Category Archives: Brayton News

WBBA Conference

November 9, 2015 by braytonbb

Scott and I are away for an annual conference for the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast association for the next few days. We do have an interim innkeeper holding down the fort for us while we are away networking with another innkeepers and learning about new industry trends.

Each year the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association (WBBA) holds an annual conference somewhere in a different part of state. A few years ago it was right in our back yard just a few short blocks away from us. This year we will be traveling to Eau Claire. We start off with a tour and dinner at the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls before sitting down on Monday morning to many great speakers and topics that range from new and exciting breakfast offerings to website design. This year the Minnesota group joins us, so it will be great to see some new faces. My favorite day is Tuesday where a trade show takes place and I can get my hands on reordering more of the great Comphy Co Sheets we keep on our beds, Turkish Towel robes, Sunset Hill coffee  mugs and hopefully find some new items we just can’t live without here at the inn. I can’t wait to update you when we get back from small vacation and educational few days.

Discover Wisconsin

October 12, 2015 by braytonbb


Fallen leaves on the ground

Back in June I mentioned that Discover Wisconsin was here at our inn filming. They also filmed a few other B&B’s in Wisconsin as well. The wait is finally over. We will be attending a premier party to see the final product tomorrow at the Grand Opera House. There will be about forty other bed and breakfast owners attending as well, some of which will be staying with us. I am so excited. I am even more excited to announce though that for those of you who live in the Green Bay viewing area, you can catch the first episode on CBS at 6:30 on Saturday, October 17th.  For the rest of you around the state, check out Discover Wisconsin to view your dates and times. We will also be on the radio for five spots. If you scroll down to the bottom of the link I provided you will see these times as well.

We will be featured on the  Discover Wisconsin homepage from October 14-21st. (However, the information remains on the website under “ Destinations”).  See it now, on the landing page as “coming soon”!  By clicking on it, you will NOW be able to get a sneak peak and see  photos, video clips, and features. Check it out!

Want to win an adventure? Visit Discover Wisconsin Contests and enter your information to win a grand adventure somewhere in Wisconsin. We may even putting a package together ourselves in the next few days. hint hint.

What a summer!

September 21, 2015 by braytonbb

signWhat a summer it has been! We have been crazy busy here at the inn( thank you so very much for that), that I have had such little time to be blogging about all the fun things to do in Oshkosh and put out recipes. I do apologize but I am hoping to get back in the groove since I am coming up for breath a little bit. Can you blame me though?  In just the past month we have had the Winnebago County Fair, Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Chalk Walk, Fall Fest and Dragon Boat races and an amazing summer of Waterfest concerts and Farmers Markets. This summer will go down in the record books for being one of such great weather that not too many things were affected.

I saw this article that one of my counterparts posted on Facebook on the other day and I wanted to share it with everyone. It is the top 10 reasons to stay at a bed and breakfast.  They hit so spots, right on. Number 4 doesn’t pertain to us so we are “not so out of the way”, but that is also what makes us so special is that we are in the heart of downtown Oshkosh, where you can walk to all the great things that Oshkosh has to offer.

For those of you who stay in B&b’s often, this is just a refresher article, but for those of you who are new to bed and breakfasts, I hope this has enlightened you to try us out!

David Rush Travel Show

August 12, 2015 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

The David Rush Travel Show visited Oshkosh last week for a few days and we had the pleasure of hosting David Rush himself. Not only did he film our inn, he made his away around Oshkosh and the Fox Valley and was very impressed with our little city and the friendliness that surrounded. You can check out the video of our inn along with some other great places David visited while in Oshkosh Such as the downtown Oshkosh Farmers Market, EAA Museum and Frugal Fashion Consignment. You can see David’s show on YouTube and find out where he is this week. Thanks David for a fun few days!


June 11, 2015 by braytonbb

Diet? Wait, your thinking where is my recipe that she usually posts! Its not that I don’t have one this week, its just


that I thought this was just as important and since diet is based on food, I figured this was along the same lines. So, what comes to mind when you hear that word? I know mine use to be thinking that if you were on a diet, you must be trying to lose weight. Then about ten years ago when we started the B&B, the word diet took on a whole new meaning because we always asked about our guests dietary restrictions or allergies. So then, restrictions took on that similar meaning. These restrictions usually meant trying to lose weight, but most of the time it was for health, usually Dr. advised. As of recent though, dietary restrictions have taken on more of a different meaning with not only myself but our guests as well too. Now, if I hadn’t gone through these “dietary restrictions”, that by the way, I had put on myself, then I might be asking the same question that I hear from those that question this word, diet.

So, let me try to explain. Diet can mean you are trying to lose weight, but we have always been told that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves when trying to do so. Everything in moderation, right? So, you can be on a diet and still have that chocolate chip cookie. Yes, there are those that can’t because of no self control or the Dr. says No. For those people, skip over this part. I am not trying to change the world, just show a different perspective.

Now days, people are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant and everything in between and more. You can call yourself whatever you want. Maybe you are vegetarian, but you decided this morning, you wanted sausage. Now, true vegetarians out there will say you are not a “real vegetarian”. Depending how you went into this new diet of yours, who is to tell you what you are and what you are not unless it was Dr. advised.  Most of us have a our cheat days. If  you are like me, I consider myself a vegan, more so a travel vegan. I am really good when I am at home but when I am dining out or at a friends home (hence traveling), I am much more casual about the word. I made this change for myself to feel better, not because I am against anything. Therefore if I tell you I am vegan, it just means that I prefer to lead a vegan lifestyle, however I do not want to put anyone out or if I decide, because I am an adult, that I want a cheese pizza, I am going to enjoy it.

So, whether you agree with me or not, give your friends, family and acquaintances a break if they tell you they are on a diet and have that piece of cake or sneak that slice of bacon.  We are all trying are best.

Discover Wisconsin

June 1, 2015 by braytonbb

pergola20713We are so honored that Discover Wisconsin will be filming at the inn and around Oshkosh in just a couple of days. In search of an urban B&B where you can get away from it all and still be within walking distance to all that the city offers is exactly what they were looking for when they contacted us. Watch for them around the city as they will be dining in area restaurants, enjoying the riverwalk, shopping in our amazing downtown retail shops and visiting the Grand Opera House. Of course after a long couple days of enjoying our city, they will have plenty of time to decide what they would like for breakfast as we give them a few choices, enjoy a glass of wine under the pergola, and get to know some of our guests staying with us. This won’t air for almost a year, but I promise we will let you know when it does as it will show a few times over the next two years.

Happy Birthday

February 23, 2015 by braytonbb

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, my birthday was yesterday and I still don’t mind celebrating the day or weekend like I Nicole birthday at Carmellasdid this year. I will get to that reason in a moment.  Thursday, we attended a business function in town at Manila who offered up some wonderful sushi and Filipino cuisine. Friday night Scott and I celebrated with another couple we enjoy spending some time with at Brooklyn Grill who has the best happy hour around. Saturday night we decided to stay in, prepare dinner together and enjoy a glass a wine watching a movie.

We have a tradition that on our birthdays we get to choose one place to dine. Typically it is one of our favorites and sometimes it is someplace new that we have never tried. I typically don’t like to go out to breakfast, since what I make is usually better than I can get anywhere else, but this year, brunch appealed to me and I had heard so many great things about a place called Sap in Appleton, so the three of us decided to go.  Once we arrived it was an hour wait so we decided not to stay, however the food that was coming out looked amazing so I look forward to going back. Carmellas is almost right next door so we decided to walk down there for lunch. They filled up quickly, but the service was fast and friendly,  and the food was amazing. Though the tiramisu was untraditional, it was probably one of the best I have ever had. Spending a few hours with my family and having the day off couldn’t have been a  better birthday other than the opportunity to be able to share it with my entire family.

I was asked when I turned 30 if it bothered me. No, it didn’t. Then when I turned 40, I got asked the same question. Nope, that didn’t bother me either. I am pretty sure unless something dramatically changes, 50 won’t won’t be any different. As I was enjoying myself this weekend, it really hit me. Maybe the the reason birthdays don’t bother me is that because I had such a great childhood. If it were not for my parents, obviously I wouldn’t be here. So I guess celebrating my birthday is celebrating my parents and so thank you to Deb and Gary who are currently enjoying themselves on a beach in the Caribbean. I will see you in a few weeks. Also, thanks to all the great birthday wishes I received via texts, emails, Facebook and a few calls.


Coffee Bar

December 15, 2014 by braytonbb

coffee bar2Our new coffee bar is a guest inspiration. Every once in a while a guests will say “Hey, have you ever considered this”, or “you know what you should have”? Sometimes, we have the same ideas, but financially or having the space is sometimes a challenge. Other times though, we think to ourselves, yeh, your right, that would be a good idea. This coffee bar is exactly that.

I am going to call this guest, now friend out. Robin Wagner, thank you! I know its been a few years since you made this suggestion, but it wasn’t an easy fix. We wanted it to be just perfect. You said to us a few years ago that it would be nice to grab coffee in your robe, without having to go into the dining room, when others were having breakfast. You just wanted to grab and go without feeling that you were interrupting something. That is never the case, however, we do want our guests to feel right at home. So, we began thinking, designing and trying to find the the right spot that  made it look like it fit, like it was always there. Our four seasons porch where we keep all of our Oshkosh information, and cozy fireplace was or first choice, but I didn’t want to lose what we offered in that room. We then thought about the alcove by the front door. Perfect spot, but it didn’t seem central enough.

Older homes, don’t come with a lot of closets, so we didn’t want to give up one of the few we had, but we felt that putting in the living room, which is also a common area would be the most beneficial. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room to stick in a refrigerator, but we did add a sink with filtered water, a space for wine glasses, coffee mugs, water glasses and our new Keurig which is getting a lot of use. We still offer coffee and tea in our dining room, but the Keurig  comes in handy for late night drinks or for those that want just one cup.

We hope you will stop in and check out our new Coffee Bar.

Don’t forget those gift certificates

December 1, 2014 by braytonbb

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Many of you probably have your Christmas shopping done or maybe you have at least started. I would normally be one of these two, but this year I have been pushing myself to get the turkey on the table, the decorations up and now thinking about what to buy for everyone. May I suggest gift certificates. I know they can be a bit informal but they really are the perfect gift. I know I will be purchasing several this year. Please think small business if you can. Those box stores are nice but you want to talk about impersonal, that about takes the cake.

Speaking of gift certificates, we sell any denomination of gift certificate you would like, including ones that are packaged up in a nice little bundle that includes anything from flowers, to candy to dinner at a local restaurant. We can even take care of mailing them out for you if you wish. Just give us call, or buy online, let us know how you would like us to handle it and we will take care of the rest. No lines to stand in and it already comes wrapped.

Being Thankful

November 24, 2014 by braytonbb

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As I start preparing for Thanksgiving this year, since we always host the family, I get a little teary eyed knowing that I have a lot to be thankful for. I know I should tell my family and friends more often than I do, but I always assume they know. Whether they do or not, I know I need to voice it more often.

My daughter is a junior this year in high school. She has always known that she has wanted to to be a large animal vet. Other than wanting to go to UCLA, which we had to break it to her, that financially that was not going to happen, River Falls WI, has been her dream. Small school, small town and hands on learning is what she has dreamed about. Already taking some college prep courses in high school and doing an externship over the summer has made her even more sure. We travel this week up to UW River Falls to tour the school, just to make sure that what she has in mind is what it is all about. We have talked to her about doing her generals close to home to save some money and then transferring but that has never been her idea of the right thing to do. I get it! I was once there too. I just wanted to move away and make my own life and dreams happen. That is until she met Mr. wonderful a few weeks ago and now staying closer to home for those generals doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.  Funny how that happens, huh?

Anyway, I have been asked if I am ready. Ready for her to leave, or ready for her to stay? Well, I have to say because she is my only and we are very close, I would miss her like crazy. However, I know that she is ready. So I guess that makes it just a little bit easier knowing that she may choose to be four hours away. Am I ready if she stays? Yes, if I know she is staying for the right reasons and that its the best thing for her. I saw a quote the other day and it said that we should give our children two things. One is roots and the other is wings. I don’t think it could have been said any better.

With that being said, I am thankful for the support of my family, the love of my husband, the closeness of my friends, the guests that choose to spend time at our inn since there are so many great places to stay and the inspiration that my daughter gives me daily to be a better person and a Mom. I hope that you all find your thanks this week, throughout the holiday season and as you live your lives.

New Packages

October 13, 2014 by braytonbb


New Packages, just in time for this upcoming winter.  We always have some great packages and add-ons to your stay, but each year we try to come up with something new and fresh for a limited time. This year, we have really outdone ourselves. We have 5 new packages we want to share with you and 4 of them are for a limited time only. These are just brief descriptions of what we are offering, so if you are interested,just go to our website and find out more.

1. We always have our Packer Package but it is worth mentioning so make your reservations and catch the bus at Ratch and Deb’s Pizza where you don’t have to worry about parking or driving and we serve you a full breakfast in the morning.

2. Pick up your Paintbrush on Sat. Dec. 13 where we will all be walking down to the Artspot to do some Painting. It will make a great gift for Christmas or to keep for yourself the painting on our specials page will show you what we will be doing that day.

3. Nutcracker in the Castle from Nov. 21- Jan. 5th. The busiest of seasons when the Paine Art Museum puts on quite a show with over 100 Christmas trees and Candlelight and guided tours are set to the Nutcracker theme. Stay 2 nights and get 20% off your stay with the Nutcracker purchase.

4. New Years Eve Comedy Dec. 31st. Lets end the year right and have a private party at Backlot Comedy House in downtown Oshkosh. Reservations need to be made by Nov. 17th.

5. Grand Discount! 1 Free ticket to the Grand Opera House with a two night stay through June.

6. Guided Ice Fishing Package – Captain Scotty from Scotty’s Pontoons will take you out on the ice to do a little fishing or to just check out the scenes. Everything included from the shanty, to the bait and we will even pack you a lunch.

Autumn in Wisconsin

September 29, 2014 by braytonbb

fall 2011There is nothing like Autumn in Wisconsin! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a warm weather kind of girl. I love the hot temps, summer breezes and spending the day on Lake Winnebago on Scotty’s Pontoons. However, digging out those jeans, cozy sweaters, taking in the early morning sunrises, brisk walks in the evening and admiring the beautiful array of colors on the trees is a close seconds to those warm summer days.

We are so fortunate here in Oshkosh to have beautiful tree-lined streets that showcase the wonders of Fall and reflect off of Lake Winnebago. Menominee Park and South Park both showcase the colorful sanctuary that we should be so proud to display to our guests that come to our city.

Want to take a road trip though and experience all the colors of Wisconsin. Check out the Travel Wisconsin website to know how locally we are progressing along with the rest of the state.

We are heating up the apple cider and bringing out our pumpkin recipes for breakfast and desserts.Get all our latest and greatest recipes by following us on our Facebook page or on our blog.

Airbnb question and answer

May 28, 2014 by braytonbb

braytonBnbCertificateOfExcellence2014 There has been a lot of discussion lately about Airbnb and some in connection with EAA housing. It seems to be a controversial subject and one I hate to be in the middle of. Unfortunately, being an owner of a bed and breakfast,it is a question I have been asked about a lot lately. This is not a local issue though and has little to do with EAA.  Many licensed facilities, and local government agencies around the country are dealing with this subject.  Whether you knew about Airbnb before or it is a new term to you, there are some things that you maybe didn’t know.  I can tell you that it is not about the competition. I would even love to see another licensed Bed and Breakfast in Oshkosh.  EAA housing is a one time annual event, which in my opinion, should not be policed since it is under the 10 day lodging law. It is the homeowner that accepts payment for renting out their sofa, room or even home for a fee throughout the year continuously, that does not hold the permit or license, that is the concern.

Airbnb, for those that are not familiar, is a room or someones home to stay, one to several nights for an amount of money that is determined by the home owner.  A percentage of that fee is then returned to Airbnb.  They may even call themselves a BnB. You may get a bed, but you may also get a sofa or air mattress. Yes, you do know ahead of time since there is a description, pictures and reviews. Sometimes you may even get breakfast. Donuts, cereal, who knows, somebody may make you breakfast even. They have NOT been inspected for cleanliness or safety and they do NOT pay taxes to run as business.

Airbnb clearly states on their site the legal and regulatory issues that one should look into before deciding to be a “host”. This means registering, getting a permit or obtaining a license before being able to accept guests. They go on to say that each local government varies in how they enforce these laws but that they should be reviewed before listing on their site.  Many times, this is like the fine print that few of us may not always read.

You see, bed and breakfasts are just like hotels, restaurants and many other businesses. We have to be licensed, inspected and insured. We also have to pay room, sales and income tax. The majority of the city taxes that are collected, go back into the city for tourism dollars. It has helped make our convention center what it is today and helps bring tourism to Oshkosh, where in turn, money is spent in our restaurants, retail and entertainment sectors.

We have inspections each year to make sure that the fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are working along with making sure that we do not have insects, rodents or that our coolers and refrigerators are clean and cold enough. Our linens are also checked to make sure we are storing them correctly along with outlets and lighting working correctly. These are just a few of the items that we rigorously go through, not only  yearly, but on a daily basis to make sure that we, as a business, are not only running legally but also comfortably for those that visit us each and every day. Some people may argue with what is wrong with trying to earn an extra buck or two by renting out a spare room. If you take a look at some of the Airbnb listings, you will notice from some of the reviews that some of these “hosts” are doing quite well with there unlicensed and non tax paying businesses. The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association(WBBA) is the only quality-certified organization of its kind in the state, which is why we try so hard to let people know the differences between a licensed bed and breakfast and a non-licensed, not tax paying air bnb. There is room for everyone, including Airbnb hosts in Oshkosh that abide by the same rules as other business owners. We have a great city that many want to travel to and stay in. There was a great article on a website today that not only talked about Airbnb, but other such businesses that I thought was an excellent read that made several valid points.

With that being said we just learned that we won the Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor. This award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. Winners are selected from all over the world, with only the top 10 percent receiving this award.  We needed to maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers.  Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. We are so honored to receive this award and want to say thank you for everyone who has stayed with us this last year and for those that posted reviews. Without guests like yourselves, we would not have been able to achieve this.

Celebrity sighting

April 21, 2014 by braytonbb

I am not really someone who gets crazy over seeing or being around a celebrity. I mean, they are not any different than you or I. However, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy getting the opportunity to spend some time and get to know someone that I might have never had the chance to meet. I have said this before and I will say it again. The best part of my job is getting to meet so many wonderful people. Honestly, a lot of the time I don’t even know that someone is a celebrity until we start a conversation and realize that we have  more in common that either of us knew. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is very generous at sending people are way. A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting Ms. Kara Laricks . I loved her style from the moment she walked in our door and her energy filled the inn and lifted my spirits. We sat for for nearly two hours during breakfast, just her and I talking freely and exchanging thoughts. I walked away feeling very lucky to have met her and inspired by her story of taking chances.  I hope one day, she may be back in Oshkosh again.  

The Weather Channel visits Oshkosh

January 14, 2014 by braytonbb


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Well we couldn’t have timed that any better. Yesterday , we announced that we were awarded one of the top 10 Bed and Breakfast’s in Wisconsin for winter travelers. Today, the The Weather Channel made a visit to Oshkosh and reported on Lake Winnebago regarding the temps and ice fishing conditions. We couldn’t prouder and wanted to share their news story with you all in case you missed it.


Top 10 B&B’s for winter travelers

January 13, 2014 by braytonbb

The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association has named the top 10 Bed and breakfasts for winter travelers again this year and Brayton Bed and Breakfast made the list again. We would like to say thank you and congratulations to all the the other B&B’s that made the list as well. If you can make it to Oshkosh this year, come and stay with us and see why Lake Winnebago is home to some of the best ice fishing and sturgeon spearing around and then warm up back at the inn with some homemade hot chocolate. If Oshkosh is not in your travel plans this winter, the top four B&B’s offer anything from dog sledding to candlelight breakfasts’.
1. Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield: A leader in the green travel movement, the inn is all about the white stuff this time of year. They offer a dog sledding package in partnership with Wolfsong Adventures and you’ll want to ask the owners about a hike out to the ice caves on the Apostle Island National Lakeshore too. Added tip – make time to enjoy the on-site sauna.

2. McCormick House, Hayward: The city is home to America’s largest cross-country ski marathon, the American Birkebeiner, and has some of the finest trails in the country. The sophisticated McCormick House, a restored Victorian with a contemporary twist, has a full a la carte breakfast menu to help you get your energy levels up in the morning and wine to help you warm up in the evening.

3. Canyon Road Inn, Turtle Lake: Six fireplaces, one in each suite, are perfect for defrosting after a day of snowmobiling or ice fishing out the back door. Guests can snowshoe the 14-acre grounds for a good cardio workout.

4. Apple Tree Lane B&B, Waupaca: There’s ice fishing on the chain of 22 spring-fed lakes in the area and cross country skiing around the 7.5 acres that surround the inn. The owners of this circa 1880 farmhouse serve a gourmet breakfast each morning set with candlelight.

5. Brayton B&B, Oshkosh: This is a warm landing spot for those who like ice fishing on Lake Winnebago (sturgeon speaking, anyone?) and Lake Butte De Morts. This Cream City brick Italianate home is doily-free and the innkeepers offer a breakfast-to-go for early risers.

6. Tie: Justin Trails B&B Resort and Grapevine Log Cabins, Sparta: There are seven miles of cross country ski trails groomed for skating and striding on the grounds of Justin Trails B&B, to say
nothing of the four miles of snowshoe trails (30 pairs of snowshoes stored at the B&B, rental is just $5, plus free guided hikes), and skijoring with your dog. At Grapevine Log Cabins, there’s a cute stove in each of the three cabin-style guest houses and homemade quilts on the beds, a nice welcome in for snowmobilers and cross country skiers.

7. Pine Grove Park, Reedsburg: A stay here puts you in perfect proximity to cross country skiing at Mirror Lake State Park (with candlelight skis too) and Devil’s Lake State Park, plus downhill skiing at Christmas Mountain, Cascade Mountain and Devil’s Head Resort. The innkeepers also provide snowshoes for stomping around the trail system on the grounds of the B&B.

8. Inn at Wawanissee Point, Baraboo: This new villa-style estate on 42 acres has snowshoes for guests to get around the three miles of trails on the grounds. The innkeepers even recommend snow walking by moonlight when the snow sparkles like diamonds. The view to the Lake Wisconsin Valley from both the Great Room and the breakfast area is stellar. Downhill skiing at Devil’s Head Resort is just two miles away.

9. Honeybee Inn, Horicon: After a day of cross country skiing on the trails of Horicon Marsh, you’ll have plenty of choices for warming up at Honeybee Inn in Horicon. The inn has eight fireplaces – two electric, one gas, and five wood burning. The innkeeper is a State Fair Blue Ribbon winner and her made-from-scratch bakery is legendary.

10. Token Creek Eco Inn, Madison: The innkeepers here have been known to snow shoe to the chicken coop when the snow gets deep. They offer free snowshoe rental to guests so they can explore the grounds of the inn and the 150-acre headwater springs to the Madison Chain of Lakes. They also endorse the lit cross country ski trails at night at Token Creek County Park.

About the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association
The WBBA is the one of the largest associations of its kind in the United States and the only quality-certified B&B organization in Wisconsin. Its 140 member inns range from historic mansions to waterfront cottages to contemporary urban retreats. Full descriptions of the inns may be found at www.WisconsinBandB.com.

Two Special Weddings

January 7, 2014 by braytonbb

Who doesn’t like a wedding? I would like to introduce you to two special couples that were just married at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014.

Fawn and Geno Perkins. These two special people have stayed with us several times since we have been open these last 7 years. We enjoy their company each and every time they tell us they are coming for a visit. Last summer Fawn emailed me to tell me that they were getting married. Then she asked me if they could get married in December at the inn when it was all decorated for Christmas. I was not only overjoyed BUT honored that they wanted to not only get married at our inn but have their family and friends stay with us for a weekend as well. We started working on decorations, flowers, food, etc. until finally, Fawn decided since her and Geno have never been out of the country that they would prefer to spend extra on their honeymoon and decided to marry in a small ceremony in Brookfield closer to home. Although disappointed that they would not be marrying at the inn, I totally understood. That Fall, we received and invitation to their wedding which was to take place December 7th at a very small, low key and beautiful pavilion in a park. We were once again honored to be invited and accepted their invitation. We are so happy to share these beautiful pictures.

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Rebecca and David. Married January 4, 2014. Not trying to reveal to much about this lovely couple. They wanted their wedding to be kept a secret until later this summer when they will be married again, they wanted me to share their intimate pictures that were taken at the inn this past weekend.  Rebecca and David  were neighbors, not even knowing it until friends had set them up on date. That was all it took for these two people to fall in love. There wedding was small and understated but was perfect for two people just looking to start a life together.

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Congratulations to both of these wonderful couples for allowing us to be a part of your special day.


Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

December 9, 2013 by braytonbb

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for something different to do over the  holiday season and this looks like it might be the perfect solution for this holiday season?

Instead of the usual, why not head to the Grand Opera House and celebrate with Second City. Second City has performed at the Grand several times, but this ALL NEW Nutcracking Holiday Revue features a seasonal blend of comedic scenes, songs and  the trademark improvisation with a bit of holiday mischief. For one night only  on Thursday, December 19th, enjoy this  Funny, bright and completely original, show. It will be the  perfect alternative to the  same old holiday shows.  You will witness uneven gift exchanges with your clueless boyfriend to couples therapy with Joseph and Mary,  Second City has your ticket to all that’s ridiculous about this magical  season.


We did it again!

December 2, 2013 by braytonbb

Well, we decided to do it again! All the Christmas decorations are up along with our guest Christmas giving tree.It is adorned with beautiful christmas gift tree 2012lights, large bulbs and ribbon and clear ornaments that each have a special surprise inside.  It was such a big hit last year, that we decided to spread the joy again. For all of our guests staying with us again this year, in the month of December, you will be able to pick a clear Christmas ornament off of the tree and open it to find a surprise inside. Like last year, we have several 10-40% off night stays, two 50% off night stays and 1 FREE night stay included in the bulbs. This year we have also added FREE cookbooks, B&B coasters and mugs as well for gifts.

All return guests that have stayed with us in the past will be able to use their discount or receive their gift right away. All guests that are new to Brayton B&B, will be able to use their percentage off in a gift certificate form for the next time they come back. Spread the word, we would love for you to see our tree first hand.

If you are not able to make it this year, we also offer gift certificates for those hard to buy for people on your list.


Time to be thankful

November 25, 2013 by braytonbb

a thankful heart

I am thankful everyday for my family and the wonderful friends that I have. However, lately I have been thinking a lot about how fast time goes by. Since my daughter Chase has been 4 she has helped us remodel 4 homes. Nine years ago, my husband Scott and I bought what is now Brayton Bed and Breakfast. We spent a year and half working on one room at at time trying to make each room come alive the way we visualized it in our minds. Nine years ago my daughter was 7. This would be her third house that she has helped with. Though she was small she was a great help cleaning radiators and painting. She has met many guests throughout the years. She learned how to crochet, learned a little French, and best of all learned to meet, greet and talk to people confidently

Three weeks ago today, she went for her drivers license and got it. We all were overjoyed.  For those of you with older children I think you will know where I am going with this, but those of you who still have young ones at home you know that it seems like you spend of majority of your time running your children to play dates, birthday parties, sports practice and games, school and more. At times it becomes overwhelming but I reminded myself often as I did when she was little that nothing lasts forever. Sooner or later babies sleep through the night, but one day, they stop grabbing your hand to walk across the street and they stop waving when you drop them off at school and then they get their license. I had been nervous  for that day for a while knowing that I would be worrying about her on the road.  The first day came though when I drank my tea, watched the news and she gave me a hug and kiss as she hopped in her car and drove to school by herself. These last few weeks have been a little more leisurely and a little bit of emptiness too. I am thankful for the mature young girl that we have raised, but it makes me sad too that time has gone by so quickly and I am being relied on just a little bit less. Bittersweet.

Oshkosh Christmas Shopping?

November 18, 2013 by braytonbb

Photo provided by Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo provided by Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau


When it comes to Christmas Shopping, everybody has a different idea of when to start, but it shouldn’t be any question on where to do your shopping. Oshkosh has got you covered from the outlet mall to all the eclectic retail shops located just a block from the inn.

The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh has over 40 outlet stores selling brand-name clothes that the kids are looking for and a great price that you are looking for. Gap, Aeropostle, Nike, Old Navy and Under Armour are just to name a few.

We all have that one person who is always so hard to find just the right gift for. Downtown Oshkosh stores have one of a kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.  AtomicKatz is one of my personal favorites with the best selection of vintage clothes and furniture from the 20’s to the 80’s. House of Heroes is a great place to go for comic books, roll-playing games and more. Apple Blossom Books is this quaint and whimsical book store where you can find the latest releases. Connected to Apple Blossom Books where not only can you grab a bite to eat but also find anything from the ideal coffee mug, coasters, jewelry, aprons and I could go on and on.

There are so many more shops that I could list, but you will just have to come for a visit to see what Oshkosh has to offer. Whether you already started shopping last year, go on black Friday, wait until the first snow falls like I do or wait until Christmas Eve, either way, there will be plenty of gifts and stores to choose from.

Oshkosh Celebration of Lights

November 11, 2013 by braytonbb


When I use to travel for my job, before owning a bed and breakfast, I drove through Oconto one evening and witnessed a beautiful display of holiday lights strung through the trees of their city park along with a few lighted displays. I thought not only was it majestic, but what a wonderful idea. Just a few short years later in 2001, Oshkosh had the same idea with the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights. What has grown from a beautiful holiday display is now a grand production that depends on many volunteers and hours of  work creating this work of art. With more than a half of a million lights spread over a mile throughout beautiful Menominee Park, Oshkosh Celebration of Lights supports our local community with an annual food drive. This annual holiday event has donated 80 tons of non-perishable food, which has been turned over to local pantries to feed those in need here, in the Oshkosh area.

Each year more than 10,000 cars,trucks, and busses comes through Menominee Park to see sculptured scenes, lighted displays, a 100 foot tree, reindeer, and Santas workshop. Starting on Monday, November 25 this year and going until December 31st, Celebration of Lights will be open from 5:00-9:00 PM.

Nutcracker in the Castle

November 4, 2013 by braytonbb

Starting out as a one time event, The Nutcracker in the Castle has turned into the event of season each and every year. Guided tours are sold out every year, so make sure you reserve early.  This truly remarkable exhibit is a must see once if not every season. The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life.

The Paine Art Center and Gardens presents the traditional Nutcracker story within the historic estate’s ornate interiors. Beginning from the opening party scene with one of many giant Christmas trees and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, that brings the magical Land of Sweets to life. This tale unfolds throughout each decorated rooms with mesmerizing array of sights and sounds.

Candlelight Tours are also available and a spellbinding way for people of all ages to view the Nutcracker on display. On special evenings, visitors go through darkened rooms of the mansion illuminated by the glow of the Christmas Trees.

Self guided tours are available from November 16-January 7th. Monday- Saturday from 11:00 AM -4:00 PM.

Candlelight tours are self guided by an electric candle November 21-January 4th. Wednesday and Fridays from 4:30-7:30 PM

$11 Adult, $7 Youth (5–17)
(Members FREE)
No reservation necessary

Guided Tours are Led by an actor and featuring live music and ballet
Nov 17–Jan 6: Sat, 5–8 pm & Sun, 12–3:30 pm
(No guided tours on Dec 1)
Tours begin every 30 min and last 1 hour

$21 Adult ($17 Member)
$17 Youth (17 and under; $14 Member)
For reservations, call the Paine Art Museum at  (920) 235-6903 or let us handle everything for you. 

Its starting to feel a lot like the holidays

October 28, 2013 by braytonbb


It is starting to feel a lot like the holidays. Starting Tuesday, November 12-January 12, the Oshkosh Public Museum, introduces “Deck the Halls”, which is a new holiday experience.

This new event will include special activities, events and exhibits for everyone to participate in. On the second floor, a Christmas Village will be exhibited which will feature Oshkosh store front façades based on photographs from the museums archives, which will showcase a variety of toys. The community will get to vote on which toys will be on exhibit.

The Oshkosh Public Museum was owned by the Sawyer family from 1872-1908. Activities and decorations throughout the mansion will reflect the time period when the Sawyer’s lived on this property. There will be interactive displays, and demonstrations that would be appropriate to the original functions of the rooms during the weekends.  There will also be a light pole decorating contest among local service groups who will compete and judged by the community by making cash donations to the group of their choice.

  • The Parlor will feature parlor games and an 1890s gift-covered Christmas tree
  • The Dining Room revolves around food and table settings and a 1900s cotton-covered Christmas tree
  • The Den will amuse with holiday stories and an 1880s table-top Christmas tree
  • The Library provides entertainment in the form of music and crafts and a 1910s electrified tree

Other holiday amenities include Candy Cane Cafe, a relaxing place to sit down and enjoy some refreshments, and the ever-popular Museum Scavenger Hunt with an impish twist as visitors are challenged to find the Museum elves hidden among the holiday decorations.


Just two days later on November 14th is the annual community holiday parade. It will start at  6:30pm  in downtown Oshkosh. Five entries are awarded each year for their creativity and best use of the “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” theme. The awards include the Grand Marshall’s Award, Chancellor’s Award, Mayor’s Award, Children’s Award and the Chamber of Commerce Award.

Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes

October 24, 2013 by braytonbb

This is another Pinterest recipe.  I thought it would be perfect to post just before Halloween for anyone having any parties for kids or adults for that matter. The only thing I did differently, was that I made the caramel sauce, but I also used caramel topping that I had. The Caramel sauce is really, really good, but mine was a little thin, so I drizzled both on the cupcake.

Caramel apple cupcakesSalted Caramel Apple Cupcakes – Serves 24 

2 1/4 C flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp.nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. salt, 6 TB butter at room temp, 1 1/4 C sugar, 1/2 C applesauce at room temp., 2 eggs, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 C finely grated apples peeled, Caramel apple frosting, and. 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside. In another large bowl blend butter, sugar and applesauce until well blended and fluffy. Add one egg at a time until combined. Blend in lemon juice and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients and combine. Fold in grated apples. Divide batter among muffin cups filling about 3/4 full and bake about 20 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting with caramel apple frosting.

Caramel Sauce

1 C sugar, 1/4 water, 1/4 butter and 2/3 C heavy cream

With this sauce, make sure you have all your ingredients nearby as you will had to add them immediately when called for.

In a heavy 3qt. saucepan, heat sugar and water over med. high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Once it  begins to boil, stop whisking and allow  mixture to boil until it is amber in color, carefully swirling pan occasional so it doesn’t burn. Once it is a dark color, remove from heat and carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine. (it will bubble so be careful not to burn yourself), Whisk until smooth and keep in a glass jar for use in frosting and other things later on.

Caramel Apple Frosting – 

1 C butter, room temp, 4 C powdered sugar, 3/4 C Caramel sauce, and 1 tsp. vanilla

Whip butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and blend on low until combined. Add caramel sauce and vanilla and whip until light and fluffy.