Archive for June, 2012

We’re Having a Heat Wave in Wisconsin

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

It seems summer temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s are now the norm for Wisconsin.  If you wilt without central air, rest assured there are plenty of cool and comfortable B&Bs in the state that fit the bill.  Another way to chill out is to book a waterfront B&B.  For B&Bs on lakes, try At the Lake House – Lake Geneva, Quiet Cottage on the Lake – Sturgeon Bay, Escape by the Lake – Hudson, Lake Orchard Farm – Sheboygan, Lake Ripley Lodge – Cambridge, and Lakeside B&B – Florence.  We suspect you’ve picked up on the theme!  Inns with river access include Mecan River House – Coloma, Riverside Manor – Marinette, and Riverview – Neshkoro.  Gee, we’re feeling cooler already!

Picture yourself cooled by Lake Michigan breezes while breakfasting at Quiet Cottage on the Lake in Sturgeon Bay (Door County). The French doors of the one private suite - yours - open to the deck and lakeshore. Bird-watching, shoreline stroll, s'mores, in-room massage ... just ask innkeeper Debby!


Wisconsin Hosts U.W. Women’s Open, B&Bs Host Golf Fans

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The U.S. Women’s Open is back at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler July 2-8. According to the course web site, Blackwolf Run is regarded as one of Pete Dye’s crowning achievements.  It’s played host to the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997 as well as the historic 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, with the U.S. Women’s Open returning for the second time.  There’s a nice variety of Wisconsin B&Bs near Kohler, if you want to stay and play the course yourself.  Just click on the Eastern Waters & Door County region on our map. For something farther northwest, Canyon Road Inn in Turtle Lake is now offering a golf package.  And check out our Golf Map to see courses in the state and nearby B&Bs.  We’d help you with your swing too if we could!

Golfers and non-golfers can stroll these greens at Canyon Road Inn, Turtle Lake. Innkeepers Patti and Turner assure you "we do all the work - you just enjoy"!

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

On August 18, Waupaca will be hosting the Waupaca Area Triathlon.  With its fantastic Chain O’ Lakes and beautiful countryside, this area of the state was meant for an event like this.  Innkeeper Kerri Thiel of the Apple Tree Lane B&B there has participated in the tri, which makes her especially qualified when it comes to catering to the needs of athletes.  “We have flexible check-in/check-out, covered secure bike parking, in-room massage, a very early pre-race high-carb breakfast buffet, and a full breakfast upon the athlete’s return,” noted Kerri.  She also makes a mean granola cup, available before or after the race, and shares that recipe here which she adapted from one found on Pinterest.

Winning Breakfast Granola Cups
Yields:  12 regular size cups or 25 mini cups

4 T. butter
¼ C. honey
¼ C. molasses
3 T. brown sugar
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. ginger
¼ t. ground cloves
¼ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 c. Old Fashion Oats (not Quick Cook)
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flax seed
¼ c. sliced almonds
¼ c. dried cranberries or mixed dried berries 

Filling:  Greek yogurt and berries of choice, garnished with a mint leaf. 


In saucepan, add butter, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.  Heat until combined.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix together the oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds, and cranberries.  Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until completely coated.  Place the mixture into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to cool.  When ready to bake, grease muffin tin and fill each opening about 2/3 full.  Using your fingers, press into the center of the hole and then work your way around the edges to form a bowl.  Place the bowls into a 325 degree oven.  Cook 15-17 for regular size and 10-12 for the mini.  Let cool completely before removing from the tin.  Store in airtight container. When ready to eat, pull out and fill with Greek yogurt.  Top with berries of choice and garnish with a mint leaf.

Picture yourself lazily swinging, post-race, on the grounds of Apple Tree Lane B&B. Replenish your energy with Innkeeper Kerri's crunchy homemade granola.



Marathoners Make a Beeline to Wisconsin B&Bs

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Here’s a trend that’s coming on strong – amateur athletes choosing Wisconsin B&Bs when traveling for 5Ks, half-marathons, marathons, sprint triathlons, adventure races, well, you get the gist.  Makes sense when you consider B&Bs are in a rather unique position to customize just about anything a “weekend warrior” would need to be in peak condition for the competition.  In Door County, the Door County Lighthouse Inn offers to-go nourishment for the athlete and coffee cake for the athlete’s support team.  At the Hamilton House B&B in Whitewater, innkeeper Kathleen Fleming says the runners who participate in the Ice Age 50 and Kettle 100 may schedule a massage with the inn’s massage therapist, but most take ice baths in the inn’s huge tubs after the race!  If you’re heading to Oshkosh for the August 5 Olympic and Sprint Triathlon, the Brayton B&B has upscale bath amenities and beds to provide great comfort after the race.  

Could there possibly be a better way to unwind after a race? (we'll include the rat race too!) Innkeeper Kathleen at the Hamilton House B&B in Whitewater says it's your choice of whirlpool therapy - steaming soothing bubbles or tingling ice for sore muscles.

A Solution for June Bride Syndrome

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

You can tell it’s June by all the bridal shower, wedding and anniversary invitations flooding the mailboxes.  While online wedding registries have made gift buying easy, do you really want the happy couple to remember you for the set of functional sauce pans you bought them or the crystal goblets they’ll never use?  Or, would you rather have them telling all their friends that you bought them the best gift of all – a getaway from everyone and everything to just enjoy each other’s company?  We suspect the latter.  And the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association can help you with that.  Our Wisconsin B&B gift certificates are good at any of our 150 member inns, so the couple can choose where they want to escape to and when.  Now, let’s raise a goblet to gift buying the Wisconsin B&B way.  

O'Neill Manor, Neillsville, is WBBA's newest member inn. When making your travel plans - or using your WBBA Gift Certificate, be sure to check the WBBA website for current members. We wouldn't want you to miss out on a favorite or new B&B experience!

No Nitpicking, It’s Strawberry Picking

Friday, June 8th, 2012

We’re not nitpicking by a day or two as to the readiness of the strawberry crop.  Usually the berries are ripe come mid-June.  Thanks to the unusually warm spring in Wisconsin, they’re already ripe.  The picking season is short too – just three weeks.  So if you like to pick your own, here’s a handy map of where to stop and stoop, courtesy of the Wisconsin Berry Growers Association.   The Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg is June 23-24, a good reason all by itself to visit this pretty little burg.  You can also expect some incredible strawberry treats from innkeepers this time of year, like the Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake from Altemus Corners B&B in Stoughton.  The innkeeper there tells us her guests sleep great after this evening dessert – better than a glass of warm milk we suspect!

Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake
Makes 1 Pie

“This cheesecake is served regularly at the Altemus Corners B&B.  The lemon taste is always fresh in summer or winter with berry topping and it’s always wonderful to have a dairy treat for the guests.  The sleep really great after an 8 p.m. dessert like this one!”  –Innkeepers, Altemus Corners B&B

1 (8 ounce) bag animal crackers, finely crushed
½ cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 eggs
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 ½ cups sour cream
Whipped cream 

¾ cup fresh cranberries
¾ cup water
2 teaspoons corn starch
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup fresh sliced strawberries 

Preheat over to 325°F. Melt the butter in a glass pie plate.  Add the cookie crumbs, mix, and press into the bottom of the plate and up the sides.  In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and ½ cup sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the lemon and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix to combine.  Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pie plate and bake 20 minutes, or until set. In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, 3 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla.  Remove the cheesecake from the oven and top with the sour cream mixture.  Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate.  Serve with whipped cream and berry topping. 

For the topping:  Boil the cranberries in the water for about 5 minutes.  The cranberries will pop.  Mix the cornstarch in a bit of cold water to make a thick slurry.  Remove the cranberries from heat and add the slurry and sugar.  Allow the mixture to cool 10 minutes before adding sliced strawberries. 

Picture yourself breakfasting in the morning or fire-fly gazing in the evening on the gazebo-porch at Altemus Corners in Stoughton. Innkeeper Marge promises the Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake is served year-round.

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.