Hygge Makes Us Happy


Hygge is hot right now. It’s a Danish word for cozy, comfortable and content, and it’s showing up in home décor and travel trends. See how some Wisconsin B&Bs are interpreting the simple pleasures of hygge.

If Pinterest is any indication of trends – and it is – hygge is big. How to hygge, you ask? Create a cozy atmosphere, be present in the moment, partake of simple pleasures, slow down, be thankful, embrace harmony, and carve out time and space for friends. Count us in!

For us, this Danish word, pronounced “hue-guh”, really boils down to “contentment.” And here are inns that have been serving up hygge long before it became a thing:


Real tea and coffee: Lindsay House B&B, Manawa

French pressed coffee, comfort, and a good book on the porch at Lindsay House B&B


Candles at breakfast: Garden Gate B&B, Sturgeon Bay

Candlelight and pleasant conversation await you with breakfast at Garden Gate B&B


Freshly baked pastries: The Livingston Inn, Madison

This homemade pistachio breakfast ring is just one of many delicious pastries from The Livingston Inn


A sprig or two of fresh flowers from the garden: Red Forest B&B, Two Rivers

Enjoy your refreshments outdoors in the beautiful garden area at Red Forest B&B


Less-is-more home décor: At The Lake House, Lake Geneva

At The Lake House offers modern simplicity to feel right at home


A reading sanctuary: Castle La Crosse B&B, La Crosse

Pick out a book and set yourself up in a quiet spot by the window at the Castle La Crosse B&B library


Conversation nooks: 1810 Emerson House B&B, Beloit

A quiet corner for your enjoyment at 1810 Emerson House


Crackling fireplace: Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon

Bask in the warmth of the fireplace in the Queen Bee Victorian room at the Honeybee Inn


Hiking path with picnic spots: Lake Orchard Farm Retreat, Sheboygan

Rolling fields, natural woods, fruit orchards and a Lake Michigan view greet you on the trails around Lake Orchard Farm Retreat


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