Archive for July, 2008

Storm clouds move out over Lake Michigan July 21, 2008

Storm clouds move out over Lake Michigan

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Dramatic cloud formations have given photographers ample photo ops this year! On Sweetcake Hill we watch the clouds advance, usually from the west, then move out over Lake Michigan. This photo captures the duality of storm and clearing, the lake water a reflection of the sky. It is not unusual here within the course of a day to experience clear skies and full sun, puffy white clouds turning to dark grey ones, rain or fog or simply overcast skies followed by a serene sunset and starry moonlit night. One of us prefers blue skies and the other prefers dramatic clouds……..and we can each be happy part of most every day!

Farmer's Markets in our Area July 8, 2008

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There are a variety of farm market opportunities in our area. Port Washington’s Farmer’s Market is held on Saturday mornings and our guests often report having found treasures there. Cedarburg (Fridays), Grafton (Thursdays), and Thiensville (Tuesdays) have markets throughout the week and we also rely upon farms that market their produce on site and often allow customers to pick their own vegetables, berries, apples, and grapes.

The map pinpoints the location of these on site farm markets which we so appreciate!
Click the blue markers to access names, addresses, and contact information for each location.

Visitors from around the world! July 3, 2008

We never know from whence our next guests will come! In these days of exorbitant gas prices, we tend to assume our guests will not have traveled so far, but that is not always true. We’ve had guests from the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany, England, and Scotland within the past two months and several guests from California, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa. Increasingly, our accessibility from both the Milwaukee and Chicago airports makes a stay at the Port Washington Inn an easy choice, with rental cars and/or airport limousines readily available. Port Washington is a walkable community so a stay here does not require a car.

Celebrating 15 years as innkeepers in 2010!

June 5, 2010 will be the 15th anniversary of our arrival at the Port Washington Inn. We had purchased an existing bed and breakfast and our first guests arrived days after we moved in. By June 5, 2010, Port Washington Inn will be clad in new siding and trim, a huge project that has involved insulation and energy efficient windows as well. Truly, our fifteen years here have cast us in the role of stewards of this historic property alongside our roles as innkeepers. Our Travel Green Wisconsin certification makes us justifiably proud to have brought the inn into the 21st century with significant eco-friendly enhancements while making every effort to maintain it’s historic references.

Looking back to those pre-internet days, we recall trying to describe the guestrooms over the phone (and hoping our descriptions improved with time)! So much has changed in twelve years, and so much remains the same. We spend much less time on the telephone now and much more time on our website blog!

Looking back, we know that the operating of the inn in those early years was accomplished with the most modest of means compared to our current standards. Hospitality is, however, the common thread woven throughout the tapestry of innkeeping. Offering gracous hospitality that puts guests at ease is the goal of every innkeeper. Behind the scenes innkeepers juggle a vast arena of priorities and when they do it well, their guests experience seamless hospitality.

These days our guests and we enjoy the benefits of a vastly renovated bed and breakfast inn that retains its historic references while offering all the modern comforts. Our kitchen is our pride and joy and has allowed us to offer gourmet picnics May through October as well as the full “from scratch” breakfast we serve our guests.

In today’s world we tend to assume that people have found us on the internet but we are always pleased to hear that Port Washington Inn gets good press in travel books and magazines that spotlight Wisconsin, Lake Michigan, and the greater Milwaukee/Chicago area. Scenes of the inn are currently appearing on a television commercial promoting B&B’s throughout Wisconsin. Travel Green Wisconsin helps us get the word out about our eco-friendly practices and VISIT Milwaukee has featured us on their ECO visits rack card. Discover Wisconsin did a show highlighting Ozaukee County and we are now represented on their website as well. The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association, Port Washington and Cedarburg Chambers, and the Ozaukee County Tourism Council are valued partners.

Transportation to/from Airports or Amtrak Station July 2, 2008

We recommend Go Airport Connection for reliable transportation between the Milwaukee Airport and the Port Washington Inn. We often use their services when we fly in and out of Milwaukee.
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Making connections from O’Hare Airport we’ve used the Coach USA bus services between O’Hare and Milwaukee’s airport and/or Amtrak station.

Increasingly we try to fly in and out of Milwaukee since the airport is easy to get in and out of, small enough to be friendly and large enough to offer competitive flights.