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Did you know? University of Wisconsin Oshkosh….

March 27, 2012 by braytonbb

Did you know that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the 3rd. largest university in Wisconsin? Right out our back door and just blocks away from the B&B. How convenient that it is for students growing up in our community and parents sending their kids off to school and parents coming to visit.

Located on the Fox river and with so much to offer such as recreation, arts and culture, service learning and career building, Oshkosh is a great school to consider. Approximately 13,500 students benefit from the nationally recognized expertise of the faculty and a wide variety of courses and degrees are offered — including 58 undergraduate majors,17 master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) — and modest class sizes.  With 80,000 alumni is easy to see why Oshkosh takes such pride in its campus.

Did you also know that the students at UWO have so much at their fingertips. Reeve Memorial Union is the place where students can go to relax, featuring a student involvement center, movie theater, club, food court and coffee shop. Throughout the semester, the University also hosts comedians, concerts, carnivals, workshops and many other events providing entertainment to students.

As a student, they also have free access to the state-of-the-art student recreation and wellness center.  This facility features multiple basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor soccer court, more than 80 cardio exercise machines, a jogging/walking track, climbing wall, aerobic studios, Cyber Café and many free-standing and machine weights. Albee Hall which is home to several racquetball courts and an indoor pool are also provided. For students interested in intercollegiate or intramural sports, Kolf Sports Center is the field house of the university, including a weight room, gymnastics area and large gym with a track. UW Oshkosh’s outdoor intercollegiate sports are played at the Oshskosh Sports Complex. This recently renovated facility is home to UW Oshkosh’s football, softball, baseball, men and women’s soccer, and men and women’s track and field teams.

When it comes to learning, there are ten academic buildings located on campus, which are remodeled on a regular basis and feature up-to-date technology. Classrooms have access to digital projectors, televisions and other forms of technology. All of UW Oshkosh’s colleges and programs are nationally or regionally accredited. UW Oshkosh also features 47 computer labs on campus located in convenient locations, such as the academic and residence hall buildings. Computer labs are kept on a three-year rotation to ensure students have access to the latest technology. Software is updated annually and computers are preloaded with the programs that students require for their classwork.

In addition to a low city crime rate, UW Oshkosh has its own, highly trained and professional state police officer force, as well as trained student community service officers that serve as police dispatchers. Students walking between buildings late at night can request for an escort or take the free, late-night bus service. Located throughout campus, blue light emergency phones provide added security and are a direct line to the University Police.

As you can see, as a community we are very fortunate to be able to offer so much to our children in learning and hopefully staying and building a life in our ever growing city.

What do people come to Oshkosh to do?

March 20, 2012 by braytonbb

That is the question I get all the time, especially this time of year when the weather is not always cooperative with peoples plans.

Hmm. Where do I begin I usually say. Thats the truth though. There is so much to do in Oshkosh year round and because we are the “Event City”, there is always something going on.

Let me just start with the obvious. EAA Museum! Hello, this is a nationally recognized museum. People from all over the world will come here once a year, but anytime of year is a great day to visit the museum.  Paine Art Museum and Gardens. Oh my gosh, this place is gorgeous with the Nutcracker over the holidays, Room of  Blooms in just the last couple of weekends, Faire on the Green, plus all their other exhibits throughout the year.   Oshkosh Public Museum is right across the street from the Paine. Each year they bring several exhibits to the city but also year round exhibits that portray Oshkosh, such as the history of the Sawyer family, The Apostles Clock, and lumbering and logging history are just to name a few.  The Grand Opera House is quite the sight to see as well. This intimate theater sits 668 patrons and hosts nearly 100 performances a year. The Wiowash trail, Menominee Park and zoo and  South Park are not to be missed either. Great walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts plus several events are held here every year.

I don’t want to leave out gallery walk where local artists can show off their work in our downtown retail shops.  Our new river walk will be able to connect area businesses that are on the water and bring in new business to the city as well.

Your going to get hungry with all this driving and/or walking that you will be doing. We are are so fortunate to have so many great downtown restaurants, spas and retail shops downtown. Soiree, Chic to Chic and Apple Blossom Books  are a few of my favorite shopping stores. When I get hungry I love to walk down to Gardinas and Caramel Crisp and then take in a pedicure or massage at Salon Mode. I could go on and on with all the events that Oshkosh puts together from fisheries, to festivals and concerts and free outings for families.  I guess you will just have to come to Oshkosh for a visit each season to take in everything we have to offer.

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!

Friday Recipe of the Week – Breakfast Lasagna

December 9, 2011 by braytonbb

I thought I had posted this recipe before, but as I looked back I couldn’t find it. I make this breakfast entree a lot and everyone always comments how unusual and wonderful it is. It is a bit putzy to put together, but I will usually make several at once and put them in the freezer if I am no so prepared at a later date. The combination of the ham, salami, eggs, chives and cheese with the lasagna noodle is wonderful. I served this with with mini hash browns and pumpkin cheese bread (pumpkin bread was in a earlier blog recipe).

Breakfast Lasagna  Serves 8-Can be cut and half and frozen and baked later.

2 Cups white sauce (4TB butter, 2 C milk, 4TB flour), 9 lasagna noodles –cooked and drained, 8 oz. ham –cut into pieces, 8 oz. salami- cut into pieces, 3 C Shredded cheddar cheese, 7 hard boiled eggs, 1 plus 1 TB. Chives,

Preheat Oven 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan

Place ¼ C white sauce in pan. Place 3 noodles on the bottom of pan.Sprinkle with ham, salami and 1 C cheese. Sprinkle ½ eggs over top along with 1 TB Chives. Drizzle ½ remaining white sauce over top. Layer Again. Top with remaining noodles.

Spread remaining ¼ cut white sauce over noodles and top with remaining cheese

Bake 40-45 minutes or until bubble and golden.

Sit 10 minutes before you and cut and serve.

Bed and Breakfast vs. Hotels

February 9, 2011 by braytonbb

Many people ask us why they would want to stay at a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel since we don’t give “priority points”.
We tell them this. Though we don’t give points we do give you many amenities that hotels cannot offer.


*Full homemade breakfast in the morning at the time you choose either in your room or in the dining room next to a cozy fireplace.
*Weekend afternoon wine and cheese
*Homemade desserts every evening
*Concierge services

In addition to the Brayton Bed and Breakfast experience:

*Gracious and attentive service.
*Unique downtown destination that provides you with plentiful shopping, dining, museums, parks and a beautiful riverwalk – all within walking distance.
*Luxurious rooms
*Private bath, some with soaking tubs
*Premium bath amenities, towels and linens
*Plush robes and slippers in our suites
*Same price if not less than your boutique or high end hotels.

We think the choice is clear. Come see for yourself.

DeYoung and Friedrich wedding

September 29, 2010 by braytonbb

This wedding over Labor Day was truly incredible. The bride Johanna residing in Virginia planned this special weekend for her family and friends who were wonderful. Each guest had  their own play book so everyone knew what was going on every minute of each day.  It was orchestrated like nothing I had ever seen.  I had the pleasure to get to know so many amazing people. Lunch was served with mimosas and a trolley came to pick the girls up to take them to the Paine.

4th of July on the pontoon with guests – I mean friends

August 28, 2010 by braytonbb

We had a wonderful time taking the pontoon out on Lake Winnebago for the Sawdust Days Fireworks on July 3rd. The lake a was a little choppy, but once we settled in the bay it was calm and beautiful all night.We had the opportunity to get together with some past guests that stayed with us again this year that we have become friends with and got to know some new guests who have become friends as well.  Thanks Denise for taking some great pictures.

4th of July on the pontoon with guests- I mean friends

July 4, 2010 by braytonbb

We had a wonderful time taking the boat out on Lake Winnebago for the Sawdust Days Fireworks on July 3rd. The lake a was a little choppy, but once we settled in the bay it was calm and beautiful all night.
We had the opportunity to get together with some past guests that stayed with us again this year that we have become friends with and got to know some new guests who have become friends as well. Thanks Denise for taking some great pictures!

Brayton Bed & Breakfast

June 19, 2010 by braytonbb

Our home is your home away from home.
Forget about the lace, ruffles, floral patterns and country motif; you won’t find any of that at the Brayton Bed and Breakfast. As you enter through the front door of the Brayton Bed & Breakfast, you walk into a bright and airy four seasons room that begs you to sit and enjoy that early morning cup of coffee at sunrise. Step into the foyer with the curved open staircase and you are greeted with casual elegance and deep rich hues that are present throughout the entire home. The Brayton B&B boasts original architecture inside and out for that feeling of authenticity that you won’t find in any branded hotel. But central air, flat screen TVs, wireless Internet, 800 thread count sheets, Aveda hair care products, and fluffy robes and warm slippers in our suites are proof positive your accommodations are up to date and very comfortable. Four uniquely designed and richly decorated guest rooms with their own private baths cater to every personality.

Anyone for some tasty treats?
Each morning, we serve a complimentary full breakfast in our family dining room. On the weekends, a wine and cheese social is held in late afternoon in the living room, and homemade ooey gooey desserts are served later in the evening.

In the Heart of Oshkosh
The Brayton B&B is conveniently located just a block from Historic Downtown Oshkosh and is a short walking distance to restaurants and events. Whether you are in the mood for a tender, juicy steak, a piping hot pepperoni pizza, gourmet caramel corn, or a piled high sub sandwich, your taste buds can be satisfied within a few blocks of us.

If it is gourmet coffee or that special bottle of wine, you will find it in downtown Oshkosh, along with lots of eclectic stores and boutiques to fit just about every shopping taste. Check out “Things to Do” for a listing of current and upcoming activities in and around Oshkosh.

upgraded pontoon

May 24, 2010 by braytonbb

We upgraded our pontoon this year. It is a little nicer and can seat ten more comfortably.
We took it out for the first time on Sunday (90 degrees) and WOW, was it fun and hot!
We know you would love being out on the lake and stopping in for a cold beverage at one of the many restaurants along the river. Scotty would love to be your captain or just ask him for a few tips and you can be out on your own for the day relaxing in the sun.
We will be taking it out again on Memorial Day, so we will try to get a few pictures of Captain Scotty and the pontoon in the lake.