garlic, minced
½ onion, chopped
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk, heated
1 7-oz. can chopped green chilies
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
10 eggs, whisked
2 avocados
8 flour tortillas
3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (and/or Cheddar)
1 cup sour cream
1 tomato, chopped or 1 cup salsa

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, sauté garlic and onion in butter over high heat. Stir in flour. Add heated milk and whisk constantly until thick. Add green chilies, salt and pepper. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.

In a large skillet, scramble eggs, set aside. In a small bowl mash or slice avocados. Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce, ¹/8 of the eggs, and ¹/8 of the avocado on each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up and place seam down in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot.

To serve, top with sour cream and tomato or salsa.

 

Baked German Apple Pancake

Sweet Breakfast from Red Forest B&B in Two Rivers:

Baked German Apple Pancake

Ingredients
3 eggs, separated
3 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp milk
Dash of salt
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced ¼-inch thick
½ cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon (Penzy’s is the best)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a 9-inch ovenproof glass pie dish with deep sides in preheated oven. Beat egg whites until stiff. Mix flour, milk, salt and egg yolks in separate bowl with hand mixer. Then gently fold egg white mixture in.

Sauté apples, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a skillet for 2–3 minutes until apples are well coated. Pour apples into heated glass pie dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter over apples slices. Bake for 20 minutes at 305°F until the pancake is brown and puffy. Remove from oven and loosen sides. Place a round plate over glass pie dish and flip over. Cut the pancake in wedges and serve with maple syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Raspberry Poached Pear

Autumn Inspired Fruit from Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn in Belleville:

Black Raspberry & Chambord Poached Pears

Ingredients
Black Raspberry Chambord Sauce (Can be prepared ahead—stores in fridge for weeks and can also be prepared without the alcohol)
2 cups fresh or frozen
black raspberries
²/³ cup water + ¼ cup water to mix with cornstarch
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Place raspberries in a blender with the water to purée and then strain mixture over a small saucepan to remove the seeds. Add remaining ingredients to saucepan, except for the cornstarch, and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring often to prevent sticking. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30–40 min. Stir cornstarch into the ¼ cup of water until completely dissolved and then add to the berry mixture. Cook and stir until the sauce thickens. Serve warm over cooked pears.

Poached Pears
8 fresh firm pears
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ cup sugar

Using a large kettle with the capacity of covering the pears with water while cooking, add water and place on the stove. Core pears using an apple corer and peel completely. Use a knife to trim the bottoms if necessary so that the pears will stand upright when served. Bring the water, sugar and lemon juice to a boil and then turn down to low until pears are fully cooked—slightly firm, but tender enough to cut with a butter knife—approximately 45 minutes, depending on how firm the pears are to begin with. Test pear texture with a toothpick. Remove from heat and rinse with cold water. Drain and place in bowls—one per guest. Ladle 2–3 tablespoons of the Black Raspberry Chambord Sauce over the top. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and shaved Ghirardelli Chocolate, using approximately 1 tablespoon per serving.

 

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This Story Will Make You Crave a Wisconsin B&B Escape

September 26th, 2018

 

 

We really can’t help ourselves when it comes to fall and food. After all, Wisconsin is tops in cranberry production and cheesemaking, to say nothing of potatoes, corn, apples, beer, and more. So it seemed only right to dedicate a story to the cornucopia of innkeepers whose cooking talents are top-notch.

While mere mortals may dabble in cooking and baking, our innkeepers are gods and goddesses of the kitchen. Which, of course, means an incredible food experience when you stay at a Wisconsin B&B. Here are some of our picks for “top chef.”

Bowman’s Oak Hill Wild Rice Cranapple Bake

When innkeepers get together for a cook-off, you can be certain they will put their best foot forward. At Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B in Wisconsin Dells, innkeeper Nancy Bowman was a grand prize winner for her Wild Rice Cranapple Bake. Here’s what you need to do for this delicious breakfast treat:

Number of Servings: 4 generous or 8 side dish sized portions
Baking Time: 30 minutes
Baking Temperature: 350°F
Ingredient List:
1 ½ c. cooked Wild Rice
¾ c. raw oatmeal
2 large red apples
¾ c. dried Cranberries
½ c. raisins
½ T. cinnamon
½ c. chopped nuts (you can use either walnuts, pecans or a mixture of the two)
2 c. milk
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 T of butter

Preparation: In large bowl Mix: rice, oatmeal, thinly sliced apples (Not peeled), cranberries, raisins, cinnamon and nuts.
Heat in microwave oven until hot: Milk, brown sugar, salt and butter
Mix into rice and fruit mixture.
Put into buttered 2 qt. casserole.
Cover and Bake @ 350°F for 30 minutes

How served / presentation:
Garnish with: A dollop of low fat vanilla yogurt and drizzle of pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup.
For my meat lovers I add a side of sausage with whole grain English muffin.
This recipe makes 4 generous servings or 8 side dishes to be served with an egg dish and sausage.

Dinning Area of Fountain Chateau B&B – Hustler

Suzanne Soltvedt of Fountain Chateau B&B in Hustler was also a winner in a cook-off for her Wild Rice Pancake, Cranberry Delight. This recipe may look long, but with homemade chutney, cran-raspberry syrup, and browned sage butter, it is well worth the time and care for this delicious delight:

Number of Servings: 8
Necessary Utensils: 1 large sauce pan, 2 small saucepans, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, strainer, grater, paring knife, griddle and small fry pan
Ingredient List: Whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, honey, buttermilk, olive oil, orange zest and orange half. Water, sugar, cranberries, apples, vinegar, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves. Cran-raspberry juice, sugar, light Karo syrup. Unsalted butter, sage leaves, chicken broth

Preparation:
Pancakes:
1. In a large sauce pan place ½ cup wild rice in 2 cups boiling water and cover; cooks in about 45-55 minutes but check the water doesn’t cook dry.
2. To make the pancakes, place 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tsps. baking soda, ½  tsp baking powder, in mixing bowl.  Add 2 eggs, 2 tbls. Honey, 2 ½ cups buttermilk, 2 tbsp. Olive oil and mix
3. Add 1 ¼ cup cooled wild rice
4. Add the zest of one orange grated
5. Add 1 cup minced craisins or raisins or dried cherries
Mix until moistened; place about ¼ cup of batter on hot griddle; turn when top bubbles. Continue until all the batter has been used.

Chutney:
1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Ginger
¼ tsp. Allspice
1/8 tsp. Cloves
1/2 cup vinegar
½ cup craisins or raisins
1-16 oz. Package of cranberries or 2 cups
1 cup apples, peeled, cored and diced
Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes

Cran-raspberry Syrup
1 ½ cup cran-raspberry juice
1 ½ sugar
¾  cup Karo syrup
Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes

Browned Sage Butter
5 T. Unsalted butter
15-18 sage leaves broken into small pieces
¼ c. low sodium chicken broth
Heat the butter on high heat in a frying pan.  As soon as it gets hot, add the sage leaves and swirl to coat. Keep cooking until the butter turns brown and the sage leaves begin to turn brown. Immediately remove from the heat.
Hollow out an orange half

How served / presentation:
Place two pancakes on plate
Fill the hollowed out orange with chutney
Fill a small pitcher with cran-raspberry syrup – serve on the plate
Drizzle browned sage butter over pancake

 

Lindsay House B&B – Manawa

Owner of the Lindsay House B&B in Manawa, Judy Trull, was recently featured on Living With Amy with Fox 11 – she whipped up her recipes for Panetonne French Toast & Dreamscicle Scones. Take a peek at the recipes and the segments of the show below:

Panetonne French Toast with Cinnamon Cream Syrup
Dreamscicle Scones

 

Innkeepers at Jay Lee Inn in Elkhart Lake, Garden Gate B&B in Sturgeon Bay, and Hamilton House B&B in Whitewater have all had recipes published in the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast cookbook, as well as many other innkeepers across the state! Here’s a sample of what they offer:

Jay Lee Inn – Elkhart Lake

Jay Lee Inn: Swedish Flop

1 cup butter, divided
2 cups flour, divided
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour – shouldn’t
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3 eggs
Chopped nuts and/or
shredded coconut

Confectioners’ Sugar Frosting:
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 heaping Tbsp butter
1 heaping Tbsp Crisco
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut ½ cup of the butter into 1 cup of flour and mix to make coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over the flour mixture and blend quickly with a fork. Roll or pat out dough into two long strips (about 10–12 inches) on an ungreased cookie sheet. Combine 1 cup water and the remaining ½ cup butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the vanilla. Remove from heat and beat in the remaining 1 cup flour, stirring by hand with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Spread the dough over the pastry strips and bake 55–60 minutes, or until lightly browned. (It will flop at this point.) Allow to cool slightly before drizzling with frosting. Sprinkle with your choice of nuts, coconut, or sprinkles.

For the frosting: Mix together all ingredients, adding just 1 tablespoon of milk at first. Add additional milk to make frosting of desired consistency.

Garden Gate B&B – Sturgeon Bay

Garden Gate B&B: Brunch Strata

3 cups sliced mushrooms
3 cups chopped zucchini
2 cups fully cooked ham, cubed
1½ cups chopped onions
1½ cups chopped green peppers
2 garlic cloves, minced
¹/³ cup vegetable oil
3 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened
½ cup half & half cream
12 eggs
4 cups day old bread, cubed
3 cups (12 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Sauté mushrooms, zucchini, ham, onions, green peppers and garlic in oil until vegetables are tender. Drain, pat dry and set aside.

In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and cream until smooth. Beat in eggs and stir in the bread, cheese, salt, pepper and vegetable mixture.

Pour into 8 individual ramkin dishes. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 35–40 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Hamilton House B&B – Whitewater

Hamilton House B&B: Breakfast Meatloaf

1 lb. ground chicken
1 medium Granny Smith apple, grated
1 medium onion, grated
2 cups plain stuffing croutons (I like Pepperidge Farm)
2 large eggs
Parsley, thyme, and rosemary

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pie pan or loaf pan with cooking oil. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Press evenly into pan. Sprinkle top with parsley, thyme, and rosemary.

Bake for 50–60 minutes until browned. Cut into wedges and serve— good warm or cold.

Variation: Can be made with any combination of ground chicken, pork, or veal.

 

Old Rittenhouse Inn – Bayfield

White Gull Inn – Fish Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that many Wisconsin B&B have chefs on staff? Inns such as Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, where they showcase the regional harvest of the Bayfield Peninsula and offer cuisines that are organically grown and locally raised, or White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, where they use only the freshest of produce and other ingredients, preparing each meal carefully to order, are just a couple of examples of inns that showcase their top-notch culinary skills.

Now, if all that has made you hungry, jump to our expanded recipe section in this enewsletter and get cookin’ yourself!

 

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Two Wheels Are Better Than Four

September 12th, 2018

 

 

The open road, a kaleidoscope of colors, mild temperatures, and an escape from the real world. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Bikes and B&Bs pair so nicely this time of year. Oh, and by bikes, we mean both bicycles and motorcycles. We have lots of fall getaway ideas for fans of two wheels.

Wisconsin’s Harley-Davidson just celebrated its 115th anniversary with a huge bash in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend, and it was a “wow” for motorcycle fans. Wisconsin is also a peddler’s dream and here’s the evidence: Trek Bicycles is tops with tons of cyclists – the company is headquartered in Waterloo. Wyatt Bicycles in La Crosse manufactures high-end aluminum adventure bikes – think mountain bikes and fat bikes. Based in Madison, one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, Pacific Cycle is the parent company of Schwinn and Mongoose. Waterford Precision Cycles and Gunnar Cycles are both in Waterford. And there’s Sotherland Custom Bicycles in Whitewater.

So with that biking tutorial out of the way, here are free-wheeling ideas for those of you with fall wanderlust.

Best Inns to Ride a Motorcycle To: For those that love the city, Hotel Ruby Marie in Madison is located across from the majestic Lake Monona, where the cool lake breeze will greet you on a ride. Hotel Ruby Marie is also within a short distance from Capitol Square, where you can sight-see around the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol building. For those that love to trek outside of the city limits, Sheer Memories B&B in Muscoda sits on the rolling hills that overlook the beautiful valley of the Lower Wisconsin River. Perfect for fall color peeping!

Justin Trails Resort in Sparta

Pedal’rs Inn in Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B&Bs with Covered Spots to Store Your Motorcycle: Nestled in a quiet, peaceful coulee, Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, WI offers guests a relaxed country getaway in the heart of the Wisconsin Driftless Region. They also offer their garage space for bicycles and motorcycles as part of their services. Sparta is often dubbed as the “Bicycling Capital of America” and is nearby to the famous Elroy-Sparta State Trail.

Inns with Best Proximity to Top State Bike Trails: Located just outside of Elkhorn, WI and across the road from sparkling Lauderdale Lakes, you’ll find Ye Old Manor House and the nearby 19 mile White River State Trail. This scenic trail follows a former rail corridor and passes by numerous bridges, scenic vistas, quaint towns, farmlands and wetlands. Then there are the guests at Pedal’rs Inn in Wales, WI, who have access to the miles of connecting paved trails throughout the surrounding areas. Nearby to Pedal’rs Inn, the 52 mile Glacial Drumlin State Trail offers easy connections to Madison and Milwaukee.

Motorcycling in Kettle Moraine State Forest

Greenway House B&B in Green Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B&Bs to Pair for Inn-to-Inn Bike Trips: Green Lake, WI is an area with numerous and wonderfully scenic trails for all levels of bicycle riders, so why not take a ride to stop & stay at Green Lake’s beautiful inns? Angel Inn offers a breathtaking lake front view, so rent Tri-cycles, Cruisers, or a Tandem from them for a leisurely cruise. You can also follow the new bike path nearby to the Green Lake Conference Center. Miller’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast has several trails located near the inn, including the 12 mile Mascoutin Valley State Trail which runs along the old Milwaukee railroad bed. Greenway House is a historic retreat in the heart of Green Lake and ideal for some downtown biking while McConnell Inn offers their knowledge of the many scenic back-country roads and nearby trails that are perfect for biking or motorcycling.

Owner of Eagle Centre House B&B & his Harley

Inns Where the Owners are Big Bicyclists Themselves: Eagle Centre House B&B in Eagle WI, where the owners and family love to ride the hills and rural roads of the Southern Kettle Moraine. The inn is located 3 miles from the forest headquarters. At Eagle Centre House, you are welcome to walk their 20 acres of kettles and moraines crested with towering oaks and lush with an abundance of native prairie plants and wildlife.

Take A Ride!

 

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Let the Leaf Peeping Commence

August 30th, 2018

 

It’s next to impossible not to be happy during fall in Wisconsin. The colors are brilliant, the temperatures just right, and the home decorating possibilities endless. Take a peek at Wisconsin inns that are the stars of autumn, thanks to pretty country settings and Pinterest-worthy fall decor.

Sure, most guests like to grab a shot of the B&B before they head back home, but some inns show up more often than others on Facebook and Instagram feeds during the fall because of their glorious settings.

Walnut Ridge Log Cabin Guest Houses surrounded by color in Platteville, WI

Take Walnut Ridge Log Cabin Guest Houses, for example, set in a grove of colorful trees that provide a brilliant backdrop for selfies. Walnut Ridge offers two private luxury romantic handcrafted log cabins in a country setting on 6 wooded acres.

Fall color view from At The Lake House, Lake Geneva WI

There’s At The Lake House on Lake Como, near Lake Geneva, the kind of place you’d expect to see on a postcard touting fall in Wisconsin. Their sumptuously appointed lakeside home was built with luxury and relaxation in mind. Each of the four ensuite guest rooms has its own lakeside patio or deck.

Pumpkins and cornstalks decorate Honeybee Inn, Horicon

A lovely fall setting at Brayton B&B, Oshkosh

The inns of Brayton Bed & Breakfast in Oshkosh and Honeybee Inn in Horicon get top honors for their welcoming fall decor that guests are known to oohh and aahh over after they arrive. Deep tones surround the entire home of Brayton B&B while offering modern day ammenites with the feel of casual elegance. At Honeybee Inn, you are only blocks from Horicon Marsh, the birding mecca of the Midwest!

Fall “curbside” appeal at Bay Point Inn, Egg Harbor WI

When it comes to fall curb appeal, you have to love Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor, with an exterior color palette featuring rich autumnal shades. Here, you will find spectacular water views punctuated with the islands of Green Bay and framed by pristine woodlands.

Plan which B&B to visit and when with the help of the Travel Wisconsin fall color report.

 

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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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