This year the daylilies and lavender seem prepared to greet the month of August with fanfare as long as moderate temperatures prevail; hot weather will no doubt incline them to ‘march to a different drummer’. So, catch that fleeting opportunity for a summer getaway before the season disappears! Summer is ‘on a march’!
Just a reminder that we give you 15% off a two night stay and 25% off three or more nights, even during peak season!
Hope to see you soon! Rita & Dave
Hike while staying at Port Washington Inn July 16, 2014
Lake Michigan has the effect of lengthening the season of autumn along its shorelines; a hike through Lions Den Gorge or Harrington Beach State Park will nourish your senses with their natural beauty.
These photos were taken October 20, 2012 at Lions Den Gorge where leaves had fallen to create a carpet of autumn colors underfoot while random wildflowers still bloomed and some golden leaves held fast to a tree along the beach. Along the trail vibrant orange leaves proclaimed the season!
Everything’s coming up roses at Port Washington Inn! July 7, 2014
We recall our earliest years of innkeeping when we coveted the landscapes with profusions of roses spilling over fences or trellises. If felt like a dream come true when we could admire our own roses spilling over the pergola that Dave and Aaron built. In spite of our ignorance of roses in general, they have proven to be dependable in our landscape. Our white rugosa rose blooms first, followed closely by the roses you see in the photo above (would that we could recall what rose we planted!).
The roses (and each shrub and perennial that survived this past winter) are treasured for their durability as well as their beauty.
We love spreading the word about family-owned businesses we patronize and appreciate. This week we’ve had the pleasure of visiting three of our favorites: Anodyne Coffee and Pastiche Bistro (in Bayview) and Paradise Garden Nursery on Highway 33 a few miles east of West Bend.
All of the coffee served at Port Washington Inn comes from Anodyne and is roasted for us once we call in our order. We personally feel that a day that begins without Anodyne coffee is off to a bad start!
Likely it’s a good thing that Pastiche isn’t right around the corner from us because we would have a difficult time staying away; although why even try to stay away when everything about it is so perfect (the wine selection, the French onion soup which we simply cannot pass up, the delectable entrees and the desserts…….all served in an environment warmed by gracious service and attention to all the details.
A trip to Paradise Garden Nursery is an experience I look forward to each spring. Once there, I feel as though I’m in another world made beautiful by the TLC of the Ratzburg family. The parents started the nursery and now their sons have joined and grown the business! Their plants are beautifully cared for and always do well; for those of us who depend upon guidance when deciding what to plant where, this is the place to go!
As Dave reminds me, we also have favorite family-owned businesses here in Port Washington but I’ll save those for another blog.
25% off 2 nights at Port Washington Inn December 6, 7, 8 November 16, 2013
The weekend of December 6-7 is a special one in our area with Christmas on the Corner in Port Washington and Christmas in the Country in Cedarburg.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CORNER: Historic Port Washington is the perfect place to celebrate a hometown Christmas. Our picture postcard setting is ideal for “Christmas on the Corner”: Magic of the Season; setting the stage for your holidays. Reindeer, carolers, in-store promotions, St. Nick, photos with Santa, a living nativity, carriage rides, strolling musicians are all a great way to spend an afternoon in early December. But that’s not all! At 6:15 is our Christmas parade, with lights, floats, and a lot of fun. After the parade, stick around downtown to watch the only winter fireworks display in the county!
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Christmas in the Country is a nationally recognized Folk and Fine Art Christmas boutique celebrating our 39th year. The spirit of Christmas abounds throughout this unique arts/crafts and gourmet food show. Find juried original works by nearly 50 of the finest artists from around the country!
More information HERE
Additionally, you can enjoy a presentation of “Christmas Belles”, a Comedy by Hope, Jones, and Wooten at Memories (phone 262-284-6850 Tues-Fri to reserve tickets for buffet dinner and the show ($32) or the show only ($20). Playing Weekends: Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.
A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. This fast-paced, funny comedy will make for the perfect holiday get-together with family, friends, and co-workers.
Menu: Pulled Pork, Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy, Potato Pancakes, Dirty Rice, Vegetable Blend, Memories’ Famous Fluff, Warm Corn Meal Muffins, Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, Bread Pudding
More information HERE
You will need a place to stay, of course, and that’s where the Port Washington Inn comes in! Allow us to round out your weekend with extra holiday touches to savor as you enjoy the peaceful privacy and generous hospitality for which the inn is known. Plus enjoy 25% off your two night stay in effect December 6, 7, 8!