Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts blog

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

Book your Valentine's Day stay now!

Wisconsin B&Bs - Saturday, January 05, 2013
Valentine's Day is coming up soon. There's no better time of the year to spend a night or even a weekend with your special valentine. 
Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization members will make your getaway a special event. Check out our members that have specific Valentine's Day specials. Some of our innkeepers will go the extra mile and arrange for flowers and chocolates. All you have to do is book the room, ask for the extra amenities and show up with the love of your life. Leave all the planning to us so you can relax and enjoy yourselves. 
Many of our members specialize in romance year-round. We're not unaccustomed to marriage proposals being made at our inns. Whether you want to pop the question this year or just express your eternal love for your longtime partner, there's no better place than a Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.