It’s a county, a peninsula, and one of the state’s most popular tourism spots. If you’ve never been to Door County, then let’s rectify that right now. Along with sand dunes, sailing, arts and culture, it’s also home to more B&Bs than any other county in Wisconsin. Think of it as the Cape Cod of the Midwest.
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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.
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.
We’re delighted to tell you about 2 B&Bs that have just joined WBBA.
Door County Lighthouse Inn in Egg Harbor/Door County is a cozy lighthouse-styled B&B. Innkeepers Claire & Frank are your source for ‘everything lighthouse’ – including lighthouse tours by trolley packages. And, rather than choose which winery to visit, check out their Wine & Dine package: tour & taste at 4 wineries, dine, and leave the driving back to the inn to the trolley. Claire notes: “in May we expect the cherry and apple tree blossoms to show!”
Allyn Mansion B&B is one of those rare properties at which the term ‘elegant’ is appropriate – it was the grand prize winner nationally for historic restoration and is considered among Wisconsin’s 20 most remarkable homes – it’s in the book! But, relax … at Innkeeper Randy’s evening wine and craft beer reception, and therafter in your spacious suite furnished with a 32” flat screen tv (premium satellite access), WiFi w/a Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet and stereo system. And just so you know, your private bath is stocked with aromatherapy soaps and plus Turkish towels. The Allyn Mansion B&B is located in Delevan, in the Lake Geneva area.
Victorian Elegance meets Contemporary Comfort at the Scofield House in Sturgeon Bay / Door County. Light through the beveled crystal and stained glass windows, highlights the hardwood floors inlaid with red and white oak, maple and cherry. While your ornately carved bed is antique, it cradles a comfy pillow-top matress; antique armoires conceal the electronics – to enjoy or ignore! You may even eventually leave the inn (after the hearty breakfast, of course) to visit Door County’s scenic parks, award-winning wineries, and eclectic shops.
“Where the joy of living is served daily” – words to live by for the innkeeeprs at Lindsay House in Manawa – as shown by this guest’s Trip Advisor comment: “I have returned to Lindsay House each year for the past five years; each time I am again surprised by Judy’s expertise in her breakfast presentation.” We’ll tell you more: showcasing local ingredients and Wisconsin products as much as possible, Judy & Tim offer culinary variety. Breakfast starts with a fruit course – perhaps baked apples or a guest favorite, heavenly bananas. To follow? Sweet pumpkin waffles with roasted pears, or a savory such as potato frittata. That is living … joyfully!
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Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is here – why not ensure a warm welcome home from your dear with a WBBA gift certificate? 140 Bed & Breakfasts throughout the state ensure that whatever destination you choose, the B&B accommodations are sure to be an upgrade from deer camp.
Your thoughtful sentiment, printed right on the gift certificate, make this gift personal and individual – never ‘last minute’.
Ordering is easy – use the Gift Certificate Secure Order form or give us a call at 715-539-9222. Your gift certificate will arrive in just a few days.
We promised to pass along more innkeeper recommendations on nearby hiking trails and here they are! First we invite you to explore the trails close to the Eagle Harbor Inn, in Ephraim. Right in Ephraim there is a path that wanders through the town and up the bluff down small quiet back roads past all kinds of summer cottages and year around homes. The Bay of Green is never far from view. In fact at many places along the way it’s possible to dip your toes into that bay. There is a route that is mapped it takes a couple of hours. But, it is possible to walk small parts of the route at a time. Also located close by is one of the best state parks in the state, Peninsula State Park. There are trails for all skill levels and they vary in length as well. The park is loaded with so much to see. If those are trails too traveled for your taste there is Newport State Park a mere a 20 minute drive north. There you’ll find more secluded and rugged trails on the shores of Lake Michigan. Also Whitefish Dunes State Park is located south of Jacksonport. Along with miles of trails over sand dunes and into the thickly wooded areas of the park, there are dunes along the shore for picnicking and sunning while you try to brave the icy cold waters of Lake Michigan. A little further south in Appleton Judy Halma of the Franklin Street Inn shared with us that guests often enjoy hiking the Heckrodt Hiking Trail-76 acres of forested wetland, 3+ mile trail system allows access without getting your wet feet, located less than 5 miles from the inn. Nearby in Oshkosh, Brayton B&B recommends The Wiouwash State Trail is a rail trail just a few short blocks from the inn. Its name is derived from the first two letters of the four counties it traverses: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Shawano. The trail is used by walkers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers during the winter months. The trail is split into two sections. The northern section runs from Aniwa to Split Rock. The southern section runs for 21 miles from Oshkosh northward to Hortonville and offers opportunities for biking, walking, jogging and bird-watching. As it traverses the countryside, the southern section of the Wiouwash passes through a number of interesting natural habitats. Segments of the trail run through prairie and wetlands, attracting hundreds of species of birds, including sandhill cranes. The trail also crosses Dagget’s Creek, the Rat River and Black Otter Creek. It’s a scenic and relaxing journey, whether you’re on foot or two wheels. That’s all for now! Stay tuned for Part 3 for more hiking recommendations!
The editors of Midwest Living have just released their annual “Best of the Midwest” issue and we offer hearty congratulations to these highly deserving member B&Bs:
Where to eat in Bayfield: Rittenhouse Inn. The editors called it one of their all-time favorites with wraparound porch and luxe rooms.
Top kid-friendly stops in Wisconsin: Rainbow Ridge Farms B&Bin La Crosse, thanks to what the editors call a “go-ahead-and-get-dirty-attitude.”
This week Fodor’s unveiled its list of 10 Best Small Towns in America, saying “in a time when ‘authentic’ is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected and surprisingly sophisticated array of independent and locally-minded offerings.” Door County was one of the 10, with a mention of Juniper Inn B&B in Fish Creek. Fodor’s lauds the peninsula for its beaches, boutique shops, working artist studios and, of course, fish boils and locally grown cherries. We’ll add B&Bs to that list too!
Usually leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for, well, you know the saying. But not always, as evidenced in this list of Wisconsin B&Bs who offer last-minute getaway packages. And by last-minute, we mean you can even call the day you want to stay. We also like the category of specials called “off season,” knowing the discounts and good values listed here might be just the permission one needs to break up this long winter with a welcome change of pace. Time to pack your overnight bag.
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.