Posts Tagged ‘Astor House B&B’

Holiday Events Full of Simple Joys

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

 

Simple Holiday Enjoyments

If you’re in need of ideas that will put you in the holiday spirit without having to endure massive amounts of commercialization or hefty price tags, then you’ll want to read on.

Getting in the holiday spirit needn’t come with an over-the-top price tag or extravagant commitment of time and energy. We asked member inns to submit ideas for holiday doings that we would all do well to experience at least once and the ideas are magical.

Westport B&B Wine and Roses

Red Forest Inn Breakfast by Candlelight

 

 

 

 

 

In the Manitowoc area, the “Lights of Lincoln Park” is a beautiful drive-through light show to benefit the local zoo and it’s just $5 per car and runs through Dec. 23. Stay at the beautiful Westport Bed & Breakfast in Manitowoc or the equally beautiful Red Forest B&B in neighboring Two Rivers where you can warm up during their evening wine and cheese hour.

Winter at Inn at Wawanissee Point

Ringling House in the Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take in a classic holiday movie at the historic Al Ringling Theatre in downtown Baraboo – “Holiday Inn” is playing Dec. 20 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” is playing Dec. 22. Ticket price is just $7. This theatre is considered one of America’s prettiest playhouses. Stay at the Ringling House B&B, the original estate of local son Charles Ringling, one of the founders of the Ringling Brothers Circus. This 1901 Colonial Revival Home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The breathtaking views that Inn at Wawanissee Point features are also not far from these holiday events.

The London Room of Astor House

In Green Bay, marvel at the more than 40 decorated trees on display at the National Railroad Museum during their annual Festival of Trees event now through Jan. 7. Admission is just $5. Then retreat to the Astor House B&B where there are five distinctly decorated rooms – ask for the London Room with fireplace.

Justin Trails Resort Winter Lights

Grapevine Log Cabins in Sparta

Westby House Inn Christmas

 

The community of Sparta has its traditional German holiday market known as a Kriskindlemarkt Dec. 8-9 with authentic German food, horse-drawn carriage rides, and artisan vendors. Then cozy up in one of the three log cabins at Grapevine Log Cabins, where towering pines set the holiday scene naturally. You can also find Justin Trails Resort, which offers cross-country ski and snowshow rentals along with two sledding hills for your outdoor winter fun, and Westby House Inn, where there is something for every vacationer to enjoy, in the Sparta area.

Sweet Autumn Inn at Christmas

Fargo Mansion Staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Lake Mills, get last-minute Christmas shopping done at their annual Winter Market, Dec. 9 where crafters, growers and artists present their treasures. Sweet Autumn Inn will be your spot for the night, where you’ll wake up to a full breakfast feast courtesy of innkeeper Teri Nelson. The beautiful Fargo Mansion Inn is also in Lake Mills, where you can “relax, unwind, and make yourself at home”.

Eagle Centre House Kitchen

 

The Old World Christmas event at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, running the first two weekends of December, comes highly recommended by Eagle Centre House B&B. This “living museum” state historic site will be decked with holiday greenery and there will be horse-drawn rides plus wassail to warm the soul.

 

 

Inn On Lake Wissota Christmas

In Chippewa Falls, the Christmas Village in Irvine Park running through Jan. 1 is a display of life-size Christmas scenes reminiscent of the Victorian era. Stay at the Inn On Lake Wissota where visions of sugar plums will surely dance in your heads as you sleep peacefully at this quiet inn tucked away on the shore of the lake. Otter Creek Inn lies in nearby Eau Claire, WI on a one-acre wooded lot that simply glistens with the winter snows.

Snow-covered Otter Creek Inn

Hidden Serenity Sleigh Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a sleigh ride through the woods lit up by thousands of twinkling lights when you book the horse-drawn sleigh ride package at Hidden Serenity B&B in West Bend. Available on a dozen dates in December and January.

Phipps Inn Winter Evening

The Phipps Inn B&B in Hudson, an elegant Victorian mansion, always opens its first floor for tours on the first Friday in December when the Octagon House Museum across the street holds its Victorian Christmas Night from 6-8 pm. Expect a magical night.

 

WBBA Seek the Unique

Are you ready to Seek the Unique?

 

Farmers’ Markets and Farmstead Inns

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

 

Lake Orchard Farm Retreat in Sheboygan, WI ~ greenhouse

Farmers’ markets in Wisconsin are legendary, so much so that even visitors make a point to include them on their fall itineraries. To further the farm connection, stay at a working farm B&B.

Astor House B&B in Green Bay, WI

Otter Creek Inn in Eau Claire, WI

Hotel Ruby Marie in Madison, WI

 

Farmers’ Market in Dane County

Perhaps the most famous farmers’ market not just in Wisconsin but in the country is the Dane County Farmers’ Market, the nation’s largest producer-only market. Walk to this market on the capital square when you stay at Hotel Ruby Marie. In Oshkosh, vendors line the main street, with shoppers loading up on fruits and veggies, flowers and egg rolls, even a loaded Bloody Mary morning cocktail before doing a little shopping at the downtown boutiques. The Brayton B&B is conveniently located right downtown as well. In Appleton, stroll among 150 vendors and treat yourself to some baked goods too. Stay at the Franklin Street Inn, where an elegant breakfast can be delivered right to your suite. A bit farther north is Green Bay, where the Saturday farmers’ market dates back 100 years this year. Enjoy music while you shop before heading to your room at the Astor House B&B. If you’re staying at the 1810 Emerson House B&B in Beloit, then be sure to visit their farmers’ market in the heart of their historic downtown district. Make the connection to country life at the Eau Claire farmers’ market, then spend the night at the spacious Otter Creek Inn.

Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska, WI is very kid-friendly!

Valley Springs Farm B&B in Reedsburg, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re proud to have a number of farmstead inns among our membership too. There’s Lake Orchard Farm Retreat, a 6th generation farm with on-site golf course in Sheboygan; Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska, with turn-of-the-century farmhouse and 35-acre working hobby farm; and Valley Springs Farm B&B in Reedsburg, a 4th generation dairy farm and one of the stops on this year’s “Hill and Valley Exploration Tour” in Sauk County being held the first two full weekends in October. The tour includes more than 60 activities along the way, from learning how to shear sheep to grooming a show calf to harvesting honey. Fill your cooler with fresh veggies, jellies and preserves purchased directly from the 14 participating farms.

 

WBBA Seek the Unique

Are you ready to Seek the Unique?

Astor House Receives Award

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Green Bay Historic Preservation Commission, at its 14th annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, awarded the Astor House B&B with a Culturally Significant Award. This award recognizes a building that contributes to or exemplifies cultural trends in the City of Green Bay. The Astor House was the home of Dr. Julius Bellin, founder of Bellin Hospital. Since 1999, Greg (deceased) and Barb Robinson have welcomed guests at the 5 guest room B&B. Of course, being located in Green Bay, Packer weekends fill up fast!

Keep warm the Wisconsin Way

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

With record-setting sub-zero temps this week (-26 in Central WI), keeping warm head to toe is a challenge. Paired with Sunday’s Packer win over the Chicago Bears and upcoming playoff, brisk sales of Cheesehead hats are sure to follow. Fittingly, it was our friends in Illinois who nicknamed us cheeseheads! The wedge-shaped hat debuted in 1987 at a Brewers game; it became popular with Packer fans in the mid-90s as Brett Farve led the team to 2 Super Bowls.  Of course, cheesehead hats are made in Wisconsin by “Foamation“, headquartered just south of Milwaukee in St. Francis.  Packer fans can enjoy the warmth and comfort of the Astor House B&B – the only B&B in Green Bay – and they do not raise their rates for home games! With the recent Packer come-from-behind wins, we agree with Foamation “where there’s a wedge, there’s a way!”

Pre and post game comfort at the Astor House B&B in Green Bay. and there's just a hint of green and gold.

Pre and post game comfort at the Astor House B&B in Green Bay. with just a hint of green and gold.

 

Perfect example of "a picture says a thousand words"!

Perfect example of “a picture says a thousand words”!