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Yoga Anyone?

March 13, 2012 by braytonbb

My sister introduced me to yoga about 3 years ago. I went twice and decided that it was not for me. I was doing pilates and zumba at the time which I really liked the pace of both of them and yoga just seemed a little to slow for me . I couldn’t get my head in it. About a year later, I was having a hard time sleeping well. I have always talked and did a little walking in my sleep, but it seemed to take over my life recently.  I tried a new mattress, herbal teas, vitamins, and went to the doctor who said I should get a sleep apnea test. I had insurance, but apparently my insurance didn’t cover the cost, and the cost was not worth it to  me to take the test.  I knew that I could figure this out on my own.  Not long after, I was at a women’s group that I below to and I was talking to some other women about my condition. It just happened that the women from Inner Sun Yoga studio was there and she suggested I try yoga. I listened to what she had to say and said I would come. Even though I knew that it was not for me, I knew that I needed some sleep and so did my husband, so I decided to try again.

Inner Sun Yoga studio is just one block away from us. I liked the convenience so I decided to walk to class one day. I am sure you know where this is going, but after class I felt great. I felt like I got a good workout in and I felt more relaxed. I tend to be a pretty high energy person and have to remind myself to relax more often than not. Anyway, that evening, I slept a little bit better and so did my husband so I decided to go back. After the second session, I was hooked. I did try other instructors and noticed that each one conducted their class a little differently which meant that I was getting something different from each class and instructor.  The longer I went, I learned which classes and which instructors were giving me what I needed.

It has now been three years since the first time I have gone and though I still do a little talking in my sleep once in awhile, I do sleep much more soundly, I need less hours and I have learned to relax throughout my day. I am so thankful for Deb at Inner Sun Yoga Studio for convincing me to come back.

If you have never taken a yoga class or even if you have and thought that it was not for you, try it again. Inner Sun Yoga studio awakens your senses the minute you walk in the door with relaxing smells and an intimate atmosphere that takes you into a different place. Deb and I have put together a package deal for a couple of her workshops coming up. You save money on her workshop and on your stay with us as well. You can view more details about her workshops and the package deal on both of our websites.

 

 

Rooms of Blooms

February 27, 2012 by braytonbb

The Third Annual Greater Fox Valley Floral Show
March 2-4 & 9-11

The Paine Art Museum and Gardens is a wonderful Gem to Oshkosh. There are so many reasons to visit the museum during the year, and this is one of those times with the sights and and smells of Spring throughout the museum of the best florists in the area.

This is the third annual Rooms of Blooms at the Paine Art Museum. As in the initial two years, the Paine’s interiors will be bursting with floral arrangements and creations. From single artistic arrangements to elaborate table settings and entire room installations, the show will be an extraordinary delight of spectacular sights and aromas. The show will be on view for two weekends. A special “after hours” admission of $1.00 off regular rates will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

The annual “Rooms of Blooms” presentation celebrates the art of floral design within the ornate rooms of the historic Paine mansion. The show features over one hundred artistic fresh flower arrangements and more floral creations by the most talented designers in the region. The beautiful floral creations are inspired by artworks on display at the Paine and the exquisite décor of the mansion.

Battle on Bago

February 20, 2012 by braytonbb

Battle on Bago is in its fifth season and getting bigger every year. This  is a a two-day ice fishing event on Lake Winnebago presented by Oshkosh Southwest Rotary. There are over $100,000 in cash and prizes being given away. Featuring a fishing tournament, Raffle Prizes, Live Band and the Largest Fish Fry on Ice. All proceeds go towards youth and environmental conservation efforts. February 24-25 on Miller’s Bay  at Menominee Park. Check out the itinerary and see what Oshkosh has to offer for winter time recreation.

Friday (Feb 24th) 

  • Fish Fry & Live Band
  • Copper Box

Saturday (Feb 25th)

  • Fishing Tournament 6am to 130pm – weigh-in by 2pm.
  • Prize patrol will be on the lake from 8am to 12pm
  • Chili Cookoff 11am to 2pm – Main Tent
  •  LIVE MUSIC – Happy Schnapps Combo (1pm to 5pm)
  • Fishing Prizes Awarded – 4pm
  • Raffle Prizes announced 5pm
  • Steak Fry 5pm
  • LIVE MUSIC – Sonic Circus 7pm to 11pm

Four Square Tournament

February 13, 2012 by braytonbb

Who doesn’t remember a good game of four square of elementary school. Kids are still playing it now days and so can you again at the Four Square Tournament hosted by Body Works International on February 18th from 9:00-2:30.  For those that do not remember the criteria for the playing the game. I have listed the objective and rules below, but of coarse you can always go to the Bodyworks International website for more information.

The Goal of the game of 4-Square

Four-square is played with a rubber ball on a court made of four adjacent squares.

The objective in four-square is advance to the highest square on the court by eliminating other players with a rubber ball. When the ball is bounced into your square you must then bounce it back out without hitting twice in your own square, otherwise you are out. The ball is bounced from one square to another and players are eliminated for hitting the ball incorrectly, into the wrong square, playing out of turn, or by causing other specific errors. The object is to eliminate players in higher squares so that you can make it to the ‘four square’ and score the most points Once at the highest ranking square, a player scores points and has the privilege of serving the ball to start each round. Any number of players may wait in a line outside the court for their turn to play.

Counterpoint: Rodger Bechtold & Richard Taylor Exhibit at the Paine Art Museum

February 6, 2012 by braytonbb

The Paine Art Museum brings us their newest exhibit starting February 10- May 20th.  This dynamic exhibition pairs the work of two distinguished contemporary artists with Wisconsin ties. Bright, luminous landscapes are the trademark of midwestern painter Rodger Bechtold. Bechtold often paints in Door County, finding inspiration in its pristine beauty, pure light, and weathered barns. On the other hand, Milwaukee-based Richard Taylor creates colorful painted metal sculptures, ranging from whimsical freestanding works to complex wall installations inspired by music, poetry, and memories. While the two artists share a natural affinity in their expressive use of color and their midwest roots, the exhibition also explores the intriguing differences between their works.

Heart of Winter Celebration

January 23, 2012 by braytonbb

This is the  first year that this event will take place. Downtown Oshkosh is the place to be on February 18th from 11:00-3:00.  If you are looking for some winter family fun then you have to check out all the activities that are scheduled to take place.  The Heart of Winter Celebration will be an annual event to bring people of the house and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer. There will be ice carving, sledding, dog sled rides for the kids, snow/ice bowling, human shuffelboard, an indoor scavenger hunt and  food  are just to name a few of the good times to be had.

Wedding Faire visits Oshkosh

January 16, 2012 by braytonbb

La Sure’s is your host for The Wedding Faire being held on January 19 from 4:30 pm-8:30 pm (weather date Sunday Jan. 22). Wedding fashions, free Wedding cake, door Prizes, & a grand prize will be awarded to people attending.  There will be  32 vendors participating in this wonderful event waiting to connect with area couples or brides planning for their dream wedding. Get everything done all in one spot and then call or come and see us book your honeymoon stay.

Jazz Orgy at Beckets on the Fox River

January 9, 2012 by braytonbb

Beckets on the Fox River is a great place to stop in for a martini, glass of wine and a wonderful dinner over looking the river. They are within walking distance from us which makes it the ideal place to go for a romantic dinner or to meet up with friends. Their banquet facilities are a great place to hold a weddings which means you also have us nearby for your honeymoon night or a whole house rental for your wedding party. One of our favorite nights to stop in are on Wednesdays, for Jazz Orgy.  They have $13 bottles of wine and amazing martinis. Ask for their house martini. Its my favorite!

SNOGA -Snowshoe and Yoga Adventure

January 2, 2012 by braytonbb

I have been to several yoga studios and I have to say I feel right at home and comfortable at Inner Sun Yoga Studio. If you have never been here, I encourage you to go. Inner Sun presents their second annual snowshoe and yoga adventure trip to the beautiful Camp lakotah by Wautoma. Last year they sold out, so book fast. One of these years I would like to go but then we fill up here, so I don’t get a chance to but I have heard some wonderful things about this trip. This is a one day adventure retreat that will take you away from the craziness of life as you experience the beauty found in winter’s wonderland where the northwoods begins.

Begin your day with a yoga practice at the lodge, followed by some relaxing music with Kellie Lin Knott in front of the stone fireflace with a cup of hot chocolate. You can then choose to stay by the fireplace or join in on snow shoeing/hiking at 12:30 through the majestic pine forest along the trails. Around 2:30 after lunch you will explore the timeless tradition of primal percussion & celebration of community with this unique, interactive drumming experience featuring drums of all colors, shapes & sizes from around the world!  There will be a closing ceremony at 4:00 with a light yoga session.

New Year’s Eve Cabaret Celebration

December 13, 2011 by braytonbb

Why not make this the year that you will do something special for New Year’s Eve.  Make a weekend out of a bed and breakfast stay and a little dancing, food and champagne with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. Book early though since space is limited.

Barrage at the Grand

December 7, 2011 by braytonbb

The Grand is such a beautiful place, but this time of  year it really shines! All the festivities that Oshkosh has to offer, why  not take in a show at the Grand. Your just blocks away from us, so it is easily walkable. Barrage is a high octane fiddle fest with an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. This is their final tour for this legendary group, so be a part of something special on Saturday, December 17th.

Janet Planet at Gardinas Wine Bar and Cafe

December 3, 2011 by braytonbb

You’ve heard me mention before that we love visiting Gardinas. The wine selection is amazing and the staff is always so helpful in making recommendations. Renowned vocalist and local Janet Planet is now playing at Gardinas the first Monday of every night (concert schedule permitting) from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Reservations are strongly recommended though.

Janet is a regularly featured singer at Feinstein’s and Metropolitan Room in New York City. It’s a treat to hear her in the Fox Cities, let alone an intimate venue such as this. Ms. Planet and her long-time guitarist, Tom Theabo, draw on their cosmic repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards with some Bob Dylan and other surprises thrown in for good measure.

Janet will also be ringing in the holidays the Grand Opera House with the UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble on Friday, December 9.

Race for the Light

December 2, 2011 by braytonbb

Race for the Light is the region’s most fun and festive 5K. The Holiday spirit will engulf you as you run the course through Oshkosh’s Celebration of Lights in Menominee Park, featuring festively decorated homes, carolers and musicians, as well as over 500,000 lights and displays.  Last year’s Race for the Light had a record attendance with almost 1,000 runners and walkers. With your participation, we can break that record and raise even more money for families in crisis in our community.

The 9th Annual Race for the Light 5K Benefit Walk/Run will be held the evening of Saturday, December 3rd. Registration begins at 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh. Race start time is 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, which provides shelter and domestic abuse programs in Winnebago and Green Lake counties.

 

Oshkosh Gallery Walk-

December 1, 2011 by braytonbb

gallerywalkmapWow, there is so  much going on in Oshkosh this weekend. I love it. One of my favorite events that takes places the first Saturday of every month is Gallery Walk. This time of year is truly the best for me though with streets all lit with Christmas lights, people bundled up and smiling. From 6-9 p.m on Saturday, December 3,  Oshkosh galleries and businesses open their doors to feature artwork of all varieties and genres. Come join the hundreds of other art lovers who make Oshkosh the place to be on the first Saturday of every month. You can grab dinner, coffee, have a cocktail and wonderful the all the wonderful stores downtown Oshkosh has to offer.

For more information on The Oshkosh Gallery Walk visit: www.oshkoshgallerywalk.com

Bling!

November 28, 2011 by braytonbb

Oshkosh has two amazing museums right across the street from each other. They both do an incredible job of bringing in exhibits that draw in many different types of crowds. If you have not been to the Oshkosh Public Museum to see the this current exhibit that runs through March 4, now is the best time to do it. While you are in town with the girls shopping, take break and go back into time to view this exquisite show-stopping fashion exhibit. Bling spotlights on 100 years of high-class style and clothing embellishments. Trend-setting fashions and accoutrements, including hats, jewelry and evening gowns will be on display.The exhibit grants backstage access to the richest styles of the century and showcases over-embellished fashions and designer duds, all from the collections of the Oshkosh Public Museum. Ornate bustle dresses, elegant Titanic-era gowns and dazzling flapper sheaths sparkle with 100 years of bling. Presidential inauguration gowns, bridal trousseaus and dresses fit for queens are accented by an eclectic display of tres chicaccessories, including hats, clutches and parasols.

We have paired up with the OPM to give you a truly memorable package. Check out our special packages page to see the details on your stay and a visit to the Oshkosh Public Museum.

Celebration of Lights

November 21, 2011 by braytonbb

 

 

A truly breathtaking scene takes places at Menominee Park in Oshkosh starting this weekend November 23 and goes through Jan. 1. We are just a one mile walk down to the park where you will see and enjoy more than a half million lights. Larger and brighter FVTC Magic of the Season electronic light display choreographed to the outstanding seasonal sounds of the Choirs of Oshkosh will showcase all the beautifully decorated trees and displays. Some of the Celebration of Lights activities include Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Snack Shop, The Elves Hideout – children’s activity center; Nights of the Torches, Free Community Nights, live reindeer and 100-foot holiday tree

Midnight Madness Event at The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh

November 21, 2011 by braytonbb

Tis the Season! Thanksgiving has given way to eating a little too much stuffing and pumpkin pie and watching the Packers beat the Lions. Its time to get all rested up and head out on Black Friday, November, 25th at 12:00 AM.  The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh with have amazing deals and specials at all their name brand stores.  Then when you have had enough shopping, check in with us and let us pamper you with some fine wine, cheese, crackers and chocolates where you can sit by the fire and relax from a hard day.

Girls Weekend Out

November 16, 2011 by braytonbb

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend. Make a weekend out of  it and stay and play while your here. Get your daughters, mothers, sisters and friends together and head to The Outlet Shoppes of Oshkosh. Here you will find all your name brand stores for discount prices. The first 100 shoppers on Saturday, the 19th will receive a gift bag filled with special coupons and prizes that will be randomly stuffed into the bags. They have so many great stores all in one area that you are sure to get a head start on some Christmas shopping. Some of my favorites are Coach, Gap, and Old Navy, but there are so much more, so have fun.

Just as your tummy begins to grumble, head to downtown Oshkosh and grab some lunch at one of my favorites, Caramel Crisp. The salads are amazing and you will be drawn in by the goodness of all their other treats like popcorn, ice cream, cookies and great gifts. Their doors open up into the Apple Blossom Book store into a magic wonderland of reading.  Enjoy the Red Saturday event downtown from 12:00-3:00 where you will find those truly unique holiday gifts.  Enjoy a free horse & carriage ride, madrigal and barbershop singers, plus treats and coupons at participating businesses. Later on, enjoy some dinner at my favorites, Gardinas Wine Bar or Beckets on the Fox River.

Nutcracker in the Castle

November 14, 2011 by braytonbb

Next to summer in Oshkosh, the holidays have more going on in our community than any other. If you have never been to the Paine Art Museum and Gardens, this is a magical time to go.

Starting on November 18 through Jan. 8, the Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life.

Revered as an “American Castle,” the Paine Art Center and Gardens presents the traditional Nutcracker story within the historic estate’s ornate interiors. The Paine’s original presentation of the holiday fairy tale immerses audiences in the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. From the opening Party Scene with a giant Christmas tree to the magical Land of Sweets and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, the tale unfolds throughout elaborately decorated rooms with a mesmerizing array of sights and sounds. Available by reservation, Guided Tours are led by a character actor and feature live music and youth ballet performances during the magical journey.

New this year, Candlelight Tours are an especially spellbinding way for people  to view the Nutcracker display.  On special evenings, visitors carry flickering electric candles as they wander through darkened rooms of the mansion illuminated by the glow of the Christmas trees.

 

Holiday Parade and tree lighting in downtown Oshkosh

November 9, 2011 by braytonbb

Did you know that Oshkosh is called the Event City? Its because we host so  many great events which gives you plenty of things to do while you visit. Brayton B&B loves only being one block away from all the great things to do downtown, which means you can walk right out the front door to all the festivities.

Thursday, November 10th, downtown Oshkosh is holding the annual tree lighting in Opera House square and holiday parade. Come to the Square between 3:30-5:30 to get your picture taken with elves, a sleigh, and live reindeer. Also enjoy music, food, and the tree lighting at 6pm; parade follows at 6:30. And its FREE!

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