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Reserve a picnic to enjoy at a Port Washington Wisconsin Park! July 26, 2010

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Guests of the Port Washington Inn often comment about the city’s welcoming parks, a bonus to locals and visitors alike.   The parks include the 63-acre lake parks,  Rotary Park, a nature preserve, a community waterpark, a 30-mile recreational trail,  and numerous neighborhood parks.  Here is an overview of the parks most frequented by our guests:

Upper and Lower Lake Parks


Visit Lake Bluff Park, a 63 acre park, which includes Upper Lake Park and Lower Lake Park.  These parks offer picturesque views of Lake Michigan, the lighthouse and the harbor.   They are a great place to picnic, to hike, and to experience the allure of Lake Michigan.

Take the newly built stairway from Upper Lake Park down to the public beach, which is open year round.   Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach; dip your toes in the water to appreciate Lake Michigan’s “cool factor”!   Upper Lake Park is a new favorite with kids of all ages since it now includes the first universally accessible playground in Ozaukee County, aptly named “Possibility Playground”.

The band shell in Lower Lake Park is the place to gather for free concerts on Sunday evenings in the summer and free movies on select Friday evenings.   A playground is part of this park as well.

Rotary Park

Located at the south end of the marina, Rotary Park includes gardens, walkways, and a gazebo.  It serves as the festival headquarters for local festivals and as a popular place to immerse oneself in Port Washington’s Lake Michigan atmosphere.

Interurban Trail

Take a day exploring the old interurban rail line by venturing out on the Interurban Trail on foot, bicycle, in-line skate or cross-country skis.  Access to the trail is only three blocks from the Port Washington Inn (see other blog posts specifically about the Interurban Trail).  Port Washington is approximately at the midway point of the trail so it’s convenient to venture north on the trail one day and south on the trail another day.

Sauk Creek Nature Preserve

This 20+ acre nature preserve  along Sauk Creek offers excellent bird-watching, hiking trails and great fishing in the Sauk Creek rapids.

Port Washington Inn offers Gourmet Picnics as an add-on to a stay at the inn!

These picnics are often enjoyed at one of the local parks or taken along on a bike ride on the trail.  Guests can choose to have their picnic packed in an old-fashioned picnic basket or into backpacks to take hiking or biking.   All that fresh air can make you really hungry!

2010 PGA Tournament in Kohler Wisconsin July 12, 2010

Port Washington is just far enough removed from the PGA site to be free of the congestion hassles that inevitably accompany such an important event. Add to that the bonus of access to Lake Michigan’s shoreline, the picturesque quality of this Little City of Seven Hills, and good restaurants, and you can well imagine why our guests for the 2005 PGA reported loving their choice of location!

The Port Washington Inn’s situation within a residential neighborhood affords our guests outdoor seating in a park-like setting. The inn’s great food, complimentary beverages, and generous rooms and common areas all combine to make an extended stay a delight.

Room Rates are as follows and our 10% discount offsets most of the taxes (tax rate is 12.6%):

Grace’s Suite:  $179/night :  3 night minimum, August 14, 15, 16    Total cost = $544.20

Noelle’s Room:  $139/night :  3 night minimum, August 13, 14, 15 OR August 14, 15, 16  Total cost = $422.58

Helen’s Room:  $159/night :  3 night minimum, August 13, 14, 15 OR August 14, 15, 16   Total cost = $483.39

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What's new at Port Washington Inn? July 6, 2010

Our new rack card can now be found in shops and eateries around Port Washington!  Distributing it has reconnected us with our business partners in the community; their friendly generosity has been a reminder that our guests time and again speak highly of the warm welcome they have experienced during their stay in Port Washington.  The ultimate compliment is hearing guests talk about coming back; it reflects well upon the welcome they experience as they visit Port Washington!