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8th Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Cookbook is in the works.

April 19, 2012 by braytonbb

I am looking for some suggestions. The WBBA (Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association) is in the process of putting out its 8th cookbook from Wisconsin innkeepers. They are asking for 4 recipes from each inn. I started looking through all my recipes and then decided that I would let you choose. Please tell me your favorites that you have had when you have stayed with us and we will use the top ones in the cookbook. I need all requests in by April 25th. You can reply to this blog, comment on our facebook page or email me. your choice.

Cookbooks will be ready for sale by October at a price of $24.95.  We will ship them to you or someone else as well for an extra charge.  As always we will have a hefty supply, but if you preorder now, they can be yours for $19.95.  Boy that sounds like a real infomercial. Sorry about that. These cookbooks have been in a huge demand in the past and sell out each year.

In case you are wondering, the cookbook is more than just the recipes.  There will be information about each B&B that submitted a recipe as well.  The last cookbook that was put out was so  much more than just breakfast entrees. Appetizers, soups and some lunch and dinner entrees and Amazing desserts were also included!

I look forward to seeing all your favorites

Death to the Doilies!

April 16, 2012 by braytonbb

You may have heard about it, you may have not, but I am proud to tell you that the Death to the Doily campaign has started.  I do not have a lot of information to tell you since it is fairly new and the  details are still being worked out. There was supposed to be an open house on April 22nd for B&B’s to participate, but they did not have a very good turn out for participants so that has been canceled.

Death to the Doilies? What is it you ask? Well, let me tell you. There are many misconceptions to a bed and a breakfast and one of them is the dreaded doily! Yes, at one time, whatever B&B you went to, they were there. Under lamps, used as coasters, on the backs of chairs and yes, even made into bed spreads. I am happy to report though, that we have never had a single doily at our inn, nor will we ever. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not putting down the doily and those B&B’s that use them. One in many advantages to staying at a B&B is that we are all so different, unlike the boring hotel chains. You have your choice of so many different locations whether its in the country, the city, a turn of the century Victorian, row house, farm house or modern day new construction. If you love the doily, they are still there, however if you do not, you do have options.

I have included this video which will give you a glimpse of the promotion and some quirky innkeeper humor.

Death to the Doily Video

 

 

New suite is named – Casa Suite

March 6, 2012 by braytonbb

With many months of working on the new suite and receiving so many name ideas from our Facebook followers, we have come to a decision. Casa Suite is the new two bedroom suite. A name brought to us from the contest we ran on Facebook for naming rights. Jon and Susan from Milwaukee have won a free night stay in the new suite. However, we have decided that our runners up, Robin and Philip and Mary Kay and Chet should also be rewarded. They are each receiving $100.00 towards their next stay with us.

With just the bathroom needing completion, we are only a couple weeks away from showing you the final outcome. Casa means a lot to us for several different reasons. Casa means home. Therefore, we want you to feel comfortable, as if you are in your own home, not only at the B&B, but in this new suite as well. We also purchased our home from Casa Cara 8 years ago, which was a  non profit organization here in Oshkosh. In keeping with the rest of the theme of our other rooms, which are named after people that had a significant influence on our home and business, we felt this was the best choice.

The Casa Suite is a two bedroom suite on the second floor. As you walk through the door, the master bedroom is on the left. It is decorated in dark green mossy, suede walls, and velvety mossy green drapes with creme berber carpeting. It boasts a black king size four poster bed with a heated mattress pad, two nights stands with a ipod alarm clock, 32″ flat screen television and ceiling fan. As you walk out of the master bedroom, you will walk through an arched entry way into the foyer.  To the right of the foyer is the second bedroom which offers two full size beds with tan tufted headboards against a deep plum painted granite wall. It is carpeted in a nutmeg color flooring, with a ceiling fan, 27″ flat screen television, and one night stand with a shared ipod alarm clock. As you walk out of the second bedroom, it will lead you to the living room. The living room is carpeted in a smoky gray flooring with a 37″ flat screen television, black sofa with chaise lounge, a cream leather chair and ceiling fan. Off to the side is a small work area with a desk.   The bathroom which is off of the living room is still being completed, however some things you can look forward to is a double vanity, bathtub, laundry facilities and a tiled shower with steam like amenities.

I am looking forward to getting professional pictures taken of the new suite, but I wanted to offer you a sneak peak of one of the rooms. In a couple of weeks, I will post more once completed. We are taking reservations now. You can book online or call us anytime.

New reservation system has gone live, WITH A CONTEST!

December 19, 2011 by braytonbb

Though this may not sound too exciting for some of you, however it is a huge benefit to all involved. For one,  when booking your reservation online, you can now see what is available and what is not just by looking at the calender on the left. The dates marked in gray, we do not have any availability.  The dates that are not  marked you can click on and see what what rooms are available that day for that price, also you can see if  there  is a minimum night stay on any or all rooms.

There are also tabs at the top of the page that you can add a package to your stay, add extras such as flowers, candy, dinner,etc. buy gift certificates that I can email or mail out or get those sheets and bathrobes that you love so much when you stay.

In the summer we offer Scotty’s Pontoon for rent. Our guests get a discounted rate, however we offer it to anyone that would like to use it. . Coming soon, there will be a link that will show when the pontoon is available, which then you will be able to book online as well.

If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Some things we have control over and some things are just how the system works. We’ve tried to make this as easy as possible when booking your reservation.

As an extra bonus, we will have an additional room available this Spring. After you click on check availability, go to the guest rooms. Scroll down to the bottom where you will see our fifth room that we will be offering. We are having a contest over the next few months on the name of the room.  If we choose your name for the new guest suite, you will win a one night stay in the new suite.

So click on check availability now on our site and start thinking of some good names and then email us and with your thoughts. Good Luck.

Merry Christmas Week

December 17, 2011 by braytonbb

I don’t know about a lot of you, but it has been a tough season for me to get motivated to put up the decorations and feel the spirit of Christmas. We have  had such a mild winter ( which I am overjoyed about) and little to no snow (which I couldn’t be happier about) which is what I blame my lack of ambitions for. Though the decorations have been up for a while with the push of my guests, my Christmas shopping is hardly started. I am not a last minute shopper. In fact, most of my shopping is usually done online and is done by now. I have my work cut out for me these next few days. I have a feeling I will be in the same boat as many others-which means lot of crowds and lines. YIPEEEE-Not!

Anyway, wish me luck for my daughters sake. In the meantime I have posted some decoration pictures.

Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett stays at Brayton Bed and Breakfast

May 12, 2011 by braytonbb

Friday recipe of the week is postponed until tomorrow due to the Oshkosh Tourism breakfast being held this morning.

Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett stayed with us last night prior to speaking at the Oshkosh Convention Center. She highlighted 2010 Oshkosh tourism achievements and spoke about what we have to look forward to in 2011 and following years.

I am honored that I got to attend the breakfast and listen to Stephanie speak. She is such an inspiration and a lot of fun to listen to. I don’t get a chance to attend many city functions in the morning and on weekends due to that I am usually making breakfast, cleaning rooms and checking new guests in to the inn. I don’t have any employees other than my husband and daughter (who if you would like cheerios for breakfast) I could then possibly attend, if I could get away from worrying about what was happening when I was not around.

Thanks again Stephanie for visiting Oshkosh and staying with us. We are very honored!

New for 2011

January 24, 2011 by braytonbb

We have joined forces with Olden produce as a CSA. What is a CSA you ask? Community Supported Agriculture Share Program.
This allows us to get our produce from a local source and support our local community.
This year we will be able to get a constant supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, and eggs during the growing season. All produce is grown in a sustainable all chemical/natural free manner.
We will have fresher, local choices that we will be able to utilize in making your breakfast and desserts each day. I am hoping that will be be able to use some products that we have never tried before and make some new recipes as well.
Please come and check us out this summer to see what all the fuss is about.

Christmas at the Inn

November 29, 2010 by braytonbb

It is a beautiful time around the inn at Christmas. We have just finished putting up the garland and lights outside, candles in the windows, Christmas tree up and of our course our mini Christmas village. We would love for you to come and enjoy this beautiful time of year with us. We also sell gift certificates, which make the PERFECT, holiday gift that anyone would enjoy.

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