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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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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A recent post by writer Andrew Knowlton, (aka “The Foodist”) at Bon Appétit magazine had us shaking our heads and tsk-tsking. Try as we might in the B&B industry to dispel myths, some food writers simply haven’t gotten the message. So, first read his post here, then continue with our blog. It’s all so not true! Here in Wisconsin, nearly 100% of B&Bs have private baths and not just any baths but spa-like baths – the White Lace Inn – Sturgeon Bay and Canyon Road Inn – Turtle Lake are perfect examples. You don’t have to eat with other guests, although many travelers like the experience. Just choose an inn that provides in-room breakfast like the Otter Creek Inn of Eau Claire, where you’ll customize your own breakfast (and dining time) from their menu. Or, choose the communal table set-up at Pickwick Inn of East Troy. Curfew, shmerfew….there is no such thing. Same goes for rigid check-in times. Who needs a mini-bar when most innkeepers provide free beverages (unless of course you prefer to pay for water). Many offer complimentary libations and snacks in the evening too. Who wouldn’t love the Wisconsin wine and cheese tasting at Cold Spring Inn, Hubertus…from their own vineyard! To borrow from the line in that Oldsmobile TV spot, this is not your grandmother’s B&B.
If you think the typical innkeeper is the hovering type, guess again. They’re there to greet you and get you checked in, serve you a wonderful homemade breakfast, and offer advice on the insider finds in the community. That last service may be the best of all, because Wisconsin B&B owners, unlike paid concierges, give you the real scoop on the best shopping boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, and local attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as checking into something better.
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.
Remotest Inns: Located on a secluded 340 acre estate, Silver Star B&B Inn – Spring Green is perfect to connect with the great outdoors. Forest Moon Bed & Breakfast – Hayward is a log home situated in a clearing in the heart of the forest. Experience the rural tranquility and rugged beauty of the Driftless Area at Inn at Lonesome Hollow– Soldiers Grove, situated on 160 rural acres, half of which lie in their completely private valley.
Prettiest Inns: Totally subjective, so we had to include a few in this category, with the caveat being they are all “painted ladies,” as in Victorian beauties. Check out Miller’s Daughter B&B – Green Lake, Scofield House B&B – Sturgeon Bay, Victorian Dreams B&B – Lodi, The Roth House – Soldiers Grove, and Dreams of Yesteryear – Stevens Point.
Eeriest Inn: Purported to have had ghost sightings is the Brumder Mansion B&B – Milwaukee.
Sportiest Inn: As in offering lots of outdoor sports options to guest. And this category goes to Justin Trails B&B Resort – Sparta.
Love-liest Inn: White Lace Inn – Sturgeon Bay takes the cake. In it’s 30 years of operation has helped a total of 1,300 couples tie the knot making it the love-liest inn. A close second goes to White Rose Inns – Wisconsin Dells which hosts approximately 50 weddings every year. Their slogan is “You make the choices we do the rest.”
It seems summer temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s are now the norm for Wisconsin. If you wilt without central air, rest assured there are plenty of cool and comfortable B&Bs in the state that fit the bill. Another way to chill out is to book a waterfront B&B. For B&Bs on lakes, try At the Lake House – Lake Geneva, Quiet Cottage on the Lake – Sturgeon Bay, Escape by the Lake – Hudson, Lake Orchard Farm – Sheboygan, Lake Ripley Lodge – Cambridge, and Lakeside B&B – Florence. We suspect you’ve picked up on the theme! Inns with river access include Mecan River House – Coloma, Riverside Manor – Marinette, and Riverview – Neshkoro. Gee, we’re feeling cooler already!