Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

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

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Award Winning B&B Recipe

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Ever think of a B&B breakfast as being a buffet?  The Port Washington Inn features their Door County Cherry Bread Pudding, as favorite on their brunch buffet. The innkeepers here emphasize quality ingredients and buffet items made from scratch, no shortcuts, and that makes their full breakfasts second-helping worthy. The dish was a favorite with the Judges of our Innkeeper Cook Off contest…perhaps it will become your favorite brunch dish!

Pudding: 
¼ cup butter, melted
1 loaf of bread, cut into cubes
6 large eggs
3½ cups milk (2% or any, including some half & half, if desired)
½ cup Wisconsin maple syrup
1 cup dried Door County Cherries
raw sugar
Preheat oven to 450°F. Melt ¼ cup butter in a jelly roll pan. Add the cubed bread to the pan. Place in oven and toast until nicely browned (watch carefully!). While bread cubes are toasting, use a blender to blend the eggs, milk and maple syrup. Place toasted bread cubes into a large bowl and pour the liquid from the blender over them, mixing well. Add this mixture to a previously well-buttered 9×13-inch baking pan. Add more milk (or half & half ) so the level of liquid in the pan is approximately equal to the level of the bread. Sprinkle the dried cherries over the top, mixing them throughout the pan. Sprinkle lightly with raw sugar. Bake until the middle is firm and the top is nicely browned (approximately 1 hour).
Sauce:
frozen tart cherries, pitted
frozen sweet cherries, pitted
raw sugar
For the sauce: Purée equal amounts of tart and sweet cherries, sweetened to taste with raw sugar. For a thicker sauce, leave cherries whole and lightly sweetened to create a sauce as they thaw.
Innkeeper Tip: We use two of our small loaves of homemade wheat bread. Make sure you have enough toasted bread cubes to fill a 9×13-inch pan, slightly heaped, as they will be absorbing some of the liquid.
Picture yourself enjoying breakfast on the porch of Port Washington Inn.

Picture yourself enjoying breakfast on the porch of Port Washington Inn.

 

Washington House Inn inducted into Trip Advisor Hall of Fame!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

We are proud to announce that Washington House Inn has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner!  The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  When you, the guest, take the time to share your experiences, you are assisting other travelers to find the B&B  Inn that is tailor made for their getaway.

Set in a historic 1886 Victorian cream city brick building in Cedarburg, Washington House Inn is luxurious lodging within walking distance of historic downtown restaurants, shops, a local winery and brew pub and seasonal festivals.  Guests are pampered by the boutique hotel’s thoughtful amenities, including warm flickering fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and steam showers, and a deluxe continental breakfast.

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Historic charm blends perfectly with modern amenities at the Washington House Inn.

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn's 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn’s 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

Wellness While Away

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Tempted to let your fitness routine lapse while enjoying your B&B getaway?  Innkeepers like Marilyn at Riverview B&B in Neshkoro make it easy to treat yourself to a workout – in a room with a view of history.  Inspired by a presentation on John Muir’s history in Marquette County and the talents of a local muralist, the Muir Room exercise area was created.  Practice yoga, walk/jog on the treadmill – TV viewing optional. The wall murals not only reflect local history, but are similar to the views of the White River that guests will enjoy at Riverview B&B.

And, if you need a bit more motivation to ‘get moving’, Marilyn’s yummy Blueberry French Toast Bake will do it!

Riverview exercise room 4Riverview exercise room 5

 

Seek the Unique at TWO NEW INNS!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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.

Step back into the elegant past with all the amenities of today at the Allyn Mansion.

Step back into the elegant past with all the amenities of today at the Allyn Mansion.

You're guided by beacons of light to the Door County Lighthouse  Inn.

You’re guided by beacons of light to the Door County Lighthouse Inn.

Educational Opportunities from Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Tim Brady Session

Tim Brady from Forty Putney Road B&B and creator of Brand Pandemic speaks to conference attendees at WBBA’s 24th Annual Conference in Wausau, WI.

We’re gearing up for our biggest Annual Meeting, Conference and Trade Show yet, welcoming innkeepers and speakers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa; to be held at the Waupaca Ale House and Conference Center November 9 – 11, 2014.  These events are just as much fun as they are educational for hard working innkeepers. We look forward to seeing everyone again, meeting the new members, and hearing from industry leaders about the latest trends in hospitality. Just a few additional benefits to belonging to the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association!

 

What were you doing 30 years ago?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

It’s 1984 …new Innkeeper Wendy J. Porterfield is opening the doors to the first guests at the Washington House Inn located in historic Cedarburg Wisconsin.  WHI is celebrating their 30th Anniversary on September 14th with an open house from 3-5 PM – and you’re invited! Wendy says: “Anyone attending will receive our new hot off the presses 30th Anniversary cookbook and here is a preview of a bit of the Inn’s history .”
Guests can choose from 2 styles of lux accommodations: rustic French Country rooms with exposed stone walls & beams, plank wood floors, and fireplaces, or the more polished Victorian rooms dressed with fine antiques, brass and marble fixtures and whirlpools … 35 rooms total.  Evening Wine & Cheese features Cedarburg wines & Wisconsin cheeses, and it’s just a 3-block walk to the Cedar Creek Settlement for fine dining & gallery shopping.  And in the morning, savor the creativity of the inn’s 3 bakers at the bountiful breakfast.  Happy Anniversary to WHI from WBBA!

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn's 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

Exposed stone walls hints at the Washington House Inn’s 150 year history as the first hotel in Cedarburg. As additions of cream city brick were made to the wood frame structure, the hotel operated continuously.

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed - and this is just a peek at the choices!

A deluxe buffet breakfast indeed – and this is just a peek at the choices!

Wright – right in Wisconsin!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy is strong in Wisconsin, with his longtime residence & school – Taliesin – located near Spring Green. Now, his works are up for “World Heritage Site” designation from UNESCO; there are only 21 of these in the US! You’ll find Wright sites in WI open for tours at www.wrightinwisconsin.org . Our thanks to writer Mary Bergin for this info.  Get insider touring tips from nearby Innkeepers Kelly & Jay at Hill Street B&B  and Jean at Silver Star Inn, both located in Spring Green!

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn's front porch.

Watch the small-town world go by from Hill Street Inn’s front porch.

 

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

Welcome back to Silver Star Inn, after your day of touring the Spring Green area.

Warm up with us – Week 5 B&B Getaway Giveaway

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

It just gets better: this week, 3 B&B’s are awarding 2-night stays in our facebook contest.  The 3 inns serve up generous amounts of hospitality and history, balanced with modern amenities and cultural venues. The Lamppost Inn of Fort Atkinson, where you can dress the part in vintage clothes, is a few blocks from the Fireside Theatre.  Eagle Centre House B&B (Eagle), an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek Revival stagecoach inn, pairs the warmth of wood-burning stoves & fireplaces with the comfort of air-conditioning…it’s near Old World Wisconsin Outdoor Living History Museum.  Pedal’rs Inn (Wales) is where innkeeper Dee’s award-winning breakfast (yes – in our Innkeeper Cook-off!) starts your day of biking or visiting Lunt & Fontaine’s Ten Chimneys estate.

 

Lamppost Inn dress-upEagle Centre House exterior  Pedal'rs Inn bed chamber 4

Warm up with Us Week 2: 2 Inns / 2 Winners of a 2-night B&B Getaway!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Whether providing a show in the cozy theater, serving beautifully presented food in the restaurant, or guiding guests to their room, Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre has a way of making guests feel welcome every time. Located in a wooded setting, you feel as though you’ve driven many miles away from the city into a serene country estate – however, you’re only a mile south of Eau Claire. The inn is surrounded by a manicured property with astonishing flower gardens – and here’s a photo to refresh your memory as to what lies under the snow!

Ride a trolley car? Have a treat at the ice cream parlor? Take in an open-air performance at Alpine Valley? East Troy – “Small Town USA” and home of the Pickwick Inn invites you to do these – and more.  Guest may sleep in the “Charles Dickens Room” with a double whirlpool tub overlooking the treetops … something Mr Dickens never dreamed of!  Innkeepers Dave & Jane will start your day with a multi-course, locally-sourced breakfast.

Enter to win at http://on.fb.me/1ifaKCp.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles ... come back out after dinner & theatre ... all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

Warmed by the sun, you can see for miles … come back out after dinner & theatre … all at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre.

 

Hearty, homemade, and delicious - just what you want at a B&B.  Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.

Hearty, homemade, and delicious – just what you want at a B&B. Pickwick Inn treats your palate with both the savory & the sweet.