Scrapbooking is nice as a solitary pursuit, but wouldn’t you rather cut and paste surrounded by a crew of your favorite fellow scrapbookers? If yes, then consider making it an away occasion. Miller’s Daughter B&B in Green Lake hosts scrapbooking weekends fall through winter, with an area designated specifically just for that. At the Franklin Street Inn in Appleton, innkeeper July Halma, a former art teacher, says her B&B is a “Crop Til You Drop” retreat location. And at Lake Orchard Farm B&Bin Sheboygan, three-night scrapbooking retreats are held in their well-lit clubhouse area, with use of fully equipped kitchen included in the package.
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The first step to curing the 2013 strain of cabin fever is to leave your house. The second step is to head to a Wisconsin B&B Association member inn and, lo and behold, we’ve got real cabin B&Bs to choose from. In Wisconsin, inns come in all shapes and sizes, which makes finding a unique place to stay a happy endeavor. You have your Victorian mansions, contemporary urban inns, working farms, and cabins. Yes, there are 18 member B&Bs whose architecture is true cabin, from the rough hewn logs to the big front porch to the roaring fire in the fireplace, like Grapevine Log Cabins B&B in Sparta and Tauschek’s B&B Log Home in Plymouth. There are also inns that have cabins, with Justin Trails B&B Resort in Sparta a fine example of that. And inns with the cousin to the cabin – the cottage – like Thorp House Inn & Cottages in Fish Creek.
There’s nothing quite as sweet as the sound of birds chirping. It’s that harbinger of spring that melts even the grumpiest soul.
Did you know that right from our web site you can access nearly 300 birding sites around the state plus nearby inns? Take a gander and get that spring getaway on the calendar.
While most of us love the benefits of “springing ahead,” like more daylight as we’re heading out of work at the end of a long day and the promise of warm weather, losing that one hour of sleep is a bummer. With quirky “national” days all the rage, thought you’d like to know that Monday is National Napping Day, to coincide with the return of daylight savings time on Sunday. And, you likely know where this is going, we’re suggesting that some of the best napping to be had is at Wisconsin B&B Association member inns. Innkeepers like Jean Moore and William Mallory at The Lauerman House Inn in Marinette go all out with the beds and bedding, creating a spa resort feel to their guestrooms. All beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets, with two suites having a two-person jacuzzi tub to top it all off. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves when you stay at the Water’s Edge, as the inn is located smack dab on the shores of Lake Michigan. So we give you permission to nap on Monday and any time you’re visiting one of our member inns.
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.
Even if you don’t own a dog it’s difficult to resist tuning in to the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show if only for the announcement of Best in Show. Oh, the drama, the divas, the dog handlers…and what’s with those doggie treats! At any rate, if you are a pet person, you’ll be happy to know there are 13 inns in Wisconsin that would be very pleased to host you and your canine companion. So, if you’re the type of person who would never dream of leaving home without your prized purebred or mutt with the magnetic personality, the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has you covered.
We’ve often touted how Wisconsin B&B Association member inns do such a great job of sourcing locally for their breakfast menus. Bet you didn’t know they carry on with that commitment long after the first snow flies. Indoor winter farmers’ markets offer a bounty of goodies for B&B owners and home chefs alike. The Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market at State Fair Park runs through mid-April, with area vendors coming together to offer shoppers a nice selection of root vegetables, artisan cheeses, honey, maple syrup, jam, meats, eggs and pastries. Extend the warmth by spending the night at a B&B in the region. The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market welcomes visitors with Alterra coffee, lots of baked goods, popcorn, pickled goods, winter greens and more. Pair that with a stay at Inn at Pine Terrace – they have quite the following for their pecan stuffed French toast. The famous Dane County Farmers’ Market moves indoors to the Madison Senior Center, where the selection is diverse and delicious, just like the B&Bs in the Madison area. Here’s to good eating all year long.
Here in Wisconsin, we never let winter get in the way of a good outdoor event. Stay at a Wisconsin B&B and you’ll always know you have a warm, cozy bed and warm, homemade breakfast to come back to. So here are our picks for some terrific outdoor fests for each weekend in February, with links to B&Bs in the area, starting with the 24th annual Hot Air Affair in Hudson, February 1-3. The weekend includes hot air balloon launches, a parade and geocaching. The Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament will be held in Westby, February 1-2. There’s the Sturgeon Stampede in Fond du Lac, February 8-10, with skating, broomball, ice bowling, and ice sailing. The centerpiece of the Manawa Snodeo in Manawa, February 15-16, is the vintage snowmobile and motorcycle racing under the lights. Rounding out the short month is the American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Event in Hayward, February 21-23. Also, feel free to take a gander at Travel Wisconsin’s Snow Conditions Report and click on your favorite activity to see what the conditions are like. Feeling hardy? We hope so.
Fans of the incredible PBS series “Downton Abbey” most certainly spent last Sunday evening glued to their TV sets for the season premiere. At last, the wedding of Matthew and Mary! And a wedding for Edith on the way. Did you know you can actually book a wedding at Highclere Castle where the series is filmed? Well, if that’s not in the (bridge) cards for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that many elegant Wisconsin B&Bs also host weddings. Or perhaps an elopement is more your style, in the spirit of Lady’s Sybil’s runaway marriage to the chauffeur. It’s all so thrilling, isn’t it!
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.