Archive for December, 2012

Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Ringing…

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides Nov 24th through Jan 31st!
Listen to the sleigh bells ring while a team of Percheron pulls you on a party sleigh across forty beautiful wooded acres. Just the sleigh ride is worth the visit…but add thousands of Christmas lights to an evening sleigh ride and it’ll be a night to remember! Liz at the Stagecoach Inn, Cedarburg, welcomes back rosy-cheeked guests after their Paradise Ranch Sleigh Ride.


You’re singing the song right now, aren’t you?  It’s a heartwarming ditty that never gets old.  The imagery of being “snuggled up together like two birds of a feather” is sweet, admit it.  And what’s not to love about a winter scene that reminds you of a “picture print by Currier and Ives.”  If you’re yearning for a sleigh ride, then a winter getaway to Token Creek Eco-Inn, the Parsonage, Franklin Victorian, or Stagecoach Inn should be on your 2013 winter to-do list.  And that line that goes “There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie”…well, you’ll get that at these inns too.

Madison-area inns Token Creek Eco-Inn (DeForest) and The Parsonage (McFarland) recommend Rocking Acres for winter sleigh rides and warm season carriage rides to horse riding lessons. Cornerstone Carriages offers tours of downtown Madison and custom private tours at a location of your choosing.
Jean at Token Creek adds: “Hot chocolate and a warm fire are here to greet you after your ride too!”

Horse drawn sleigh rides through the scenic countryside on a group or private tour can be arranged for guests at the Franklin Victorian in Sparta, with the Red Ridge Ranch. Innkeeper Jennifer says “be sure to bring your camera!”. Peruse the pictures back at the B&B, while you’re warmed by the fireplace or whirlpool.

Wisconsin B&B Cookbook in Good Company

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Ever heard the expression, “You’re judged by the company you keep.”  Well, this most recent review of new and noteworthy cookbooks puts the new Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association cookbook among some of the most admired brands in cooking, like and Cook’s Illustrated and the New York Times.   We’re thrilled for all the innkeepers who submitted recipes for this, our 8th edition cookbook.  With 260 recipes from 90 innkeepers, we think you’ve just found the perfect gift for the foodies in your circle of family and friends!






A Quality (Certified) Christmas Gift

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Think about the best “gift givers” you know.  They’re probably very good at making mental notes throughout the year as to what friends and family members enjoy, admire and desire; they’re usually quite creative; and they never scrimp on quality.  That list item – quality – is especially important to all of us at the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association.  We’re the only quality-certified group of our kind in the state, and every one of our member inns has passed a detailed inspection to be considered for membership.  So, if you’re thinking about gifting a Wisconsin B&B getaway to someone this Christmas (our gift certificates are good at all member inns), we thought you’d appreciate knowing that the “quality” part of the gift is all wrapped up!

How to get the grandkids for a weekend? Gift your kids with a B&B getaway … they’ll toast your thoughtfulness.

What’s Between Green Bay and Door County?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

There’s an area of Wisconsin that goes by Kewaunee County that is oft overlooked because it lies in the shadows of Green Bay and Door County.  Yet, it’s a sweet sliver of the state with some great insider finds, as chronicled in this wonderful travel piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Especially nice to see two of our member inns – Joannes B&B in De Pere and The Red Forest B&B in Two Rivers – recommended under Where to Stay.

One of three luxurious guest rooms at Joannes B&B, De Pere.

A small sampling of the scrumptious breakfasts that await you at the Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers.


Door County in the Winter is Wonderful

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should close the door on a Door County getaway.  Quite the contrary!  The tranquility, easy pace, serene scenery, good food, artful finds and, of course, the largest concentration of B&Bs in the state should tempt you this time of year.  Here’s a wonderful story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the best winter attributes of Door County, with some well-earned accolades for White Gull Inn and Thorp House Inn and Cottages.

Thorp House Inn and Cottages are just what you had in mind… cozy and private… nestled in the pines… in the heart of the village. Most rooms fireplaces and some have whirlpools. Both the Inn and Cottages are open year-round.

For 32 years, the White Gull Inn has provided warm, friendly hospitality – which represents the best of what Door County has been and what they hope it continues to be.

Christmas Curb Appeal at Wisconsin B&Bs part 3

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

We’re still waiting for fluffy white stuff to fill the air, and that means there’s still time do your outside decorating sans snowshoes.  In the northwoods, Mother Nature eventually takes care of much of the decorating – nothing like a fresh snowfall at dusk at Pinehurst Inn (Bayfield), with warm lights glowing inside, to remind us of the beauty of the season.  At the Cobblestone B&B in Birchwood, the antique cross-country skis remind us of fun after the holidays.  These ‘snowy reminders’  from a few previous seasons are just what we need to get motivated.

Old wooden cross-country skis are a fitting tribute to the founder of the American Birkebeiner (the largest X-C race in North America) Tony Wise, who grew up in this home, now the Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast. Innkeeper Mary Lou knows how to keep the chill out with breakfast next to a crackling fire on a wintry morn.

Christmas Curb Appeal at Wisconsin B&Bs part 2

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

There are a few more unseasonably mild days in the weather forecast … time yet to hang Christmas decorations outside without danger of frostbite!   If you’re in need of some fresh Christmas curb appeal ideas, here’s another from one of  Wisconsin’s most stylish B&Bs.  Pedal’rs Inn – Wales, looks lovely each year by following the practice of sticking to one theme – that being the Norman Rockwell look – rather than mixing metaphors (no inflatables of Rudolph next to Victorian sleighs here).  Innkeeper Dee notes the wreaths, bows, and garland aren’t the only green for the season; the lights are energy-sparing LED.

Nostalgia beckons at the Pedal’rs Inn. Once inside, the tradition of heartfelt hospitality warms you – just like the fireplace in each bedchamber.

Christmas Curb Appeal at Wisconsin B&Bs

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Why is it that most of us neglect to take advantage of those last mild days of autumn to hang Christmas decorations outside?  No, we wait until the mercury registers freezing, flurries fill the air, and the north winds whip to finally get to this task.  If you’re in need of some fresh Christmas curb appeal ideas, here are a few from some of Wisconsin’s most stylish B&Bs.   Westby House Inn – Westby, keeps it elegant and simple by stringing thousands of white lights matched by fresh balsm garland and warm lights glowing in each window.  And there’s nothing like a fresh snowfall at dusk at the Westphal Mansion – Hartford, with warm lights glowing inside, to remind us of the beauty of the season.


Come right inn, shake the chill off! The Westby House Inn, just 20 miles south east of LaCrosse, surrounds you with Victorian architecture complimented by contemporary comforts. With 15 years of B&B innkeeping experience, Mike & Marie know how to treat their guests!