Archive for March, 2017

The Red Chair Travels will be Visiting a B&B Near You

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The photo of The Red Chair that started a phenomenon in 2011

The Red Chair Travels is coming to Wisconsin!  The WBBA is so excited to part of this phenomenon that started 5 years ago in Cape Cod, MA. Beth Colt is the innkeeper of the Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod.   She took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole in the winter of 2011.  When she posted the photo on Facebook her computer lit up with “likes” and this simple image journeyed all over cyberspace, and landed in the in-box of a California-based photographer, who was inspired to come visit the Woods Hole Inn in the off season.  When she asked to borrow the chair she was surprised; when the fruits of her labor arrived in the mail Beth was in awe.

Captain Freeman Inn Cape Cod, MA

The red chair became a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries. In 2012 Beth contacted other Inns in Cape Cod to see if they would like to “host” the Red Chair for a few days and photograph the chair’s visit.  Since then the Red Chair has visited more than 20 states in the U.S., and parts of Canada.

For Beth Colt, “the red chair is an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place.  It is an open seat at the table of relaxation.  It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature.  It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.”

We know the Red Chair will feel right at home in Wisconsin and we are excited to see all the different adventures it has along the way.  Listed below is the schedule for the Red Chair Travels in Wisconsin.  Are you ready to Seek the Unique?  Book your stay at one of the participating WBBA B&B’s today so you can take part in the Red Chair Travels!

Dates Property City
3/29-4/3 Curriers Lakeview Lodge Rice Lake
4/4-4/8 Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast Hudson
4/9-4/13 Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast Chippewa Falls
4/14-4/18 Stewart Inn Wausau
4/19-4/22 Crystal River Inn Waupaca
4/23-4/27 Lindsay House Manawa
4/28-5/1 Franklin Street Inn Appleton
5/2-5/6 Brayton Bed and Breakfast Oshkosh
5/7-5/11 Greenway House Bed and Breakfast Green Lake
5/12-5/16 Hidden Serenity B&B West Bend
5/17-5/21 Honeybee Inn Bed & Breakfast Horicon
5/22-5/25 Inn at Pine Terrace Oconomowoc
5/26-5/29 Pedal’rs Inn Bed and Breakfast Wales
5/30-6/3 Christmas House Bed and Breakfast Racine
6/4-6/7 At The Lake House Lake Geneva
6/8-6/11 Hamilton House Whitewater
6/12-6/15 The Livingston Inn Madison
6/16-6/19 Inn at Wawanissee Point Baraboo
6/20-6/23 Ringling House Baraboo
6/24-6/27 Valley Springs Farm Reedsburg
6/28-6/31 Bowman’s Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast Wisconsin Dells
7/1-7/4 Fountain Chateau B&B Hustler
7/5-7/8 Justin Trails Resort Sparta

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Tangy rhubarb coffee cake renews our faith that warm weather will be arriving soon.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake (courtesy of Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake)

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

½ cup shortening

1 ½ cups sugar

1 cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups rhubarb, cut fine

Zest from 1 orange

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Topping

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the shortening, sugar, and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, sift together the salt, flour, and baking soda. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well combined. Fold the rhubarb, orange zest, and walnuts.  Pour the batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. Bake 35-40 minutes

Stay as a local every time to book a Wisconsin B&B. Plus you’ll sleep easy knowing all our member inns are inspected, insured and licensed. Are you ready to Seek the Unique?WBBA Seek the Unique

Spring Into New Recipes

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Veggie Pie

Veggie Pie

 

After months of cold, many are craving early spring vegetables, so we thought you might like this recipe for veggie pie.

Bountiful Vegetable Pie (courtesy of Apple Tree Lane B&B in Waupaca)

 

1 lg. red onion, thinly sliced

4 medium yellow squash, cut into ¼-inch slices

2 medium zucchini, cut into ¼ -inch slices

1 red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch strips

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

4 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 eggs

¼ cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

10 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

2 cups dry French bread cubes (try rosemary/parmesan for even more flavor)

Chopped scallions to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 10” spring foam pan. Sauté the onion, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms and garlic in the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender-crisp. Whisk the eggs, heavy cream, salt and pepper in a bowl until blended.  Stir in the Swiss cheese, cream cheese and bread cubes.

Add the sautéed vegetables to the egg mixture and mix well. Spoon the egg mixture into the spring form pan, packing tightly.  Place the spring form pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until firm to the touch, puffed and golden brown.  Cover with foil if needed to prevent over browning. Sprinkle with scallions and cut into wedges.  Serve hot, at room temperature, or chilled. Delicious and a nice presentation.

Note: Try spring vegetables like asparagus, ramps and spinach. Serve with sausage and muffin on the side.

Tangy rhubarb coffee cake renews our faith that warm weather will be arriving soon.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake (courtesy of Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake)

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

½ cup shortening

1 ½ cups sugar

1 cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups rhubarb, cut fine

Zest from 1 orange

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Topping

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the shortening, sugar, and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, sift together the salt, flour, and baking soda. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well combined. Fold the rhubarb, orange zest, and walnuts.  Pour the batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. Bake 35-40 minutes

These recipes are just a couple of examples of the unique breakfast dishes the member inns of the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association love to share with their guests.  Thanks to the Apple Tree Lane B&B in Waupaca for sharing this delectable breakfast dish, perfect for feeding a group of friends or family, and to Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake for the rhubarb coffee cake recipe that will satisfy a crowd.  We always like to remind our readers that all WBBA members are licensed, inspected and insured.  So rest assured, you will get a good night’s sleep when you stay at a WBBA B&B, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated the next morning.  Are you ready to Seek the Unique?WBBA Seek the Unique

 

Multi-Destination Getaway: The Driftless Area

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Multi-Destination Getaway: The Driftless Area

WI Driftless Region

WI Driftless Region

Taking a page out of European travel, why not plan a trip that takes you to multiple destinations instead of just staying put. The Driftless Area in the southwest part of the state, with its deeply carved river valleys untouched by glaciers, would be a great place to give it a try.

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Loving This New Kind of Honeymoon

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Loving This New Kind of Honeymoon

If you’re one of those who said “yes” over the holidays or Valentine’s Day, we have some ideas for an adventure honeymoon, a trend that’s on the rise and that we happen to love.

She Said Yes!

She Said Yes!

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12 Great B&B’s Along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Inns Near the New FLW Trail

It was 150 years ago this year that Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Wisconsin. People are often surprised to know that Wisconsin has more FLW-designed buildings – 41 in all – than any other state. A new FLW Trail showcases nine buildings open for tours. Plan your motor route with stays at B&Bs along the way.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Milwaukee

Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Milwaukee

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Natural Twosome – Golf & B&Bs

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Wisconsin has major travel news this year. The U.S. Open comes to the state for the first time in the tournament’s history, to a public course, no less.

Natural Twosome – Golf and B&Bs

The 117th U.S. Open is being played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, marking the first time the storied event has ever been staged in the state. Plus it’s only the sixth time it’s being played at a public course.

Golfer

We put together a list of the Top 10 Wisconsin public golf courses (and the B&Bs nearby, naturally) to help you tee up your golf getaway bucket list.

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