Make memories this fall at Port Washington Inn August 8, 2013

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We just celebrated our 46th anniversary and, in years prior to innkeeping, we often spent the first two weeks of August celebrating Dave’s birthday and our anniversary while on vacation. Most typically we vacationed at our modest lakeshore place on Little Spirit Lake which is part of the Iowa Great Lakes.

On a map, the Iowa Great Lakes look like puddles compared to the Great Lakes we now know and love. But they afforded our family the opportunity to go to the beach, to row a boat, to fish, and to cook over a campfire; we have years of great memories! Often we made a trip back to our garden to harvest fresh vegetables to enjoy at the lake, and the lugs of peaches we would buy at Fareway were exquisitely sweet and juicy.

One of the perks of being at the lake was that there was no phone! Imagine that…..no way for anyone to reach us. It was family time, pure and simple. What a luxury to experience those days. With only our appetites and the beach to impose structure on each day, they truly felt like ‘the endless days of summer’.

How many ‘endless days of summer’ have you experienced this year? It feels to us that
summer took such a long time arriving that it has been short-changed. All the more reason for each of us to enjoy fall to the fullest! Here along the lakeshore, fall is extended, and it is truly a beautiful season to enjoy the outdoors.
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We are now offering single night stays (Monday through Thursday) at the discounted midweek rate during September and October.

Weekends, single night stays may be booked one week in advance of arrival. All to help you take advantage of the lovely season of fall.

Those of you who have been challenged by weather to get in your quota of biking or hiking this summer will love the Interurban Trail in September or October. As you may recall, Port Washington is approximately mid-point on the Interurban and Port Washington Inn is three blocks from the trail.

We have a new restaurant in town! The Twisted Willow is making many people’s dining experience happy these days. We appreciate their atmosphere, their service, and their commitment to food that is fresh, creative, and reasonably priced.

Port Washington also has a new lakeshore park, Coal Dock Park. It’s in its infancy, but the walking paths are in place and there is an aerial video that gives an idea of how this space connects to the marina area. Our W.J. Niederkorn library has collected images of the coal dock’s history.

And we’ll pass on to you what recent guests shared about the teriyaki smoked salmon they purchased on a stick from Ewig Brothers…..”hands down, the best smoked salmon we’ve ever had!”

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Photos taken by Rita from Upper Lake Park, Port Washington