Archive for November, 2012

Cookie Recipe from Our New Wisconsin B&B Cookbook

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We’re fond of saying Wisconsin B&Bs are never cookie-cutter but many do serve cookies!  Care to add a new cookie recipe to your holiday repertoire?  How about this one from Hamilton House B&B in Whitewater for Boiled Cookies.

2 cups sugar 1/3 cup cocoa 1 stick butter ½ cup milk 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup peanut butter 3 cups quick oats

Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in saucepan over low heat.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for exactly 1½ minutes. This part is important or they won’t set up. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, peanut butter and oats. Mix well. Spoon onto wax paper and cool. Try to wait until set before serving!


Yes, we know these aren’t the “Boiled Cookies” from the recipe … but rest assured that with Hamilton House B&B’s breakfast looking (and tasting) this scrumptions, the cookies will be as delicious.

Holidays with the In-Laws…Not So Fast

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Sure, you may love your in-laws, but do you want to spend every waking hour of the holidays with them?  It’s OK to reply no. On the other hand, you may really like the comfy feeling you get staying at their home and the idea of a made-from-scratch breakfast.  Wisconsin B&Bs give you the best of both worlds – all the amenities with none of the drama.  Speaking of amenities, why not stay at a B&B with on-site spa services or its own gift shop or an indoor pool, just to up the escape factor?  There, problem solved and everyone is guaranteed good memories of the 2012 holiday season.

There just might be something as de-stressing as a dip in a pool …a massage! Innkeeper Loren (certified massage therapist) at Country Comfort provides on-site massage services. Here’s what one guest commented: “I highly recommend assisted stretching and massage on a consistent basis for any athlete. Loren’s services are truly great. He is a caring professional who strives to provide the best therapeutic care for his clients.” -Beth

What’s better than an indoor heated pool to de-stress and burn off a few calories? Ye Olde Manor House in Elkhorn invites you to do just that, whether the view to the outside is swirling snowflakes or blooming flowers.

Reconnect with Your Inner Explorer

Friday, November 16th, 2012

There are 150 quality-certified inns in Wisconsin that are just calling out to you to get reacquainted with that explorerside of yours. And that means more than just staying at the inn.  It means getting out and taking in all that Wisconsin has to offer.

Cobblestone B&B, Birchwood is a great place to relax after a day spent hiking or snowshoeing the nearby Ice Age Trail or skiing in the American Birkiebeiner.

Our B&B owners are pros at providing itinerary ideas, so ask away.  We also look the liberty of putting together some dandy tours built around wineries, microbreweries, artisan cheese tastings, biking, birding, and golf courses.  If eco-travel is as important to you as it is to us, then you’ll enjoy visiting these Travel Green Wisconsin-certified properties. We thought an overview by region might be helpful too. If an event is the nudge you need to escape for a few days, then let this events calendar be your guide. One last tip: Sign up for our enewsletter and get insider ideas delivered once a month.

Now get out there!

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Whad ‘Ya Know Quiz Prize Winners – redeem your Whad ‘Ya Know gift certificate at participating B&Bs.

Common Traits of Wisconsin Innkeepers

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012


Cookies – YES! Cookie cutter – NEVER!


Every B&B in Wisconsin is unique, and so too are its innkeepers.  Yet it seems there are some commonalities when it comes to innkeeper personality traits.  Many are corporate runaways who gave up an office job for a career in hospitality.  Lots of innkeepers will tell you they always dreamed of owning a B&B.  Most are accomplished home chefs, although modest about their talent – they let the food do the talking.  They’re businesspeople who recognize running a B&B requires creativity, authenticity, a love of the hospitality trade, and some accounting and marketing skills as well.  Oh, and being handy with tools doesn’t hurt either!  They’re historians, community cheerleaders and shopping insiders.  In other words, they’re artisans.  So, if you like to support entrepreneurs who eschew cookie cutter for one-of-a-kind (which often includes killer chocolate chip cookies, by the way), then B&B travel might be right up your alley. Click here to start exploring.