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Roll into bicycling season

Wisconsin B&Bs - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wisconsin is one of the nation's bike-friendliest states. It was a pioneer in the rails-to-trails concept, starting with the famous Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, a 32-mile trail along a former railroad line that travels through three tunnels and is part of more than 100 miles in trails that extend throughout western Wisconsin.

Biking is an economic engine for Wisconsin, generating an estimated $1.5 million in annual economic activity. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Wisconsin No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest for bicycling.

The official opening of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail will be held at the Sparta Chamber at noon May 1. The trail turns 50 this year, marking the anniversary of the first rail to trail conversion in the United States. 

The Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast is only one mile from the trail and many guests ride to and from the bike trail on a daily basic. Guests come by car or bike and have a wonderful time on the bike trail and relaxing at the bed and breakfast. From May 1 through Oct. 31 for only $34 per couple, Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast offers shuttle service and will ferry your bicycles and drop you off at locations at Elroy, Kendall, Wilton or Norwalk. The inn also offers secure bike storage and sells bike passes.

B&B travelers who enjoy bicycling could start their trip on the 400 State Trail in Reedburg and stay Mill House on Main, a bed and breakfast in La Valle. The 400 connects with the Elroy-Sparta trail. After a stay at the Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Sparta, you can hop on the La Crosse River State Trail and ride to the Great River State Trail in Onalaska, where you can stay at the Lumber Baron Inn.  

Wisconsin has more than 1,000 miles of bicycling trails, including many trails in the state parks. The combination of biking with bed and breakfasts is a perfect fit. There's no better place to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin's trails and roads and settle in for the night than in a comfortable bed and breakfast operated by innkeepers who know the area. You're sure to receive tips and suggestions about things to do and great places to eat. That's the hospitality that the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization is known for. 

Many Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts member inns offer biking nearby. It's hard to be much closer to biking than Cameo Rose near Belleview. The inn is just one-half mile from the Badger State Trail which links with the Military Ridge Trail and the Capital City Bike Trail.

Dreams of Yesteryear in Stevens Point is near the Green Circle Trail, a 30-mile network circling the city. The inn is just a couple of blocks away from the trail and is only 10 miles away from mountain biking in Standing Rocks Park.

 Pleasant Lake Bed and Breakfast in Osceola is located near the Gandy Dancer and Seven Lakes Bike Trails. Door County Lighthouse Inn is near many biking opportunities. 

Gilbert Huson House in Plymouth is near the mountain bike trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and is near the Old Plank Road Trail. White Shutters in Lomira is near the Wild Goose State Trail and is also near the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Wisconsin also offers plenty of highway biking as well, including the 382 miles of paved roads in the Trempealeau County Bicycle Loop, called the best biking in the Midwest by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Many guests stay at Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast and bike the roads that average only three cars per hour.  

May 9 is the first ride in the Tour de`Trempealeau Series. Choose from a 10-mile fun ride or continue north into the hills for 23- or 43-mile tours. All begins in and returns to Trempealeau, next to the mighty Mississippi River. 

Huson House featured on TV show

Wisconsin B&Bs - Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Gilbert Huson House, a member of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization in Plymouth, was recently featured on a segment of Wisconsin Public Television's show "Around the Corner with John McGivern." 
A premiere showing was presented at the high school in Plymouth and more than 1,000 people attended. Here is the video:
   
The Gilbert Huson House, built in 1891, is a fine example of stick Queen Anne Victorian architecture. It is operated by innkeepers Dan Buckman and Glen Kazmierski. The home has 6 gables and was built at a cost of $6,000. Gilbert operated a mercantile known as Huson & Timm Co. and retired shortly after building the home.
 Family milestones, from births, baptisms, graduations, weddings to funerals, occurred at the Huson House. A newspaper account tells of daughter Mary's wedding reception with sister Clara presiding at the punch bowl. 
After Gilbert & Susan passed away, daughter Clara and her husband Paul, took ownership raising their family in the home. Clara was the first woman to be on the local school board and helped to establish the local library.
 In 1985 restoration began to return the home to a single family residence. It has been designated as a county and city landmark. In 1988 it opened as the first B&B in Sheboygan county. 
There are six guest rooms, all with private baths, three with single whirlpool tubs. 

Enjoy winter skiing by candlelight

Wisconsin B&Bs - Thursday, January 08, 2015

Wisconsin parks offer numerous candlelight hiking, skiing and snowshoeing events. Some include a roaring bonfire and others have warming shelters, with warm beverages. Here are some of the events coming up in January and February near a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization member inn.

The fifth annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike/Snowshoe is Saturday, Jan. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be available for night sky viewing through telescopes and the Horicon Marsh Bird Club will also call for owls. Admission is free and some snowshoes are available for use. Stay at nearby Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast member inns White Shutters near Lomira or Gilbert Huson House in Plymouth.

There are two candlelight events near Dreams of Yesteryear B&B in Stevens Point. The first is Friday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Council Grounds State Park near Merrill. The second is Saturday Feb. 14 at Rib Mountain State Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

Door County Lighthouse Inn is the place to stay for three state park candlelight events. The first is Saturday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Whitefish Dunes State Park. There are two events on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visit Peninsula State Park or Newport State Park.

The Black River State Forest Candlelight Ski is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Stay at nearby Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast or Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

Stay at Mill House on Main B&B in La Valle and participate in the Mirror Lake event from 6 to 8 p.m. in Baraboo on Feb. 7 or take in a candlelight event at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The New Glarus Woods State Park Cabin Fever Candlelight Event is Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stay at nearby Cameo Rose B&B and also check out other Cabin Fever events happening that day in New Glarus.

Jesse Stone House in Watertown is your location to check out several candlelight ski events happening in the various units of the Kettle Morraine State Park. There are events on Jan. 16, Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

Make your Valentine's Day special with an evening at the candlelight event that day from 6 to 9 p.m. at Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls. Stay at nearby Pleasant Lake B&B in Osceola.

For specific information about these and other candlelight skis, visit the DNR web site. (Photos courtesy of the DNR.) 

Spring into Wisconsin bicycling season

Wisconsin B&Bs - Sunday, April 06, 2014

Wisconsin is one of the nation's bike-friendliest states. It was a pioneer in the rails-to-trails concept, starting with the famous Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, a 32-mile trail along a former railroad line that travels through three tunnels and is part of more than 100 miles in trails that extend throughout western Wisconsin.

Biking is an economic engine for Wisconsin, generating an estimated $1.5 million in annual economic activity. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Wisconsin No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest for bicycling.

The official opening of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail will be held at the Sparta Chamber at noon May 1. The Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast is only one mile from the trail and many guests ride to and from the bike trail on a daily basic. Guests come by car or bike and have a wonderful time on the bike trail and relaxing at the bed and breakfast. From May 1 through Oct. 31 for only $34 per couple, Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast offers shuttle service and will ferry your bicycles and drop you off at locations at Elroy, Kendall, Wilton or Norwalk. The inn also offers secure bike storage and sells bike passes.

Wisconsin has more than 1,000 miles of bicycling trails, including many trails in the state parks. The combination of biking with bed and breakfasts is a perfect fit. There's no better place to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin's trails and roads and settle in for the night than in a comfortable bed and breakfast operated by innkeepers who know the area. You're sure to receive tips and suggestions about things to do and great places to eat. That's the hospitality that the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization is known for. 

Why fall is special in Wisconsin

Wisconsin B&Bs - Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year in Wisconsin.  As the daylight hours diminish and the temperatures fall, Mother Nature prepares her trees for winter. The green chlorophyll pigment that dominates the leaves of deciduous trees fades away as the miracle of photosynethsis slows and stops. The carotenoid pigments (yellow, orange and brown) are revealed, along with the anthocyanins, which produce the blazing reds.

Wisconsin is blessed with a mixture of birch, poplar, maple, elm, hickory, white oak, red oak and many other trees. Some of the trees -- like sumac and walnut -- start turning colors at the end of August, while the rest display their colors starting in mid-September to mid-October. Every year is a little different because of the impact of weather, with sunny days and cool nights providing optimal color conditions.

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy nature and drink in the splendor of Mother Nature's color palette. Whether you're biking, motorcycling, walking, talking a boat cruise, canoeing or simply enjoying the sight from your car, the breathtaking views are free of charge!

It's also a busy season for Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization members, so it's always best to plan your reservations in advance. But it never hurts to call to see if there are any last-minute cancellations.

You can also plan your trip with the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report, a fantastic tool to monitor the changing colors across the state. 

Enjoy the change of season and visit one of our member inns