So what does an innkeeper do when they want to get away? That’s easy, they find a Wisconsin bed and breakfast and get pampered themselves.
That is exactly what my husband and I and another couple did last week for my birthday. Our first stop was in Kohler, where we toured the Kohler museum. It was no charge to tour, but of course I took away a lot of ideas which I will be implementing in the next year, so as my husband put it, it really wasn’t free. We then headed over to Sheboygan and hit the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Another museum that was free of charge with a lot going on.
By this time, we were ready to check in at Lake Orchard Farm Bed and Breakfast which is also a working farm located on the shores of Lake Michigan. First off Mary and Nate, the owners, are fantastic hosts and our accommodations were beautiful, cozy yet spacious and very historic. There are 6 generations that have lived and worked on this farm. In fact, the inn was the old chicken hatchery, but you would never guess that unless you look at all the amazing photographs that they have placed around the inn. Mary serves up a wonderful breakfast in the morning as well, situated by the fireplace.
After breakfast, Nate and Mary were kind enough to take us through their newest venture in aquaponics, which refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks), with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In Nate and Mary’s case though, they raise tilapia in the old cattle barn and have added a large greenhouse where there are(well I can’t even tell you) how many different forms of lettuce that they harvest along with tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, etc. Lucky for us, they were generous enough to send us home with some samples of tilapia and vegetables that we snacked on in the car after we left. Once we got home, what do you think we had for dinner? You guessed it, baked tilapia with some brown rice and vegetables. Yum!
Our next stop was in West Bend, which is only about forty five minutes away from Sheboygan. We had several stops along the way before arriving at our next inn for the evening. Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is nestled deep in the woods. We just felt ourselves relax as we crept down the long driveway to the inn. Each of their rooms are decorated beautifully but we stayed in the Timber Trails room which had this mirror that transformed into a TV ( I may have to steal that idea), and a grand two person shower with numerous jets and showerheads, custom tile and a heated floor. If you decide to leave this amazing room, there is plenty to do at the inn. They have an impressive DVD library, game room with pool table and even an old tabletop Galactica video game.
Breakfast in the morning was also amazing. Let me tell you, I do not eat mushrooms. On my plate that morning was a Portobello mushroom top. I know what you probably thinking, but I grew up having to try everything. To my amazement, this mushroom tasted like steak. Sally did an amazing job and my husband was even more amazed that I ate the whole thing. We could have sat around all morning talking to Sally and Chris, but we both had things to do, like getting back at our own inn to check in new guests.
There are a ton of great Bed and Breakfasts in our state and all over the world for that matter. Why not check out these two or any other Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.