Posts Tagged ‘Travel Green’

The Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award goes to…

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Congratulations to Steve and Nancy Sandstrom of Pinehurst Inn!  This past Monday at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva, Pinehurst Inn of Bayfield was awarded the Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award!

“Pinehurst Inn is an 8 room B&B on Lake Superior, offering a magnificent natural environment that is enjoyed by visitors year round.  Pinehurst has a mission to be a premier eco-lodging facility, providing the highest level of green lodging hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of the property and area. Pinehurst is committed to sustainability in all practices, serves as a model for other tourism businesses, and is a leader in the Wisconsin Travel Green Program.  A few of the sustainable initiatives Pinehurst practices includes using solar panels, organic and/or locally grown food, composting of all food and garden waste, providing guests with reusable stainless steel water bottles, and offering workshops and seminars to other business owners to learn about sustainable business.  The ‘bottom line’ at Pinehurst is a triple bottom-line, not only measuring business success with financial capital, but natural and social capital as well.”

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Pinehurst Inn Stewardship Award

Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism March 3, 2014

Congratulations Steve and Nancy!

Congratulations Steve and Nancy at the Pinehurst Inn!

Think Green – Warm Up with Us – B&B Getaway Giveaway

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Think GREEN … not what’s deep under the snow or St Paddy’s Day, but “traveling green”.  Innkeepers are doing their part to protect our environment while you enjoy a getaway in comfort and style.  Think earth-friendly cleaning & laundry products and a breakfast that supports local farmers – or features juicy tomatoes right from the inn’s garden. WBBA is honored to have as members Pinehurst Inn (Bayfield) which earned the highest score, and Artha Sustainable Living Center (Amherst) at #2 in Travel Green Wisconsin’s certification program. And, you can win a 2-night stay at either inn by entering our facebook contest!  On a final note, about 40 B&Bs throughout the state have earned their Travel Green certification.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.

Travel Green in eco-elegance at Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield.


Superlatives to Guide B&B Travelers to Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Why not fill up fall with B&B getaways in Wisconsin to all the “est” inns. Here’s what we mean:

Oldest Inns:

Structure:  Wisconsin House Stagecoach Inn – Hazel Green. Built in 1846, Wisconsin House is structurally our oldest member inn.

In Operation:  Old Rittenhouse Inn – Bayfield.  In 1974 Old Rittenhouse Inn was the first B&B to open in Wisconsin  when the idea of a Bed & Breakfast was just gaining acceptance in the Midwest.

Wisconsin House Stagecoach Inn, Hazel Green

Newest Inns:

Structure:   At the Lake House – Lake Geneva. Built as a B&B in 2010.

In Operation:   O’Neill Manor – Neillsville.  Opened May 2012

O’Neill Manor, Neillsville.

Largest Inn:

Washington House Inn – Cedarburg with 34 rooms.

Washington House Inn, Cedarburg.

Tallest Inn:
Strawberry Lace Inn – Sparta with four floors.

Strawberry Lace Inn, Sparta

Highest Inn:
Inn at Wawanissee Point – Baraboo. Perched 800 feet above the Wisconsin River Valley, this 42-acre estate offers a 36-mile view of the Lake Wisconsin Valley.

Inn at Wawanissee Point, Baraboo

Greenest Inn: The top four point-getters in the Travel Green Wisconsin certified program include Pinehurst Inn – Bayfield at 140 points, Artha Sustainable Living Center – Amherst at 125 points, Token Creek Eco-Inn – Madison at 112 points, and Crystal River Inn – Waupaca at 100 points.

Innkeepers Steve and Nancy Sandstrom at Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield.

…Stay tuned for part 2 of the “est” list released this Friday!

Madison Continues to Rack Up Bike-Friendly Honors

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Madison was just rated the fifth most bikeable city in the United States by Bike Score, a quantitative measurement of locations based on availability of bike lanes and infrastructure, hilliness, amenities and percent of people who bike to work.  Check out the heat map that shows areas best for biking in green and those areas not so accommodating in orange and red.  It would be fitting to stay at a Travel Green Wisconsin certified B&B when in Madison if you’re there to bike, don’t you agree?  There’s a nice trio to choose from: Annie’s B&B, Speckled Hen Inn, and Token Creek Eco-Inn.


Look what's waiting for you after exploring Madison's bike trails at Token Creek Eco Inn just outside of Madison.