Archive for April, 2012

Insights into opportunities around Ozaukee County April 16, 2012

All too often there are more opportunities to be had than we know of or find time for; it will always be so.

But when you are in vacation mode and not restricted by your normal routine, you might take advantage of an opportunity in the locale you are visiting.

Follow this link to see the calendar of events posted by Treasures of Oz (Ozaukee County).  Just looking at April offerings has me inspired!

Just two months from today, June 16th is the annual Treasures of Oz celebration with a treasure trove of events scheduled throughout the county that day.  Read all about the one day event at Treasures of Oz

Things to see and places to go; new friends to make in the process……..

Spring, savings, sewing, seeds, songbirds, & cycling at Port Washington Inn April 13, 2012


Daffodils, vinca, and forsythia are adding their color to the landscape and the cool temperatures have prolonged their season. In our nearly sixteen years in this location, we’ve never noticed so much forsythia as this year. The daffodils and vinca in our yard are particularly happy this spring and the lenten rose is a welcoming touch of delicate color as guests pull into our off-street parking area. We eagerly await the blooming of the wallflowers begun from seed last year. We wonder if they will they live up to the pictures in the seed catalog?

The unseasonably warm weather in early March got us out into the yard and prompted a frenzy of enthusiasm for a landscaping project involving lots of mulch and pavers. After further consultation, we downsized the plan to mulch minus the winding paver border we had envisioned. It was hard to let go of that aesthetic element but we know all too well the amount of labor it would involve. And we took seriously the advice that it wouldn’t hold up over time……just like that warm weather didn’t hold up.   But the birds are back and their songs fill the air!

So here we are, waiting for mulch to be delivered and in the meantime accomplishing as many indoor projects as possible before the season gets too busy. Even so, we had to postpone a small painting project this week to accommodate a last minute reservation. In these days of smart phones and tablets, GPS, and apps galore, more and more people find us “on the fly”!   It’s wonderful even when it means redesigning our plans a bit:)

Rita’s sewing room has been busy as she creates new window treatments for Helen’s Room, the main floor powder room, and the west kitchen windows. It is fun to finesse the inn to make it that much nicer for guests and for ourselves.  Undoubtedly you, too, have been spring cleaning and finessing your homes and yards. It’s that time of year!

When you need a break from your labors, come check out the Interurban Bike Trail (take advantage of the Bike Ozaukee County Promotion) and the marina (open as of April 1st).  Port Washington is a happening place these days but not a ‘tourist trap’ so you can enjoy a leisurely time here investigating shops, a wonderful variety of restaurants, a class act tea room (Baltica), Bernie’s European style meat market, wine tasting at Vines to Cellar, handmade chocolates and ice cream at The Chocolate Chisel……plus all the amenities of Port Washington Inn.

Come during April, stay two nights, and get 20% off your stay; three or more nights get 25% off.

Hope to see you soon!

FISH DAY in Port Washington is busy indeed!

Fish Day, a festival celebrating Port Washington’s fishing heritage, will celebrate its 48th year in 2012.  It is always held the third Saturday of July (21st this year) and without a doubt brings more people into Port Washington than any other day of the year.

The warm months of the year are predictably desirable times to visit a lakeshore location and Lake Michigan draws thousands to its shoreline each year. Port Washington is a favorite spot because of its quaint charm, its walkable environment, and the fact that it typically doesn’t feel overrun with tourists. Fish Day is the exception, however, as thousands of people arrive to enjoy the festival.

Increasingly the Port Washington Inn receives reservation requests for Fish Day a year in advance, not only because of the festival itself but also because mid-July is prime time in our area. Because of this, our policies for bookings inclusive of that 3rd Saturday in July fall under the category of HIGH DEMAND DATES and are handled as follows:

1) January 1st of the year of the reserved dates, a 50% NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required to hold the reservation. This may be charged to a Mastercard or VISA or paid by a check received by that date.   The remaining 50% balance due for the reserved dates is payable 30 days prior to the stay (also by check or Mastercard/VISA).

2) Reservations for Fish Day made 14 or more days in advance of the reserved dates require a 50% NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT at the time of booking.   Cancellations of such reservations made 30 days or more prior to the reserved dates will receive a credit certificate in the amount of the deposit less $25 cancellation fee per room reserved.   The credit certificate is valid through June of the following year.

3) Discounts applicable to other dates do not apply to this high demand weekend.

Get all the details about Fish Day here!