The perfect gift

December 14, 2015 by braytonbb

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You just found the perfect gift. Whether its that hard to buy for person or you want to do something special, something different, why not consider buying a gift certificate to your favorite bed and breakfast. We know you have many options when it comes to finding a place to stay and we would love to be your go to place, but we also know that there are so many amazing bed and breakfasts in Wisconsin to choose from.  We want you to experience a one of kind destination like a local.  Innkeepers of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association (WBBA) have been embracing this philosophy for decades.  Therefore, for those on your holiday list who like to immerse themselves in the local culture when they travel, a Wisconsin B&B association holiday gift card would be the perfect gift. The gift card is good at 125 member inns who have all been inspected, insured, licensed and all deliver the “bed” and “breakfast” part of the name.  This card is available in any dollar amount and is good for five years. The recipient will also receive a Wisconsin B&B Association directory.  To order a gift certificate from us, just give us a call, email or you can purchase right through our Brayton Bed and Breakfast website.  Otherwise, if you would like for the recipient to choose anywhere they would like to go, you can visit WBBA site and either order online or call 715-539-9222.

Unlike a big box hotel or a spare bedroom in someone’s apartment, Wisconsin B&B Association inns offer private rooms and private bathrooms and made from scratch and often gourmet breakfasts.  Because the innkeepers themselves are locals, they know the best insider finds and are more than happy to share. The style of the inns represented by the Association is wide ranging…from historic estates, waterfront cottages, contemporary urban retreats and even working farmsteads.  It worth noting that many are eco-friendly too, sourcing locally whenever they can and preserving historic structures so they don’t end up in the landfill.

Wrap up your holiday shopping either with Brayton Bed and Breakfast or the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association.  You will feel good knowing your giving the gift of an experience rather than just more stuff.  Also, you are shopping locally, which small businesses appreciate.  One other final tip: Give those out of town guests who insist on staying with you every holiday and don’t seem to get the hint that too much togetherness can be just that, too much! Its the gift for both of you.

About the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association

The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association was established in 1987 and is one of the largest B&B associations of its kind in the United States. Every member inn is inspected, licensed and insured. Full descriptions of all the properties may be found at www.WisconsinBandB.com.


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.

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.