Archive for September, 2009

The March of Fall Color in Wisconsin is On

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sunny days, cool nights – September is delivering perfect conditions for fall color, starting in the northwoods and marching south.  As you plan your Wisconsin B&B getaway, you might want to log on to for up-to-the-minute fall color reports; you can even request the report be delivered to your e-mail.  The Department of Tourism has dozens of spotters around the state, so it’s a great little tool.  On your drive, maybe set aside time for a little detour to enjoy a Wisconsin Rustic Road.  Lest you think “rustic roads” is a clever title for unimproved roads, think again. These roads, with their terrific natural features, offer hikers, bikers, and motorists a less-traveled escape into some of the finest scenery the Midwest has to offer. There are more than 500 designated miles of Rustic Roads in 54 counties of the state, many with B&Bs close-by.

A Taste for Culinary Travel and Wisconsin B&Bs

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Our bed-and-breakfast visitors have a taste for culinary tourism, which is why we decided to participate in the first ever Wine Dine Wisconsin tasting event, set for October 10-11 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.  There will be vintners, microbreweries and artisanal food producers there.  And we’ll have a booth too (with giveaways, of course, since that’s all part of our hospitality credo).  Our very own Pat Fischbeck, owner of the Speckled Hen Inn and the winner of our 2008 recipe contest, will take to the Chef’s Stage on Saturday morning to prepare her Wisconsin Breakfast Panini for the crowd.  There’s a price break if you order your tickets in advance.  For out-of-towners, Milwaukee-area B&Bs are listed here.

 Two other culinary fests we recommend:

  • Wisconsin Dells on Tap, part of Autumn Harvest Fest in Wisconsin Dells, will take place October 17.  More than 25 Wisconsin microbreweries participate in this tasting event, and there are food pairings from Carr Valley Cheese and the National Mustard Museum too.  To order advance tickets, click here.  
  • The first Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival set for November 6 and 7 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  There will be bus tours to cheese factories, seminars on the art of cave-aged and pasture-grazed cheeses, and a gala reception featuring 100 different Wisconsin cheeses.  Tickets for the cheese-a-thon are available by clicking here.